If you're a true Michigander, at some point in your life you're sure to have enjoyed a spooky time reading a Michigan Chiller book.

Michigan Chillers

If for some reason you're a Michigander who's made it this far in their life without reading one, you might be asking yourself, "What's a Michigan Chiller book?". Well, allow me to inform you.

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A Michigan Chiller book is almost like the "Pure Michigan" version of the Goosebumps book series. It's a kid's book series, written by Johnathan Rand, that tells scary stories that are all set in various Michigan towns.

Johnathan Rand via Amazon
Johnathan Rand via Amazon

The Michigan Chillers series first began back in 2000, so if you're a 90's baby or you've been a preteen/teen sometime in the last 20 years, you're likely to have spent countless nights under the blankets, devouring these books. Books like Poltergeists of Petoskey, or, Kreep Klowns of Kalamazoo.

If the Michigan Chillers series dominated a good part of your childhood, you should probably take a trip to northern Michigan to check out Chillermania!


Chillermania is a bookstore in northern Michigan that is the "World headquarters for books by Johnathan Rand". So that means that anything and everything having to do with the Michigan Chillers series can be found here.

And not just Michigan Chillers, but the American Chillers series as well. American Chillers is the country-wide version of Michigan Chillers. So instead of being set in different Michigan towns, each one is set in a different state.

As you step into Chillermania, you'll remember that the fascination for Michigan Chiller books never truly fades away. The whole place is dedicated to Johnathan Rand and his spooky, spine-tingling works. He can even be spotted there on occasion!

If you want to relive reading under the covers with a flashlight, make the drive to check out this Pure Michigan destination. It's located at 1651 S Straits Highway in Indian River, Michigan, north of Gaylord.

Real Life Locations of "Michigan Chillers" Books

If you remember reading Jonathan Rand's "Michigan Chillers" series, you'll love to look back on the locations used as inspiration for the 15 books that featured some of our favorite Michigan destinations.

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