Category Archives: Musings
Found this rare “Werebro” pounding a Coors Light outside a house on US Route 11 in Syracuse, New York.
In case you missed it. In this recent interview, I discuss my new book, Witchcraft in Illinois, with Michael Koolidge on Friday, October 6, 2017. The Michael Koolidge Show is the only statewide-syndicated radio show in Illinois and is one of the few independently syndicated shows of its kind in the nation.
In this latest interview with Bobbie Ashley, I talk about my new book, Witchcraft in Illinois, on WIKK 103.5 The Eagle in Newton, Illinois.
I don’t talk about it much, but I was a big science fiction fan as a kid and I love retro-futurism, atompunk, raygun gothic, and all those related genres. This is a neat video with Bruce McCall, an illustrator who creates what he calls “faux-nostalgic art”, or art that longs for a past that never existed. Think of how people in the 1930s imagined the ’90s. I thought we’d have flying cars and colonies on the moon by now. Instead, we’re still obsessing over celebrities and fake news or whatnot. Ah well.
Big thanks to Dave Rutter for including me in his article on the ghost stories of Cuba Road for Barrington’s lifestyle magazine Country Magazine. I’ll probably never get invited to a party in Barrington, but I’ll settle for being present in print.
Cuba Road winds five miles between Northwest Highway 14 just north of Barrington and Highway 12 in Lake Zurich. The old country road is bracketed by towering trees, spacious, off-the-road homes, hobby farms, a 780-acre marsh and a 180-year-old cemetery. It looks normal in the daylight.
Oh, by the way, at night it’s also home to least 20 reputed ghosts. We are going there because it’s almost Halloween. If you wish to experience the march of transient souls on All Hallow’s Eve, there is no more spookily busy place than Cuba Road.
Folklorist author Michael Kleen, a lifelong fan of ghost stories, has accumulated dozens of stories about Cuba Road’s ghosts. Does he believe?
A preview of my new book Witchcraft in Illinois: A Cultural History.