TITLE: Footprints in the Snow: Tales of Haunted Russia

AUTHOR: James L. Choron

PUBLISHER: Zumaya Publications LLC

GENRE: Body/Mind/Spirit/Parapsychology/General

FORMAT: Trade paperback, perfect-bound, 280 pp., $14.99, Trim Size 5 X 8; ebook, $6.99

ISBN: 978-1-934135-06-8, paperback; 978-1-934135-07-5, ebook

RELEASE DATE: February 2007





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    She is Mother Russia, the largest nation in the world, and her turbulent history has left her filled with restless spirits. Footprints in the Snow is a collection of true and documented stories of the paranormal from Russia and Eastern Europe. Excerpts, in shorter and less detailed form, have been published in numerous Russian and English  language publications, primarily through the Illya Resink Library Collection and in various local magazines and newspapers along with such prestiegous US and UK publications such as "Fate" and "Phenomenon" Magazines..

    Footprints in the Snow: True Stories of Haunted Russia is a  reporter's view of documentable paranormal incidents.  The stories are told through the eyes of a professional skeptic, one who does not “see ghosts behind every tree.” Statistically, more than 96% of all such stories turn out to be quite natural in origin. There are exceptions.

    The stories in this collection have all been thoroughly investigated and documented. These are not the high profile cases you hear about all the time. Most of them are little known outside their immediate area and only by the people immediately involved. You will not find "Ivan the Terrible" or "the lost Princess Anastasia" in these pages. Those cases have been treated frequently enough already. What you will find are some documented and verifiable accounts of paranormal activity in this country that have, so far, defied any rational or normal explanation. They are interesting and informative reading  and  entertaining. These are true reports of actual happenings presented in a way that  leaves it to the reader to decide the cause of these "footprints in the snow."




    My apartment building is located just across the street from an elementary school and kindergarten that have served our community for more than seventy years. Here in Russia, this isn’t unusual. The school was part of Lenin’s first Five-Year Plan, and was one of the more successful parts.

    Late at night, long after the school is closed and completely empty, we can hear children laughing and playing in the playground. It lasts for about five minutes—a relatively long time; but when you look out the window you see nothing. There are no children there.

    Everyone in the building is used to this. It happens several times a year, and it’s gone on for decade—at lesat fifty years— So has what follows.

After about five minutes, there is a high-pitched, screeching sound, followed by an explosion. Then sound of children playing turns to screams, and then stops.



    James L. Choron is a journalist and writer living in Mamontovka, a suburb of Moscow. He has resided in the Russian Federation for more than sixteen years, and is a former senior executive with the Eastman Kodak Company. He is currently owner and Chief Executive Officer of Old Guard Productions, a company dealing in motion picture and television logistics and properties, and American Business Training, a company which deals with sales and customer service training for Russian companies seeking to introduce Western business practices and standards. Born in Dallas, Texas, and raised in the small East Texas town of Center, he holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Stephen F. Austin State University and a masters and PhD from Moscow State University in the same subject as well as a graduate degree in optical engineering. A working journalist for slightly more than thirty-five years, he has columns in numerous publications in both Russia and the United States. He has numerous hobbies, primarily related to paranormal and historical research, both of which he has been involved for over twenty years. He has published a number of independent articles on paranormal encounters and activities and on historical topics, and is a staffmember on several online publications and forums dealing with history and the paranormal.