Spooky tales for all ages today at TCPL
Thursday, October 17, 2013 7:00 AM
A Louisville, Ky., author plans a visit to the Trimble County Public Library this afternoon to share stories related to paranormal sightings.
Thomas Freese, a storyteller, author and artist, will feature two age-appropriate storytelling presentations right in time for Halloween. Freese plans to present a set of "Not-so-Spooky Tales" at 4 p.m. for children and families, and he will present "Scary Stories" at 6:30 p.m. for older youth and adults.
"People seem to be interested in ghost stories in October," Freese said.
Freese first took interest in the paranormal at a young age when some unexplained noise caught his attention.
"I heard a really loud noise - a bump in the night, really - when I was 12," he said.
Freese asked his mother about the noise. His mother, who always had a voice of reason, responded by telling Freese his first ghost story.
From there, Freese continued to look into, research and pass on possible explanations for the unexplainable.
"A lot of times, Americans are oblivious to history," he said.
Sometimes Freese will hear of some kind of paranormal activity, and the site's history will provide an insight as to what happened at the location to cause a "ghost" to linger years after.
Often a building - like a grocery store - might have been built on the site of a battlefield or massacre.
"A lot of stories come from different cultures as well," he said, noting several of his stories also include spirits and witches.
Some of the stories he tells have been passed down from generation to generation, he said.
Over the years, Freese worked several of the mysterious happenings into books. He has published several books with paranormal themes, including "Shaker Ghost Stories from Pleasant Hill, Kentucky," "Fog Swirler and 11 Other Ghost Stories," "Strange and Wonderful Things: A Collection of Ghost Stories with Special Appearances by Witches and Other Bizarre Creatures," "Ghosts, Spirits and Angels: True Tales from Kentucky and Beyond" and "Haunted Battlefields of the South: True Tales of Civil War Ghosts in Kentucky, Tennessee and Other Locations."
His most recent book is "Halloween Sleepwalker," an illustrated children's book.
"My books work for nearly all ages - I tell folks 'from 7 to 70,'" Freese said in a release. "I enjoy creating surprise endings in my fiction, and my true tales carry a simple power from being genuine."
Freese plans to sell copies of his books and host a book signing following each event at the library. More information about his books may be found on his website at www.thomaslfreese.com.