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Eerie accounts and unsolved mysteries from Door County to Dodgeville, from Milwaukee to Madeline Island
Grab a cozy blanket, light a few flickering candles, and enjoy the unnerving tales of Haunted Wisconsin. Gathered from personal interviews with credible eyewitnesses, on-site explorations, historical archives, newspaper reports, and other sources, these scores of reports date from Wisconsin’s early settlement days to recent inexplicable events.
You’ll read about Wisconsin’s most famous haunted house, Summerwind; three Milwaukee men who encountered the beautiful ghost of National Avenue; a phantom basketball player; a spectral horse that signaled death in the pioneer era of the Wisconsin Dells; a poltergeist in St. Croix County who attracted a crowd of more than three hundred spectators; the Ridgeway Ghost who haunts the driftless valleys of southwestern Wisconsin; a swinging railroad lantern held by unseen hands; the Ghost Island of the Chippewa Flowage; and many others. Are ghosts real? That’s for you to decide!
Now available in a third edition with updates and several new accounts, Haunted Wisconsin remains a favorite collection of unexplained midwestern tales, enjoyed by readers of all ages.
Publihed by Terrace Books, a trade imprint of the University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, Wisconsin.
“From settlers’ legends to modern-day reports, Haunted Wisconsin is a fascinating guide to ghosts around the corner, and under your bed.”
—Jay Rath, Isthmus columnist and author of The W-Files
LC: 2011015991 BF
216 pp. 6 x 9
Paper $19.95 t
E-book $14.95 t
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"Mike Norman has a proven gift for scaring up spooky stories. These hair-raising Minnesota hauntings range from theaters to farm fields to B-and-Bs. Mike reports. You decide. And keep the lights on just in case!" Stan Turner, veteran broadcast journalist
"An entertaining and frightening journey through the darkened neighborhoods of Minnesota." Dave Schrader, host of Darkness Radio
"Skeptic Michael Norman makes authentic paranormal events more meaningful. It's great to have Minnesota on the paranormal map!" Phylis Galde, editor-in-chief, Fate Magazine.
The dozens of stories in THE NEARLY DEPARTED: MINNESOTA GHOST STORIES & LEGENDS take place all across the state of Minnesota, from a haunted depot in Duluth to a fusty old farmhouse hard by the Iowa border; from Pipestone’s ghostly history museum to a Victorian mansion in Hastings that may be the most haunted house in Minnesota!
You’ll meet a college administrator who saw a ghost in St. Paul’s famous Fitzgerald Theatre, discover Minnesota’s most haunted college campus, and be amazed to read about a man who saw a ghost lingering at a busy Rochester, Minn., highway interchange.
In Minneapolis, an art museum may be haunted by people once associated with the antique furniture in the museum's "period rooms;" the old hotel frequented by novelist Sinclair Lewis hosts the ghosts of a tee shirt-clad young man and a little boy; hear about the St. Paul family that had a ghostly nanny show up late one night, and wonder if it might have been a poltergeist at work in a south suburban farm field.
Trade Paperback, Fall 2009
Minnesota Historical Society Press
345 Kellogg Blvd. W.
St. Paul, Minnesota 55102-1906
REVIEW, Minneapolis Observer, Spring 2010
"They say everyone loves a good ghost story, but that's just another way of saying, 'You go to the dark beyond and I'll wait here for you to tell me about it.' At least, that's my preference after wading into Michael Norman's fine collection of ghoulish tales.
"This is the sixth collection of hauntings from Norman, a retired University of Wisconsin - River Falls journalism professor, and he brings both a reporter's skepticism and a slightly morbid fascination with apparitions to his work. He covers a lot of geographic territory, interviewing eye witnesses to ghostly altercations from Pipestone and Winona to Moorhead and Crosby. Here in the Twin Cities, there are plenty of great stories, as well, and Norman dutifully reports on the usual suspects (the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Fitzgerald Theater, Forepaugh's Restaurant, and the Wabasha Caves) while adding a few more hauntings to our local legends.
"There's the nanny, for instance, who makes regular appearances at a house in St. Paul's Summit Hill neighborhood, and the apparition who likes to rock in the rocking chair in Mrs. Moriarity's old house on Goodrich Avenue. Norman also investigates the hauntings at City Hall in Minneapolis and at the State Capitol.
"Norman is careful to leave room for doubters, but it's hard to read these stories without coming away with a new appreciation for the murkiness of the afterlife -- which is precisely what a good ghost story is supposed to do." CC
Over 150 true ghost stories from America's Heartland: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin. In these supposedly placid states you'll find ghosts, haunted houses, possessions and exorcisms, vanishing people, mysterious lights, spontaneous combustions, poltergeists, and dreams of powerful premonitions. Whatever the tale or whatever the locale, the stories in Haunted Heartland will cause you to stop and ponder the perplexing world of the supernatural.
Tor/Tom Doherty Associates
ISBN 0-7653-2159-9, $14.95 ($16.95 CAN), 2006
Also available in mass market paperback:
Forge/Tom Doherty Associates
$7.99 US ($10.99 CAN)
“Vibrant…Entertaining… Tales of murder, sex, madness, and revenge make Haunted America both intriguing and entertaining.”
--The New York Times Book Review
Historic Haunted America
Continuing with the success of the nationally acclaimed Haunted America and Haunted Heartland, Historic Haunted America brings more tales of North American ghost legends, a comprehensive compendium documenting yesterday and today's most chilling hauntings in the United States and Canada...scores of amazing stories!
Heralded in newspapers ranging from The New York Times Book Review to The Baltimore Sun to The Denver Post, and in magazines such as Chicago and Library Journal, the Haunted America series has attracted widespread acclaim as a spectral travelogue along the murky byways of North America.
To order Haunted Homeland, Haunted Heritage, Historic Haunted America and Haunted America directly click here.
WordWise: Vocabulary Guides to Enhance Your Real-World Conversations
With the companion volumes WordWise: Core Disciplines and WordWise: Cultural Studies, readers can expand their mastery of vocabulary words associated with 50 subject areas such as the arts, humanities, and sciences.
Both books are appropriate for anyone wishing to enrich his or her vocabulary or to become familiar with words they may have encountered but would like to further explore. The books are especially helpful to young people looking for ways to improve their writing vocabularies. Both books are appropriate for ages 12 and up.
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