Q&A with the Author of Ghostlore of Illinois Colleges and Universities


Michael Kleen earned a M.A. in History from Eastern Illinois University in 2008 and a M.S. in Education from Western Illinois University in 2011. He is the author of several books, including Haunting Illinois, Tales of Coles County, Six Tales of Terror, and Paranormal Illinois. Michael has spoken about local history and folklore at conventions, […]

Ghostlore of Illinois Colleges and Universities is Now Available


This is it — the print edition Ghostlore of Illinois Colleges and Universities by Michael Kleen is now available on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com! Just in time for the fall, you can own a copy of the first book exclusively devoted to Illinois college folklore and ghost stories. Published by Crossroad Press, Ghostlore of Illinois Colleges […]

Mapping the Invisible Landscape: Folklore, Writing, and the Sense of Place


First published in 1993 by the University of Iowa Press, the importance of Mapping the Invisible Landscape: Folklore, Writing, and the Sense of Place by Kent C. Ryden cannot be understated. Alongside The Last Laugh by Raymond Moody, it is one of the few books that has fundamentally changed my perception of the study of […]

Paranormal 101: Urban Legends and Folklore


In these posts, I will provide a list of books I think anyone interested in the paranormal would benefit from reading. Each list will be arranged by topic and will be accompanied by some notes of my own. Enjoy! Brunvand, Jan Harold. Too Good to be True: The Colossal Book of Urban Legends. New York: […]

Rockford Literature Examiner Mentions Legends and Lore of Illinois


Nicole Kooistra has generously mentioned the Legends and Lore of Illinois in her recent piece at Examiner.com entitled “Ghostlore and Folklore“. Check it out for an interesting but brief comparison of the epic Beowulf and modern ghost stories. “We don’t have an oral tradition in the same way that we used to. Our histories are […]


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