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Notable Book event features paranormal tales

“Great Lakes Monsters and Mysteries” is the focus of the Oct. 13 U.P. Notable Book Club event. Joining the discussion will be authors Brad Blair and Tim Ellis. (Photo courtesy of the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association)

MARQUETTE — In the mood for an otherwordly tale or two: Two authors are scheduled to discuss their book, “Great Lakes Monsters and Mysteries,” at the next U.P. Notable Book List event set for Oct. 13.

The Crystal Falls Community District Library, in partnership with the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association, has scheduled the 22nd U.P. Notable Book Club event with Brad Blair and Tim Ellis, whose “Great Lakes Monsters and Mysteries” continues their exploration of the bizarre in the authors’ latest book.

The event, which is open to U.P. residents free of charge, will begin at 7 p.m. on the Zoom platform. Participants are asked to contact Evelyn Gathu in advance at egathu@crystalfallslibrary.org or 906-875-3344. The UPPAA recommends that people borrow a copy of the book from a local library or purchase from a local bookseller in advance to fully enjoy the event.

Ellis is a veteran paranormal investigator, who has traveled the country looking for the strange and weird, and in 1999 started the Upper Peninsula Paranormal Research Society with Blair and Steve LaPlaunt, the UPPAA said. He is the co-host of Creaking Door Paranormal Radio, former host of TAPS Family Radio, co-founder of the Michigan Paranormal Convention and co-author of the Paranormal books “Yoopernatural Haunts” as well as “Great Lakes Monsters and Mysteries.”

Ellis has been featured in documentaries and numerous publications, including USA Today, Detroit Free Press and Lake Superior Magazine.

Blair, according to the UPPAA, is the co-host of Creaking Door Paranormal Radio, veteran paranormal researcher and author. Blair has investigated claims of paranormal activity across the U.S. and other countries, including England and Cuba. He has contributed to numerous books and documentaries on the paranormal, has appeared in various publications and is co-founder of the Michigan Paranormal Convention.

Brad Gischia reviewed “Great Lakes Monsters and Mysteries” in the U.P. Book Review.

“They take an approach with this book that makes it stand out from others I’ve read in the same genre by mixing the historical research they’ve done with seemingly unbelievable tales,” Girschia wrote about Ellis and Blair. “I’ve lived my whole life here and never heard some of the stories, which I really appreciated. I like being able to learn a little bit about the actual history of the area while I’m trying to scare myself silly.”

Gischia mentioned a reported 1953 UFO sighting in the U.P., which is mentioned in the book.

“It is known in those circles as ‘the Kinross Incident’ and was widely reported at the time,” he wrote. “Near Kinross Air Force Base in the eastern U.P. something was seen in the sky and a fighter jet was scrambled to go find it. The pilot and plane were never seen nor heard from again.

“There are numerous sightings of ghost ships and haunted locations discussed in the book, but each one is introduced with historical research in regards to what was claimed to have been seen.”

A review on Amazon reads: “A great book about some of the paranormal legends and tales from the great state of Michigan. A must read for anyone who likes spooky stories told around a campfire.”

More information about the U.P. Notable Book list, U.P. Book Review and UPPAA can be found at www.UPNotable.com.

The UPPAA was established in 1998 to support authors and publishers who live in or write about Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, UPPAA is a Michigan nonprofit association with more than 100 members, many of whose books are featured on the organization’s website at www.uppaa.org. UPPAA welcomes membership and participation from anyone with a U.P. connection who is interested in writing.


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