Streets of Fear – “Bloods Point Road” – now up on FEARnet

When FEARnet contacted me about doing an episode of Streets of Fear on Blood’s Point Road, I was looking forward to working with them, but the schedule was very tight. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to find anyone else to be in the video on such short notice, but luckily Kathi Kresol and Forest City Paranormal were more than happy to help out. Nothing usually comes together so harmoniously, but we made it happen and I think the episode really reflects that. You can watch the video below, or click here to go to the FEARnet website.

The Rockford Register Star also ran an article about FEARnet’s visit: “Bloods Point residents mystified by myths


The Legend of Pemberton Hall – The legend returns!

Since the 1950s, a story has been told to every generation of girls who reside in Eastern Illinois University’s legendary Pemberton Hall, the first all-female dormitory in the state of Illinois.

This story involves an infamous dorm mother named Mary Hawkins and the ghost of a girl who was allegedly murdered in the fourth floor piano room over ninety years ago. Pemberton Hall’s fourth floor has been closed for generations, adding fuel to the legend. Students wonder:

  • Who was Mary Hawkins?
  • What did she really look like?
  • How did she die?
  • How long has this story been told?

Now peer behind the locked doors and find out what really happened on that dark and stormy night at Eastern Illinois University. The answers to all your questions about this famous story are just a click away! This is the most comprehensive account of the legend ever written.

Click the link below to download it for free!  Also, feel free to share this .pdf with your friends!

The Legend of Pemberton Hall by Michael Kleen

The Legend of Pemberton Hall by Michael Kleen
The Legend of Pemberton Hall by Michael Kleen

Citations: if you wish to use any of this in a paper or presentation, cite it in the following way (Chicago style):
Michael Kleen, The Legend of Pemberton Hall (Charleston: Black Oak Press, Illinois, 2008), page#.

On Location with FEARnet’s “Streets of Fear”

Today I had the pleasure of being interviewed by two aspiring young filmmakers from Chicago for an upcoming webisode of FEARnet’s “Streets of Fear” series. The new episodes of “Streets of Fear” will be featured on FEARnet’s website throughout October. This particular webisode will be about Boone County’s Blood’s Point Road. I met Josh and his assistant at the bridge overlooking the railroad tracks where legend has it several people were hanged, committed suicide, or have died in tragic accidents.

The cameraman, Josh Tallo, and I
The cameraman, Josh Tallo, and I
We were plagued by mosquitoes for the entire interview
We were plagued by mosquitoes for the entire interview
Kathi Kresol of the Haunted Rockford tour was interviewed at Blood's Point Cemetery
Kathi Kresol of the Haunted Rockford tour was interviewed at Blood's Point Cemetery
Paranormal enthusiasts from Rockford College watch the filming.
Paranormal enthusiasts from Rockford College watch the filming.

I think the interview turned out great and I am looking forward to seeing the final results. In the meantime, here is a link to a webisode from last year’s series: Streets of Fear: Shades of Death Road

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

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

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