I am so excited to be a part of Penguin’s blog tour for Rules For Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall. I’m going to share information about the book and author. I will also be sharing some ghost stories, lore, and legends. I decided to find stories all in Illinois where I live to make it a bit more unique.
Please be aware that there will be stories of death and hauntings below.
Rules For Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall
In the faux-documentary style of The Blair Witch Project comes the campfire story of a missing girl, a vengeful ghost, and the girl who is determined to find her sister–at all costs.
Once a year, the path appears in the forest and Lucy Gallows beckons. Who is brave enough to find her–and who won’t make it out of the woods?
It’s been exactly one year since Sara’s sister, Becca, disappeared, and high school life has far from settled back to normal. With her sister gone, Sara doesn’t know whether her former friends no longer like her…or are scared of her, and the days of eating alone at lunch have started to blend together. When a mysterious text message invites Sara and her estranged friends to “play the game” and find local ghost legend Lucy Gallows, Sara is sure this is the only way to find Becca–before she’s lost forever. And even though she’s hardly spoken with them for a year, Sara finds herself deep in the darkness of the forest, her friends–and their cameras–following her down the path. Together, they will have to draw on all of their strengths to survive. The road is rarely forgiving, and no one will be the same on the other side.
Expected publication: September 24th 2019 by Viking Books for Young Readers
Kate Alice Marshall started writing before she could hold a pen properly, and never stopped. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with a chaotic menagerie of pets and family members, and ventures out in the summer to kayak and camp along Puget Sound. I Am Still Alive was her YA debut, followed by Rules for Vanishing. Visit her online at katemarshallbooks.com and follow her on Twitter @kmarshallarts.
Quick disclaimer. I haven’t had a chance to read this yet, but I picked stories that I thought were somewhat fitting based on reviews I have read. All photos were taken from bing images. If there is a photographer noted, I will credit it below. There were a lot of photos with no credit (and the same photos over and over).
The Grimes Sisters and German Church Road
In December 1956, sisters Barbara and Patricia Grimes went missing. They left their house to go see a movie at a theater (no longer there) on Archer Ave in Chicago and they never came home. There were many witnesses that came forward saying they saw the girls in various places. The FBI became involved after there were ransom notes received which led to no where. Almost a full month later, a man driving on German Church Road saw what he thought were mannequins. He got his wife and they went back to the scene. After realizing they were real bodies, they contacted the police.
The autopsy found that there girls died within a handful of hours after leaving home based on their stomach contents. There were no visible cause of death. It was originally listed that they died of shock and exposure. Both bodies were found undressed. This case is still unsolved.
There are multiple stories about hauntings on German Church Road. One involves hearing a car that appears to slow down and stop in the area where the girls bodies were found. People have said that you can hear a trunk close, a sound of something being dropped, and then the car drives away. The car is not visible.
“Seven Gates Of Hell” Collinsville, Illinois
credit from panoramio, but there is also a name on the bottom of photo
This is an interesting one for me because my husband went to college in this area and he is the one who told me the story.
These “gates” are found on Lebanon Road which is east of Collinsville. There are a series of 7 tunnels and bridges. There are multiple stories about what happens here. In one, it is said that if you can go through all 7 and be at the last one at midnight, it opens a gate to hell. Another story says that you can’t actually go through all 7 in a row. You make it through 6 and that’s it. The whole area looks creepy and I can see why it became a local legend.
Resurrection Mary/Archer Ave
Archer Avenue is well known as a haunted road in Illinois. There are so many stories surrounding this road. One of the big ones is Resurrection Mary. Resurrection Mary’s story started in the 1930’s, just outside Chicago. In one of the main stories, a man met an attractive woman and asked her to dance. While she told him where she lived, she asked him to leave her outside Resurrection Cemetery on Archer Ave. Mary vanished right in front of him. He went to the house she told him about the next day and Mary’s mother had said that her daughter died 5 years earlier. It was thought that this Mary was killed and buried in a white dress in Resurrection Cemetery. Mary has been said to see many times since, all along the area of Archer Ave. One cab driver stopped at the gates of the cemetery to pick up a woman and she disappeared before getting into the cab.
In another story, a man saw a woman trapped in the cemetery, so he contacted the police. No woman was there, but the cemetery gates were pulled part. The police officer said that it looked link hand prints were seared into the bars.
You can read a lot more testimonies about Resurrection Mary and the cemetery on this WEBSITE .
As I mentioned before, Archer Ave has a huge history of hauntings all over. This map (credited to mysteriousheartland, found on bing) shows many of the haunted places. My husband and I have driven Archer Ave many times. Even though it’s not on Archer Ave, the HH Holmes murder castle was less than 6 miles from Archer Ave if I’m reading the map correctly. I knew it was close. The castle is no longer there and it is now a post office.
Aux Sable Cemetery, Minooka IL
Aux Sable was one of the local legends I heard about often while in high school. This cemetery is heavily patrolled. My husband and I went during the day while it was open (and we were not young) and someone called the police who asked us why we were there. I actually spent some time cleaning up and looking at the graves to see if we had any family members buried there. The police officer was nice, but he stayed until we left. Before he arrived, I was exploring the woods behind the cemetery which I found much creepier. I quickly took photos, but didn’t get very many. It is sad because we saw a lot of damage to old headstones and garbage around. As with other haunted cemeteries by woods, teens partied there and there were rumors of satanic activity.
As you can see in the picture, the entrance is very long. There are reports of cars dying on that road for no reason. There is said to be a young girl that haunts the grounds. But the main thing is that there is a building said to be a portal to another ghostly dimension or hell (depending on the story).
(image found on bing images, credit at the bottom of photo) I recommend checking out that author’s books, too. I was able to meet him at a book event years ago and have really enjoyed the books he’s written (and visited a lot of the places mentioned).
Cuba Road Lake Zurich/Barrington Illinois
Cuba Road is another well known haunted road in Illinois. It is much more developed now, so not as creepy. But it still has an odd feeling driving down it at night. Especially when you see the old cemetery. This cemetery is from the late 1800’s and there are a lot of accounts of ghosts and orbs seen behind the gates. There are still areas of the road that are dark with a lot of trees. You just need to get past some of the areas where there are more lights.
There is a house that burned down years ago, but people say they see a house there and then it disappears. The story I have heard most often were the ones of the truck and the old time gangster cars seen on the road. The truck drives with bright headlights and it tries to run you off the road. People have also said that they’ve seen an old gangster in their rear view mirror. You can also go down Rainbow Road off of Cuba Road where there is another ghost house rumored to be an old asylum. The building itself is no longer there.
This last one doesn’t quite fit this theme, but it’s a ghost story from my hometown (where I went to school from 5th-12th grade). I have only seen the ghost story in one book, but I have heard stories from around the area.
Diamond, IL Mine Disaster
For a little reference. Diamond, Coal City, Carbon Hill, and Goose Lake (partially seen at the top) all go to school in Coal City. When I attended, I lived in Goose Lake. This area has jumped up in population in the past 10-15 years, but we had a lot of corn fields, and woods all around when I was younger. Our middle school also had a rumored ghost that kids now still hear about.
As the names imply, this area had a lot of mines. In 1883, there was a major mine disaster in the area that is now the border of Diamond and Braidwood. The mine collapsed due to heavy rains, melting snows, melting ice, and it already being a marshy area. The shaft flooded quickly and it was impossible for many of the miners to make it out. It took 38 days to pump the water out to try to recover bodies. Only some of the bodies were found. Because of the safety issues, the mine was sealed off with 46 bodies left under ground.
As this area developed, homes were built over the existing mines. There have been reports of ghosts of miners haunting the area. Not just one, but a line of dusty miners. There is a memorial in the area for the accident. A handful of years back, there was at least one property that developed sink holes believed to be areas from the mine opening up. I’m surprised there aren’t more ghost stories because of the tragic deaths. But a few is plenty.
I’m sure that if you look, you’ll find some of the same types of stories in every state in the US. Legends and lore seem to be pretty similar, but I hope you found some of these to be interesting and unique stories.
Thank you to Penguin for letting me be a part of this tour. I had a fun time finding the stories I wanted to include. There were so many to choose from.
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September 17 – Falling Down The Book Hole – Dreamcast
September 18 – YA Books Central – Review
September 19 – Confessions of a YA Reader – Inspired by the Book: Scary Ghost Legends
September 20 – Just Add a Word – Moodboard + Review
September 21 – Pop The Butterfly Reads – Creative Instagram Picture
September 22 – Scared Straight Reads – Creative Instagram Picture
September 23 – Beauty and the Book – Review + Creative Instagram Picture
September 24 – Keep Holding On To Books – Inspired by the Book
September 25 – The Midnight Society – Author Guest Post
September 26 – Fear your Ex – Review + Creative Instagram Picture
September 27 – The Book Deviant – Horror-Themed Quiz
September 28 – It Starts At Midnight – Listicle: Things you should be Afraid Of
Have you read Rules For Vanishing? Do you enjoy ghost stories and legends? Have you heard of any of the ones I’ve mentioned? Do you have a favorite story that is local to you?