Monsters of the Midwest: True Tales of Bigfoot, Werewolves, and Other Legendary Creatures

Monsters of the Midwest: True Tales of Bigfoot, Werewolves, and Other Legendary Creatures

Monsters of the Midwest: True Tales of Bigfoot, Werewolves, and Other Legendary Creatures

Monsters of the Midwest: True Tales of Bigfoot, Werewolves, and Other Legendary Creatures

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Read 23 chilling stories, from two paranormal investigators, about reportedly true encounters with monsters in the Midwest.

A mysterious snake grows to frightening proportions. A slimy, clawed, green-scaled beast terrorizes swimmers from the bottom of a lake. Two enormous birds try to prey upon farm animals—and children. The Midwest’s history includes several unimaginable encounters with legendary creatures. This collection of “ghost stories” presents the creepiest, most surprising tales of monsters in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Authors Jessica Freeburg and Natalie Fowler are active paranormal investigators with a shared fascination for things that go bump in the night. The professional writers spent countless hours combing the region for the strangest and scariest run-ins with the unexplained.

Horror fans and history buffs will delight in these 23 terrifying tales. They’re based on reportedly true accounts, proving that the Midwest is the setting for some of the most unsettling monster tales ever told. The short stories are ideal for quick reading, and they are sure to captivate even the most reluctant of readers. Share them with friends around a campfire, or try them alone at home—if you dare.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781647553197
Publisher: Adventure Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/06/2022
Series: Hauntings, Horrors & Scary Ghost Stories
Edition description: 2nd Revised ed.
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 63,443
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Jessica Freeburg has always been inquisitive and loves all of the challenges that life—and the afterlife—have to offer. As the founder of Ghost Stories Ink, Jessica has performed paranormal investigations at a variety of reportedly haunted locations.

She has written young adult fiction, middle-grade narrative nonfiction, and short stories for children and adults. She has served as a news correspondent for the wildly popular paranormal radio show Darkness Radio and on the editorial staff of FATE magazine. She is the Assistant Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in Minnesota.

Jessica also enjoys working in screenwriting and documentary production. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and three children.

Natalie Fowler has been fascinated by ghost stories since she was a little girl—she could never learn enough about ghosts. Once a practicing attorney, now Natalie does freelance editorial work and writes her own stories. She is a staff editor for FATE magazine and Galde Press.

Natalie is a self-proclaimed research geek and could easily spend hours in the library with dusty old books. She is a paranormal investigator for Ghost Stories Ink, a group of authors and illustrators who go on ghost hunts for creative inspiration. She is always happy to fulfill any of the team’s research needs.

Together with Jessica Freeburg, Natalie co-edited the group’s first anthology, Night Visions, a collection of short stories inspired by their paranormal investigations.

Read an Excerpt

Bigfoot of Two Harbors
Two Harbors, Minnesota, February 1972

It was President’s Day weekend, and Kerry Peterson was excited for an extra day off from school. A three-day weekend in northern Minnesota, in February, meant more time to snowmobile. With the sun shining brightly, it was a perfect winter day for being outside, cruising across the trails that bordered the small town of Two Harbors.

With about 24 inches of snow and drifts that were higher in some places, thanks to a recent blizzard, there were lots of great places to take the snowmobile. The Peterson family owned two of them. Kerry bypassed the powerful Arctic Cat, his father’s pride and joy, for the smaller Ski-Doo. It had more wear and tear, so that was the one the kids usually rode.

To make the most of his day off, Kerry decided to go back to a place he’d found by accident a few weeks earlier. The area was several miles north of town and was only accessible by riding on a secluded, “secret” trail for quite some distance.

Kerry drove the snowmobile up to the trail and got off his sled. The combination of the snow and the flat, unused trail meant the snowmobile could fly effortlessly over the powdered ground. No matter the terrain or trees on either side, he had a straight, smooth ride.

He headed north for about six miles, until he reached the hidden fields. The land was flat terrain for as far as he could see. He stopped there to check his fuel, wanting to be sure that he’d still make it back to town.

A short while later, he decided that it was time to head for home. Finding the trail again, Kerry began to make his way toward Two Harbors. After about 15 minutes, he entered an area with thick woods on both sides, but his open path ensured him safe passage between the heavy brush. It also gave him a perfect vantage point to see a large figure emerging from the woods.

Kerry thought that it was strange to see anyone out in the middle of nowhere. Yet someone or something walked onto the trail, pushing aside the deep snow like it was nothing. The shape was one color from head to foot: brown, like a chocolate Labrador Retriever.

Curious, Kerry slowed the snowmobile to figure out who—or what—he was looking at. He wondered if perhaps it was a lost hiker or snowshoer. But why would anyone be out here, walking through deep snow?

As he got closer, Kerry saw that the face was a lighter brown around the eyes, nose, and mouth. The figure was really tall—taller than anyone Kerry had ever seen.

His part of the trail was too narrow. Kerry couldn’t turn around without stopping his snowmobile and dragging it around to face the other direction. He had no choice but to stay his course.

Speeding closer and closer, he tried to think. He didn’t know what the creature was or what it might be capable of doing. He flipped on the headlight of the snowmobile, hoping to scare it enough that it might think twice about approaching. Turning its head in Kerry’s direction, the monster stopped and watched him for a moment. Then it crossed and disappeared into the woods again.

Shaking with fear, Kerry sped, full-throttle, all the way back into town—never again to return to that remote area of the woods.

To this day, he can’t say for sure what exactly the creature was—he never saw anything like it before or since. But no matter how he tries to rationalize his encounter or explain it away, he keeps coming back to one conclusion: He crossed paths with bigfoot.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Important Note vii

Preface viii

Monster Creatures of the Land

The Wendigo (Ross Township, MN) 3

Benton County Monster Snake (Logansport, IN) 9

The Vampire of Nebraska (Dawes County, NE) 13

The Melonheads (Kirtland, OH) 17

The Enfield Horror (Enfield, IL) 21

Michigan Dogman (Traverse City, MI) 31

The Beast of Bray Road (Erin, WI) 35

The Loveland Frogmen (Cincinnati, OH) 41


Bigfoot of Two Harbors (Two Harbors, MN) 45

Momo (Louisiana, MO) 49

Cohomo (Pekin, IL) 53

Taku-He (Little Eagle, SD) 57

Monster Creatures of the Water

Maymaygwashi 65

Bessie (Erie Township, OH) 71

Bozho (Madison, WI) 75

Miniwashitu (Yankton Dakota Plains, ND, SD, NE) 79

Alkali Lake Monster (Hay Springs, NE) 83

The Clawed Green Beast (Evansville, IN) 89

Pepie (Lake City, MN) 97

The Monsters of Devil's Lake (Saulk County, WI) 101

Monster Creatures of the Air

The Van Meter Mystery (Van Meter, IA) 109

The Demon Leaper (Louisville, KY) 115

The Thunderbird Attacks (Lawndale, WI) 119

Bibliography 124

About Jessica Freeburg 133

About Natalie Fowler 134

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