Local Thrills

Discover the creepy side to the city

If murder mysteries, flying saucers and sea monsters freak you out, read Mysterious Madison (2011, The History Press) in the daylight, around people.

I got the day part right, but a skittish cattledog and a deranged cat were poor companions when I found myself glued to Noah Voss’ page-turner on unexplained happenings in my own backyard.

And “backyard” isn’t a quaint figure of speech; Voss, a paranormal investigator, takes you on a fascinating-but-creepy literary tour of north, south, east and west Madison like you’ve never experienced them. The north Madison chapter, with “people purporting to have had their hair pulled and faces slapped by disembodied hands” while working at the county’s Human Services building—formerly the Lake View Tuberculosis Sanatorium—on Northport Drive gave me the willies. We sled down that hill!

And if you live in the old south-side Greenbush neighborhood, you may want to steer clear of Death’s Corner and Ghost Road. But you’ll have to pick up Voss’ book to find out where they are …

Brennan Nardi is editor of Madison Magazine.

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