Mikel B.Classen

James R. Barker at Moonrise- Sault Ste. Marie - Michigan
Welcome to the website of Michigan writer, photographer and videographer, Mikel B. Classen. 

Sault Ste. Marie

I can't believe I'm still waking up to fresh snow in the morning. I saw a post from a guy on Facebook this morning asking what he should bring for his May trip to the U.P. All I could think of to answer was long underwear and snowshoes. Over the weekend I was spoiled with a trip to Ann Arbor for a couple of classes from Nikon on how to use my digital camera more effectively. It was 70 degrees! It felt like three days in Florida. On the way home, as soon as I hit Grayling, it starts to snow. It hasn't quit since.

Anyway, on to bigger and better things. Okay, better might be an exaggeration. The ice in the St. Mary's River is still wreaking havoc on ships trying to make it to the Soo Locks. At one point over 40 ships were backed up waiting to be brought in by the ice breakers which have been working endlessly trying to move traffic. The Roger Blough arrived in the Soo with a two foot gash in her hull. The ships have created quite the drama here. It has been a rough spring, if you could call it that. 

Snowy Fort Michilimackinac - Mackinaw City - Michigan

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From My
Historic Pictures Collection

Hotel Cadillac - St. Ignace - Michigan

I saw this cool old picture and had to have it. This is the Hotel Cadillac which once stood in St. Ignace and was one of the premiere places to stay. This picture was taken around 1900 and shows guests gathered outside. The old hotel burned down in the 1920's. That seems to have been the fate of so many of the magnificent old hotels that once graced the cities of the north.

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Sault Sainte Marie


Canadian Tourists marvel at the fresh snow, thinking maybe they planned their trip a little early. Also, a film festival in the works and more. (Click on the Picture for more.)


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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 upcoming history of Au Sable Point from History Press called Au Sable Point Lighthouse: Beacon on Lake Superior's Shipwreck Coast, now available for pre-order. 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.

 Now Available For Pre-Order!!!

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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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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