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Weird Illinois: Your Travel Guide to Illinois' Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets
     

Weird Illinois: Your Travel Guide to Illinois' Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets

by Troy Taylor, Mark Moran (Editor), Mark Sceurman (Editor)
 

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If it's weird and it's in Illinois, it's in Weird Illinois. With notepad and camera in hand, Troy Taylor, a Prairie State sleuth in pursuit of the eccentric and the uncanny, has followed the trail down main roads, back roads, and all roads in between. Whether it's a man-eating Piasa Bird, an abandoned insane asylum, or the haunted tomb of a certain famous Abe,

Overview

If it's weird and it's in Illinois, it's in Weird Illinois. With notepad and camera in hand, Troy Taylor, a Prairie State sleuth in pursuit of the eccentric and the uncanny, has followed the trail down main roads, back roads, and all roads in between. Whether it's a man-eating Piasa Bird, an abandoned insane asylum, or the haunted tomb of a certain famous Abe, Troy has chronicled the story and presents it here for you in this new paperback edition of the popular guide. .

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Library Journal
Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman, who brought you Weird New Jersey and then Weird U.S., now as "Creative Directors" bring you weirdness in other states: Florida, Illinois, and Wisconsin. They have picked each author for his or her quirky sensibility and familiarity with the state in question. Indeed, the authors have all previously published eccentric titles on their respective states: Carlson-Strange Florida; Godfrey-The Beast of Bray Road: Tailing Wisconsin's Werewolf; and Taylor-Haunted Illinois. Each volume presents the same table of contents: "Local Legends" (e.g., Devil Baby of Hull House, IL), "Ancient Mysteries" (Lake Okeechobee's Watery Graves, FL), "Fabled People and Places" (Jeane Dixon, WI), "Phenomena" (Malcomb the Fire Starter, IL), "Bizzare Beasts" (Skunk Ape, FL), "Personalized Properties" (Gold Pyramid House, IL), "Roadside Oddities" (Giant Mouse with Cheese, WI), "Roads Less Traveled" (Bloody Bucket Road, FL), "Ghosts" (Old Slave House, IL), "Cemetery Safari" (St. Peter Cemetery, WI), and "Abandoned and Forgotten" (Xanadu, FL). Similar to the "Oddball" series (e.g., Oddball Wisconsin), which also covers these three states plus six more, this series is distinguished by its focus on stories over places and its colorful photos (which take up about a third of each volume); "Weird," however, lacks "Oddball's" more practical directions and contact information ("Weird" offers no maps or specific directions). These titles may hold special appeal to the male middle-school student. Recommended for those public and school libraries located in the state covered by the title and an optional purchase for all others.-John McCormick, Plymouth State Univ., NH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402788253
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Series:
Weird Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
7.14(w) x 7.92(h) x 0.93(d)

Meet the Author

Troy Taylor has written nearly three dozen books about ghosts and haunting in Illinois and across the US, including Haunted Illinois, Haunted Chicago, and others. He is co-author of Weird Virginia and editor of Ghosts of the Prairie magazine. In addition, he has given hundreds of interviews for radio and television broadcasts about the supernatural and has appeared in a number of documentary films and television shows. Troy also hosts ghost tours in Decatur, Alton, and Chicago.

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