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.
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.