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Pat Gauen of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Writes on Local Lore

“Generations later, Metro East scary teen lore apparently strong as ever” reporter Pat Gauen proclaims in this latest piece for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. At Mysterious Heartland, we take partial credit for this observation. Gullibility is a hallmark of youth, of course, along with a love of adventure. Hence, two friends and I once paid […]

The Midwest is alive today still with such tales…

“In your hands you hold a bit of curiosity, a personal offering from me to you. Ever since I can remember, and probably even before that, I’ve been fascinated by the voices of the past. Folk tales and legends have always drawn me, rich in their language, mysterious in their telling and retelling. At a […]

Folk tales are where we live…

“That is how I ultimately see the stories in this book—as folk history. I can’t produce them in repeatable experiments, so they don’t qualify as science, and they are often too much at odds with known events of the past to qualify as official history. Sometimes the legends themselves vary in telling from one person […]

The Geography of Campus Ghostlore

Ghostlore of Illinois Colleges and Universities by Michael Kleen is now available on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com! Just in time for the fall, you can own a copy of the first book exclusively devoted to Illinois college folklore and ghost stories. Published by Crossroad Press, Ghostlore of Illinois Colleges and Universities is 166 pages and retails […]

Folklore, Legends, and Ghost Stories

Ghostlore of Illinois Colleges and Universities by Michael Kleen is now available on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com! Just in time for the fall, you can own a copy of the first book exclusively devoted to Illinois college folklore and ghost stories. Published by Crossroad Press, Ghostlore of Illinois Colleges and Universities is 166 pages and retails […]