Interview with Stephen Osborne, Author of Ghosts of Northern Illinois and South Bend Ghosts


Stephen Osborne lives in rural northern Illinois with Christine, the diva dog. When not writing, he often can be found in Chicago seeing musicals or relaxing at home or losing at Monopoly. He loves reading mysteries, spending time with friends, and, of course, ghost stories. Please tell our readers a little about yourself. Were you […]

Top 10 Most Haunted Places in Northern Illinois


With the City of Chicago at its eastern edge, Rockford in the middle, and the Quad Cities in the west, northern Illinois is the most populated and developed area of the state. Darkened corridors of abandoned factories, old farmhouses, and foreboding roads offer a stark contrast to this image of progress, however, and there is […]

Willow Creek Farm in Shannon, Illinois

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Willow Creek is an unassuming farm in rural Carroll County, just outside the town of Shannon. In recent years, it has been the subject of at least a dozen different paranormal investigations, all of which have uncovered a treasure trove of mysterious phenomenon both of the visual and auditory variety. The farmhouse itself is said […]

Pictures from Rockford ParaCON2010

My presentation

Great thanks goes out to the Forest City Paranormal Society for hosting and organizing this inaugural Rockford ParaCON2010 at Rockford College! The event was a success, despite the sudden snowfall the night before. Speakers included myself, Sara Bowker of FCPS, and Noah Leigh of Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee. Both Sara and Noah gave great presentations. […]

Top 10 Most Haunted Houses in Illinois


As we at Mysterious Heartland know, the Prairie State is a very creepy place! Haunted cemeteries, colleges, abandoned hospitals, roads, forests, and schools abound. But what are the creepiest homes and mansions in Illinois? After much debate, we are happy to bring you the Top 10 Most Haunted Houses in Illinois. Note: Most of the homes […]


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