to be explained about the unexplained,
but authors Chad Lewis and Terry Fisk
are doing the best they can - one state
at a time.
After releasing "guides" on
Lewis and Fisk, paranormal investigators
for Unexplained Research LLC, have
released a publication that may be of
interest to Central Illinois residents.
"The Illinois Road Guide to Haunted
Locations" explores paranormal sites
ranging from supposedly haunted bridges,
homes, theaters, cemeteries and roadways
to two Decatur spots, Greenwood Cemetery
and the Lincoln Square Theatre.
"We weren't really going to do Illinois
for a while," Lewis said, but they
received multiple requests from people
wanting to read about certain haunted
Illinois locations. "So we said,
'Illinois has to be next.' "
The book contains more than 50 locations
from about 40 cities around Illinois and
includes directions, eyewitness
accounts, ghost lore, photos and
"What's unique about this book and the
other books is that we travel to the
places we talk about," said Lewis, a
resident of Eau Claire, Wis.
He recalls traveling to Decatur last
summer to research for the book.
"So many Decatur residents knew about
the stories," he said. "I was surprised
of the people who not only knew the
stories but could tell their own stories
and have an open mind about it."
Lewis said he learned much about the
vast history of the paranormal in
Decatur, but they were only able to fit
two sites in the book.
"We narrowed it to two because we wanted
to include the whole state," he said.
"Every area seems to be included, which
is what we wanted.
"I enjoyed the town of Decatur, and
there's definitely some haunted history
The next state the twosome plan to write
about is Florida, with an upcoming trip
planned. "It will be interesting to see
how the ghost stories change from the
Midwest to the South," Lewis said.
He added that they have received an
overwhelming response toward the guides.
"A lot of people like the outdoor cases
- a back road they've never been on.
Maybe they'll explore and want something
to happen ¦ or may not want something to
happen," he said with a laugh.
"The books are about ghosts and
hauntings, but they're also about
adventure," he said. "We want people to
pick up the guide and explore their
state - have an adventure in their own
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