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Visit us at ScareFest 2014 – Booth 63

Scarefest 2014
Scarefest 2014

America’s Haunted Road Trips will be back at ScareFest 2014. The annual festival brings the biggest horror, paranormal, and pop culture stars to Lexington, Kentucky. This year’s event is held September 12 through September 14. So come and visit us at ScareFest 2014.

We will be at ScareFest with the haunted tales of all our authors. A collection of twenty-five books including our latest release Ghosthunting Oregon by noted paranormal investigator Donna Stewart.

John Kachuba
John Kachuba

Visit us as ScareFest 2014 and meet some of our authors. We are thrilled to have John Kachuba, author of Ghosthunting IllinoisGhosthunting Ohio and Ghosthunting Ohio – on the Road Again signing books on Saturday September 13 at 10 a.m. and 12 noon.

At 2 p.m. certified ghost hunter, owner and co-creator of ScareFest and our author of Ghosthunting Kentucky, Ms. Patti Starr will be at our booth. Follow us on twitter @hauntedtrips for more book signing announcements.

Attendees will be able to take advantage of special sales only available at ScareFest, enter a giveaway for a chance to win awesome haunted prizes and sign up for the most scariest community ever, a forum that will launch this fall.

For those who cannot make it to ScareFest  check out our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @hautedtrips for more ghostly news.

Patti Starr
Patti Starr

America’s Haunted Road Trip is a one-of-a-kind series of haunted travel guides. Each book profiles 30-100 haunted places open to the public. From inns and museums to cemeteries and theaters, the author visits each place, interviewing people who live and work there. Books also include travel instructions, maps, and an appendix of 50 more places the reader can visit.

About Scarefest: Over 200 vendors, film screenings, a gaming con, anime screenings, guest panels and parties await a ghoulish fans. Do you want to meet Corey Feldman of Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter fame? Would you fancy an encounter with Sean Whalen (Hatchet III) or Kane Hodder (Hatchet 1, 2 & 3?)? Pack your suitcase and attend Scarefest 2014 as all three and many others will be there. Here is a link to all speakers, artists and entertainers.

For more information and to purchase tickets go to Scarefest 2014

Opening hours: Friday, September 12 from 5 p.m. -10 p.m. Saturday hours are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday Scarefest is open from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Platinum and gold ticket holders will be allowed in an hour early each day of the convention.

Ohio’s Haunted Hotels

Ghosthunting Ohio - Haunted Hotels
Ghosthunting Ohio, On the Road Again by John B. Kachuba

Ever think you might want to spend a night in a haunted hotel? Ohio is full of haunted hotels. Here’s a sampling of some of the spookiest from Ghosthunting Ohio – On the Road Again a book by John B. Kachuba:

Hilton Netherland Plaza – Cincinnati This beautiful Art Deco hotel right in the heart of Cincinnati is home to the Lady in Green. The spirit of a woman who jumped out a window high atop the hotel after her husband was killed while working on the construction of the hotel, she is most often seen on the elevators wearing a fancy green dress.

Hotel Breakers – Sandusky Located in Cedar Point Amusement Park, the hotel has been serving guests for more than 100 years. The hotel is haunted by the ghost of a woman named Mary who hanged herself in a room on the second floor.

The Old Stone House Bed & Breakfast -Marblehead This bed-and-breakfast is supposedly haunted by the ghost of a little girl who fell out of a window and flew three floors to her death. Guests claim to hear flushing toilets on the third floor, and some have reported photographing orbs in haunted Room 11

Siesta Motel – Norwich In 1994, a man who had argued violently with his mother left their house and rented a room at the motel. He was awakened in the middle of the night by an intruder. A struggle ensued, and the man was killed. Guests and employees now hear slamming doors, crying and laughter, and whispered obscenities. Lights go on and off by themselves, and some guests have reported being struck by the unseen presence.

The Lofts Hotel – Columbus The boutique hotel in Columbus’s new Arena area began life in 1882 as the Carr Building and housed several different businesses until it became a hotel in 1998. Perhaps the Lady of the Lofts, a woman in Victorian clothing who haunts the hotel, was an employee in one of those businesses; we don’t know. What we do know is that several people have glimpsed her from the corner of their eye in the stairwell and occasionally in the halls. Recently, a hotel security guard named Kevin heard a woman’s horrific screaming on the second floor in the middle of the afternoon. For twenty minutes he frantically searched the area but never found an explanation for the screaming.

The Golden Lamb – Lebanon One of America’s venerable old inns, the Golden Lamb has seen scores of generals and presidents, writers and actors, sports figures and entertainers pass through its doors since it was established as a stage-coach stop in 1803. Many of these guests found the inn so comfortable that they simply decided to stay. Look for the ghosts of Senator Clement L. Vallandigham, who accidentally shot himself to death in what is today a dining room; or Ohio Supreme Court Justice Charles R. Sherman, father of Civil War general William T. Sherman; or the little daughter of Henry Clay, Eliza, who died from an illness at the inn.

About the author:  John Kachuba is the award-winning author of twelve books and numerous articles, short stories and poems. Among his awards are the Thurber Treat Prize for humor writing awarded by The Thurber House and First Place in the Dogwood Fiction Contest. John teaches Creative Writing at Ohio University, Antioch University Midwest and the Gotham Writers Workshop. He is a member of the Historical Novel Society, the Horror Writers Association, and the American Library Association’s Authors for Libraries.

John frequently speaks on paranormal and metaphysical topics and is a regular speaker at conferences, universities and libraries and on podcasts, radio and TV.

Want to read more about haunted hotels and ghostly places in Ohio? Get your own copies of John’s books  Ghosthunting Ohio and Ghosthunting Ohio – On The Road Again

Education in the Paranormal Field

Often, when people think of ghosthunting, they don’t generally think of education being a big part of the field. Sometimes it’s not, but many ghosthunters pride themselves in backgrounds ranging from psychology to medicine to science. All of these disciplines lend themselves to better ghosthunting research, but do you believe that further education is necessary?

Many organizations, small paranormal shops, individuals, and even some colleges now offer ghosthunting courses and certifications. One example is The Ghosthunter Shop out of Lexington, Kentucky. Patti Starr owns and operates the shop with her husband Chuck Starr (these are the same folks that produce Scarefest) and they offer an introductory course, a certification class, and a certification from home class for reasonable prices.

The question is, what do you think about ghosthunting education? Do you believe it’s necessary for a ghosthunter to be certified to be considered an expert?