I am now the Friday guest editor on Strike-the-Root.com. Strike-the-Root has published several of my opinion columns in the past, and is, according to their website, “a daily journal of current events and commentary from a libertarian/market anarchist perspective. The mission of STR is to advance the cause of liberty, primarily by de-mystifying and de-legitimizing the State. STR seeks a world where people are free to live their lives as they see fit, as long as they don’t use force or fraud against peaceful people.” Those are principles I can support.
My job as guest editor basically involves posting 15 links on the site every Friday. The links are mostly libertarian in nature, but some can be humorous or simply interesting. If you have any suggestions for interesting articles, let me know!
Why did hundreds of people line up, in the winter of 1980, bumper to bumper in rural Illinois, to catch a glimpse of a scantily clad phantom along Kennedy Hill Road? Did you know that a ghost of a homicidal mother still haunts the road near her former home? What is the real history behind Independence Grove and Devil’s Gate? When these questions and more are answered, you will never look at the history of Illinois the same way. This painstakingly researched book leaves no ghost unturned.
This book is the culmination of years of research, and it is accessable both to casual fans of the paranormal and anyone interested in Illinois history and folklore (or, what I like to call “folk history”). It’s fun, informative, and greatly entertaining. Even though I wrote the book, I became engrossed in it as soon as I got the preview copy in my hands. It’s not every day an author can say that!
The book is divided up into four sections:
- Archer Avenue
- Haunted Colleges and Universities
- Rivers and Roads
- The Abandoned
I promise you, you have never seen most of this information before! If you think you’ve read everything there is to know about Airtight Bridge from my previous writing, you are mistaken. Paranormal Illinois is the first and only book to contain the complete story, featuring interviews and first hand accounts by people who were involved with the case. This book also contains a detailed history of the abandoned schoolhouse along Shoe Factory Road, as well as camp St. Francis and “the Gate.”
Paranormal Illinois is available at several fine retailers, as well as a local bookstore near you. If you don’t find it there, ask them to order it! The book is also available online at the following websites:
Amazon.com ($13.25 – a really good deal!)
Schiffer Books ($16.99)
So what are you waiting for? Order it today before it’s sold out!
Own a signed and numbered limited edition copy of Haunting the Prairie before its official release! Only 20 copies available – $12.95 each
“If you are reading this, you are part of a small but dedicated group of people who relish in the exploration of the unknown… I honestly hope that you visit the places listed in this book, and always remember, the point is to have fun, get scared, and learn something along the way…” – From the Introduction.
For over a decade, Michael Kleen, author of the Legends and Lore of Illinois and the forthcoming book Paranormal Illinois, has been researching and traveling to mystery spots all over the Prairie State. Now, he has created the most organized and comprehensive guide to haunted and legendary places ever written about Illinois. Haunting the Prairie is that guide.
Haunting the Prairie contains 130 mystery sites and 60 individual illustrations, plus the only bibliographic time line of paranormal and folklore research in Illinois over the past century. In Haunting the Prairie, Michael Kleen not only examines the sites, but also the hobbyists and professionals who have devoted their lives to exploring the strange and unusual in our great state. But that’s not all, this book also contains an extended and exclusive interview with paranormal investigator Larry Wilson about his documentary Strange Williamsburg Hill.
Divided among eight distinct regions and listed by county, each location features a description, directions, and sources drawn from a diverse variety of books and articles where the reader can find out more information.
Haunting the Prairie challenges you to get off the couch and start exploring our wonderful State of Illinois. You might be surprised at what you discover!
Title: Haunting the Prairie: A Tourist’s Guide to the Weird and Wild Places of Illinois
Author: Michael Kleen
Format: 9 x 6 x 0.5
Publisher: Black Oak Press, Illinois
Number of Pages: 154
Publication Date: January 1, 2010
A brand new column by yours’ truly has been published on Strike-the-Root, a market anarchist website, today. Check it out here:
Spending Our Way to Ruin
Send me an e-mail or leave me a comment about it!
Also, I just posted a new article featuring myself commenting on the folklore of Ramsey Cemetery in Effingham, Illinois. Head on over to the “Press” section of my website to check it out.
Things are a little hectic around here. As you can tell, I haven’t updated this website in about a month and a half, but I’ve never been the kind of person who rushes things just for the sake of it.
On January 1st I am officially announcing the start of the Black Willow Grove project, a fictional look at the Midwest’s “most haunted” town–Black Willow Grove. Each month will bring a new location to light. I will be posting pictures and background information on each of these locations, all culminating in a novel staring The Fallen from the Legends and Lore of Illinois. This novel will focus on The Fallen’s investigations into these places, so essentially what will be posted on this website is a large public brainstorming session.
Speaking of the Legends and Lore of Illinois, its brand new website will be launched at the beginning of the new year as well. This site will also be hosted on WordPress, and it will be easier to navigate and find what you are looking for.
The new issue of Black Oak Presents is also coming out on January 1. This will be the greatest issue to date, so don’t miss its release on www.blackoakmedia.org.
Finally, I am going to be working on a collection of my chapbooks called Michael Kleen’s Early Works, possibly edited by my father, et al. This book will contain several edited and updated versions of The Distance of Sorrow; Tales of Coles County, Illinois; Home of the Brave Part 1; and Six Tales of Terror. Getting all of these in one bound edition is a great deal! I’m looking forward to seeing it in print later on this year.
That’s all for now, see you in a few weeks.
I turned 27 today, in the shadow of a global economic collapse. I knew this was going to happen some time in the future, but I never thought it would come so soon. My readers should be prepared for some tight financial times, if not something worse than that. Hopefully we can recover from this soon, but if not, it never hurts to be prepared.
In other news, I have an article in this month’s issue of Paranormal Underground Magazine, which is now online for the public. It’s called “The Most Remarkable Proceedings: Witchcraft in England, 1640-1690,” on page 68. Check it out here: http://www.paranormalunderground.net/
Welcome to my brand new website! Not only will it have the advantage of the WordPress engine, it will be more cost effective while making my writing more accessable to you, the reader! I’m excited about this changeover, and I think it will attract many new viewers to the site. The missions statement of this page is to give you the most information about me and my writing, without all the usual clutter. Look around and see for yourself!