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Kentucky Hauntings: Homespun Ghost Stories and Unexplained History

by Roberta Simpson Brown and Lonnie E. Brown

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184 pages  Pubdate: 09/17/2013  5.5 x 8.5  none

More than evoking chills down the spine and cautious glances over one’s shoulder, spooky stories create lasting bonds and memories between friends and family. The tradition of storytelling ties generations together with exciting new tales and familiar folklore that has sparked superstitions and legends.

In Kentucky Hauntings: Homespun Ghost Stories and Unexplained History, beloved storytellers Roberta Simpson Brown and Lonnie E. Brown present a thrilling collection of paranormal tales that will appeal to anyone looking for a friendly scare. Weaving together factual accounts of unexplained events, peculiar headlines, and local legends passed down from a time when most homes lacked electricity, Kentucky Hauntings combines stories with commentary on historic customs. From “telling the bees” about a death in the family, to a friendly “fool’s errand” practical joke gone horribly wrong, and from terrifying haunted houses to the lifesaving “Bathtub Ghost,” readers are transported to a world of age-old superstitions and paranormal experiences. Whether shared around the fire on a crisp autumn night or whispered in a huddle of close friends at a summer sleepover, these eerie stories will thrill and excite anyone who loves a good scare.

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 and Spookiest Stories Ever: Four Seasons of Kentucky Ghosts with his wife Roberta.

The stories are interesting, even compelling—I find the story of Granny Burton and the story of the whittler who passed along his knife to be tales I’m still thinking about more than a week after reading them. I know fans of the Browns’ work will welcome this book and be delighted. -- Mary Hamilton, author of Kentucky Folktales: Revealing Stories, Truths, and Outright Lies

Much more than a collection of ghost stories, the commentaries preserve and promote the oral tradition of storytelling, revealing a rich culture of storytellers who understand the importance of sharing their beliefs, traditions, and values with family and friends. -- Octavia Sexton, author of Kentucky Kid’s Jack Tales

Kentucky Hauntings is a wonderful collection of truly shared tales, spun by skilled chill-masters Roberta and Lonnie Brown. Her folksy, living room delivery, contrasts well with the incremental and increased creepiness woven into every tale. Stormy weather, bad decisions and tragic circumstances triangulate in many accounts into fearful and awesome events. The one dependable outcome for her stories is a ghostly presence. Ah, but will that ghost be friendly or evil? You must read each story to find out… -- Thomas Freese, author of Shaker Ghosts, Haunted Battlefields of the South, and Ghosts Spirits and Angels

This wonderful collection of Kentucky ghost stories reminds us of customs and beliefs that comprise an important part of our heritage. Bee-keeping, weather forecasting, and pie-baking lead to encounters with ghosts in the Browns' new book. It is a delight to read these exciting and heart-warming stories. -- Elizabeth Tucker, author of Haunted Halls: Ghostlore of American College Campuses and editor of Children's Folklore Review

"Kentucky Hauntings by the talented authors Roberta Simpson Brown and her husband, Lonnie Brown, is another book in their collection of ghost stories, legends, and folklore that’s been passed down through the generations by word of mouth. Whether the stories are read aloud to eager listening adolescents sitting by a campfire or read silently by the lone light next to the bed, the reader will become involved as if Brown were right there, telling the story with her unique style and descriptive words, being able to captivate you long after the story has finished. Read the book. Find out for yourself, what has stirred the ghosts, revisit legends, and folklore from all areas of the state, from backwoods to the city, and invite them into your home…so you can experience some true, Kentucky Hauntings. -- Robert Parker, Author of Haunted Louisville and Haunted Louisville Two…Beyond Downtown

Roberta and Lonnie Brown, themselves seasoned ghost chasers, have brought together spirits and stories to create a remarkable book. Their Kentucky Hauntings (Homespun Ghost Stories and Unexplained History) is a book to be savored now for years to come. Something very special are the fantastic introductions they do for the majority of the tales. In giving the unique background and setting of these stories, the Browns provide us with long-forgotten bits of information and wisdom which add so much to our grasping and appreciating each one. These valuable introductions alone are worth the price of the book. Frankly, ghost tale collections don't get any better than this. The reason is that the Browns are intimately connected with the stories they present here. These are personal stories, family stories, often even their very own stories, and they have the ring of truth running all through them we can hardly miss. With these stories, we don't have to say, "Did this really happen?" We know. We know. -- Lee Pennington, former Kentucky poet laureate

Whether whispered, shared aloud, or read in private, "Kentucky's Hauntings" is an intriguing read for the season. -- Chevy Chaser Magazine

Just in time for Halloween season--but full of entertainment value beyond Oct. 31--comes this fearful and fun collection of spooks, goblins, ghosts, creatures and spirits. Many of these tales have been passed down for generations, and they provide shivers to this day. Great for the whole family. -- Louisville Courier-Journal

[T]he Browns gathered stories from newspapers, historical documents and conversations to produce tales to delight and give you just a bit of fright. -- Kentucky Monthly

Kentucky Hauntings is a special book. -- The Southeastern Librarian

[This book is] great to keep for camping trips to read over the fire to your family, or on dark, stormy nights.
The book covers locales from cities to small towns and allows the reader to take a journey through Kentucky scenery and history. -- Bowling Green Daily News