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Diane A. Ladley

Born: 1961 in Westerville, OH
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Weeks after my birth my parents moved back to Naperville, Illinois where they had attended school at North Central College after World War II. We moved several times within Naperville during my childhood. After I went out on my own I lived in Naperville at two locations, including an apartment in Naperville's Historic District. I attended college at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Currently I live on the far east side of Aurora, Illinois. . . 'just a spit across the border from Naperville'.

Biography: Diane Ladley is the founder and president of Historic Ghost Tours of Naperville, Historic Ghost Tours of Aurora, Historic Roundhouse Ghost Tours, Historic Ghost Tours of Elgin, and the parent company, Haunted Hometowns Corporation. Ladley is a popular public speaker and nationally award-winning storyteller, named by her peers as 'America's Ghost Storyteller'. She was a State of Illinois ArtsTour Artist for 2001-3 and again in 2003-5. Diane Ladley is the first and foremost authority on the local haunted history and supernatural lore of Naperville, Illinois and Aurora, Illinois.

  • -- National Storytelling World Honor Award, Best Story of the Year for Adolescents, ''"Late Night Fright

Primary Literary Genre(s): History; Other

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers; Young adult readers

Diane A. Ladley on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Haunted Aurora /
ISBN: 1596298057 OCLC: 656850390

Haunted America, a division of the History Press, Charleston, SC : ©2010.

Haunted Aurora.
ISBN: 1614234124 OCLC: 965738425

Arcadia Publishing Inc., 2010.

The fascinating ghost stories behind Illinois's City of Cemeteries-photos included! Aurora was the first Illinois city to have electric streetlights, but a dark history has resisted illumination as stubbornly as the chilly corner of the old roundhouse repels the summer heat ... Learn why Aurora counts City of Cemeteries among its nicknames as Diane Ladley describes the nineteenth-century doctor suspected of trading bodies between his cancer center and a neighboring graveyard. Other eerie legends and strange stories revealed in this book include the marauding brave brought to justice in the Devil's Cave by his own tribe, the sweet legacy of NFL great Walter Payton, and the elephants that saved a circus from a tornado.

Haunted Naperville /
ISBN: 0738561223 OCLC: 424558670

Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, SC : ©2009.

"Established in 1831, Naperville is one of the oldest settlements in the Greater Chicago area. The city's rich and fascinating heritage has been carefully passed down from one proud generation to the next; however, nowhere has Naperville's ghostly oral tradition and haunted history been preserved until now"--Cover.