The foreword of the book is written by Scott
Maruna, who also authored a book about Mattoon
titled “The Mad Gasser of Mattoon.”
Lewis said the book, which displays a photo of
McPike Mansion in Alton on the cover, also
features Campground Cemetery in Mattoon and
another haunted cemetery in Ashmore.
The Alton site is reportedly haunted by a
servant named Sarah, Fisk said.
“At the Campground Cemetery spirits of those
long since passed still roam the cemetery
practicing their faith,” Lewis said.
The book on Illinois hauntings is among a
collection of similar books the pair have
written, including hauntings in Minnesota,
Wisconsin, Florida, Iowa and South Dakota.
Lewis said the credible sources that provided
information about the Mattoon cemetery made them
want to include it in the book, although they
witnessed nothing in person.
“We received a lot of e-mails from people in the
(Mattoon) area asking if we had heard the
stories about the (Campground Cemetery).
“Once we visited the cemetery and started to
interview witnesses and dug up the history of
the place, we had to include it,” Lewis said.
“(That) convinced us that something strange is
lurking inside the Campground Cemetery.”
He added that Ashmore is the home to another
cemetery that is haunted.
“The (Ashmore) cemetery, located in the ‘middle
of nowhere,’ is overrun with grass and weeds and
houses a haunted cement tombstone ball, with the
date of death being Feb. 31.”
Lewis has a master’s degree in applied
psychology and has been a presenter at many
professional conferences. He has also hosted
several video documentaries and is the host of
“The Unexplained” television and radio programs.
Fisk studied philosophy and religion and directs
“The Unexplained” television series.
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