Monthly Archives: October 2015

September & October

scando 002September was so busy that I skipped my monthly round up of articles I had written, so here is September and October together. In addition to writing a cover story for the Riverwest Currents, an article for M, and a few blog posts, I tapped in to a couple new publications.

The first of these is Scandinavian Traveler, official in-flight magazine of Scandinavian Airlines, and the biggest lifestyle magazine in Scandinavia, with 1.4 million readers. One of their editors read my book Heroes in the Night and asked if I would write an article giving an overview of Real Life Superheroes. I enjoyed working with them quite a bit and am glad to say that I will have another article in their December issue.

I also contributed to a new magazine called Cryptid Culture, which focuses on cryptozoology. I have a link where you can order a copy below. Besides an article about the ethics of killing Bigfoot by me, you have articles from famed cryptozoologists like Loren Coleman, Linda S. Godfrey, and Ken Gerhard, among others.

September

33. “Superheroes of Our Time,” Scandinavian Traveler, September 2015

34. “Thus Concludes the Summer of the Lion,” Riverwest Currents, September 2015

35.”Monster of the Month: Mothman,” Forces of Geek, September 7, 2015

36. “Hella Gator Skates the Dish,” teakrulos.com, Sept. 25, 2015

September word count: 3,321

October
37. “World Music,” M magazine, October 2015 (page 32)

38. “Monster of the Month: Jersey Devil,” Forces of Geek, October 5, 2015

39. “The Strange Case of the Oak Leaf Man” teakrulos.com, October 27, 2015

40. “Bigfoot: Pro-kill or no-kill?,” Cryptid Culture, October 2015

Total 2015 word count: 120, 413

I’d like to also mention that I was guest this week for a segment on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Wisconsin Life, you can listen to that here: www.wisconsinlife.org/story/paranormal-investigators-look-ghosts-milwaukee

The Shepherd Express does an annual popular vote and I am a nominee for “Best Milwaukee Author.” If you would take a few minutes to vote for your favorite Milwaukee institutions and consider the Krulos candidacy, that would be awesome: Best of 2015.

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The Strange Case of the Oak Leaf Man

You can imagine my excitement this last winter when the fearless editor of the Riverwest Currents, Alice, messaged me to say that I had received a mystery letter at the office talking about an urban legend of Riverwest. Wow!
I made my way over to the office ASAP and Alice handed me an envelope with no return address. Inside was typewritten letter that read:

Riverwest Currents

Attn: Tea Krulos

Re:

Dear Sir or Madam:

Hello, have you seen the enclosed flyer has been posted all over the east side? The one enclosed was posted on a bulletin board on Prospect Ave. The story mentions Riverwest. I thought it might be of interest since it mentions “specters and ghouls” but I cannot find any information about it- nobody around seems to know anything about it.

Thank you very much.

Encl. Flyer

Documents 1 and 2: Anonymous letter and envelope.

Documents 1 and 2: Anonymous letter and envelope.

No signature. Enclosed was the said flyer, a photocopy of an “article.” It was smudged with grime and pocked with staple holes. The article was titled “More ‘Oak Leaf Man’ Sightings Reported.” Handwritten at the bottom in black marker was an asterisk with the words “Neighborhood Alert.” The article included a black and white photo “taken by two anonymous cross country skiers” of what looked maybe like a pumpkin or basketball in a hoodie peeking through snowy tree branches.
Reading through it, I rolled my eyes and assumed it had been the shoddy work of a college paper, doing what skeptics would call “mystery mongering.” It seemed immediately obvious to me that the story here was not a supernatural one, but possibly young college kids new to an urban environment. Young Johnny or Susie moved to the dorms from Mequon or Appleton or Whitefish Bay and were terrified to see the apparition of…a homeless man wearing a hoodie, wandering the Oak Leaf Trail…ooo-weee-woo!
But when I read through it again, several things jumped out at me as being too fake for any publication (at least I would hope so!) and I believe this is a hoax.
There is no attribution as to where the article is from and nothing came up on Google. The hoaxer shot themselves in the foot by listing it as being on page A3 of a State & Local section of an unknown publication, with a date of September 29, 2014. “State & Local” means it would have to be a Wisconsin paper, however the style matches nothing I am familiar with. I consulted with two librarians at the Central Library periodical department and they agreed the style was unfamiliar.

Then there is the fact that the article isn’t credited with a  byline, but is signed off at the end as “-t.k.” Um, are you trying to rip off the supernatural reporting style of one Tea Krulos? Your kung fu is weak!

I suppose there is a small possibility this is from some small town Wisconsin paper, but I don’t think so. I think it was created in Photoshop.

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Another red flag here  is the quotes from “some Riverside High School students,” “a group of college students at UW-Milwaukee’s Riverview Hall,” and “some long-term residents of Milwaukee’s upper east side and Riverwest neighborhoods.” See the problem? There are no actual names listed as sources anywhere in the article.
Through my connections to local paranormal investigators, I soon discovered the same article had also been mailed or e-mailed to Allison Jornlin, a local ghost story expert, as well as local groups Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee and Brew City Paranormal.

Why? I think someone was maybe bored and wanted to create their own urban legend, a myth for the ages, and possibly have fun freaking out some college kids.The “report” says this Oak Leaf Man, a “man with a lot of scars, wearing a long coat” had been spotted staring into a dorm window at Riverview Hall “during a party.”  I think trying to spread this tale is a Halloweeny prank.
As for exploring the Oak Leaf Trail this Halloween season— I would be a little cautious walking down there, especially at night. Unfortunately, there have been incidents of crime on occasion, but it is a beautiful place to walk with a friend. I wouldn’t worry too much about the Oak Leaf Man swooping in to steal your soul, or whatever he’s supposed to do.

Happy Halloween, my friends!

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Krulos_Monster_7(1)My book Monster Hunters: On the Trail With Ghost Hunters, Bigfooters, Ufologists, and Other Paranormal Investigators has been a popular topic this Halloween season. It made Cult of Weird’s 2015 Fall Reading List and was recently featured on Wisconsin Life. You can order a copy here: www.chicagoreviewpress.com/monster-hunters-products-9781613749814.php

I Sold my Third Book and I’m Pretty Happy About That

earthGood sales of my most recent book, Monster Hunters (which has seen a boost of publicity and public appearances this month due to the Halloween season, it’s available for purchase HERE, at my public appearances, or wherever fine books are sold) have led to a deal signed with my publisher for a third title, which will have a 2017 release date.

This third book, which has the simple working title of The End, will be about what can be loosely summarized as “apocalypse culture.” It’ll have three parts: the first will look at predictions about how the world might end, either completely or at least to such a degree that our status quo will be radically different. The second part will be about how people are preparing for such a life altering time. The last part will look a bit beyond the end of the world as we know it and what our lives might look like.

As usual, I’ll be trying to get a good mix of different perspectives. I’ll be talking to people that call themselves preppers, homesteaders, militias, survivalists, ecological scientists, statisticians, potential Mars colonizers, religious prognosticators, artificial intelligence programmers, and who knows who else might show up. Suggestions? Feel free to contact me: teakrulos@gmail.com

In addition to this good news, I also am currently shopping around another title I’ve been working on slowly over the last five years. I think it is really good and I’m looking forward to see what my happen with it. I’ll be posting here with more info when it happens.

Last, the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference is going to happen again in 2016, and we’re zeroing in on a venue and dates. We’ll likely be making this announcement at on October 30 at www.milwaukeeparacon.com!

And now….back to work.