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The Fallen Chronicles: Episode 40

[Mysteriousheartland.com] Mike smelled the musk of stale wood as the giant skeletal horse, built from driftwood and animated by some unknown force, pressed him against the wall in the foyer of the Clark Arts Center. The petrified “bones” of the creature rattled in his ears, and his muscles strained to hold back its assault. As […]

Illinois State University’s Loyal Librarian

[Mysteriousheartland.com] Founded in 1857 and originally a teacher’s college, Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois is currently home to around 23,000 students and faculty, as well as one tenacious ghost. This ghost is said to be that of Angeline V. Milner, or Ange for short, a librarian who remained with her books long after she […]

Western Illinois University’s Haunted Simpkins Hall

[Mysteriousheartland.com] For years, students and faculty in Western Illinois University’s Simpkins Hall have told stories about phantom children. Many other odd occurrences are attributed to “Harold,” a former janitor or graduate assistant who lurks among the classrooms on the third floor. After classes finish for the day, the disembodied sound of keys jingling, doors opening […]

University of Illinois’ Suicidal Specters

[Mysteriousheartland.com] The University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois was established as an industrial university in 1867 and first opened on March 2, 1868. It became the University of Illinois in 1885 and was renamed the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1982. As one of the oldest public universities in the state of Illinois, the […]

Q&A with the Author of Ghostlore of Illinois Colleges and Universities

Michael Kleen earned a M.A. in History from Eastern Illinois University in 2008 and a M.S. in Education from Western Illinois University in 2011. He is the author of several books, including Haunting Illinois, Tales of Coles County, Six Tales of Terror, and Paranormal Illinois. Michael has spoken about local history and folklore at conventions, […]