Hudson River Trading Company to host ghost stories with David J. Pitkin

NORTH CREEK - Stories of ghosts and other Halloween favorites will be shared at Hudson River Trading Company Saturday, Oct. 23, by author David J. Pitkin from 4 to 6 p.m.

Pitkin is no stranger to North Creek as he has been featured before as part of the village's Thursday Art Walks this past summer.

A retired teacher from Saratoga Springs, he has also sought answers to many of the mysteries he has encountered in his own life, spurred by a bout with cancer in 1973. Fascinated by the workings of the unconscious mind and on the growing evidence for consciousness surviving body death, he has written five books of researched ghost stories. He studied dream analysis with Dr. Montague Ullman, and believes that dreams of the deceased are often genuine "contact experiences." He lectures widely on parapsychology themes, including ghost stories and near-death experiences.

To the pleasure of local readers and ghost story fans, Pitkin will reveal some of the stories he has compiled throughout his writing career. He will introduce audiences to humorous ghost tales throughout the region and seeks to "Enlighten, Don't Frighten," as he stimulates readers and listeners to ponder the profound issues surrounding death and life.

"Come and be prepared to be amazed," said Hudson River Trading Company owner Laurie Prescott Arnheiter.

Pitkin is pleased to be offering his stories in upstate New York as his favorite haunts are in the northeast U.S.

"Spirits here are usually polite, though stubborn," he said.

Pitkin frequently appears on radio and television, addressing issues of the strange phenomena and the unseen world around us. In 2006, Pitkin completed Adirondack Journey, Glens Falls TV-8's series on haunts in the Adirondacks. His updated Saratoga County book, "Haunted Saratoga County," was published in 2005, and has become another local best seller. He published New York State Ghosts, Volume 1 in 2006, and Volume 2 in 2008, both of which have become regional best sellers.

His first novel, "The Highest Mountain: Death & Life in the Adirondacks," was published in June 2007, and Pitkin is currently working on a sequel, "The Explorer: An Adirondack Search," due out in 2014. In March 2009, he released his first album of narrated ghost stories with an Adirondack theme: "Adirondack Ghost Stories, Volume One." In September 2010, his publishing company, Aurora Publications in Chestertown, published "New England Ghosts," containing about 135 stories, most of which have never before been in print.

All are welcome to attend Pitkin's offerings at Hudson River Trading Company. For more information, call 251-4461.

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