Haunted Hocking could make for a thrilling fall experience

Those seeking some haunted Hocking County thrills need to check this out. Ghost stories from one of the most beautiful parts of the state make a great autumn combination that is worth looking into. Here are the details.

Ohio authors launch “Haunted Hocking: A Ghost Hunter’s Guide

Where the Natural World and Supernatural World Collide”

Just in time for Halloween, authors’ Jannette and Patrick Quackenbush have collaborated to give readers a compilation of Hocking Hills’ most famous — and infamous — local legends and ghost stories. Located in the Heart of the Midwest, millions of travelers have discovered the natural beauty of Ohio’s renowned Hocking Hills region. However, beyond the miles of hiking trails and cascading waterfalls, awesome cliff edges and unique recess caves, the Hocking Hills region is also known for adventures beyond the realm of the five senses. In “Haunted Hocking: A Ghost Hunter’s Guide,” Jannette and Patrick Quackenbush present a collection of more than 55 local legends, scary tales and spine-chilling ghost stories.

The tale of a ghost who, along with his baying hounds, haunts Old Man’s Cave, the story of spirits who haunt the abandoned tracks of the Moonville Tunnel and many more ghostly accounts await readers in the book. There is a grave that still bears the bloody mark from a Rushville man who broke from family tradition. A statue of an angel in Athens reportedly weeps. Whether a skeptic or a believer, any reader will enjoy these chilling bits of folklore from across southeast Ohio.

“In order to ghost hunt outdoors, it takes a sense of adventure, teamed with the ability to debunk a lot of naturally occurring phenomena, said Jannette Quackenbush. “Having members with a scientific background in the natural environment – naturalists, biologists and rangers — has helped the Haunted Hocking Investigation Team provide evidence for some of the folklore of the area.”

The Haunted Hocking Investigation Team (HHIT) has explored many of the natural environments of the region. Founders, Jannette and Patrick Quackenbush, have compiled many of the ghost stories, images and case files they have collected from around the region to share with readers. In addition, HHIT offers public ghost hunting events .

Highly recommended for ghost hunters or the curious traveler, “Haunted Hocking” is a one-of-a-kind collection that introduces a different side of this well-known Midwest travel destination. Complete information on the book and Haunted Hocking events is available at www.hauntedhocking.com. The book can be purchased on Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, Hocking Hills Tourism Association Welcome Center, Fiddlestix gift shop, Lois’s Antiques and other local bookstores.

Othe upcoming Haunted Hocking Experiences

For the full Haunted Hocking experience, travelers can enjoy storytelling, area history, local flora & fauna and a chance to investigate paranormal activity with the HHIT team on the following dates:

Oct. 15, 2010 – 7 p.m. – Lake Hope State Park, Hope Furnace Area

Oct. 29, 2010 – 7 p.m. – Hocking Hills State Park, Ash Cave

Folklore, story telling and book signings will take place:

Oct. 14, 2010 – 6:30 p.m. – Athens, OH Public Library

Oct. 17, 2010 – 5 p.m. – Raccoon Creek watershed annual meeting, Waterloo Wildlife Area

Oct. 19, 2010 – 4:30 p.m. – Jeffersonville, OH Public Library

Oct. 28, 2010 – 7 p.m. – Hocking County Historical Society, Shemp House in Logan, OH

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