Haunting Illinois, 3rd Edition, is Now Available!

Haunting Illinois by Michael KleenWe are happy to announce the release of the long-awaited 3rd edition of Haunting Illinois: A Tourist’s Guide to the Weird & Wild Places of the Prairie State by Michael Kleen! It’s been three years since the release of the previous edition in 2011. Since that time, the author has been hard at work traveling to new locations, doing research, and taking pictures for an updated version of the book. The result is one of the most comprehensive guides ever written about haunted and mysterious places in Illinois.

The new edition retails for $12.95 and is 254 pages. It features beautiful cover photography by the very talented Cari Ann Wayman, from Rockford, Illinois.

From Thunder Bay Press: For over a decade, Michael Kleen, author of Paranormal Illinois and Tales of Coles County, has researched and traveled to mystery spots all over the Prairie State. Now, he has created an organized and comprehensive guide to haunted and legendary places in Illinois. Haunting Illinois is that guide.

This new edition of Haunting Illinois contains a listing of 260 mystery sites, with more than 120 photos and illustrations. Divided into eight distinct regions and listed by county and town or neighborhood, each location features a description, directions, and sources drawn from a wide variety of books, articles, and websites. In his introduction, Michael traces the history of legend tripping in Illinois, from the boys who chased after the Diamond Island Phantom in 1885, to the paranormal investigation teams and tours of today.

Haunting Illinois challenges you to get off the couch and start exploring our wonderful state of Illinois. You might be surprised at what you discover!

Praise for Haunting Illinois:

“Ghostly legends dot the Prairie State from its big cities to its small towns. These stories make each community unique in a way that no other landmark ever could… But Michael Kleen understands that these ghosts are more than just stories. As a folklorist and historian, Kleen shows readers the connection between our past and our present. Haunting Illinois is more than just a ghostly travel guide, it’s an adventure offering new insight on the haunts you know, but also takes you on a trip to the spirits in your own backyard.” – JEFF BELANGER, author of The World’s Most Haunted Places, founder of, and host of 30 Odd Minutes

“Michael Kleen is for my money the most honest and constantly engaged folklorist in Illinois today. His always careful but never stodgy fleshing-out of beloved legends and twice-told tales is a model for anyone attempting to find the truth without killing the ‘spirit’ of the stuff we love: the richly magical side of our cherished history.” – URSULA BIELSKI, author of the Chicago Haunts trilogy

“Michael Kleen is a tireless researcher, explorer and has devoted his life to unraveling many of the unusual and strange legends and folk tales that have mystified so many of us. In his latest project, Kleen again shows his talent of delving into ghost stories and spooky lore. It is a great read indeed!” – DALE KACZMAREK, President of The Ghost Research Society

“Michael Kleen’s Haunting Illinois is a must-have guidebook for any history, folklore, and ghost enthusiast living in or planning to visit the Prairie State. Haunting Illinois is thoroughly researched and written, providing detailed information, photos, and maps of hundreds of haunted sites, broken down by county. Kleen’s passion for and dedication to the state’s most haunted and historic places will inspire readers to create their own adventures. This book is a fun, informative, and very creepy read!” – AMELIA COTTER, author of This House & Maryland Ghosts

“Kleen has compiled a fascinating guide for legend tripping in parts of the state we Chicagoans tend to forget exist at all. A must have resource that finally gives the small towns their due.” – ADAM SELZER, author of The Ghosts of Chicago & The Smart Aleck’s Guide to American History

“This book has become one of my most valuable resources for planning graveyard expeditions throughout the state of Illinois. Kleen’s background as a historian and excellent research skills have enabled him to uncover dozens of obscure sites that have escaped the notice of other authors. The book provides a much-needed geographical balance, highlighting haunted sites and local legends in areas of the state neglected by other researchers.” – MATT HUCKE, author of Graveyards of Chicago

“Haunting Illinois is a chillingly entertaining collection of popular ghost folklore and strange phenomena of Illinois that has been recanted in hushed voices from generations past. It is a pleasurable read for fans of the macabre.” – PEGGY CLYDESDALE,

“It doesn’t take long, paging through Michael Kleen’s Haunting Illinois, to come to the understanding that the future of Illinois folklore is in very capable hands as long as Kleen is at the helm. He artfully and passionately scours the entire state of Illinois, finding interesting and horrifying tales that somehow, until now, were confined to their local boundaries. Kleen throws the curtains open on these rare diamonds in the rough and allows these more remote stories to breath and share the same space as their more famous contemporaries…” – SCOTT MARKUS, author of Voices from the Chicago Grave

“I had the pleasure of meeting Michael Kleen a few years ago when he was researching some ghost stories of northern Illinois. I was immediately impressed with his passion for history and the legends that dwell behind the stories. His skill as a storyteller is amazing and shows in the quality of the stories he writes. This is a great book to use as a reference for anyone who is interested in history or ghost stories!” – KATHI KRESOL, Haunted Rockford Tours

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  1. […] the summer, Thunder Bay Press released the third edition of my book Haunting Illinois: A Tourist’s Guide to the Weird & Wild Places […]


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