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Local author Sylvia Shultz will give a program on her new book, "Fractured Spirits" at the Tazewell County Museum's annual membership meeting, on Thursday, March 27, at 6 p.m. at the Pekin Public Library. The public is invited.
Sylvia has been writing books for years now. She started off writing fiction (horror and romance), but I she was always fascinated with true ghosts stories. She said that she loved them as a child, and still does. Several years ago a publisher contacted her and ask if she would like to write a collection of true ghost stories called "Ghost of the Illinois River". It was during the writing of that project that she learned about the Peoria State Hospital, and the many paranormal experiences people have had there.
She told me that's when she started doing more research into the history and hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital. At first, I was just enthralled with the idea their being such a haunted place so close to my home. Then, I delved deeper into the history of the asylum. The stories I found, of life at the Peoria State Hospital, were just as fascinating as the ghost stories. I was intensely grateful to discover such a legacy of caring and compassion, the legacy of most of the asylum's history.
The Peoria State Hospital was the premier mental health facility of its day. Dr. George Zeller instituted the eight-hour workday for his staff, removed patient restraints, and made the asylum into a model for the care of the mentally ill.
Amazon says that," Sylvia brings a passion for paranormal investigation to her adventures at this haunted hotspot. The spirits come to life once more as Shultz explores their former home. Other voices help her tell the story: this is a collection of people's experiences at the Peoria State Hospital. Ghost hunting groups, sensitives, former nurses, and ordinary people share their stories with us, their voices resonating to create a panoramic view to rival the vista of the Illinois River".
Right: Sylvia Shultz, from www.sylviashultz.com
Sylvia also works as a librarian, mostly in order to feed her book addiction. She also serves as the Publicity Director for Dark Continents Publishing. In addition to nonfiction, Sylvia also writes romance and horror.
Sylvia lives with her husband, 2 dogs and 3 cats. Please come out and listen to Sylvia share her story, and stories from her new book, (Fractured Spirits).
Please visit www.facebook.com/FracturedSpirits for an interactive experience. listen to EVPs, watch videos, and share your own ghost stories about the Peoria State Hospital. Once again, the program is at the Pekin Public Library, Thursday, March 27, at 6 p.m. The public is invited.