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Ghosts across Kentucky

by William Lynwood Montell

Availablepaperback$19.95 978-0-8131-9007-5
280 pages  Pubdate: 08/24/2000  6 x 9  photos

"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."

Pour yourself a cup of brew, sit back in your easy chair and enjoy getting a few homegrown chills down your spine with Montell’s book. -- (Hopkinsville) Kentucky New Era

It is a delightful book and is both entertaining and a stunning revelation of generations of stories that will introduce you to some very frightening creatures of the night. -- Bourbon Times

Offers a valuable glimpse of rural society in an era when storytelling was a vital part of daily life. -- Cincinnati Enquirer

Spans the spectrum of hauntings, including the predictable tales of graveyard ghosts, unusual stories of animal ghosts, and an unexpected touch of the contemporary in ‘Haunted Dorms, Fraternities, and Sororities.’ -- Filson Club History Quarterly

Guaranteed to chill the bones of even the most skeptical, or at least tickle them. -- Kentucky Monthly

Next time the wind starts to blow, turn off the lights and the television, gather the kids around the fireplace and read these stories aloud. -- Lexington Herald-Leader

For those who love the unreal and revel in a good scare, this is the ideal bedside table book. . . . It’s positively spooky. -- Louisville Courier-Journal

280 stories from across the Bluegrass State—reports of phantom workmen, fallen soldiers, young lovers and executed criminals as well as tales of graveyards, haunted dormitories and vanishing hitchhikers. -- Publishers Weekly

A lively, fascinating opening of the doorway into one aspect of the folk underworld. -- Ray Browne