Lewis and Fisk publish
By Bill Thornley
12/23/04 - Spooner
SPOONER -- Las summer paranormal
investigators Chad Lewis and Terry Fisk visited the
Spooner area in hopes of tracking down some local
They hoped that some of the
ghost stories told around area campfires might have
some basis in fact, and according to the pair, they
gathered what they felt were some solid leads.
Some of the information Lewis
and Fisk got in Spooner, as well as at supposedly
haunted places all around Wisconsin, have been
included in their new book, The Wisconsin Road
Guide to Haunted Locations.
While some might greet the idea
of ghosts and other supernatural activity with a
chuckle, Lewis and Fisk attack the subject with
Lewis is a paranormal
investigator with a master's degree in applied
psychology from the University of
Wisconsin-Stout. He works as a research
specialist for the Mutual UFO Network, is a former
member of the American Ghost Society, and works with
BLT Crop Circle Investigations.
He has organized and presented
numerous professional conferences, been featured in
several video documentaries, and hosted "The
Unexplained" paranormal radio talk show and
Lewis is a published author
whose search for paranormal activity has taken him all
over the world, including places like Area 51 in
Nevada, Loch Ness in Scotland, and haunted castles and
tunnels in London.
Fisk is a paranormal
investigator for the American Ghost Society. He
co-hosted "The Unexplained" radio show and
is the director for "The Unexplained" TV
"Often people inquire about
why I fly around the world and travel much of the U.S.
in search of paranormal phenomena," said
Lewis. "The answer is simple:
curiosity. The world is full of events that
stretch the boundaries of scientific beliefs."
"You need something
rousing, something to rearrange your brain," said
Richard Hendricks, who operates the Internet web site
"You need somewhere to
go. A destination. That's why you need
this book," he said.
The book itself is an
interesting read, even if you aren't holding it like a
road map as you make your way from haunted place to
haunted place. If you have that interest and the
time, however, this book can lead you all over the
The Wisconsin Road Guide
to Haunted Locations divides the state into nine
separate areas: Central, Chippewa Valley, Coulee
Region, Fox Valley, Indianhead, Northeastern,
Peninsula, South Central, and Southeastern.
Chapter 5, the Indianhead
Country Chapter, features stories of hauntings from
Amery, Canton, Hayward, Ladysmith, Siren, Spooner, and
Each description offers a
photograph, location and directions on how to get
there. Following is how the Spooner location,
Little Valley Road, is laid out in the book.
Valley Road is rumored to be haunted.
you park on the road, a phantom hearse will pull up
behind you and follow you back to town.
story has been well known in Spooner for several
years. It's not known if there was ever a death
on this stretch of road of what the significance of
the phantom hearse would be.
Simple, to the point, and
brief. It's up to the reader. Go to Little
Valley Road and see if anything happens.
Lewis and Fisk have done their
homework and off no "ghost story" propaganda
for any of the sites. They simply off the
legends, tell you what they found when they
investigated that legend, and point the read in the
right direction so they can go there and decide for
They even seem to debunk several
of the legends, a rarity in a world where most rry to
influence the reader to believe.
For example, of the Glenbeulah
Graveyard near Sheboygan, they write:
and difficult to find, cemetery is one of the most
talked about in Wisconsin. It was never featured
on "Unsolved Mysteries," and it was never
ranked as the third most-haunted place in the
world. We found no evidence that anybody hanged
themselves in the cemetery.
However, if a location
does seem to have something strange going on, Lewis
and Fisk point that out as well.
Consider the Dungeon of
Horrors in Wisconsin Dells, a former Ford garage which
is said to be haunted by a former owner who killed
himself there. They write of the building:
spoke with the owner, Bill Nehring, who confirmed that
in the late 1950s or early 1960s the owner of the Ford
garage killed himself one morning with a shot gun just
as the employees were coming in the front door.
Nehring confirmed that the haunting activity has been
going on for some time and that he has had a difficult
time keeping employees because of the activity.
According to him the activity seems to peak during the
month of August every year; also during rainy,
overcast days. He estimates that over the past
24 years that he has owned the place, about 80 percent
of his employees have had some kind of paranormal
With the book, one can
learn where to go to possibly be chased by hellhounds;
see statues come to life; go camping with ghosts; pick
up a vanishing hitchhiker; sleep in a haunted bed and
breakfast; or worship with a phantom congregation.
The Wisconsin Road
Guide to Haunted Locations is both
thought-provoking and a lot of fun.
Do you believe in
ghosts? Here's a chance to decide for yourself
and have some interesting reading as well.