A Personal Note to My Readers

My dad and I at graduation, Ft. Jackson, South Carolina. July 2, 2014

My dad and I at graduation, Ft. Jackson, South Carolina. July 2, 2014

Dear Readers, first I would like to thank you for making last month such a success for Mysterious Heartland – In June, our website received 339,931 views! 77,764 on June 19th alone. That is by far a record month! It is even more surprising because of what I’m about to tell you. Some of my friends already know this, but I have been gone for the past ten weeks. Most of the posts at Mysterious Heartland for the past two months were scheduled in advance. Why, you ask? Because of my new career.

You see, earlier this year, I decided to finally pursue one of my lifelong dreams and joined the US Army. I left for Basic Training at Ft. Jackson in Columbia, SC at the end of April and graduated last Wednesday. I entered the Army with the rank of specialist and my MOS is 35Q – Cryptologic Network Warfare Specialist. I am now attending the Center for Information Dominance at Corry Station in Pensacola, Florida. I’ll be here for the next 6 months. Don’t worry, I have internet access again, so I plan to continue updating this website. In fact, I came back to some interesting emails and leads for future content I think you will very much enjoy!

It is still my goal to make this website a premier destination for information about the ghost lore and folklore of the American Heartland. If you would like to help, please visit this link to learn how to submit content. I am always looking for interesting articles, stories, photos, and videos to post. With my new station in Pensacola, I’m looking forward to learning more about the Gulf region, particularly New Orleans. I have been fascinated with that city ever since I visited in the summer of 2000.

In other news, the third edition of my book Haunting Illinois will be coming out later this month. It features new cover photography from the very talented Cari Ann Wayman, 60 new places, and dozens of new photos. I will be posting more about that in the coming weeks. I’m looking forward to getting back behind the helm of this website and building it into something that my readers can enjoy for years to come. I hope you stick with us!

Friends join me for Family Day at Fort Jackson, SC, July 1, 2014.

Friends join me for Family Day at Fort Jackson, SC, July 1, 2014.


  1. Congratulations on your new career and good posting. Glad to hear the site will keep going, and looking forward to more tales and lore. The possible French connection interests me as well, as ex pat Northern Irish living in northern France, and just read tiny snippets of the myths, legends, and beliefs, that travelled from the Old World to the New.

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    Im so glead to finde this blog so intrasting to digg more to finde intrasting blogs,Congratulations on your new career im glad i finde this posting cipup to finde more intrasting storis


  1. […] because I have been away from home for so long. In April, I decided to pursue a longtime goal and joined the Army. I spent May and June at Basic Training at Ft. Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. Then I spent […]

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