Bruce Cline is a paranormal investigator and ghost historian. He received B.S. and B.A. Degrees from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. Bruce has had a long time fascination with history, folklore and ghost stories. In 2007, he formed the Little Egypt Ghost Society. Since that time, other team members and he have traveled extensively throughout the Midwest in search of the history, mystery, and hauntings of interesting people, places, and things.
You have been interested in ghost stories and the unexplained since a young man, when you formed the Gaslight Ghoul Club in 1967. What was it like being interested in that subject at the time? What was your favorite ghost story as a child?
When I started the Gaslight Ghoul Club in 1967 my friends an I were all fans of the TV show Dark Shadows. We would meet in my backyard treehouse and tell spooky stories. Our favorite stories revolved around vampires, witches and werewolves.
You formed the Little Egypt Ghost Society in 2007. Why did you decide to form a group at that time, and do you believe the paranormal field has changed since then?
In 2007 I started the Little Egypt Ghost Society as a more “grown up” version of the Gaslight Ghoul Club. We still liked telling spooky stories, but now, we also went out and investigated some of the stories that we head about.
What is the most haunted place in southern Illinois? Have you investigated it? And if so, have you ever had a paranormal encounter there?
The Rose Hotel in Elizabethtown is in our opinion the most haunted location in southern Illinois. We have conducted several overnight paranormal investigations and ghost hunts there and have found evidence of the paranormal every single time we have been there. On one occasion I actually captured the image of “Tote” who is one of the ghosts that haunts the hotel. We also recorded some amazing EVPs. there.
Do you think television shows about paranormal investigation have helped or hindered the field?
I think television shows have helped make ghost hunting and paranormal investigations more popular. However, many of the shows are over dramatic and don’t really portray what paranormal investigation is really about.
We understand you are working on a follow up to your first two books, History, Mystery, and Hauntings of Southern Illinois, and More History, Mystery, and Hauntings of Southern Illinois, which will round out the trilogy. Can you give us a preview of the kind of stories in this new book? Are you focusing on different parts of southern Illinois, or trying to be as inclusive as possible?
Our third book about southern Illinois is The 618 Files: The CONTINUING SAGA of the HISTORY, MYSTERY and HAUNTINGS of SOUTHERN ILLINOIS As the title implies, this book is entirely composed of true stories that take place within the “618” area code region. In fact all three of our books cover the “618” area exclusively. There are very few books that tell about ghosts, hauntings and mysteries of southern Illinois and we want to expose more readers to what makes southern Illinois truly unique.
How can our readers reach you if they are interested in asking you a question or having the Little Egypt Ghost Society perform an investigation?
We can be reached on our Facebook page: Little Egypt Ghost Society, Southern Illinois
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