An exploration of supernatural occurrences at Norwich University as observed by the staff, students, professors, and alumni.
What is Norwich University?
Founded in 1819, Norwich University is America's oldest private military college and the birthplace of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). Set in the cold and dreary mountains of Vermont, it is a prime location for supernatural events to occur. It has even been referred to as "one of the most haunted places in New England." For nearly two hundred years stories about strange occurrences have been building in the minds of students and faculty; there are few people on campus who haven't heard stories about the ghosts suspected to proliferate the aged buildings across campus, and there are people who claim to have seen or felt the presence of the paranormal.
What is the book about?
This book will be a collection of the stories behind these ghost sightings, strange happenings in the dark basements of the Corps buildings, and mysterious rooms that have been boarded off for good. Until now, ghost stories circulating the school have been mentioned briefly in several articles or books, but no one has taken the time to explore in depth what has caused so many people to swear the school is haunted.
In writing this book, I take the side of those that believe the school is home to more than just students. I do not intend to write a book of dry facts about what people say has happened to them, rather I shall craft a collection of heart-pounding stories interlaced with truths about the paranormal happenings at Norwich. My goal is to deliver a book that keeps readers turning the pages not because they see mention of the building they lived in, but because the chills running up and down their spines forces them to read on.
What makes this book special?
I am a student at Norwich University, in my second year of a double major. Like my fellow students, I am surrounded by everything that goes on here unseen to the human eye. I want to explore the dark corners of this school, discovering what it is that keeps everyone talking about incidents involving supernatural entities. This is something no one can do better than someone who lives here.
How will I approach this project?
To develop this book, I plan to continue my research on the topic of a spiritual presence on campus. I have already explored the materials the Archives department and past publications have to offer; now I must move on to talking to those who have heard the stories, and more importantly, those that have experienced chilling or even horrifying oddities during their time at Norwich. The other half of my research will consist of exploring the areas on campus said to be haunted. I have already completed some of this work, and while no strange happenings have befallen me yet, I have come across places that possess the distinct ability to make my skin crawl. These are the places and feelings I will embrace and weave into my book.
I believe this campus is haunted. I am excited to talk to people and explore the supernatural currents flowing through the old buildings on campus. I want to share those talks and experiences with others, especially those who have been here before, so they can explore along with me. If you would like to join me in this adventure, choose a pledge, and help further this exploration which has been inspired by the dark curiosity possessed by those on campus. I promise, you will not be disappointed.
What will the Kickstarter funds go toward?
The funds raised on this site will be used for costs directly related to getting this book into your hands, such as ISBN registration fees and cover design costs. Because I am a student at Norwich University, and because this book would not be possible without the contribution both of the university and those that go here, a portion of the profits from each book will be put into a fund that will be used to promote enjoyable yet intellectual activities on campus that better the lives of the students here. I am inspired by the constant generosity I see by the alumni of this school, and I see no reason not to join them in making Norwich University an even better place to learn and grow.
Photo credits: Jacob Berry, NU '12
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The hardest part of this project will be the actual writing. However, I am not daunted by the compilation of these stories, as I have been writing books of length for over five years. I live to write: it is who I am.
Another issue that might come up is finding people to talk to about their experiences. I do not foresee this being a problem, because every time I mention to someone that I am writing a book about this subject, they either have had a strange experience or know someone who has. My list of people willing to talk to me is already growing out of control.
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