Monsters of the Midwest (Adventure Publications), by Jessica Freeburg and Natalie Fowler
Fall is a good time for scary stories: The sun goes down early, darkness creeps across the land and shadows can conceal a host of monsters. With that in mind, Jessica Freeburg and Natalie Fowler have trolled the Internet and newspaper archives for scary, supposedly true stories for Monsters of the Midwest. Composing the raw material into short story form, Freeburg and Fowler recount tales of a vampire in Nebraska, a giant snake in Indiana, erect amphibians unknown to science in Cincinnati and a winged beast with talons in Louisville. Wisconsin provides a sea serpent in Lake Mendota and a squid-like thing in Sauk County.