John Kachuba

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John B. Kachuba is the award-winning author of eleven books and numerous articles, short stories and poems. John is a frequent speaker at conferences, universities and libraries and on podcasts, radio and TV, speaking about metaphysical and paranormal topics. He teaches Creative Writing at Ohio University and the Gotham Writers Workshop.


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John Kachuba speaks on the topics of: Ghosthunting Ohio, Shapeshifters, or Writing Historical Fiction. Audience: Adult.


John Kachuba's Books

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SHAPESHIFTERS: A HISTORY (2019): There is something about a shapeshifter—a person who can transform into an animal—that captures our imagination; that causes us to want to howl at the moon, or flit through the night like a bat. Werewolves, vampires, demons, and other weird creatures appeal to our animal nature, our "dark side," our desire to break free of the bonds of society and proper behavior. Real or imaginary, shapeshifters lurk deep in our psyches and remain formidable cultural icons.

The myths, magic, and meaning surrounding shapeshifters are brought vividly to life in John B. Kachuba's compelling and original cultural history. Rituals in early cultures worldwide seemingly allowed shamans, sorcerers, witches, and wizards to transform at will into animals and back again. Today, there are millions of people who believe that shapeshifters walk among us and may even be world leaders. Featuring a fantastic and ghoulish array of examples from history, literature, film, TV, and computer games, Shapeshifters explores our secret desire to become something other than human.

32nd Annual
Buckeye Book Fair
November 2, 2019
9:30 to 4:00
Fisher Auditorium Wooster, Ohio
$2 Admission
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