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New Ghost Book from Retired UWRF Professor

OCT. 13, 2006--Michael Norman ,a retired professor of journalism at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and known as the Midwest's foremost authority on the supernatural, has released his sixth book in his "Haunted America" series.

"Haunted Homeland" showcases Norman's talent in telling spine-tingling tales of exploration of the supernatural throughout the United States and Canada.

The book includes more than 100 stories from coast to coast, including many spectral events of all kinds including banshees, poltergeists, mysterious women in black, and even a ghost named George who has become an accepted resident in a North Carolina home.

Published by Forge Books/Tom Doherty and Associates, the newest book will follow up Norman's five previous books, some written with the late co-author Beth Scott, in the Haunted America series, which include: "Haunted Heritage," "Historic Haunted America," "Haunted America," "Haunted Heartland," and "Haunted Wisconsin."

Norman was chair of the journalism department before he retired to pursue full-time writing. He also served as director of the UW River Falls Press and director of the Midwest Writers' Conference for many years. He is a member of the Authors Guild, the Dramatists Guild and the Society of Midland Authors.

A playwright, Norman has written several plays, including Entering the Circle: The Lives of Pioneer Farm Women for the Wisconsin Sesquicentennial with support from a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The play used diaries, memoirs, letters and other reminiscences to tell the story of rural women Midwestern farm women. He also wrote Nye and Riley Tonight!, a play based on the 19th century lyceum programs of Indiana poet James Whitcomb Riley and humorist Edgar Wilson "Bill" Nye.

Norman is also the co-author with Carol Roecklein of two new vocabulary books written for ages 12 and up: "WordWise" and "Vocabulary Guides to Enhance Your Real-World Conversations," both from MindWare, a distributor of educational materials.

For more information visit Norman's Web site is at www.michaelnorman.us .

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