John B. Kachuba

John B. Kachuba

John B. Kachuba's new book, Ghosthunting: On the Trail of Mediums, Dowsers, Spirit Seekers and Other Investigators of America's Paranormal World, is now available. He is also the author of Ghosthunting Illinois and Ghosthunting Ohio, How to Write Funny, and Why is this Job Killing Me? (Co-authored with his wife, Mary A. Newman, PhD).


John’s short fiction and nonfiction have been widely published in such publications as: Tin House, Hawai’i  Pacific Review, Connecticut Review, Dogwood, Savannah Literary Review, Antioch Review, Poets & Writers, America’s Civil War, Cincinnati Magazine, American Profile, and many others. He has received several awards for his fiction, including the 2004 Dogwood Fiction Prize.


He holds advanced degrees in Creative Writing from Antioch University (Yellow Springs, OH) and Ohio University. He has taught writing at both the University of Cincinnati and Ohio University. He is also on the faculty of the Gotham Writers Workshop.


John is a noted conference speaker and presenter and has appeared at Wildacres Writing Workshop, Florida Suncoast Writers Conference, Columbus Writers Conference, Erma Bombeck Humor Writing Workshop, Blooming Grove Writers Conference, West Virginia Ghost Hunters and Spirituality Conference, and Haunted America Conference, among others. He has also spoken on many radio and television programs throughout the country and internationally.


John lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his wife Mary.

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Ghosthunters: On the Trail of Mediums, Dowsers, Spirit Seekers and Other Investigators of America's Paranormal World




 Why are so many people fascinated by ghosts? 

To answer that question, writer and paranormal researcher John Kachuba (aka The Ghosthunter) investigates haunted locations throughout the country and interviews scores of people who have had paranormal encounters. The author discovers a growing interest in ghosts today, which has spurred an American pop culture phenomenon based on the supernatural. Combining his case reports of actual hauntings, discussions with leading figures in the paranormal world, and stories about related subjects--buying ghosts on eBay, buying and selling haunted houses, ghost tourism—Ghosthunters presents an intriguing and witty look at America’s paranormal world. 

Set off down the trail of the paranormal and read about: 

·     A ghost hunt in a Connecticut coffee shop with lay religious demonologist David  Considine

·     Spending the night with the ghost of Miss Lily at St. Augustine, Florida’s historic St. Francis Inn

·     America’s original ghosthunters, Ed and Lorraine Warren, investigators of the Amityville Horror

·     The woman who sold a bag of poltergeists on eBay

·     The War of 1812 ghosts at Ohio’s Fort Meigs and other battlefield ghosts

·     Spiritualist minister Rev. Rose Vanden Eynden’s abilities to talk with the dead

·     The search for the headless inmate on a ghost hunt at West Virginia’s Moundsville State Penitentiary

·     Psychic Mary Ann Winkowski’s life as the real Ghost Whisperer

·     The Friday the Thirteenth séance at an abandoned Midwest farmhouse with ghosthunter Sherri Brake-Recco and psychic Laura Wisler.


"In Ghosthunters, John Kachuba explores some of America's great haunts while he introduces us to the people who actually go searching for ghosts. Kachuba examines the cultural phenomena surrounding spirits and delves into some of the many theories pertaining to the supernatural in a lucid and entertaining manner. His writing takes the reader on a haunted journey -- it's like riding shotgun with him while he creeps through haunted asylums, abandoned farmhouses, and historic battlefields and speaks with some of the biggest names in this field of study. If something goes bump in the night, have no fear -- John Kachuba won't be far behind."

Jeff Belanger, founder of and author of The World's Most Haunted Places.


“John Kachuba is neither a gullible believer nor a skeptical disbeliever in ghosts and the paranormal. He is first and foremost a talented writer who strives to be a truly objective investigator.  Kachuba writes with charm and great wit, but be forewarned, he'll have you chuckling at one passage--and then he'll scare the socks off you with the next!” 

Brad Steiger, author of Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Places


Ghosthunting Ohio

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Join John Kachuba on a spine-tingling trip across Ohio as he explores more than twenty-five haunted places.

Author John Kachuba bravely visits more than twenty-five haunted places in Ohio to give readers first-hand frights from the safety of their armchairs. With Kachuba as their guide, they visit:

* Collingwood Arts Center, Toledo - Shadow Man and the spirit of a suicide nun haunt this former convent.

* Cincinnati Art Museum - a mummy ghosts, a seven-foot-tall medieval monk, and the ghost of aritst Lizzie Duveneck are said to linger in these halls.

* Ft. Meigs, Perrysburg - headless War of 1812 soldiers, massacred militia, and Indian spirits have been reported here.

* Majestic Theatre, Chillicothe - Army victims of the 1918 Spanish Influenza epidemic have been seen "stacked like cordwood" in the theater-turned-morgue.

For readers curious - and courageous - enough to "hunt" on their own, maps and travel information are provided to every haunted location.

Kachuba is a first-rate storyteller who provides chilling accounts of his adventures to please any reader looking for a good scare. He's also an average Joe (rather than a "certified ghosthunter"), and he approaches this world with an engaging mix of skepticism, insight, and wonder.



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Contact John if you would like autographed copies of Ghosthunting Ohio.


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Ghosthunting Illinois

Join John Kachuba on a guided tour of Illinois’s legendary haunted places.


With an open mind, a healthy dose of skepticism, and a razor-sharp wit, John recounts his travels across the state, where he visited thirty-two locations with reputations for ghostly inhabitants. His encounters are sometimes humorous, sometimes hair-raising, and quite often simply unexplainable.


Harpo Studios, Chicago · The building that now houses “The Oprah Winfrey Show” served as a temporary morgue when a steamer capsized in 1915. Oprah’s employees have encountered the ghosts of the victims floating through the halls.


Abraham Lincoln’s Tomb, Springfield · Lincoln’s coffin was moved seventeen times in Oak Ridge Cemetery due to fears of grave robbers. Could unrest be the source of the sobbing, whispering, and tapping noises visitors to his tomb report?


Mineral Springs Hotel, Alton · Quite possibly Illinois’ most haunted hotel, The Mineral Springs is inhabited by at least four ghosts. One, the ghost of a child who drowned in the basement swimming pool, enjoys drawing in coloring books a sympathetic employee leaves for her.


Widow McCleary's Pub & Grill, Thornton · The bodies of Al Capone’s murder victims were hidden in the walls here during Prohibition.  Could one of their ghosts be responsible for the mysterious movements of billiard balls on the floor upstairs?


Since all the establishments included here are open to the public, you can follow in John’s footsteps—if you dare—and seek out Illinois’ supernatural presences for yourself. Just start with the region that’s most convenient for you, check the detailed map at the beginning of each section, and plan your fright-inerary today!


Contact John if you would like autographed copies of Ghosthunting Illinois.


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