Belanger to visit Warren library on Thursday

By Helen Boyle
Citizen Chronicle Writer

WARREN — Have you ever had the chills go down your spine? Or seen something out of the corner of your eye only to look to find nothing there? Many stories have been written about ghost and spirits. On Thursday evening, a few more of those stories will be shared.

World renowned paranormal author Jeff Belanger, a Southbridge native, will be sharing some of his spookiest stories at the Warren Public Library on Thursday at 6 p.m. Belanger has written dozens of books, published in six different languages, including Who’s Haunting the White House and four editions of Haunted New England. Belanger also hosts a podcast, “New England Legends,” and has spent the last 10 years writing and researching for the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures.” Belanger began writing about the paranormal while working as a newspaper reporter in the mid-1990s, first broaching the topic with feature stories during the Halloween season. He was soon hooked on the mixture of ghosts and history of the stories.

In a telephone interview with The Citizen Chronicle, Belanger said New England’s long past lends itself to countless reports of paranormal activity.

“New England is steeped in history. We want to preserve our past,” he explained. “A ghost is history demanding to be remembered. They are our connection to our history’s past.”

Belanger said Old Sturbridge Village is a good example.

“Buildings were moved there from all over New England. Some buildings and homes have their own energy,” Belanger reasoned.

For those who feel they may be experiencing paranormal activity, Belanger had some quick tips.

“If you feel it happening, keep a journal of the happenings going on and who is around when they do,” he said. “It’s a good way of studying what’s going on.”

When asked why he believes people are so fascinated in the paranormal, Belanger said, “We all have some kind of interest in ghosts and spirits because we’re all going to pass sometime, and that might make you think about what is going to happen once you pass.”

Belanger will be sharing stories of some who have already passed away at the Warren Public Library, 934 Main Street, Warren, on Thursday at 6 p.m. The “Ghosts and Legends” program is free, but space is limited and pre-registration is suggested by calling (413) 436-7690. Belanger’s podcast, “New England Legends,” can be found at www.ournewenglandlegends.com and wherever you download podcasts. For more information on Belanger’s programs, visit www.ghostvillage.com.

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