People packed a Marshfield bookstore's
back room, sharing their stories with the
authors of a book about paranormal sites
in Wisconsin in a campfire-like
environment Saturday night.
Chad Lewis and Terry Fisk signed copies of
their book, "The Wisconsin Road Guide to
Haunted Locations," which features nearly
100 of Wisconsin's most haunted places and
provides readers with history from the
site, photos, investigation details and
directions, so people can experience the
paranormal for themselves.
Scheduled as a two-hour event at
Thimbleberry Books, Lewis and Fisk stayed
an additional hour, swapping tales and
talking with locals. Store owner Kim
Hartley said the shop was the busiest
she's seen during eight years of running
the place, the authors said.
All the talk of the paranormal left Tom
Mathias of Marshfield feeling unsettled.
"It sends shivers down your spine," he
said. The dialogue between the audience
and the investigators was a "two-way
street of eerie feelings."
|If you go
Another book signing will take
place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday
at Book World, 315 S. Central Ave. To
learn more about paranormal
activities, visit the authors' Web
Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted
Locations" can be purchased online or
at Thimbleberry Books and Book World.
Crop circles, curses,
Bigfoot sightings, UFOs and alien
abductions were a few of the topics
"That's the way we usually do book
signings," Lewis said. The fun part of the
signings is sitting back and letting
people tell stories that haven't been
brought up for years, he added.
"We wanted to give them an opportunity to
share with us experiences they had," Fisk
said. Book signings provide a safe
environment for people to tell stories
they've kept to themselves for fear of
ridicule, he added.
As stories were shared, the authors
continued to sign copies of the book. The
book answers the basic questions that
people kept asking, the authors said,
which is reflected in the number of sales.
"We've had trouble keeping this in
supply," Lewis said.
The audience gave the authors a few new
sites and ideas to investigate. The old
Norwood Hospital, which supposedly is
haunted, and a number of local UFO
sightings will be added to Fisk and Lewis'
"A lot of people came forward and said
they saw something in the sky ... in the
last year," Lewis said.
One of those people was Diane Luchterhand
"I've been watching the sky for a long
time ... and I've seen some really weird
things," she said, describing numerous
accounts of unexplained activity above.
Susan Gaulke of Marshfield enjoyed the
breadth of issues the pair spoke about.
"They really addressed a lot of things,"
she said. "They're credible."
Sometimes it's after they return home that
they pair gets their biggest breaks on
investigations. Photos taken at the scene
reveal anomalies or paranormal activity
Lewis and Fisk often will bring psychics
to paranormal sites - when they agree to
"A lot of the time, they won't go to these
places," Fisk said.
While others stay away, Lewis said he
never hesitates. In the past 10 years,
he's circled the globe seeking the
paranormal and is yet to see something
"If you're afraid of ghosts, the best
place to be is with ghost hunters. You're
not going to see anything," Lewis told the
crowd. Afterward, he added he now thinks
an individual's makeup and perceptions
determine whether they are able to see the
Anyone with a paranormal run-in is welcome
to post a message or send an e-mail to the
authors at their Web site. Those looking
for a potential spook are welcome to tag
along during investigations, Lewis said.
"We're always open to bringing more
people," he said.
Luanne Kaspszak of Duluth, Minn., was in
town visiting a friend. Having only been
in Marshfield for a hour, she said she
hadn't seen any local paranormal activity.
"Nothing yet," she said with a smile.
Matt Ollwerther can be reached at
384-3131, at 800-967-2087, ext. 358, or at