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. This event is sponsored by the EIU Creative Writing Club.
Come for haunting stories & strange tales, speak with the author, and have an all-around good time!
In addition to telling tales, Kleen will show pictures and video from some of the most interesting places in Coles County. Some of these places will include EIU’s Pemberton Hall, Airtight Bridge, Ashmore Estates, “Ragdoll” Cemetery, haunted houses, and more. Attendees will come away with a richer understanding of the history, folklore, and events that make this area so unique.
Michael Kleen has spent the better part of a decade researching the folklore and ghost stories of Coles County. His article “The Legend of Pemberton Hall,” which has been offered as a PDF at www.michaelkleen.com since 2008, has been downloaded over 2,100 times.
Michael Kleen lived in Coles County from 2000 to 2008 and received his BA in philosophy and MA in history from Eastern Illinois University. He currently lives in Rockford, Illinois where he owns an independent publishing company, Black Oak Media, Inc. He has written several books, including Haunting Illinois: A Tour Guide to the Weird and Wild Places of the Prairie State.