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James Willis

Columbus, Ohio, United States


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Not since the Headless Horseman went charging through Sleepy Hollow has
something come out of the Hudson Highlands of upstate New York as thrilling and
chilling as author and paranormal researcher James A. Willis.

Fueled by a steady childhood diet of Boo Berry cereal, Creepy magazine, and late-
night Vincent Price movies, Willis soon developed a taste for the unexplained and
quickly began seeking out all things strange and spooky. When he wasn’t trying to
coax the boogeyman out from under his bed for a photo shoot, Willis pondered
such eternal questions as what happens to us when we die, is there life on other
planets, and what possesses someone to decorate their house with1,001 milk

In 1999, after spending more than 15 years chasing after ghosts and visiting
crybaby bridges, Willis moved to Ohio and founded The Ghosts of
Ohio(, a nationally recognized paranormal research organization.
Willis has grown the organization to well over 35 members in three divisions
throughout the state: Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati.

In 2004, in what seemed to be destiny, Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman, the
brainchilds of the Weird US series of books, approached Willis and asked him to
contribute to their latest volume, Weird US. To date, Willis has been involved with
6 books in the Weird US series. He is the co-author of Weird Ohio (2005) and Weird
Indiana (2008) and was also a contributing author to Weird US (2004), Weird
Hauntings (2006), Weird US II: The ODDyssey Continues (2008), and Weird
Encounters (2010). Willis’ unique and offbeat writing style was officially recognized
in 2006 with his induction into the Grand Order of Weird Writers.

In addition, Willis has been a contributing author to several books in
the Armchair Reader series, beginning with Weird, Scary & Unusual (2008) and
continuing with several books released in 2010: Armchair Reader Goes Hollywood,
Armchair Reader’s All About Ohio, and Armchair Reader: The Mammoth Reader.
2011 marked the release of the latest Armchair Reader to include Willis’ stories,
Haunted America. In 2012, Willis struck out on his own with the publication of
Haunted Indiana. 2013 marked the release of Willis' latest work, The Big Book Of
Ohio Ghost Stories.

A sought-after public speaker, Willis has given presentations throughout the United
States, during which he has educated and entertained tens of thousands of people
of all ages in crowd sizes ranging from 10 to well over 600. He has also been
featured in more than 50 media sources, including CNN, USA Today, Columbus
Business First, Midwest Living, The Canadian Press, and even the
Kuwait Times. He is also currently a contributing author to Mysteries Magazine.

Willis currently resides in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife and daughter, a Queen-
loving parrot, and three narcoleptic cats.

Interests: Paranormal research and author with an unhealthy obsession with all things strange, spooky, or just plain weird!

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • The Big Book Of Ohio Ghost Stories
  • Weird Indiana (Paperback/Reissue)
  • Haunted Indiana
  • Weird, Scary & Unusual
  • Weird Ohio
  • Weird Indiana