Haunted Marquette: Ghost Stories from the Queen City (Paperback)
"Haunted Marquette deftly weaves history, urban legends, and unexplained phenomena into a kaleidoscope of ghostly hauntings that reveal a side of the Queen City most of us have never experienced but perhaps always feared was there." - Sonny Longtine, author of Murder in Michigan's Upper Peninsula Over Forty Tales of Ghosts and Paranormal Experiences Founded as a harbor town to ship iron ore from the nearby mines, Marquette became known as the Queen City of the North for its thriving industries, beautiful buildings, and being the largest city in Upper Michigan. But is Marquette also the Queen of Lake Superior's Haunted Cities? Seventh-generation Marquette resident Tyler Tichelaar has spent years collecting tales of the many ghosts who haunt the cemeteries, churches, businesses, hotels, and homes of Marquette. Now, separating fact from fiction, he delves into the historical record to determine which stories may be true and which are just the fancies of frightened minds. Hear the chilling tales of: -The wicked nun who killed an orphan boy -The librarian mourning her sailor lover -The drowned sailors who climb out of Lake Superior at night -The glowing lantern of the decapitated train conductor -The mailman who gave his life for the U.S. mail -More ghostly ladies in floor-length white gowns than any haunted city should have Haunted Marquette opens up a fourth dimension view of the Queen City's past and reveals that much of it is still present.
Tyler R. Tichelaar is a seventh generation resident of Marquette, Michigan. Since age eight, he wanted to be a writer, and at age sixteen, he began writing his first novel, which years later was published as The Only Thing That Lasts. Tyler has a Ph.D. in Literature from Western Michigan University, and Bachelor and Master's Degrees in English from Northern Michigan University. He has served as the President of the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association, and he is the owner of his own publishing company, Marquette Fiction, and of Superior Book Productions, a professional editing and book design service. In 2009, Tyler was awarded the Best Historical Fiction Award in the Reader Views Literary Awards for his novel Narrow Lives. He has since gone on to sponsor that award. In 2011, he received the Barb H. Kelly Historic Preservation Award from the Marquette Beautification and Restoration Committee for his book My Marquette and he received the Marquette County Arts Award that same year for an "Outstanding Writer." Besides writing about Upper Michigan, Tyler has always been interested in the supernatural and the Gothic. In 2012, he published The Gothic Wanderer: From Transgression to Redemption. He has also written Spirit of the North: a paranormal romance, a historical fiction novel with a ghost in its storyline. In addition, he is the author of a series of novels about King Arthur, beginning with Arthur's Legacy, that include many Gothic elements, including an appearance by Dracula in the fourth novel, Lilith's Love. Today, Tyler continues to live in Marquette, where the roar of Lake Superior, mountains of snow, and sandstone architecture inspire his writing. He has many future books in the planning.