The city of Chicago is unquestionably the weirdest and most haunted city in America! With a bloody history that is filled with violent events, mysterious happenings and more than its share of crime, there is no place like it in the country.
Now, in the most complete book ever written about Chicago’s ghosts and strange history, the creators of the Weird Chicago Tours reveal just how the Windy City’s weirdness has shaped the city that rests on the shores of Lake Michigan today With notebooks and cameras in hand, the Weird Chicago crew has roamed the city in search of the haunted, the strange, the offbeat and the downright odd. They have tracked down bizarre history, weird people and places, forgotten remnants of the past, unexplained happenings and more ghost stories than have appeared in any other book before – plus the real story behind some Chicago hauntings that you only thought you knew. From Hull House to Resurrection Mary, from John Dillinger to Al Capone, this book showcases the most unusual aspects of Chicago – and just what makes it so haunted, weird and unique. Packed full of stories that you won’t find anywhere else, this is a journey that you’re never going to forget!
About the Author
Taylor shares a birthday with one of his favorite authors, F. Scott Fitzgerald, but instead of living in New York and Paris like Fitzgerald, Taylor grew up in Illinois. Raised on the prairies of the state, he developed an interest in "things that go bump in the night" at an early age and as a young man, developing ghost tours and writing about haunts in Chicago and Central Illinois.
He began his first book in 1989, which delved into the history and hauntings of Decatur, Illinois, and in 1994, it spawned the Haunted Decatur Tour -- and eventually led to the founding of his Illinois Hauntings Tours (with current tours in Alton, Chicago, Decatur, Lebanon & Jacksonville) and the American Hauntings Tours, which travel all over the country in search of haunted places.
In 1996, Taylor organized a group of ghost enthusiasts into an investigation team and the American Ghost Society was launched, gained over 600 members in the years that followed. The organization continues today as one of America’s largest and most honored research groups.
In 1997, Taylor launched the Haunted America Conference, regarded as "America's Original Ghost Conference" in Decatur, Illinois. After a number of years in Alton, Illinois, the conference has returned to its original site at the Lincoln Theater in Decatur. The Haunted America Conference remains the most imitated conference in the country and in 2012, held the 16th annual events in Illinois.
In addition to the tour companies and Haunted America Conference, Taylor is also the founder of Whitechapel Press, a publishing company for books about the supernatural that he started in 1993, and Dark Haven Entertainment. In 2011, he also became one of the principal owners of the haunted Avon Theater in Decatur, Illinois.
Along with writing about the unusual and hosting tours, Taylor is also a public speaker on the subject of ghosts and hauntings. He has appeared in scores of newspaper and magazine articles about the subject and in hundreds of radio and television broadcasts about the supernatural. Troy has appeared in documentary productions for TLC, The History Channel, A&E, Discovery Channel, & more!
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