Q&A with Michael Kleen
“Michael Kleen is the man behind Black Oak Media, a Midwestern publishing company. As I was getting started in photography, he was very supportive of my work and helped me become the photographer I am today. I’m happy to present you with a short Q&A I had with him about his magazine Black Oak Presents and what part photography plays in it.”
In this exclusive interview I answer 6 questions with Greg Inda, cover photographer for Black Oak Presents. Check it out now!
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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
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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.
Liz Surbeck, a freshman English major at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, was nice enough to quote me in a column she wrote on the Pemberton Hall legend for the Daily Eastern News. Read it here: Pemberton’s legend, Mary.
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/