Folk Magic in Illinois

The following is an excerpt from my new book Witchcraft in Illinois: A Cultural History. In this chapter I discuss folk magic, or popular charms and conjurations similar to witchcraft, intended to bring good fortune to oneself and suffering to an enemy. Order it today on or The work of folklorist Harry Middleton […]

The Fallen Chronicles: Episode 5

[] “This can’t be the road,” Greg yelled from the front passenger seat of the Fallen’s ancient Toyota Corolla as gravel cracked beneath its wheels. “It’s a glorified driveway!” The picturesque scenery of Southern Illinois rolled past the window. “Look at the sign,” Mike replied, pointing. He turned the hard, plastic steering wheel and the […]

Mysterious Heartland’s Most Popular Top 10 Lists Revisited

In August 2014, we posted a ranking of our most popular top 10 lists. Since then, we have published dozens of more lists, with some becoming very popular. Because of this, we decided to update the rankings and see which ones have come out on top. Over the past several years, Mysterious Heartland has published […]

History, Mystery and Hauntings of Southern Illinois, the Definitive Edition

Published by in 2014, the Second Edition of History, Mystery and Hauntings of Southern Illinois by Bruce L. Cline has been years in the making. This edition is a compendium of three separate books that Black Oak Media, Inc. (God rest its soul) published in 2011, 2012, and 2013, with the addition of new […]

Wamble Mountain Ghost

From History, Mystery, and Hauntings of Southern Illinois by Bruce Cline. Wamble Mountain, sometimes spelled Womble, lies in the range of the Missouri Ozark foothills that stretch across several counties in Southern Illinois. It is positioned near the Southwestern corner of Saline County in the edge of the Shawnee National Forest. Its elevation of 938 […]