Thursday, January 18, 2007

Breathe in, breathe out.

It's been a crazy couple of months. I'm working day and night to finish the script for the audio book, "The Best of Chicago Haunts," of which a third will be new stories from the upcoming "Chicago Haunts 3," due out in paperback in the Fall of this year. Since the audio book contains new material, I've been running around the metropolitan area, tracking down leads, talking to fascinating people by the dozen, and investigating what seems more and more like an endless supply of Chicago ghosts and hauntings. I hope you like the new book--it's got a different feel from the others; I guess that has a lot to do with the fact that it's the first book I've written since we started Chicago Hauntings, Inc., so it has a more hands-on narrative style than the others and talks a lot about our investigations from a first-person perspective.

I've also been structuring syllabi for Chicago-area college courses in folklore and parapsychology, preparing notes for a new BBC show, outlining a new, non-regional book, and preparing materials for the Chicago Public Library's summer reading program. Whew. Like I said, it's been crazy.

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I'll write again this weekend; I want to share with you a case I've been looking into this past week, unfolding just off Archer Avenue. It smacks of a famous, 1970s Chicago case, but with decidedly different "spiritual" aims.