Hudson -- Looking for a few new frights to jump start the approaching Halloween season? Or perhaps craving a few tales of eerie encounters with otherworldly beings, not totally alive, but not yet dead?
If so, the Hudson Library and Historical Society has scared up just the late October program.
John Kachuba, the author of several books on ghosthunting, including "Ghosthunting Ohio" and "Ghosthunting Ohio: On the Road Again," will discuss the spookiest spots in Ohio and surrounding areas Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Hudson Library and Historical Society, 96 Library St.
The event is free, but registration is required. To register, visit hudsonlibrary.org or call 300-653-6658, ext. 1010.
Kachuba calls himself a writer "first and foremost." The author has written several books which do not deal with the paranormal and has also taught creative writing.
"But I've also had an interest in the paranormal and metaphysical stuff," Kachuba said. "And since 2003 I've been personally investigating locations that are alleged to be haunted in Ohio."
His work has also taken him on national and international ghost hunts and investigations.
"I've probably investigated over 100 places, just in Ohio," he said.
Kachuba has also worked with a variety of paranormal teams and has lectured around the state.
He grew up in Connecticut and said he was attracted to the lure of ghost stories as a child and has always wondered "what happens after you die." A love of history of the area developed, as did a love for the ghost stories surrounding that history, Kachuba said.
"When I look back on what I write, there is almost always a ghost that pops up in it," he said.
While growing in Connecticut, Kachuba met Ed and Lorraine Warren.
"They are sort of American's godfather and godmother of ghost hunting," Kachuba said.
The recently released horror movie "The Conjuring" was about one of the Warrens' cases.
"I got to know them and they sort of got me a little more interested in studying it [the paranormal]," he said. "But it wasn't until 2003 that I began writing about it."
Kachuba believes "there is something after this existence."
He is a strong believer that energy cannot be destroyed and as people move on to a different plane, perhaps some energy remains. And when the energy is tapped into, that could be the ghost encounters, he said.
Kachuba has both seen and heard things that have helped cerement his after life belief system, he said.
During an investigation at a country club in New Vienna, Ohio, Kachuba and some others were sitting around a poker table with an audio recorder running, hoping to pick up "electronic voice phenomena."
The men sat in the dark for 30 minutes and introduced themselves aloud. After replaying the recorders, Kachuba heard a chilling voice which was not a member of the group. After he introduced himself by saying "Hi, I'm John," a voice on the recorder whispered "John."
"I've heard EVPs like that and I've seen objects move," Kachuba said.
Kachuba told of an investigation in Florida where he saw an 18-inch long metal hook "literally flip up in the air, do a 180-degree turn and slam down on top of a wood-burning stove -- without being touched."
"So things happen," Kachuba said.
Kachuba has not yet seen "the holy grail" of ghosthunting, the full body apparition, but he has seen "bits and pieces."
"But in my books I've interviewed a lot of people who have seen head-to-foot apparitions," Kachuba said.
Kachuba's latest book, "Ghosthunting Ohio: On the Road Again," describes more than 30 legendary haunted places, all of which are open to the public. The book invites the reader to visit each site, snoop around and get first-hand accounts of paranormal experiences.
At the end of the talk, Kachuba will also ask those in attendance to tell about their own experiences.
The discussion will be "suitable for all ages," Kachuba said.
Last year Gwen Mayer, the library's archivist, conducted Hudson's first-ever "Ghost Walk."
The event was a"tremendous success," according to Ellen Smith, head of reference and archives.
"We had no idea Hudsonites would be so captivated by other worldliness," Smith said. "I am familiar with John Kachuba's books and contacted him last spring, knowing he'd be in demand this time of year. It should be a fun evening and set the stage for a spooktacular Halloween."