Brilliant writing, sly humor, well-drawn characters and a mystery that kept me guessing until the final chapter! This month we are discussing a cozy mystery, Still Life, and the first in a long-running, highly sought after series here in West Liberty starring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache.
more info Researcher, author and lecturer on all things strange and unusual, Chad Lewis, will visit the West Liberty Public Library on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 6:30 p.m. All ages are invited to attend. Lewis will give a presentation on some of the most haunted locations in the area. According to Lewis, his presentation will take the audience on a ghostly journey to some of the most haunted places in the state. It covers the entire state, from wandering ghosts in the North Woods, to a haunted B&B in Dubuque. From phantom creatures prowling the woods to graveyard apparitions located in your own backyard, no place in Iowa is without its own hauntings.
Lewis is member of Back Roads Lore. The group’s mission is to chronicle anomalous events, historical mysteries, urban legends, and the darker side of folklore according to their website. He is the author and co-author of several paranormal books, including “The Iowa Road Guide to Haunted Locations” and “Pepie, The Lake Monster of the Mississippi.”
Lewis has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Psychology. During the last 20 plus years he has traveled the globe in search of unique and bizarre stories, whether that be tracking vampires in Transylvania, the Loch Ness Monster or searching for ghosts in Ireland’s most haunted castles. He has been featured on the Discovery Channel’s “A Haunting,” ABC’s “Scariest Place on Earth” and William Shatner's “Weird or What.” He’s also a frequent contributor on “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” Radio.
All are invited to attend a lecture by Lewis at the West Liberty Public Library, just in time for the Halloween season. Several of his books are available for check-out. Learn more about Chad Lews and his latest project with Back Roads Lore, “The Big Muddy Monster: Legends, Sightings & Other Strange Encounters,” at www.chadlewisresearch.com or www.backroadslore.com.
For October we will be discussing the Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. It was first published in the 1950's and provides a classic example of horror without gore. The haunting is subtle, but by the middle of the book, I was starting to feel really creeped out. Books are available at the front desk for check out.