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“Heartland is Haunted” Reaches Villa Grove, Moves Toward Champaign-Urbana

I didn’t know what to expect last night when I pulled up to the small Camargo Township Library in Villa Grove, but I was pleasantly surprised. My audience was primarily students from the local high school and many of them, I learned, were from the football team, the Blue Devils, which were 2008 Little Okaw Valley Conference Champions. They had all heard of Ashmore Estates, and many of them had seen the season premier of Ghost Adventures, so they were all eager to hear what it was like to be on the show. I shared a lot of local ghost stories with them and I was interested to know if there were any from Villa Grove. I saw an abandoned railroad depot on my way into town and I was sure there would be some story about the place. To my surprise, there wasn’t! Never the less, the kids asked a lot of questions and bought up Haunting Illinois in droves. I’m afraid I might not have any left after I go to Champaign and Urbana tonight!

This evening I will be at Beads N Botanicals in Urbana from 4:30 to 6:30 and then directly afterwards I am heading over to the Barnes and Noble in Champaign and will be there from 7 to 9pm. Please join me there and make sure to mention that you heard about the event on my website!

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“Heartland is Haunted” Rolls into Springfield and Villa Grove

Last night I shared folklore and ghost stories from all over Illinois, as well as my experience being interviewed for the season premier of Ghost Adventures and WGN News, at Carl Jones’ class at Lincolnland College in Springfield. The talk was well received, and the “Heartland is Haunted” t-shirts were a big hit too! Afterwards, Carl and a friend met me at Mowie’s Cue for a round of beers and some fried mushrooms and mini tacos. All in all, it was a very fun evening and left me excited about the second leg of my book tour!

This afternoon I spoke briefly on WILL 580-AM out of Urbana before hitting the road for my next destination. Tonight I will be speaking at the Camargo Township Library in Villa Grove, Illinois, a small town east of Tuscola, from 6 to 8pm. As for right now, however, I am enjoying some ice cream at Flesor’s Candy Kitchen in Tuscola and preparing for my presentation!

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Heartland is Haunted Book Tour Kicks Off

Saturday, October 15th – My appearance at the paranormal meet & greet in Charleston, Illinois kicked off the first event in a book tour I am dubbing the “Heartland is Haunted” tour. The event in Charleston was organized by Becky Guymon of the Illinois Metaphysical & Paranormal Society and featured groups from east-central Illinois. After the meet and greet, I conducted a tour of haunted places around Coles County. The event was an overwhelming success, and I’m very excited about my appearances all next week in the second leg of the book tour. “Heartland is Haunted” t-shirts are available for $14. Check out what Angela Howser of the Disclosure had to say about the event:

In keeping with the ‘spirit’ of things, we attended an event Saturday (10.15.11) in Charleston that was the kick-off of a week-long series of appearances for our columnist and friend, author/publisher Michael Kleen… he was downstate and continues to be a bit south of his stomping grounds of Rockford promoting his books of the paranormal and local history and legends.

Kleen will be giving cemetery tours and presentations as they pertains to local legends and reports of hauntings; later this week, October 22 ,he’ll be in [Macon] County with our friend Angie Johnson, who is conducting a tour of a local cemetery, Peck, which she’s leading the way in restoration of. In order to fund restoration, Angie is also conducting a ghost hunt, and has raised quite a bit of money with this fun and successful venture, all for the good of the cemetery preservation. Angie is emerging as a state leader in the Association for Gravestone Studies,a fascinating venture.

Check out the entire article here..

Upcoming tour dates, times, & locations:

Camargo Township Library in Villa Grove, IL
October 20, 2011 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm
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Beads N Botanicals in Urbana, IL
October 21, 2011 – 4:30pm – 6:30pm
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Barnes & Noble in Champaign, IL
October 21, 2011 – 7:00pm – 9:00pm
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Book Warehouse in Tuscola, IL
October 22, 2011 – 1 to 3pm
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Legends and Lore at Peck Cemetery
October 22, 2011 – 5:00pm – 8:00pm

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Check Out My Interview on the Project Archivist Podcast

Join host Roejen Razorwire as he interviews me about my new book “Haunting Illinois: A Tourist’s Guide to the Weird and Wild Places of the Prairie State!” Roejen Razorwire and his co-host are broadcasting Project Archivist out of the wilds of Michigan. In this interview, I talk about the Mad Gasser of Mattoon and some of my (mis)adventures.

Project Archivist Episode 4

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I Will Appear on Kevin Smith Show Tonight

I will be appearing tonight on the Kevin Smith Show to talk about my brand new book, Haunting Illinois: A Tourist’s Guide to the Weird and Wild Places of the Prairie State. The Kevin Smith Show is an international talk radio show broadcast via internet radio, AM/FM/Shortwave, cell phones, and internet TV, and has millions of listeners around the world. I am very excited to connect with fans of the Kevin Smith Show and share some of Illinois’ most compelling stories of the strange and usual. FYI: There is a possibility that the video feed of the interview will be available to view on the website, www.kevinsmithshow.com. Check it out at 9pm central time.

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My Appearance on 30 Odd Minutes

On Tuesday evening, I appeared on Jeff Belanger’s show “30 Odd Minutes,” which can be seen on more than a dozen channels around the US, as well as downloaded from iTunes. We talked about my new book, Haunting Illinois, as well as stories from a few places like Western Illinois University and Chanute Air Force Base.

Check out the full episode here: http://blip.tv/play/AYLA2yQC, or view it on their website here.

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‘Haunting Illinois’ Hits #5 in the Rankings

Yesterday morning, my new book, Haunting Illinois: A Tourist’s Guide to the Weird and Wild Places of the Prairie State, briefly hit #5 in the category of Travel/Midwest and 31,755 out of all books on Amazon.com! That means more and more people must be sensing that there is something different about this book from anything that has come before it.

Even if you already own the first edition, Haunting the Prairie, you won’t want to miss upgrading to the new version. Haunting Illinois lists 200 haunted or unusual places from ever corner of the state, 70 more than the original version. Plus, this version has many more pictures and new icons, and an exceptional cover photo by the very talented Rachel Black, who has won awards for her photography of the ruins of Manteno State Hospital.

Don’t take my word for it, see what other people have said about the first edition of the book, then judge for your self if it is worth it to buy the new!