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By Michael McCarty

First of all, I feel I should start off with a big THANK YOU! The support of my book GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES has been phenomenal. People have bought the book, spread the word, interviewed me on local radio, newspaper and TV and came out to the book signings, wrote great reviews on Amazon, said nice things about me and the book …

I can’t thank everyone enough…

That kindness and support is the main reason, I co-written another Quad Cities book EERIE QUAD CITIES by Michael McCarty and John Brassard Jr.

I will post links to both books at the bottom of this blog…

As promised …

Here is an “Extra” about The Colonel Davenport House on Rock Island Arsenal. Local historian and multiple book author Nick Vulich unearthed this article and I thought it was fascinating ….


The Davenport Democrat printed a short history of the island in 1880. It hinted of ghostly doings at the abandoned Davenport house.

“Soldiers on the island have time and again averred that groans and shouts and cries may be heard in the house nights, and it is a dreaded place with many of them after dark. “One night, three or four years ago, a squad of soldiers neared the house.” They “saw lights inside which caused them to flee from it on the double-quick.”

Of course, said the paper, the hauntings were never investigated, so whether they were real or not is left to the reader. The Davenport Democrat. December 3, 1880.

The Colonel Davenport House (Photo: Courtesy of Rock Island Paranormal)

The Colonel Davenport House (Photo: Courtesy of Rock Island Paranormal)

GHOSTS OF THE QUAD CITIES by Co-written by Michael McCarty. Available in Kindle, trade paperback and hardcover.

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 hunts down the haunted lore of this vibrant Midwestern community.

Also check out:

EERIE QUAD CITIES by Michael McCarty & John Brassard Jr.
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.

Now available in kindle, nook and trade paperback
Barnes & Noble:…/eerie-quad…/1139398369

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