The Fallen Chronicles: Episode 4


[] The rickety, wooden bridge groaned as The Cruxshadows’ “Marilyn, My Bitterness” echoed from the speakers of the dark blue, Toyota Corolla. Mike, with his thick, furled brow, nervously played with his keys dangling from the ignition, hoping the bridge over the swollen Kaskaskia River would hold. Davin, dressed in a plain black hooded sweatshirt and […]

Top 10 Tales of Witchcraft in the Midwest


Although belief in witchcraft has persisted in the American Midwest for nearly two centuries, Mysterious Heartland has found it surprisingly difficult to locate stories of witchcraft in the region. Never-the-less, we have scoured newspaper archives and dusty volumes to bring you some of the most exciting and obscure accounts of conjuring, hexes, and mistaken identity. […]

Mysterious Heartland’s Most Popular Top 10 Lists


Over the past several years, Mysterious Heartland has published dozens of top 10 lists concerning haunted places all over Illinois and the Midwest. From haunted restaurants, churches, parks, and more, we seem to have covered every conceivable topic. These lists have been very popular with our readers, but what are the most well-read of them […]

American Vampires Long on Lore, Short on Vampires


American Vampires: Their True Bloody History from New York to California by Dr. Bob Curran is an interesting look at the darker side of American folklore, but ultimately falls short as a guide to American vampire lore. Published in 2013 by New Page Books, American Vampires is 254 pages and retails for $15.99. It contains […]

Witchcraft in the Woods: History or Myth?


From History, Mystery, and Hauntings of Southern Illinois by Bruce Cline. Rhoda Penn Calbreath was born on December 6, 1826, some 134 years after the Salem Witch Trials. Yet, prior to her death in 1876, she found herself face to face with the eyes of a witch, in the form of her daughter Hester. Rhoda […]


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