An Intimate History of Mysterious Heartland, Part 1


As our longtime readers know, evolved out of a previous website, Legends and Lore of Illinois ( went online in January 2009 and mainly existed to support and promote our monthly digital newsletter Legends and Lore of Illinois. After a number of years, we began publishing other content on the website that wasn’t […]

Legends and Lore of Illinois: The Definitive Collection Has Finally Arrived!


After months of delays, I’m happy to announce the official release of Legends and Lore of Illinois: The Definitive Collection! This 8.5×11 book is the product of over five years of work and contains all 49 locations covered by the Legends and Lore of Illinois monthly serial, plus a bonus location: Southern Illinois University. It […]

Farewell to the Legends and Lore of Illinois


As we transition to our new, expanded website, Mysterious Heartland, I wanted to take a moment to talk about everything we have achieved over the past five to six years. The Legends and Lore of Illinois premiered on the website of my publishing company, Black Oak Media, on January 1, 2007. The first issue featured […]

All 49 issues of the Legends and Lore of Illinois Released on CD-ROM!


Late in December, I alluded to several projects in development for the new year. I am happy to announce that one of those projects, a CD-ROM, is now completed and available. This is a must have for any fan of the Legends and Lore of Illinois or anyone who enjoyed a few issues but did […]

Flashback: Ridge Cemetery


“He said he got the chills suddenly, like the temperature dropped to below zero,” Greg explained. Davin appeared pasty and pale, but that wasn’t necessarily out of character. “Maybe this has something to do with that corpse we found earlier,” Mike wondered aloud. “Davin gets sick twenty times a week and this time it’s due […]


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