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Looking for more than just the chill of autumn to raise goose bumps on your skin? Then look no farther than Tennessee Tech University.

Author and historian Pat Fitzhugh will give a presentation, titled “The Bell Witch: A Tale of Terror on Tennessee’s Early Frontier,” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 2, in TTU’s Derryberry Hall Auditorium.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by TTU’s History Club and history department.

Fitzhugh is a noted writer and historian who’s had two books published about the legendary 18th century haunting of a frontier family in the Adams community of Tennessee and has written a foreword for another.

His most recent book, The Bell Witch: The Full Account, published by the Armand Press in 2000, has been described as “the most documented, thorough and complete account of the legend ever written.”

It traces the legend from pre-haunting through present-day and includes versions of the tale as it varies across three different states. The book also includes footnotes, research notes, endnotes, pictures, charts, table of contents and an index.

Fitzhugh’s other book, The Bell Witch Haunting, was published in 1999, and in 2002, he wrote the foreword to a reprinted edition of Our Family Trouble, the Bell Witch, a personal, eyewitness account of the haunting by family member Richard Williams Bell. The Armand Press also published both of those titles.

Fitzhugh will have copies of the books he wrote available for sale and for signing at the TTU event.

For more information about the Bell Witch, log on to Fitzhugh’s web site at, and for more information about the event, call the TTU history department at 931/372-3332.