Join us for interviews with men and women involved in the study of folklore, ghostlore or the unusual side of culture in Illinois. Check back for monthly updates and click on the name and month to read the entire interview.
March 2013 – Linda Godfrey
Linda Godfrey is an author and investigator of the unknown and strange, and works from her home in southeastern Wisconsin. 20 years ago she broke the first news story of the Beast of Bray Road.
January 2013 – Becky Guymon
Becky is a genealogist and founder of Illinois Metaphysical & Paranormal Society.
November 2012 – Steve Litteral
Steve Litteral is a native of Rockford, Illinois and he is currently the Executive Director of Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum. Tinker Swiss Cottage was recently featured in an episode of the SyFy Channel show Ghost Hunters.
January 2012 – Gary Hawkins
Gary S. Hawkins is a professional paranormal investigator who has been involved with “ghost hunting” since 1994. During those years he has conducted haunted History tours of Alton, Illinois with Antoinette’s Haunted History Tours.
October 2011 – Dale Kaczmarek
Dale Kaczmarek is president of the Ghost Research Society, founder of Excursions Into The Unknown, Inc., and author of Windy City Ghosts, Windy City Ghosts II, and Field Guide to Spirit Photography, among others.
July 2011 – Stan Courtney
Stan Courtney has had an interest in Bigfoot/Sasquatch since 1959, and had his first possible encounter near Springfield, Oregon in 1967. Stan has been a member of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization since 2004 and has interviewed 250 Bigfoot witnesses and posted over 160 reports on the BFRO website.
June 2011 – Carl Jones
Carl Jones has been a paranormal investigator for nearly 18 years. He teaches two levels of community learning classes called “Ghosts, Hauntings, and the Unexplained” at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield. He is also the host of Prairieland Paranormal Consortium and local director of MUFON.
May 2011 – Steve Stout
Steve Stout of Utica, Illinois, a graduate of Illinois State University, is a Galesburg native who now works as a staff writer for The Times, a daily newspaper in Ottawa. He has written several books, including Black Damp and The Starved Rock Murders.
April 2011 – Diane Ladley
Diane Ladley is the founder and president of Historic Ghost Tours of Naperville, Historic Ghost Tours of Aurora, Historic Roundhouse Ghost Tours, Historic Ghost Tours of Elgin, and their parent company, Haunted Hometowns Corporation. She is the author of Haunted Naperville (2009) and Haunted Aurora (2010).
March 2011 – Scott Markus
Writer and filmmaker, Scott Markus is an Illinois native who brought his interest in creating to the world of true ghost stories and folklore of the Chicago area with his book and documentary Voices from the Chicago Grave.
February 2011 – Aaron Powers
Aaron Powers is a graduate student in Biomedical Science and co-founder of the Forest City Paranormal Society in Rockford, Illinois. With the help of the Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee, he is currently filming a documentary about paranormal investigation.
January 2011 – Tony Hubert
Tony Hubert is the founder and lead investigator of the Illinois Paranormal Society. He was born and raised in Kankakee, Illinois. After high school, he spent 6 years in the Army. He currently has two children and is getting married next year.
November 2010 – Dan Norvell
Dan Norvell is founder of Small Town Paranormal and for the past year has worked to raise awareness of the damage caused by vandals to Blood’s Point Cemetery in Boone County.
October 2010 – “White Trash Peg”
Peggy Clydesdale is an artist and ghost mapper from rural Illinois and creator of http://www.ghosttraveller.com. She is an avid fan of American folklore and has been collecting books and stories about the paranormal since she was a child.
September 2010 – John Stephenson
For the last four years, John has moderated the website Bachelors-Grove.com and employed a technical and scientific approach to paranormal research
August 2010 – Matt Hucke
Webmaster of Graveyards.com and co-author (along with Ursula Bielski) of the book “Graveyards of Chicago.”
July 2010 – Angie Johnson
June 2010 – Pete Crapia
Webmaster for the Bachelor’s Grove Research Center (www.bachelorsgrove.com).
May 2010 – Amelia Cotter
Author of “This House: The True Story of a Girl and a Ghost” and “The Adventures of Oskar and Atticus.”
February 2010 – Ron Fabiani
Founder of the Chicago Paranormal Detectives.
December 2009 – Jennifer Anne Buckley
Editor in chief of KILTER and creator of Gothic Art Chicago.
November 2009 – Larry Wilson
Creator of the independent documentary “Strange Williamsburg Hill.”
October 2009 – Rachel Black
Photographer whose photo of Manteno State Hospital won a prize and was sold at the 66th annual Salon Show at the Munster Performing Art Gallery.
September 2009 – Scott Kelley
Co-owner of Ashmore Estates.
August 2009 – Brian Hendrian
Of the Shelby Cryptozoology Research Society and the United States Paranormal Society.
June 2009 – Kathi Kresol
Purveyor of the Haunted Rockford tour.
May 2009 – Tim Sandefur
Organizer of the Chicago Paranormal Research Society.