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What is Totalitarianism? A Dinner and Discussion

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If the United States came under the control of a totalitarian regime, would we recognize it? This and other provocative questions are asked and answered in my reading of “What is Totalitarianism?” (Part 1 and Part 2) which will include a presentation on the reality of totalitarianism (defined as “total state control”) in the world today, and a discussion of the subject over dinner at the Stockholm Inn in Rockford, Illinois.

To pre-order tickets, get directions to this event, or view other details, visit our event page.

General admission is $5 pre-ordered or at the door. A special $10 ticket will give you access to the event plus a copy of my book One Voice ($8 retail). Dinner is not included with the cost of admission, but the Stockholm Inn has a wonderful selection of Swedish foods and we encourage guests to order dinner or just sample their famous Swedish Pancakes during the presentation.

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Announcements

Guest Editor on Strike-the-Root

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!

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Press

New Interview in the Streator Times

Local Haunts — Author explores ghostly tales across Illinois
By Melissa Garzanelli

Michael Kleen, author of "Paranormal Illinois" and "Haunting the Prairie," speaks to guests during a book signing Friday night at Finnegan's Bookstore in Utica.

Michael Kleen gets a kick out of ghost stories and he’s willing to travel to see if there’s any truth to these legends. Kleen, of Rockford, has visited spots across Illinois, including some nearby like Cumberland Cemetery near Wenona and Moon Point Cemetery in Livingston County, where stories persist of the “Hatchet Lady.” He posts his discoveries online through a serial newsletter at http://www.trueillinoishaunts.com. Now he’s taking some of those stories and putting them in print.

Kleen recently released “Paranormal Illinois,” which joins his first book “Haunting the Prairie.” He talked to The Times via e-mail about his books, ghost hunting and why people love their local haunts.

Q. You operate an online newsletter sharing tales of the paranormal. What made you decide to publish your books as well?

A. Books have always been my first love. I started out writing fiction, and the digital newsletter (Legends and Lore of Illinois) was a way to explore my other interests by examining the history and folklore of haunted places in Illinois…

Read the entire interview!

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Fiction

“Sonic Fear” in Summer 2010 issue of KILTER

Check out the new issue of KILTER – I have a pretty decent short story published in it called “Sonic Fear” about a guy who loses his mind because he lives too close to the railroad tracks…

From their website: “Number 8 is busting at the seams with great content. Art coverage, movie reviews, An Interview with Voltaire by the Reverend Chicagodom, a review of the Chemlab/16 Volt show, a piece about Latebar, the fashion of Dollface, art by Sinee Misgari, Zmiya, Judgehydrogen, an expanded comics section, Poetry, fiction by Michael Kleen, Cleo LaVamp on the Continuum (including a pictorial tour) SS-Triple-X, and our regular features, Ask Happy, the Horriblescopes and another vegan recipe by Scary Lady Sarah. :gasp: (and so much more)”

Order now ($5 + Shipping) It’s also available in select Chicago stores.

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Appearances

1-Day Left Before Champaign Booksigning

People are excited about this one, I can feel it. Gillian Gabriel was kindly enough to interview me for the Champaign-Urbana art & culture blog Smile Politely. I hope this will draw a larger crowd on Saturday, but we will have a great time no matter what. I can’t wait to meet all my past and future friends in Champaign. I’ve missed the place ever since I left EIU…

A Paranormal Saturday awaits

Gillian Gabriel

Michael Kleen has a great fondness for the Midwest, a Master’s degree in History, and an insatiable thirst for ghost stories. Lucky for us, he has been able to skillfully combine all of his passions in his new book, Paranormal Illinois.

Painstakingly and lovingly compiled, Kleen’s books will be sure to become indispensable primers for both Midwestern ghost hunters and local folklore buffs alike. Michael will be appearing at Barnes and Noble this Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. to discuss and sign copies of Paranormal Illinois. He was kind enough to answer some of our questions:

Smile Politely: Your book, Paranormal Illinois, came out recently, but it looks like you have written several others on the topic. Where does your interest in the paranormal come from? Did you have an experience that motivated you to learn more?

Michael Kleen: You know, people ask me this question all the time, and I’m never quite sure of the answer. I’ve often thought about why I’m interested in this subject, but the fact is, I always have been. When I learned to read, some of the first books I sought out on my own were about ghosts. I must have read every single collection of ghost stories that was at the library when I was in elementary school. World’s Most Spine-Tingling “True” Ghost Stories, World’s Weirdest “True” Ghost Stories, and of course, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, were all favorites. What I like most about Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is that the author took common folktales and rewrote them in a way that kids of my generation would love. That’s what I try to do with my books: I want to tell the stories, but I also want to show that they are tied to history and culture. They are windows into a side of history that is usually ignored or covered-up. Ghosts are, after all, remnants of past generations that linger long after they are physically gone. Perhaps they have something to tell us.

Check out the entire interview!

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Press

My Interview on WREX Channel 13’s News at Noon

Special thanks to Jeannie Hayes for having me on the news this afternoon. Another interview segment will be aired this weekend on Channel 13’s morning show.


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Press

Join me on the 12 o’clock news in Rockford

Join me on the Channel 13 News at Noon in Rockford on Tuesday May 18! That’s right, if you happen to be home at that time, aka retired or unemployed, you can hear me talk about my latest book – live! And I promise to mention my presentation at the Rockford Public Library on July 17 at 4pm. …That’s the Rockford Public Library on July 17 at 4pm. Also, I was told they will rebroadcast this segment during the early show on the weekend!

Why yes I did Photoshop that image myself…