036 Black Cat

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

There’s a small elementary school not far from Balmoral Race Track, in the distant South Suburbs of Chicago, not far from Indiana. Near that school was an abandoned church, which was torn down in the late 1990s after a series of disturbing events. During the late 1980s and very early 1990s, locals were very disturbed […]

035 Organ

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

The stretch of houses on St. Louis between Lawrence and the River is primarily brick two and three flats. One of these, a dark red brick two flat with the front porch converted to an enclosed sun room, and blown roses leaning limply against the iron fence, is frequently host to odd music. Passers by […]

034 Zebra Mussels

Friday, December 4th, 2009

In 1988, a Russian vessel mistakenly emptied its bilge into Lake St. Claire. The living contents of that bilge water migrated through the great lakes, some of it ending up in Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. Every few summers since then, residents of Chicago notice that the water, which comes from the Lake, tastes […]

033 CTA

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

It is somewhat surprising, perhaps, that despite the large number of deaths due to accident, murder, and suicide, that the CTA trains are not thickly haunted. Some theorize that the electrified third rail keeps spirits at bay, the live electricity having the same effect running water is said to have on supernatural entities. Buses, however, […]

032 Knock

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

The unseen preys most heavily on those who are alone: those who are alone for the night, and those who spend their lives alone. Prey animals are most vulnerable when separated from the rest of the herd, after all. When alone, one might barely hear a soft knock at the door. The sound is so […]

031 Dogs and Cats

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

It is not common, on dark lonely nights, to see the family dog rise suddenly and advance towards an otherwise innocuous spot, hackles raised and growling. Perhaps it is a closet door, a closed door on an empty bedroom, a spot on the wall, the dining room. It is of the utmost importance to pay […]