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Jason Offutt

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Ghosts, aliens, a time traveler, and a mind-reading dog could be fiction, but our next guest investigates true tales of these and other paranormal events that happened within 100 miles of his home. Our guest today is syndicated columnist, author, college journalism instructor, and a “fan of all things strange Jason Offutt who introduces ordinary folks who have encountered unexplained phenomena in everyday places and presents engaging accounts of their experiences. Getting a glimpse of this hidden world around us may prompt us to look--really look--in our own backyard.

Unearthing fresh information about classic cases and all-new tales of paranormal happenings, Jason Offutt has done a masterful job of peeling back the otherworldly veneer from the esoteric and bringing it much closer to home. He dispels the notion that high strangeness is somewhere out there and shows that it exists all around us, in small towns, big cities, and, more often than not, right around the corner. A fun and entertaining read that serves as a veritable grab bag of paranormal genres, What Lurks Beyond is a worthwhile addition to any esoteric enthusiast's library. --Tim Binnall, host of Binnall of America: Audio paranormal podcast

Jason Offutt's new book, What Lurks Beyond, is a study of strange and otherworldly phenomena of a truly varied, fascinating, disturbing, and ominous nature that have occurred within 100 miles of Jason's home. Encompassing engrossing tales of time travel; encounters with aliens from far-off realms; shadowy entities that lurk in the darkened corners of our world; near-death experiences; and much more, this is a book that takes a fresh, new approach to its subject matter. And it's one that will definitely have you looking over your shoulder as you read it! --Nick Redfern, author of Science Fiction Secrets and There's Something in the Woods

So, here I am. I've been a journalist since 1987. I'm now teaching journalism at Northwest Missouri State University. Prior to that, I was managing editor for the Kansas City entertainment magazine The X and a

humor columnist for The Examiner newspapers in Jackson County, Missouri. I've got a Master of Arts degree in communication from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg - and don't think I didn't drink a lot of beer to earn that one - and during the writing of this bio I wasn't wearing pants.

I've been named humor writer of the year by the Missouri Press Association, humor writer of the month by the Erma Bombeck Workshop of the University of Dayton, Ohio, and my family thinks I'm kind of neat, too.

In my career I've been a newspaper editor, general assignment reporter, photographer, newspaper consultant, bartender, farm hand and the mayor of a small Midwestern town. Out of all these jobs, other than writing, being a farm hand has done the most to shape my life. I learned what real work was like, I learned to appreciate those who do it on purpose, I learned that working outside in the heat, cold, wind and rain is good for you, and I learned that, basically, I don't like to smell like pig shit all the time.

I've been published in Missouri Life Magazine, Night Terrors Magazine, Kansas City Family Magazine, The Kansas City Star, Next Phase Magazine, Parentguide News, and Dragon Magazine. One of my stories is under contract with Chicken Soup for the Women's Soul at Midlife ... don't ask me how that one happened.

I'm married to my harshest critic Kim Offutt and we live in Orrick, Mo. I have three children - Tawney, 16, Hayden, 9, and Sam, who's not old enough to have a year attached to him. Tawney likes sports and '70s rock. Sam likes to eat, sleep and poop. Hayden likes to pretend he's a super hero. And, frankly, so do I.

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