Ghost Stories & Book Signing with Author Michael Kleen: Haunted Illinois
Join us on Friday, October 21, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, when author Michael Kleen will appear for a book signing at Beads N Botanicals. (Ghost stories at 5:30pm)
Michael will talk about some of the most interesting stories and places from the area, including stories of the abandoned Chanute Air Force Base, the tragic love story of Urbana High School's tower, the ghosts of U of I, a giant snake that was seen in 1896, and more!
Haunting Illinois: A Tourist's Guide to the Weird and Wild Places of the Prairie State: For over a decade, Michael Kleen, author of the Legends and Lore of Illinois, has researched and traveled to mystery spots all over the Prairie State. Now, he has created the most organized and comprehensive guide to haunted and legendary places ever written about Illinois. Haunting Illinois is that guide. Haunting Illinois contains 200 mystery sites and 85 individual illustrations. In this book, Michael not only examines the sites, but also the hobbyists and professionals who have devoted their lives to exploring the strange and unusual in our great state. Divided among eight distinct regions and listed by county, each location features a description, directions, and sources drawn from a diverse variety of books and articles. 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!
Bio: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 numerous books, including Tales of Coles County, Illinois, Six Tales of Terror, Haunting Illinois: A Tourist's Guide to the Weird and Wild Places of the Prairie State, and Paranormal Illinois. Michael has spoken about local history and folklore at conventions, libraries, cafes, schools, and colleges; and he has presented research papers at the 2007, 2010, and 2011 Conference on Illinois History in Springfield.