Mikel B.Classen

Sailboat Sunset - Straits of Mackinac - Michigan
Welcome to the website of Michigan writer, photographer and videographer, Mikel B. Classen. 

Sault Ste. Marie

Had a great time in Traverse City. The book signings went well and got to meet some great new people. Also ate at Franklin's in Downtown TC. It was an excellent food experience. It would have been nice if we could have hung around for the film festival which starts this weekend.

Instead I'll be heading for Marquette and then off to Copper Country and Calumet for a day. That should be fun. In the meantime, here in the Sault, the Rendezvous in the Sault takes place. It is an event not to be missed in my opinion. It's fun, educational and there are lots of explosions from cannons and muskets. This is THE weekend to come to Sault Ste. Marie. 

I want to make a couple of more comments about Traverse City. One of my observations while being there was how much fun everyone seemed to be having. On the beach, along the streets, everywhere is the sound of laughter and music. Street musicians abound, on the corners, in the underpasses, in the dim light of coffee shops. Old town Traverse has beautiful and well kept homes. Driving or walking the streets looking at the old homes is something I highly recommend. Spend some time in Traverse City, just for the fun of it.

I've been actively working on my next book about the Teddy Roosevelt libel trial that was held in Marquette, Michigan. It is supposed to be finished in September so it is occupying much of my down time. 

Please remember I have a book signing in Marquette at the Peter White Library on Thursday, July 24th at 7 pm. Come out and hear about Au Sable Point, it is an amazing place with a fascinating history. I'm also going to be at a book fest in Sault Ste Marie on September 20. Come and see me.

To contact me, email: mclassen@lighthouse.net

Canyon Falls - Baraga County - Michigan

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From My
Historic Pictures Collection

Au Sable Point Lighthouse - Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore - Alger County - Michigan

This is the earliest known photograph of Au Sable Point Light Station. At the top of the tower is the first light-keeper, Napoleon Beedon. Later a head-keeper's building was added creating the complex we see today. This is how the original light appeared soon after its construction.

If you would like to see more pictures from my historic collection, including past pics from here, go here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikel_classen/sets/72157630887269582/


Sault Sainte Marie


This Weekend. Be There


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I'm standing on part of the shipwreck of the Mary Jarecki at Au Sable Point along Lake Superior. Read its story in my history of Au Sable Point from History Press called Au Sable Point Lighthouse: Beacon on Lake Superior's Shipwreck Coast, now available. The Mary Jarecki is also the inspiration for my bestselling story the "Wreck of the Marie Jenny" which is available as an e-book or within the pages of my book, Lake Superior Tales.

Pamela Thompson and I at Books-A-Million in Traverse City, Michigan
Photo By Wanda T-I Thompson

It was a great time and thanks to everyone that turned out for that one and the signing at Horizon Books in TC


Au Sable Point Lighthouse: Beacon On Lake Superior's Shipwreck Coast

July 24 - Peter White Library - Marquette - Michigan - 7 PM

September 20 - Creative Endeavors' Book Fest - Sault Ste. Marie - Michigan


 Now Available!!!

Skeleton ship frames surround Au Sable Point, marking a mile-long sandstone reef that reached out into Lake Superior waiting to grab any and all ships that passed by. In an effort to end this tragic loss of lives, the Au Sable Point Lighthouse was constructed to warn mariners of its hidden reef. At the heart of the famed “Shipwreck Coast,” Au Sable Point was a beacon of hope and safety. Mikel B. Classen charts the history of the lighthouse and the dangerous reef that waits six feet under the lake’s surface and serves as the final resting place for so many sailors.

Stories of humor and adventure on the Lake Superior frontier.

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Also available at Amazon, B&N, or can be ordered through any bookseller.
E-versions too.

Pirates, thieves, shipwrecks, sexy women, lost gold, and adventure on the Lake Superior frontier. Nine stories, including "Wreck of the Marie Jenny," "The Bigg Man," "Wolf Killer," "Bullets Shine Silver in the Moonlight," and several more. This collection of stories filled with adventure, humor, thrills and suspense are expertly penned by Mikel B. Classen and published by NetBound Publishing. 

Sail on a ship full of gold. Meet the incomparable Rayna Daye. Who is the mysterious man that Andrew Jackson called "The meanest man he ever knew? These stories and more fill the pages of Lake Superior Tales. packed with action, adventure, humor, and suspense, this book has a little bit of everything. Journey to the wilds of the Lake Superior shoreline with regions still untamed today.

Included in this collection are:
The Bigg Man
Moby Pike
Bullets Shine Silver In The Moonlight
The Encounter
The Wreck of the Marie Jenny
The Death Trip
Sherman Yetty
Close Encounters Of The Deer Blind Kind
Wolf Killer
  My Collection Of Short Horror Stories, 


Also available at Amazon, B&N, or can be ordered through any bookseller.
E-versions too.

Ever wonder what happens when a vampire is turned into a Zombie? Ever attend a seance that went horribly wrong? Ever think of what it would be like to fall in love with a woman that has been dead for 150 years? These are just a few of the experiences you will have on your Journeys Into The Macabre.

   NetBound Publishing and author Mikel B. Classen have put together a collection of masterfully crafted horror stories that bring back the richness and feel of traditional gothic horror while adding the sharp textures of contemporary writing that creates a witch's brew of tales unlike anything published before. This is a must for any lover of dark fiction.

Deliver Me From Evil
M'Ganga's Curse
House of Seances
The Gray Tower
The Sorceress
The Donner Trailer
Senn's Vampire
The Dive
The Late Hero
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