Author Mason Winfield to Visit Olean Public Library

On Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the Olean Public Library, author Mason Winfield will present “The Supernatural Southern Tier: Famous Ghosts, Haunted Sites, and Ghosthunting.”

In a 90 minute power point presentation about ghosts, haunted sites and ghosthunting in the Southern Tier region of New York State, Mason Winfield will introduce some of the patterns he observes in the region’s supernatural folklore, including reflections upon its most powerful haunted sites, its Native American legends, and its famous ghosts.

“Supernatural historian” Mason Winfield studied English and Classics at Denison University, earned a master’s degree in British literature at Boston College, and studied poetry and fiction at SUNY Buffalo with internationally recognized poet and MacArthur grant recipient Irving Feldman. For 13 years he taught English at The Gow School (South Wales, NY). While at Gow he chaired the English department, won a 50K cross-country ski marathon, and was ranked several times among the Buffalo, NY, area’s top ten tennis players. He has published eight books, including the regional sensation Shadows of the Western Door (1997), which has gone into its eighth printing. His seventh and eighth books – Ghosts of 1812 and Supernatural Saratoga – were published in August 2009. His ninth book (written with co author Michael Bastine) The Iroquois Supernatural will be published in the fall of 2011 by Inner Traditions International.

A journalist who writes articles on a wide range of subjects, Mason is also a fiction writer whose short story “The Hunters” won the year 2000 JobsinHell/Feoamante.Com contest for Horror Fiction and received honorable mention in the year’s Best Fantasy & Horror. A popular lecturer and frequent media guest, Mason has given talks sponsored by Poets & Writers, The Big Read, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Mason designed and hosted “The Phantom Tour,” a two hour TV program/DVD on haunted history in Western New York. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show and stars in “Myths of the Iroquois,” an episode of the summer 2006 Travel Channel program Legend Hunters. Known for his fondness for Celtic and Iroquois supernatural tradition, Mason is the founder of Haunted History Ghost Walks, Inc., a company that designs and develops various forms of “haunted” tourism, including walking and carriage tours, conferences, and performances. Cultural, historic, and architectural preservation are vital issues to Mason, and Haunted History Ghost Walks, Inc., is proud to support these causes through their partnerships with local organizations.

This program is free and open to the public. The Olean Public Library is located at 134 North Second Street, Olean, New York. For more information please call the Reference Desk at (716) 372-0200, visit the website at or the author’s website at


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