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  • Thurber Center 91 Jefferson Avenue Columbus, OH, 43215 United States (map)

James A. Willis has been walking on the weird side of history for over thirty years. When not chasing after all things strange and spooky, Willis found the time to author more than a dozen books, including Ohio's Historic Haunts: Investigating the Paranormal in the Buckeye State, Haunted Indiana, and Weird Ohio. Willis has given presentations throughout the United States, during which he has educated and entertained tens of thousands of people of all ages before crowd sizes ranging from ten to well over six hundred. Willis currently resides in Galena, Ohio, with his wife and daughter, a Queen-loving parrot, and three narcoleptic cats.

Willis will talk about his latest book, Central Ohio Legends and Lore, a riveting collection of tales of the strange and unusual. Willis travels across Central Ohio and delves into the Buckeye State's stories of murderous villains, courageous heroes, and even a few ghosts and monsters including Bigfoot-like creatures, UFO sighting and investigations, Johnny Appleseed’s earliest orchards, and much more!

Tickets to the Special Event are $15. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

Wait, there's more! Keep reading for your chance to win...

What really happened "The Night The Ghost Got In"? Did James Thurber actually have an encounter with a ghost? Well, now is your chance to find out for yourself!
Author and paranormal researcher James A. Willis is teaming up with the Thurber House to offer one lucky winner and a guest the chance to ghost hunt inside Thurber House on Friday, November 17th—the anniversary of "The Night The Ghost Got In." Not only that, but you will have the unique opportunity to stand in the exact spot (and at the same time) where Thurber had his ghostly encounter. Will the ghost decide to make an appearance? That’s for you to find out…if you dare!
Ghost hunt raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20. All proceeds benefit Thurber House. Raffle tickets will be available at the door.

Parking information: Parking on Jefferson Avenue is metered. The lots behind Thurber House and at the corner of Jefferson and Long St. are free.

Earlier Event: October 19