Published Works

Books

  • Witchcraft in Illinois: A Cultural History. Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2017.
  • Ghostlore of Illinois Colleges and Universities. Hertford, NC: Crossroad Press, 2015.
  • Haunting Illinois: A Tourist’s Guide to the Weird and Wild Places of the Prairie State, 3rd Ed. Holt: Thunder Bay Press, 2014.
  • Legends and Lore of Illinois: The Definitive Collection. Rockford: Black Oak Media, Inc., 2013.
  • Tales of Coles County, Illinois, 5th Edition. Rockford: Black Oak Media, Inc., 2013.
  • Home of the Brave, Part 1. Rockford: Black Oak Media, Inc., 2011.
  • Shades of Gray: Tales of Ghosts from the Battlefields of Virginia. Wever: Quixote Press, 2011.
  • Haunting Illinois: A Tourist’s Guide to the Weird and Wild Places of the Prairie State, 2nd Ed. Holt: Thunder Bay Press, 2011.
  • Tales of Coles County, Illinois (2010). Rockford: Black Oak Press, Illinois, 2010.
  • Paranormal Illinois. Atglen: Schiffer Publishing, 2010.
  • Haunting the Prairie: A Tourist’s Guide to the Weird and Wild Places of Illinois. Rockford: Black Oak Press, Illinois, 2010.
  • One Voice. Rockford: Black Oak Press, Illinois, 2009.
  • Legends and Lore of Illinois: Case Files Volume 1. Rockford: Black Oak Press, Illinois, 2009.
  • One Voice. Charleston: Black Oak Press, Illinois, 2008. (pamphlet)
  • Six Tales of Terror. Charleston: Black Oak Press, Illinois, 2005. (pamphlet*)
  • Tales of Coles County, Illinois. Charleston: Black Oak Press, Illinois, 2004, 2005. (pamphlet*)
  • New Ideas: Short Essays on Contemporary Thought and Culture. Charleston: Black Oak Press, Illinois, 2004. (pamphlet*)
  • The Distance of Sorrow: Special Edition. Charleston: Black Oak Press, Illinois, 2004. (pamphlet*)
  • Autumn and Winter: Seasons of Gray. Bloomington: Xlibris, 2003.
  • Tales of the Supernatural: and Other Mysteries of the Universe. Bloomington: Xlibris, 2000.
  • The River of Rain: or The Natural Man. Bloomington: Xlibris, 2000.

Articles

  • “A Long, Dark Night: The Simon Peter Nelson Murders,” Secret Rockford (Rockford: Black Oak Media, Inc., 2014): 227-260.
  • “The Copperhead Threat in Illinois: Peace Democrats, Loyalty Leagues, and the Charleston Riot of 1864,” Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society 105 (Spring 2012): 69-92.
  • “From Poor House to Haunted House: The Coles County Poor Farm,” Historic Illinois 34 (August 2011): 3-6.
  • “’Peering into the Cauldron’… Part 2: ‘Dark Egypt’ and the Williams Sisters,” KILTER, no. 10 (Winter 2010/2011): 22-24.
  • “’Peering into the Cauldron’… Part 1: The Hanging of Moreau,” KILTER, no. 9 (Fall 2010): 22-23.
  • “The Cambridge ‘Death Curve’,” KILTER, no. 4 (Summer 2009): 8-10.
  • “’Chicago’s Flaxen Fantasy’: The Legend of Resurrection Mary,” Paranormal Underground 2, no. 3 (March 2009): 38-42.
  • “’Our Flaxen Fantasy’: The Legend of Resurrection Mary,” KILTER, no. 3 (Spring 2009): 13-14, 54.
  • “The Legend of Pemberton Hall,” KILTER, no. 2 (Winter 2008/2009): 7-8, 51-52.
  • “In a League of Their Own: The Windy City Rollers,” Black Oak Presents 2 (Winter 2008): 6-8.
  • “The Legend of Pemberton Hall,” Paranormal Underground 1, no. 11 (November 2008): 16-19.
  • “The Most Remarkable Proceedings: Witchcraft in England 1640-1690,” Paranormal Underground 1, no. 10 (October 2008): 68-73.
  • “The Allure of Thanatos,” KILTER, no. 1 (Fall 2008): 14-16.
  • “The Allure of Thanatos,” Paranormal Underground 1, no. 9 (September 2008): 62-64.
  • “Der Schlieffenplan: Interpreting the Shadows on the Cave Wall,” Historia 16 (2007): 33-53.
  • “Fickle Little Machine: A Fickle Little Zine,” Black Oak Presents 1 (Autumn 2007): 6-7.

Short Stories

  • “Sonic Fear,” in Lost in the Witching Hour, ed. Kim Young (Breaking Fate Publishing, 2014).
  • “The Old House,” in Hunting Ghosts: Thrilling Tales of the Paranormal, ed. Buck Weiss (Rockford: Black Oak Media, Inc., 2013): 223-228.
  • “Cthulhu Dawn,” in Mythos: Myths & Tales of H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard, ed. Gwendolyn Toynton (Numen Books, 2011): 305-309.
  • “Sonic Fear,” KILTER, no. 8 (Summer 2010): 41-42.
  • “Cthulhu Dawn,” Paranormal Underground 3, no. 7 (July 2010): 48-51.
  • “Lair in the Mouth of Evil,” KILTER, no. 6 (Winter 2009/2010): 17-18.

Newspaper/Web Articles

  • A Report From Sackets Harbor War of 1812 Weekend,” The New York History Blog (13 August 2017).
  • A Visit To Marilla Civil War Days in Erie County,” The New York History Blog (10 August 2017).
  • Montcalm’s Cross: Report from Carillon Reenactment Weekend,” The New York History Blog (30 July 2017).
  • “A Brief History of Witchcraft in Illinois,” Market Street Press (1 October 2016).
  • “Rockford Tries ‘End Demand’ Approach to Curb Prostitution,” Market Street Press (1 April 2016).
  • Funds available in Rockford to help get women off the streets,” Rockford Register Star (27 February 2016).
  • Prostitution: Shedding light on Rockford’s sex trade,” Rockford Advocate (18 November 2015).
  • “Ghosts of the Past Haunt Tinker Swiss Cottage,” Rock River Times (30 October 2013).
  • “A Self-Guided Tour of Rockford’s Most Haunted Places,” Rock River Times (31 October 2012).
  • “Local Author Shares Rockford Area’s Top Five Creepiest Places,” Rock River Times (26 October 2011).
  • “Mad Gasser terrified Mattoon in ’44,” Mattoon Messenger (27 October 2009).
  • “Real haunted houses of Coles County,” Mattoon Messenger (20 October 2009).
  • “Eeriness of murder surrounds Airtight Bridge,” Mattoon Messenger (13 October 2009).
  • “The ‘Witch’s Grave’ of St. Omer Cemetery,” Mattoon Messenger (6 October 2009).
  • “Mysterious Morgan Township,” Mattoon Messenger (1 October 2009).

Poetry

  • “The Winter Queen,” West Words 4 (Spring 2000): 100.

 

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