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General Information

Name:  Michael Norman  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Other

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1947 in Macomb, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Michael Norman holds a Master's degree from DeKalb's Northern Illinois University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Michael Norman began his carer at the De Kalb Daily Chronicle, De Kalb, IL, as a staff writer, from 1971-72. He then went to WRHL-Radio, Rochelle, IL, as the news director, from 1972-73. Norman is now a professor emeritus of journalism at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls, where he taught a wide-range of courses in writing, media law, public opinion and broadcast journalism. He served as department chair for 18 years, managed the Midwest Writers' Conference and also served as director of the UW-River Falls University Press.

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Titles At Your Library

Haunted Heartland (Dorset Reprints Series)
ISBN: 0880296143

Dorset Press. 1991

More than 150 true stories of the supernatural Midwest. Readers will enter an America they never knew existed--that of ghosts, haunted houses, possession and exorcism, of vanishing people and ships, mystery lights, premonitory dreams and more. A perennial Halloween favorite.

Haunted America
ISBN: 0312857519

Tor Books. 1994

A compendium of seventy American true ghost legends includes battlefield specters at Little Big Horn, ghostly apparitions in President Garfield's home in Ohio, and hauntings in the Washington, D.C., White House. 50,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo. Tour.

Historic Haunted America
ISBN: 0765319705

Tor Books. 2007

Continuing the success of the nationally acclaimed Haunted America, Historic Haunted America is a further investigation into North American ghost legends.

This chilling collection documents yesterday's and today's most terrifying hauntings in the United States and Canada in more than seventy-five shocking stories!

Haunted Wisconsin
ISBN: 0299285944

University of Wisconsin Press. 2011

Grab a cozy blanket, light a few flickering candles, and enjoy the unnerving tales of Haunted Wisconsin. Gathered from personal interviews with credible eyewitnesses, on-site explorations, historical archives, newspaper reports, and other sources, these scores of reports date from Wisconsin’s early settlement days to recent inexplicable events.
You’ll read about Wisconsin’s most famous haunted house, Summerwind three Milwaukee men who encountered the beautiful ghost of National Avenue a phantom basketball player a spectral horse that signaled death in the pioneer era of the Wisconsin Dells a poltergeist in St. Croix County who attracted a crowd of more than three hundred spectators the Ridgeway Ghost who haunts the driftless valleys of southwestern Wisconsin a swinging railroad lantern held by unseen hands the Ghost Island of the Chippewa Flowage and many others. Are ghosts real? That’s for you to decide!
Now available in a Third Edition with updates and several new accounts, Haunted Wisconsin remains a favorite collection of unexplained midwestern tales, enjoyed by readers of all ages.

The Nearly Departed: Minnesota Ghost Stories and Legends
ISBN: 0873517172

Minnesota Historical Society Press. 2009

Everyone loves a good ghost story.

Phantoms of the Paramount, Shadows on Third Avenue, the Legend of Ann Lake, Boy in the Red Cap. Veteran ghost hunter J. Michael Norman has uncovered almost three dozen stories of legitimate Minnesota eeriness to thrill readers. Norman, author of five nationally popular collections of ghost tales, interviewed local storytellers and combed newspapers to document legends involving supernatural and strange occurrences. Following old and fresh leads, he gathered stories from all over the state.

Ghost stories have existed as long as humans have been telling tales. Perhaps it's our curiosity of what happens to us and our loved ones after death, perhaps they explain phenomena that we do not understand, or maybe, just maybe, the dead do walk the earth. Norman does not attempt to prove or disprove the existence of ghosts but instead allows readers to make up their own minds. His tales feature people's strange and paranormal experiences in quite ordinary places, including homes, theaters, B and Bs, and restaurants. Many of the engaging and hair-raising accounts involve strange and frightening incidents of the last fifty years some document very recent unexplainable or spectral events. The book includes a map and a public site appendix targeting the hauntings' locations—from Taylors Falls and Pipestone to Northfield and Nobles County—for Minnesotans who may want to "pass through" the sites.

Beware: these stories do not have conclusive endings since they remain a mystery to this day. But perhaps that's best. An ending would just take the fun out of it.

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