The Villa Garage

By Michael McCarty

To celebrate the release of EERIE QUAD CITIES by Michael McCarty & John Brassard Jr….

We present the following:

Here is something I couldn’t fit into The Villa chapter in GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES co-written by Michael McCarty

(Photo by Michael McCarty)

 By “Back when I was living on 19th Street Rock Island (only a couple blocks away from the John Looney House and the former Villa), I received a phone call from Cindy (my wife) on my cell phone. Now I don’t talk and drive, so I pulled over to take the call.

 “Where I pulled over, was near a dark garage, this four door storage unit belonged to The Villa and was at 13th Avenue and 22nd Street in Rock Island. It was near dusk, it was getting dark.

(photo by Michael McCarty)

 “When I hung up, I just was overcome with a feeling that someone was watching me out the darkness. I peered out of my window shield, but saw no one. But I couldn’t shake that feeling. I even stepped out of my car and looked at the garage, but saw no one. Still I was creeped out. I jumped in my car and quickly drove off.”

The Villa de Chantal, located at 2101 16th Avenue, Rock Island, was designed in the Neo-Gothic style, reminiscent of a European cathedral. The school burned down during the summer of 2005 (Photo by Jill Doak, courtesy of the City of Rock Island)

GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES by Michael McCarty and Mark McLaughlin. Available in Kindle, trade paperback and hardcover.

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Divided by state lines and the Mississippi River, the Quad Cities share a common haunted heritage. If anything, the seam that runs through the region is especially rife with spirits, from the Black Angel of Moline’s Riverside Cemetery to the spectral Confederate POWs of Arsenal Island. Of course, the city centers have their own illustrious supernatural residents – the Hanging Ghost occupies Davenport’s City Hall, while the Phantom Washwoman wanders Bettendorf’s Central Avenue. At Igor’s Bistro in Rock Island, every day is Halloween. Michael McCarty and Mark McLaughlin hunt down the haunted lore of this vibrant Midwestern community.

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EERIE QUAD CITIES by Michael McCarty & John Brassard Jr.


EERIE QUAD CITIES by Michael McCarty & John Brassard Jr. is now available in trade paperback … kindle be available very soon… Introduction by The Amazing Kreskin Afterword by Rick Lopez of Igor’s Bistro Like the mighty Mississippi River that cleaves the Quad Cities, the region’s history can trap the unwary in some unexpected eddies. Peer through the fog of the past to catch a glimpse of the Tinsmith Ghost of Rock Island or the river serpent with a price on its head. Get the back story on the Banshee of Brady Street, read the 1869 report on a Bigfoot sighting near East Davenport and run the numbers on local UFO activity. From phantom footsteps in the Renwick Mansion to a mausoleum heist in Chippiannock Cemetery, Michael McCarty and John Brassard Jr. trace a path through the shadowy heritage of the Quad Cities.

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