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More Chicago Haunts: Scenes From Myth and Memory Paperback – October 18, 2000


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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder Bay Pr; 1 edition (October 18, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893121046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893121041
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,836,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ursula Bielski grew up in a haunted house on Chicago’s north side. At an early age she became a believer in paranormal experiences, from the curse of the Chicago Cubs at nearby Wrigley Field to the hauntings at local Graceland Cemetery by a 19th century ghost girl. Underscoring these neighborhood folk tales were accounts by her police officer father of personal encounters with Big Foot and no less than the Devil himself.

As an undergraduate at Benedictine University, Bielski was able to explore the interplay of belief and experience, focusing her coursework on the relationship between science and religion. Outside the classroom she tagged along with psychology students investigating reported cases of haunting phenomena which took her to such notorious sites as the Country House Restaurant in suburban Clarendon Hills; Chicago’s Red Lion Pub; and the Oshkosh Opera House (Wisconsin). Her fascination with the methodology and philosophy of psi research led her to more structured work in the field of parapsychology.

As a graduate student at Northeastern Illinois University, Bielski explored related aspects of American intellectual and cultural history, particularly the spiritualist movement of the 19th century and its transformation into psychical research and parapsychology. As a student affiliate of the Parapsychological Association, an international body dedicated to psi research, Bielski was a frequent contributor to the group’s bulletin.

Intrigued by the apparent relationship between folklore and paranormal experience, Bielski eventually turned her interests toward her hometown, penning her acclaimed and widely successful book, Chicago Haunts: Ghostlore of the Windy City. After several printings of the book and the release of a second edition, Bielski now lectures regularly on the subject, having emerged as an expert on Chicago’s spiritual netherworld. In 1999, she teamed up with cemetery photographer Matt Hucke to write Graveyards of Chicago: The People, History, Art, and Lore of Cook County Cemeteries.

Bielski is editor of PA News, the quarterly bulletin of the Parapsychology Association. She is currently at work on a children’s cookbook inspired by the gothic novels of John Bellairs. She lives in Chicago with her husband, author David Cowan, and their daughter.


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
Bielski responds to hungry readers' continuing craving for otherworldly weirdness by reviewing her files for stories she sifted out of both of her previous Chicago-focused titles (CHICAGO HAUNTS editions 1 & 2). As the subtitle indicates, these stories delineate a fascinating expanse of human consciousness that lies somewhere between subjective experience and synthesizing belief.
Bielski's talent for placing myth in the context of its culture, time, and place without dissecting the thrill out of it makes her work an illuminating, entertaining ride through Chicago history from the delightfully skewed angle of enduring energies that go way beyond the city's "I Will" ethic. Her sense of humor infuses her open-minded investigator's rationality with a kind of hip campfire storyteller's glee. Don't miss the unique legacies Bielski unearths here and throughout her addictively haunting volumes.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. King on January 5, 2001
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I just loved Ms. Bielski's other two books, so I was excited to find a follow-up to Chicago Haunts. As a local, I really enjoy hearing the ghostly lore of places I know, and Ms. Bielski does not disappoint! This book has some great little (and not-so-little) legends. I grew up right by the farmland that later became the Kraft Foods complex and I always wondered about that little cemetary smack in the middle of it! Now I know! (Now if I could just find out about that lone headstone that used to be on the north side of Willow Road just west of Shermer Road before it was a subdivision...) Anyway, If you like to read about the strange little haunted history of backyard Chicago, this is definetly for you! It is right on track with Ms. Bielski's other great two books.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 2001
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Now this book is MUCH better then the first. It has more first hand accounts then the first book in this series. Its great cause the author give both history AND when possible first hand accounts! A must read!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael S. Waren on October 9, 2002
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Author Ursula Bieslski provides an excellent sequel to her first book of ghostly tales. Told through historical facts and by eye witness accounts, this book is worthy follow-up. Highly Recommended! Perfect for Halloween or any ghost-hunting time of the year.
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Wow! I loved this book. It is fascinating to me, not just because I love ghost lore, but I have a particular interest in Chicago and its haunters, as I have ancestors who were early settlers in the area. I hope that there will be more of these in the future.
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Here is yet another book on Chicago's "darker" side, written with painstaking research and in a style that grabs the readers attention and fascination about all things strange in Chicago! I would highly recommend any of Ursula's books!
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This is simply an amazing book and sequel to the first book about Chicago, it's History and ghosts!

Author Ursula Bielski did a great job of researching, writing and interviewing
countless people about the lore, history and paranormal events that make for very
interesting Chicago legends, stories and lore.

There are many interesting stories and accounts in this book of ghosts and poltergeists
as well as related phenomena and it's always well written and presented esp. the parts
about the History of Chicago and the Chicago land area.

All in all a good book to read esp. during the Fall.
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