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Haunted Wisconsin
Third Edition
Michael Norman

Eerie accounts and unsolved mysteries from Door County to Dodgeville, from Milwaukee to Madeline Island

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.

Michael Norman
coauthored the first edition of Haunted Wisconsin in 1980 with the late Beth Scott. They also coauthored Haunted Heartland, Haunted America, Historic Haunted America, and Haunted Heritage. His own books include Haunted Homeland and The Nearly Departed: Minnesota Ghost Stories and Legends. Norman is professor emeritus of journalism at the University of Wisconsin–River Falls and a former newspaper and radio journalist.

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October 2011
LC: 2011015991 BF
216 pp. 6 x 9

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ISBN 978-0-299-28594-4
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“From settlers’ legends to modern-day
reports, Haunted Wisconsin is a fascinating guide to ghosts around the corner, and under your bed.”

—Jay Rath, Isthmus columnist and author of The W-Files

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