Interview with Little Dipper Ink

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down (metaphorically) with GinaMarie Lobianco, a fellow EIU alum and owner of Little Dipper Ink. We talk about indie publishing, writing, and my interest in folklore. Plus, whatever happened to Black Oak Media, anyway? Check it out!

This week, in honor of keeping October spooky, we sat down with beloved author and local celebrity, Michael Kleen of black oak media, and had a talk about ghosts, hauntings, small presses, and much more. Michael Kleen is an independent author who is well-versed in many topics including ghosts, folklore, local politics, and history. he began his literary career well over a decade ago and continues to research, promote, write, and publish his work through various mediums online. Michael Kleen’s experience is vast and his insights into the writing and publishing world are invaluable to those authors who are just beginning to launch their literary or writing career.

Head over to Little Dipper Ink and read the entire interview!


WTVO Talks about My Top 10 List, Interviews Friends

This past week, WTVO Channel 17 and WQRF Fox 39 in Rockford joined the list of news outlets reporting on my “Top 10 Most Haunted Cities in Illinois” list. It was nice to see my hometown news picking up on the story, and they interviewed some familiar faces, including my good friends Steve Litteral and Kathi Kresol. Watch the video below.

Check out the whole story here.

KSHB Channel 41 Kansas City Highlights More Top 10 Lists

41KSHBWith so much media attention on my “Top 10 Most Haunted Cities in Illinois” list at Mysterious Heartland, it was refreshing to see a media outlet highlight some of my other lists. This time, the 41 Action News Staff consulted the “Top 10 Most Haunted Places in Kansas” for their article. Thanks, 41 Action News Staff!

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Is it the history? Or, is it the sheer horror of past tragedies? Whatever your reason for seeking out the scary, we have you covered.

Creepy in Kansas

We consulted an article on the website Mysterious Heartland for the Kansas locations. The sites range from haunted cemeteries to a library, where a ghostly lady stalks the stacks. READ: “Top 10 Most Haunted Places in Kansas” by Michael Kleen

Read the entire article here!

Chicagoist Spotlights My ‘Most Haunted’ City In Illinois List

ChicagoistJoining the list of media outlets crowing about my recent top 10 list at Mysterious Heartland, “Top 10 Most Haunted Cities in Illinois,” Kate Shepherd at the Chicagoist added her own observations about some of Chicago’s most well known haunts. Thanks, Kate!

Chicago’s history is full of gruesome stories from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre to H.H. Holmes’ murder castle to Lincoln Park Zoo being built on top of City Cemetery. So it’s no surprise that Chicago’s the most haunted city in Illinois, according to ghost site Mysterious Heartland’s ranking of Illinois’ most ghostly cities.

Chicago gets credit from the site for one of the world’s most famous ghost stories even though it technically takes place outside city limits. Resurrection Mary is a vanishing hitchhiker who many men claim to have picked up along Archer Avenue before she disappeared into Resurrection Cemetery in suburban Justice. The story has taken on a life of its own and inspired everything from tours to a 5k run to a terrible looking movie. The sightings started in the 1930s and continue to the present day.

Read the entire article here!

NBC Chicago Features My Latest Top 10 List


Isabel Morales from NBC Channel 5 News in Chicago recently posted this article about one of my recent top 10 lists at Mysterious Heartland, “Top 10 Most Haunted Cities in Illinois.” How cool is that? I remember watching NBC as a kid when I was growing up in the Chicago suburbs.

The Windy City is the most haunted city in Illinois, according to a list compiled by the website Mysterious Heartland.

Chicago won the title for its supposedly haunted hotels, including the Congress Plaza Hotel and the Drake Hotel. Guests of the Drake have reported seeing the ghostly figure of a “woman in red” roam the halls.

Mysterious Heartland also chose Chicago as the most haunted Illinois city because of its bars and pubs. More than a half dozen locations are haunted, according to the list. Ethyl’s Party in Chinatown is believed to sometimes contain guests from the afterlife. The building once served as a former funeral home.

Suburban St. Charles and Naperville also made the most haunted list. Although now closed, Al Capone’s Hideaway and Steak House in St. Charles was believed to be home to ghostly spirits. The west suburb came in seventh on the list.

Thanks, Isabel! Read the entire article here.

Reboot Illinois Highlights One of My Top 10 Lists

logoReboot Illinois, an organization for citizen-led reform in Illinois, likes to have fun every once in a while. So, since it’s October, they decided to highlight one of my recent top 10 lists at Mysterious Heartland, “Top 10 Most Haunted Cities in Illinois.” It’s quite an honor for my work to have been noticed by this organization. Thanks, Kevin!

Illinois is rife with stories and local legends of allegedly haunted places, from the state’s creepiest cemeteries to roads known for strange and inexplicable happenings.

For years, the website Mysterious Heartland has sought out some of the most notable haunted locations throughout Illinois and the Midwest.

As Mysterious Heartland’s Michael Kleen points out, some people argue Illinois is one of the most haunted states in the nation, and cities across the state have eerie anecdotes that seemingly back up the claim.

Below is a list of the Top 10 most haunted cities in Illinois, according to Mysterious Heartland.

See the entire article here!

Interview with Jamie Davis about my Latest Book

A few days ago, author Jamie Davis posted an interview with me regarding my new book, Ghostlore of Illinois Colleges & Universities. I thought she asked some insightful questions. Check it out at her website.

Fall gives me back to school fever, and when I found out that Michael Kleen’s new book combined my love of ghost stories with my longing for school days, I had to get a copy. One of the themes of the book that really struck a chord with me is the importance of legend-tripping in college. Some of us outgrow it, I guess, but even if we do, I think we replace it with another form of travel or even possibly another thrill-seeking activity.

From haunted libraries and theaters, to even your very own dorm room, any area of the campus might have an associated legend. I caught up with Michael and he very kindly entertained my questions below.

Check out the entire interview!