Horror in the Heartland: Strange and Gothic Tales from the Midwest

Horror in the Heartland: Strange and Gothic Tales from the Midwest

Horror in the Heartland: Strange and Gothic Tales from the Midwest

Horror in the Heartland: Strange and Gothic Tales from the Midwest

Synopsis

Brace yourself for a journey into a creepy, dark side of the American Midwest you thought you knew--a side teeming with real-life surrealism and historical horror-comedy. From tales of the booming grave-robbing industry of late 19th-century Indiana to the story of a Michigan physician who left his estate to his pet monkeys, Keven McQueen investigates a spooky and twisted side of Indiana, Ohio, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Exploring burial customs, unexplained deaths, ghost stories, premature burials, the industry of grave robbing, bizarre murders, peculiar wills and much more, this creepy collection reveals the colorful untold stories of the region and offers intriguing, if sometimes macabre, insights into human nature and our history.

A fun and frightful look at a vein of darkness running through the Midwest, Horror in the Heartland promises to send chills down your spine.

Excerpt

Familiar images enter the mind when one CONTEMPLze; cozy small towns with friendly, down-to-earth inhabitants; mighty rivers and verdant farms; terrain as flat as a table.

Certainly those mental pictures depict the Midwest—but they are not the whole story. Where, for example, are the hardworking body snatchers? What about the ghosts? the cemeteries full of wide tombstones with droll inscriptions? the colorful murderers, the practical jokes gone wrong, the rat attacks, the premature burials?

These things are part of the fabric of America’s past as much as Valley Forge or the discovery of the Mississippi. They provide small, if sometimes dark, insights into history and human nature.

I love this unnerving Midwest as much as the idyllic version. It is a region teeming with real-life surrealism and historical horror-comedy. It is a region with a past that abounds with eccentrics, people who sneered at death in its many forms, and many mysteries, including a monster in every forest and a haunted house in every town. Let’s explore it!

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