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Ghosts of the Bluegrass

by James McCormick and Macy Wyatt foreword by William Lynwood Montell

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200 pages  Pubdate: 10/02/2009  6 x 9 x .5625  8 photos

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In Ghosts of the Bluegrass, James McCormick and Macy Wyatt present stories of Kentucky ghosts past and present. Some of the tales are set in rural areas, but many take place in urban areas such as the haunted house on Broadway in downtown Lexington and in buildings on the University of Kentucky campus, where Adolph Rupp is said to have conversed with the deceased biology professor Dr. Funkhouser. This volume contains chapters on haunted places, poltergeists, communication with the dead, and ghosts who linger to resolve unfinished business from their past lives, as well as a chapter about ghosts who reveal themselves through lights, changes in temperature, or sound. The book even features a chilling account by a nineteenth-century family haunted in their Breckinridge County home. Whether witnesses believe that a spirit has come to protect those it left behind or to complete an unfinished task, ghostly appearances remain a mystery. As McCormick and Wyatt point out, there are no right or wrong answers when it comes to the supernatural. One thing is certain: these tales will bring pleasure and perhaps a goose bump or two to the reader interested in ghost stories and folklore in the Kentucky tradition.

James McCormick, professor emeritus of art at Georgetown College, has participated in many international art competitions and invitationals, curated more than fifty exhibits, and served as a consultant to the Kentucky Arts Commission. Macy Wyatt is professor emeritus of psychology at Georgetown College. She was instrumental in establishing the Counseling Center at Georgetown College.

“Central Kentucky now has another book relevant to local life and culture, this one as portrayed by ghostly beings that still love the area, thus refuse to leave even after death!”—William Lynwood Montell, from the foreword

"This book will be of lasting appeal."--Roberta Simpson Brown, author of Queen of the Cold-Blooded Tales

"Honest reflections of local lore on the ever-fascinating subjects of death and the unexplainable."--Joseph Sobol

"Ghosts of the Bluegrass is a treasure trove of stories from Kentuckians." --Heather Chapman, Lexington Herald-Leader

"Authors James McCormick and Macy Wyatt introduce you to the notorious spirits dwelling among us in Ghosts of the Bluegrass." --Kentucky Monthly

"Ghosts is a humorous, sometimes scary collection of first-hand accounts of the supernatural in Central Kentucky." --Larry Muhammad, courier-journal.com

"Whether you read this collection with enthusiasm or with skepticism, you are bound to learn a few things about people who believe ghosts exist after physical death from the family tales and first hand experiences that truly cannot be explained." --Hardin Company Historical Society

"I felt like I was there sitting down with some of the area’s best storytellers, hearing authentic stories. McCormick and Wyatt have done a tremendous service to current readers and to future generations by preserving this important part of our heritage."--Roberta Simpson Brown, author of The Walking Trees and Other Scary Stories and The Queen of the Cold-Blooded Tales

"The compilers have done an excellent job of editing, inserting helpful explanatory or historic notes to add to information on a particular story, and giving cross references for like stories."--Kentucky Kaleidoscope

"Nicely laid out and well edited. . . . An inexpensive tool for those researching tale types in central Kentucky, and perhaps useful in enticing other students toward interest in fieldwork projects."--Western Folklore

"Bell witch stories, ghostly dogs, campus ghosts, rattling chains--all are here, with titles like 'The Gray Lady of Liberty Hall' and 'Family Banshee Foretells Deaths." In sum, this is a fine anthology with extremely interesting and readable ghost stories, worth reading for the charm of the stories themselves." -- Journal of Folklore Research

"A thorough treatment of what ghost stories may be found in central Kentucky."--Western Folklore