5 Most Mysterious Ghost Towns in the Midwest

Mostly reserved for the dusty roads of the old West, ghost towns do not often come to mind when you think of the American Midwest. The Heartland, however, is filled with former towns and villages that, for whatever reason, never made it. Some disappeared when railroads connected to more prosperous towns. Some died out when […]

Top 10 Witch Graves in the Midwest

Though tales of witchcraft are rare in the American Heartland, nearly every state has a remote, rural cemetery in which a witch is said to be buried. In the distant past, legends say, a recluse or eccentric woman was put to death for practicing magic and the community tried to cover it up. To this […]

Michael Kleen Presents “The Legend of Pemberton Hall” October 24th

Charleston, Illinois — Michael Kleen, author of Tales of Coles County, Illinois, will tell “The Legend of Pemberton Hall” and other local ghost stories at a special presentation on Thursday, October 24, 2013. The multimedia presentation will be held in the Paris Room of the MLK, Jr. Student Union at Eastern Illinois University from 7-8:30pm. […]

Last Chance to Pre-Order Tales of Coles County

Today and tomorrow (Saturday/Sunday) are your last days to pre-order Tales of Coles County, Illinois. Pre-orders will be signed by the author and shipped on Monday August 5th. The 10th Anniversary edition of Michael Kleen’s classic Tales of Coles County, Illinois combines both the original book and the Legends and Lore of Coles County, with […]

The St. Omer “Witch’s Grave”

By Michael Kleen St. Omer Cemetery and the small, defunct village of the same name probably would have been forgotten a century ago had it not been for one unusual family monument and a misprinted date. As is often the case in Coles County, these peculiar circumstances gave birth to an obscure but enduring legend. […]