Book Signing this Friday!

Michael Kleen, author of the Legends and Lore of Illinois, will be at Borders Books in DeKalb selling and signing copies of his brand new book Legends and Lore of Illinois: Case Files. This event will also feature other authors in the paranormal genre. Come meet Michael Kleen, buy a book, and stay and chat.

Here are the details:

Date: Friday, May 8, 2009
Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: Borders Books
Street: 2520 Sycamore Rd
City/Town: DeKalb, IL

New Interview at Greginda.com

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!

On the set of Fear in the Flatlands

Filmmaker John Specht asked me to come down to Coles County on Saturday to be interviewed for another segment for his project “Fear in the Flatlands”.  This time, they got some footage of me in a van being driven through the streets of Charleston.  It was a great time and I’m excited about this project.

John Specht and crew at Ashmore Estates
John Specht and crew at Ashmore Estates
The crew waits for filming to begin
The crew waits for filming to begin
John and Crew getting ready to shoot at St. Omer Cemetery
John and Crew getting ready to shoot at St. Omer Cemetery

A New Column; Article.

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.

Looking forward to 2009

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.

Michael Kleen