Weird Illinois Your travel guide to Illinois' local legends and best kept secrets

Troy Taylor

Book - 2005

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New York, NY : Sterling c2005.
1st ed
Physical Description
252 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Main Author
Troy Taylor (-)
Other Authors
Mark Moran, 1961- (-), Mark Sceurman
  • Local legends and lore
  • Ancient mysteries
  • Fabled people and places
  • Unexplained phenomena
  • Bizarre beasts
  • Local heroes and villains
  • Personalized properties
  • Roadside oddities
  • Roads less traveled
  • Ghost stories and local haunts
  • Cemetery safari
  • Abandoned in Illinois.
Review by Library Journal Reviews

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 [Page 164]. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Explores bizarre sights and stories found in Illinois.