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Spookiest Stories Ever: Four Seasons of Kentucky Ghosts

by Roberta Simpson Brown and Lonnie E. Brown foreword by Elizabeth Tucker illustrated by J. D. Wilkes

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280 pages  Pubdate: 10/01/2010  5.5 x 8.5 x 1  4 line drawings

If tree branches scratching at your window on a stormy April night or the hot, sticky oppression of a stifling summer’s day puts fear into your heart. Or rustling November leaves, and the chill that sneaks into your bones during the darkened days of winter makes you quiver with anxiety, then reading spooky thrillers shouldn’t wait until October.

From masterful storytelling duo Roberta and Lonnie Brown comes Spookiest Stories Ever: Four Seasons of Kentucky Ghosts, a creepy collection of tales from their home state. Featuring familiar Kentucky landmarks such as the Palace Theater and the Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville and Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, these accounts from across the commonwealth are sure to put a tingle in the reader’s spine.

These notable stories, including tales of the “chime child” who can see and talk to ghosts, graveside appearances, and the Spurlington Witch of Taylor County, occur in all four seasons and come from every corner of Kentucky. An essential part of the American storytelling tradition, these ghost stories will delight readers who love getting goose bumps all year long.

Roberta Simpson Brown is a retired teacher and an acclaimed storyteller. She is the author of The Walking Trees and Other Scary Stories, Queen of the Cold-Blooded Tales, and Scared in School.
Lonnie E. Brown is a musician and author of Stories You Won’t Believe. He also coauthored Spooky, Kooky Poems for Kids, with his wife Roberta. Both are natives of Russell Springs in south-central Kentucky.
Illustrator J. D. Wilkes is a comic book author, award-winning documentary filmmaker, and musician. He lives in Paducah, Kentucky.

“Through the talented, kindhearted narrators of these stories, readers of this book become part of Kentucky’s storytelling community and participate in this state’s rich traditional heritage. Readers are sure to find this book both meaningful and enjoyable.” —from the foreword by Elizabeth Tucker, author of Haunted Halls: Ghostlore of American College Campuses

"It is a dripping, dripping, chilling tale of death; a perfect story to read on a warm summer’s night."--Bird’s Eye View

"In 'Spookiest Stories Ever', the Browns have compiled an enthralling collection of otherworldly tales and haunting anecdotes that demonstrate how primal human emotions of love, revenge and justice transcend the grave."--The Gleaner

"A wonderful set of ghost stories from the state of Kentucky. . . . Read a few of these out loud around a campfire in the summer or by the fireside at night and see if you can go to sleep without one look behind the dorr and another under the bed."--Indiana Magazine of History