Mikel B.Classen

Fishing the St. Mary's - Sault Ste. Marie - Michigan
Welcome to the website of Michigan writer, photographer and videographer, Mikel B. Classen. 

Sault Ste. Marie

Over this last summer and into fall I've been able to travel all across Michigan. The book signings and presentations about the Au Sable book have taken me down roads I've never seen. It truly has been one of the nice side benefits of having the book published. I really love roaming around Michigan and the backroads always lead to something interesting. Whether it is an isolated, picturesque, village along Lake Michigan, like Frankfort, or a lost ghost town like Alba, there are so many things to see. It has been a gratifying year.

I have posted a new article called the Light Keeper Hero and the Wreck of the Monarch. This was a story I came across while doing my research for the Au Sable Point book. A steamship named the Monarch shipwrecked on Isle Royale during the onset of winter. Their survival and rescue is a breathtaking story. The story of the Monarch is one of the presentations I made at the State of Michigan Library's Nautical Gathering. I thought I'd share it here so everyone could check it out. 

With winter closing in, I'm looking ahead to doing more articles for this site and piecing together two more books. I have one more signing and presentation at Bayliss Library here in the Soo on November 4. It will probably be the last one I do until Spring. I want to thank everyone that came out and met me. It was awesome. We'll be doing it again next year.

To contact me, email: mclassen@lighthouse.net

 Camping at Mackinac - Straits State Park - St. Ignace - Michigan

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From My
Historic Pictures Collection

Visiting the Soo Locks - Sault Ste. Marie - Michigan

This is an early 60's postcard which was meant to show ship watching at the Soo Locks, but in the background, the photographer caught the construction of the International Bridge. Though the arches are constructed, the rest of the bridge is missing, not yet built.

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Sault Sainte Marie


The Valley Camp Museum Ship. A Soo Must-See.


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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

November 4 - 7pm - Bayliss Public Library - 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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