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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Diane A. Ladley  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Other

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1961 in Westerville, OH


-- Website -- http://www.Historic-Ghost-Tours-Naperville.com
-- Diane A. Ladley on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=diane+a.+ladley


Illinois Connection

Weeks after my birth my parents moved back to Naperville, Illinois where they had attended school at North Central College after World War II. We moved several times within Naperville during my childhood. After I went out on my own I lived in Naperville at two locations, including an apartment in Naperville's Historic District. I attended college at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Currently I live on the far east side of Aurora, Illinois. . . "just a spit across the border from Naperville".

Biographical and Professional Information

Diane Ladley is the founder and president of Historic Ghost Tours of Naperville, Historic Ghost Tours of Aurora, Historic Roundhouse Ghost Tours, Historic Ghost Tours of Elgin, and the parent company, Haunted Hometowns Corporation. Ladley is a popular public speaker and nationally award-winning storyteller, named by her peers as "America's Ghost Storyteller". She was a State of Illinois ArtsTour Artist for 2001-3 and again in 2003-5. Diane Ladley is the first and foremost authority on the local haunted history and supernatural lore of Naperville, Illinois and Aurora, Illinois.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Haunted Aurora (Haunted America)
ISBN: 1596298057

The History Press. 2010

Aurora was the first Illinois city to have electric streetlights, but a dark history has resisted illumination as stubbornly as the chilly corner of the old roundhouse repels the summer heat. Learn why Aurora counts "City of Cemeteries" among its nicknames as Diane Ladley, "America's Ghost Storyteller," describes the nineteenth-century doctor suspected of trading bodies between his cancer center and a neighboring graveyard. Other eerie legends and strange stories revealed in this book include the marauding brave brought to justice in the Devil's Cave by his own tribe, the sweet legacy of NFL great Walter Payton and the elephants that saved a circus from a tornado.

Haunted Naperville
ISBN: 0738561223

Arcadia Publishing. 2009

Established in 1831, Naperville is one of the oldest settlements in the Greater Chicago area. The city’s rich and fascinating heritage has been carefully passed down from one proud generation to the next however, nowhere has Naperville’s ghostly oral tradition and haunted history been preserved until now. Most of Naperville’s unique legends―compiled for the first time ever in these pages―arose from accounts of actual historic events and from the lives of notable personages in the city’s long history. As the tragic events and persons faded from living memory, all that might remain of them would be ghost stories whispered by firelight and, later, by fl ashlight tucked under a teenager’s chin at slumber parties. Some eerie legends in these pages have origins that are lost in time, and still other hair-raising ghost stories included in this work are chilling contemporary, firsthand accounts of paranormal encounters within Naperville’s sprawling boundaries . . . perhaps from even just down the street.


Awards

  • National Storytelling World Honor Award, Best Story of the Year for Adolescents, ''"Late Night Fright

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    Contact Ladley for information and availability. Geographic area limited to less than 40 miles from Naperville/Aurora.