The Only Exception Setting- Can We Go There?

The Facts…

Collinsville, Illinois is a small suburban farm town with only four claims to fame: One—it is the horseradish capital of the world; two—it’s the home of the world’s largest catsup bottle; three—the lead singer from REM, Michael Stipe, graduated from the local high school; and four—it was the home town of the infamous Italian gangster, Buster Wortman. Other than those semi-significant claims, it’s a pretty unremarkable town. There’s a church and a bar on just about every corner and plenty of greasy diners for the after church crowds and the drunks.

The Myth…

There are also miles and miles of farmland and “back” roads. These secluded country roads are threaded throughout the remains of the old coal mines from the early 1900’s. The back roads, old coal mining shafts, and train trestles are popular partying points for the bored and uninspired youth of Collinsville. The notoriety of these places has mostly resulted from an age-old local legend—“The Gates of Hell.” It’s popular belief that early miners stopped excavating this town because they unearthed something a lot darker than coal. Legend has it that these miners dug a tunnel right through an authentic gate of hell. The evil that was released is believed to have caused much violence and death. Some still claim that the town continues to be haunted by the same evil that was released over a hundred years earlier. Others, however, believe this very gate is periodically reopened, unleashing even more demonic spirits into the already tormented town.

You decide…

The truth is that Collinsville is a real town with an infamous legend. So, could you visit here? You could…but would you want to?   *Mwahahahahahah*

This is just a little teaser. Obviously, we can’t divulge too much information about our book. Because…well, then you wouldn’t need to read it! We just wanted to give you a taste of the setting and hint at the story’s conflict. Stay tuned for more teasers and our adventures in query land.

And for your viewing and listening pleasure…

The Infamous Gates of Hell in Collinsville