Weird Ohio: Your Travel Guide to Ohio's Local Legends and Best Kept Secretsby Loren Coleman, Andy Henderson, James A Willis, Mark Moran (Foreword by), Mark Sceurman (Foreword by)
Ah, Ohio, so nice and normal. We have apple pie heroes like Hopalong Cassidy, Neil Armstrong, Thomas Edison, and Doris Day. Our state bird is the jaunty and ever popular cardinal, and our state flower is the carnation, found in the buttonholes of politicians and bridegrooms everywhere. We started America rolling by opening the country's first gas station, and we have a museum dedicated to America's music, rock and roll. Why, we're just so all-American normal, it can bring a tear to the eye. Okay, fine. But there's something else we have a whole lot of, and that's...weirdness. Yes, the Buckeye State has lots and lots of strange people and unusual sites, and they burst forth from every page of this, the biggest, most bizarre collection of Ohio stories ever assembled: Weird Ohio.
Our weird quotient is so high that we needed three authors to put this book together. With cameras and notepads in hand, James Willis, Andrew Henderson, and Loren Coleman traveled the highways, byways, hills, and dales of our fair state, seeking out the odd and the offbeat. And they found it. Whether it's ghosts at Ohio State, a slew of screaming bridges, Frogman, a witches' grave, or a flying cigar, our fearless authors have researched the stories with care and present them here for you, fellow admirers of the weird.
So turn the pages and visit with the Melonheads, have a fun day at Satan's Hollow, Hell House, and the Devil's Pit, but watch out for the Demon Tree. Bike with Oxford's phantom bicyclist, chat with the Lady in White, check out Oberlin's giant three-way plug and the really big rocking chair in Austinberg. Tiptoe through Dublin's concrete corncobs, take a brief detour down the world's shortest street, and look for Bigfoot in Minerva. And as night descends, gaze longingly at a whole bunch of abandoned drive-in theaters.
Yes, it's all hereweirdness in the heartland. A brand-new entry in the best-selling Weird U.S. series, Weird Ohio is chock-full of everything your history teacher never taught you. Some of the people you'll meet and the places you'll go are disturbing, others are hilarious, but all are very, very weird. We guarantee you'll enjoy the journey.
James A. Willis was born and raised in Upstate New York. In 1999, he moved to Ohio and founded the Ghosts of Ohio (www.ghostsofohio.org), a nationally recognized paranormal research organization. James has been featured in numerous publications, television and radio programs, and live webcasts. He has given presentations throughout the state on how one may hope to find evidence of the existence of ghosts. James currently resides in Columbus with his Queen-loving parrot and the world's whiniest cat. When he's not seeking out all things weird and wonderful, James often stays awake nights wondering if he will ever lose the moniker of the Man Who Debunked Hell Town.
Andrew Henderson is a writer and researcher who has been exploring Ohio's abandoned buildings, old cemeteries, ghost towns, ghost stories, and weird history for years. Since 1999, he has run the popular Web site Forgotten Ohio, and his first book, Forgotten Columbus, was published in 2002. His work has been featured both locally and nationallymost notably in the Washington Post. An alumnus of Ohio State University, Andrew lives in Columbus.
Loren Coleman has been investigating cryptozoology and unexplained phenomena since 1960. He is the author of more than two dozen books, including The Copycat Effect; Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America; The Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents, and Other Mystery Denizens of the Deep; Tom Slick, Mothman and Other Curious Encounters; Mysterious America: The Revised Edition; The Field Guide to Bigfoot, Yeti, and Other Mystery Primates Worldwide; and Cryptozoology A to Z. Having grown up in Illinois before moving to New England, Coleman often traveled to Ohio to investigate breaking cases and has continued to visit the state frequently for fieldwork and conferences.
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Fun book to read! Being from Ohio I was very interested to hear of all the strange stories and sightings that have supposingly happened in OH. Will definitely check out some of these places when we make our next trip to OH later this year!!