9780813190075

Ghosts Across Kentucky

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  • ISBN13:

    9780813190075

  • ISBN10:

    081319007X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-08-24
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Kentucky

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Summary

"Lynwood Montell has collected ghost tales all over the state of Kentucky, from coal mining settlements to river landings, from highways to battlefields. He presents these suspense-filled stories just as he first heard or read them: as bona fide personal experiences or as events witnessed by family members or friends. There are over 250 stories in Ghosts across Kentucky that are set in specific places and times. They include tales of graveyards, haunted dormitories, animal ghosts, and vanishing hitchhikers. Montell describes weird lights, unexplained sounds, felt presences, and disappearing apparitions. Phantom workmen, fallen soldiers, young lovers, and executed criminals appear in these pages, along with the living who chance upon them. Though the focus is on the stories themselves, Montell also includes a chapter explaining our fascination with the supernatural and the deep truths these storytelling traditions reveal about our lives and our pasts.William Lynwood Montell, emeritus professor of folk studies at Western Kentucky University, is the author of several books, including Killings."

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
viiii
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
Graveyard Ghosts
1(18)
Disappearing Ghosts
19(26)
Ghostly, Unnatural Sounds
45(17)
Headless Ghosts
62(11)
Animal Ghosts
73(22)
Scary Tales
95(23)
Hanged or Murdered Persons' Ghosts
118(37)
Ghosts of Persons Killed Accidentally
155(11)
Ghosts of Suicide Victims
166(7)
Weird, Eerie, Ghostly Lights
173(14)
Haunted Spots on the Landscape
187(23)
The Vanishing Hitchhiker
210(5)
Felt Presences of Ghostly Beings
215(5)
Civil War Ghosts
220(12)
Haunted Dorms, Fraternities, and Sororities
232(8)
Notes 240(12)
Index to Counties 252(4)
Index to Cities, Towns, and Other Locations 256

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