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Charles Gritzner will visit City Lights Bookstore at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, to present his book, “North Carolina Ghost Lights and Legends.”

North Carolina is considered a headquarters for ghost lights – that is, for spooky and unexplained luminous phenomenon.

Nearly half of all reported ghost lights shine, blink, burn, dance or float somewhere in the state. These ghost lights are well known in their localities. There are scary and fascinating stories associated with them, and they attract many visitors, each hoping to see a ball of fire floating over a cemetery or a jack-o’-lantern illuminating a corner of the Great Dismal Swamp or a long-dead railroad man swinging his lantern in search of his severed head.

Author Charles “Fritz” Gritzner has been chasing ghost lights for many years. A geography professor and luminous phenomenon buff, he has visited the sites, researched possible scientific explanations for the lights and recorded the legends surrounding them. In this book, he does not seek to debunk these phenomena, but to illuminate them as a part of the folk culture of North Carolina.

To reserve copies of North Carolina Lights and Legends, call City Lights at 586-9499.