- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Lake Claremont Press; Revised edition (September 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0964242672
- ISBN-13: 978-0964242678
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,428,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chicago Haunts: Ghostlore of the Windy City Paperback – September, 1998
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Did I "ever leave my house" during the research for my books?
Did I "ever visit any of these sites?"
You've got to be kidding.
When "Chicago Haunts" was published in 1997, not a single book had ever been published regarding Chicago's ghost stories (save for Kenan Heise's excellent novel, "Resurrection Mary"). As a matter of fact, I spent twenty-nine years "leaving my house" (yes, in Chicago--a haunted one at Irving Park and Western), obssessed with the pursuit of the stories and people behind Chicago's haunted history.
Furthermore, the Internet as a "research tool" did not exist for me. The "Chicago Haunts" research--which officially went on for nearly five years after the liftetime obsession--gave me muddy shoes and a dozen citations for trespassing . . . and put about 100,000 miles on my car and the same in dollars in the coffers of the CTA. I was welcomed into the homes and offices of hundreds of people who kindly and emotionally shared their stories, experiences and memories with me.
Yes, in this 21st century, I, too, know a number of "ghostwriters" who publish prolifically without leaving their homes, writing about Haunted American cities from their offices in Canada and beyond. I am not--and never will be--one of them.
Now, on the subject of "inaccurate" history: Much has been discovered about the Grimes slayings--and the Schuessler-Peterson murders--since "Chicago Haunts" was published amid times of even sketchier knowledge of those cases.Read more ›
The stories are riviting and often heartbreaking, the layout is easy to read, and Bielski's command of the English language is appreciated. The photos are clear and wonderful.
It is obvious that Bielski devoted countless hours of research and interviews to write this book. The result is pure enjoyment.
If it's spooky in Chicago, it's in this book.
No stone is left unturned, from the Fort Dearborn massacre to the Biograph theater where Public Enemy #1 was gunned down to a fun little part about ghostlore commonly told by Chicago's children, such as "I believe in Mary Worth" and "Bloody Mary Bloody Mary Bloody Mary". :)
This book is a fascinating glimpse into the Chicago that most people never know. Buy it, buy it, buy it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A" pretty good, book about, ghost story's, that happened in, Chicago.Published 14 months ago by Lawrence C. Wingard
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/150880964X/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?qid=1426174588&sr=8-4&pi=AC_SX110_SY165_QL70&keywords=the+house+on+marion&dpPl=1&dpID=51ga27ctmgL&ref=plSrchPublished 17 months ago by MissSpider
This book is as I expected. I already read the other two books by this author and I am sure this book will not disappoint. I am very happy to get this book also.Published 19 months ago by Netty
If you are somewhat familiar with Chicago ghostlore ,you will not need this book.Much of it seems as nothing but "fabrication" and the same old repeated BLAH BLAH found... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ghost 1
This book is lengthy and seems to tell the same story over and over again. It's a little tedious to readPublished 22 months ago by Christina Braune
Wow this book is one you don't want to but down from start to end. A very good book to readPublished on October 3, 2013 by Jbarrett
Very interesting book and fun to go and visit the sites. The book was a great price as well. Had to have itPublished on February 25, 2013 by charharp
No pun intended.
The author, while a good researcher, is no storyteller. No atmosphere, no drama. Read more