Supernatural Tales from the Appalachian Mountains:

An Annotated Bibliography

Compiled By Judy A. Teaford
Mountain State University
 



Note:
This bibliography was created in November 2003. Many more books, stories, and other resources could be added. Send your suggestions to Tina Hanlon, thanlon@ferrum.edu.


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Collections


Battlo, Jean. Appalachian Gothic Tales. Parsons, WV: McClain Printing, 1997. This small collection contains six stories, five set in southern West Virginia. They include tales of futuristic fantasy, science fiction, horror, and metamorphosis. In "The Apple People of Johnnycake Mountain," set in McDowell County, WV, isolated people turn into apple trees when they die. (Beware of strong language. The book also contains typographical errors.)

Brown, Stephen D. Haunted Houses of Harpers Ferry. Illus. Joseph D. Osmann. Harpers Ferry, WV: The Little Brown House, 1976. "It is said that ghosts and phantom figures roam where the gently rolling hills of Western Maryland and Northern Virginia meet West Virginia's craggy eastern borders at Harpers Ferry. The area is rich in history with Civil War battlegrounds, old homes, and even older legends. It is in this area that these tales or mysterious shadows, ghosts and haunted houses are told" (Introduction 9).  Includes seventeen tales, all of which, according to the author, have been substantiated by more than three living people (Introduction 10).

 

Burchill, James, Linda J. Crider, and Peggy Kendrick. The Cold, Cold Hand: Stories and Ghosts and Haunts from the Appalachian Foothills. Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill Press, 1997.  Compiled by the First Draft Writers Group.


Burchill, James, Linda J. Crider, and Peggy Kendrick. Ghosts and Haunts from the Appalachian Foothills: Stories and Legends. Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill Press, 1993. "First Draft Writers Group was formed in January 1987 out of the determination, frustration, and need for support of two people in rural North Georgia. . . .[They are a group of people] interested in keeping the old legends of southern Appalachia alive and preserved for tomorrow's writers and storytellers" (Introduction 9-10).

 

Burchill, James, and Linda J. Crider.  Specters and Spirits: Stories and Legends of the Appalachian Foothills. Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill Press, 2002.  Compiled by the First Draft Writers Group. Does not contain a Contents page.


Cartmell, Connie. Ghosts of Marietta. Photo. Mitch Casey. Marietta, Ohio: Marty's Print Shop, 1996. Connie Cartmell, a journalist for The Marietta Times, wrote a four-part series of ghost stories for the newspaper in October 1992, all about Marietta, all based on at least two sources. Cartmell states, in the Preface, "This book is the culmination of years of listening and gathering. In a word, it is basic reporting, with a healthy dose of embellishment not to be tolerated on the pages of your daily newspaper" (9).

Deitz, Dennis. The Greenbrier Ghost and Other Strange Stories. Charleston, WV: Mountain Memories Books, 1990. In addition to stories about the Greenbrier Ghost, Zona Shue, and other ghost tales, this collection contains tales of the West Virginia Turnpike, Premonitions, and Mediums. (Greenbrier Ghost Note: The historical marker of the Greenbrier Ghost is located on Route 60 where it passes over I-64 at the Sam Black exit. It reads,  "Interred in nearby cemetery is Zona Heaster Shue. Her death in 1897 was presumed natural until her spirit appeared to her mother to describe how she was killed by her husband Edward. Autopsy on the exhumed body verifies the apparition's account. Edward, found guilty of murder, was sentenced to the state prison. Only known case in which testimony from ghost helped convict a murderer.") Contains notes on Sources, Tale Types, and Motifs.

Deitz, Dennis. The Greenbrier Ghost #2 and Other Strange Stories. Charleston, WV: Mountain Memories Books, 1998. Dennis Deitz writes, "I am often asked, 'Are these stories true?' I can only answer, the persons who gave me the story told me that they were true and I believed them. My only rule was that I would publish them only if I could use their name and sometimes their picture with their story. Also, I asked that they talk to readers who wanted to discuss the details of their story" (1). Contains notes on Sources, Tale Types, and Motifs.

Deitz, Dennis. The Greenbrier Ghost #3: Featuring Stories about the Braxton County Green Monster.  Charleston, WV: Mountain Memories Books, 2003.  Includes seven stories about the legendary Braxton County Monster, as well as other ghost stories and country tales. Over forty new West Virginia ghost tales.


Hannah, Leslie D. In the Spirit of Tahlequah: Ghost Stories from the Cherokee Nation. Tahlequah, OK: L.D. Hannah, 1998. 96 pp. Contains "A Riderless Horse," "Always on Duty," "Coming Home," "The Cry of the Wolf," "The Feral Child," "The Legend of Bear," "The Trees," "The Old Fiddle Player's Bow," "The Oubliette," "The Lost Traveler's Best Friend," "The Ghosts of Seminary Hall," and "Spirit of a Warrior."

Jones, James Gay. Appalachian Ghost Stories and Other Tales. Parsons, WV: McClain Printing, 1975. Many of the tales, most passed down from the oral tradition, include ghosts and murders. Several involve both jealousy and murder: "Suffer Not a Witch to Live," "Tragedy in Booger Hole," and "A Gift for Angela." There are two Tall Tales that involve some form of the supernatural: "Centralia's Headless Ghost" and "Ramp Power." A story about snake handling, "What hath Been Wrought?" and one about a club-footed character, "Spooks and Ferrididdles," also lean toward the supernatural. "Invasion of the Green Monsters" is a sci-fi story about an alien monster. And in "Twins in the Whirlpool" the reader learns the meaning of Kanawha: River of whirlpools. This collection also contains the story of Zona Shue, the Greenbrier Ghost: "The Ghost of Zona Shue." (See Deitz above.)

Jones, James Gay. Haunted Valley and More Folk Tales of Appalachia. Parsons, WV: McClain Printing, 1979.  Twenty-five tales from Southern Appalachia, including "Caliban, the Monster Twin," an interesting tale of twins, one normal and one hideously ugly. While still unborn, one twin kills the other. Which one dies and which one lives?  And what happens to the mother who, after years of absence, finally returns only to be enveloped in a rage of fire? Jones' introduction to the collection provides "some randomly chosen glimpses into the social and cultural background" of the people of Southern Appalachia.

McNutt, Randy. Ghosts: Ohio ís Haunted Landscapes, Lost Arts & Forgotten Places. Wilmington, Ohio: Orange Frazer Press, 1996. Tales of Ohio 's ghost towns, legends, and local history, including stories about tattooed chickens, swamp ghosts.

Monahan, Brent. The Bell Witch: An American Haunting. St. Martin's Press, 1997.

Montell, William Lynwood. Ghosts Across Kentucky. Lexington: Univ. Press of KY, 2000. In the Introduction, Lynwood notes, "Whether the ghostly part of the story is true or false is not what is important. These narrative accounts often contain historical information about people's personalities, characteristics, and personal appearances, as well as descriptions of old houses, roadways, cemeteries, cropping practices, social occasions, and other topics that are generally not recorded in formal historical records" (xx).  Fittingly, Lynwood also includes photographs of some of the people, places, and items a person might read about in one of the many tales contained in this collection. The collection also contains Notes, Index to Counties, and Index to Cities, Towns, and Other Locations.


Montell, William Lynwood. Ghosts Along the Cumberland : Deathlore in the Kentucky Foothills. Knoxville: Tennessee UP, 1975. Folklore collected during the '50's and '60s in the "Pennyroyal" area of Kentucky .

Montell, William Lynwood.  Kentucky Ghosts.
Lexington: Univ. Press of KY, 1994.  58 pp.

Musick, Ruth Ann. Coffin Hollow and Other Ghost Tales. Illus. Archie L. Musick. Lexington: Univ. Press of KY, 1977. West Virginia supernatural tales collected by Dr. Musick (1899-1974), faculty member of Fairmont State College and founder, editor, and writer for the West Virginia Folklore Journal. The collection contains a Foreword by William Hugh Jansen (University of Kentucky), Preface by Dr. Musick (Fairmont, September 1973), Tales, Notes, and a Bibliography. 

Musick, Ruth Ann. Green Hills of Magic: West Virginia Folktales from Europe. Illus. Archie L. Musick. Lexington: Univ. Press of KY, 1970. Divided into sections, this collection contains many supernatural tales. Some of the sections include Man Against the Devil; Efforts to Outwit the Devil; Vampires and Werewolves; Evil Spirits, Curses, and Witchcraft; Magic Objects, Elements, and Powers; and Spirits of the Dead. There are also an Introduction, Acknowledgements, Notes, Motif Index, Index of Tale Types, and a Bibliography. 

Musick, Ruth Ann. The Telltale Lilac Bush and Other West Virginia Ghost Tales. Illus. Archie L. Musick. Lexington: Univ. Press of KY, 1965. This collection contains an Introduction by Dr. Musick, Tales, Notes, and a Bibliography. The tales are organized in the following categories:  Jealous Rivals, Wives Who Return, Ghostly Children, Murdered Kinsmen, Omens of Death, Deadly Visions, Headless Ghosts, Hidden Money, Haunted Places, Negro Slaves, Murdered Peddlers, Mine Ghosts, Railroad Ghosts, Animals and Birds, Weird Creatures, and Immigrant Ghosts. 

Price, Charles Edwin. Haints, Witches, and Boogers: Tales From Upper East Tennessee. Winston-Salem, NC: John F. Blair Publisher, 1992.  

Price, Charles Edwin. Haunted Jonesborough. Johnson City, TN: Overmountain Press, 1993. (paperback edition)

 

Price, Charles Edwin. The Infamous Bell Witch of Tennessee. Johnson City, TN: Overmountain Press, 1994.   

 

Price, Charles Edwin. More Haunted Tennessee. Johnson City, TN: Overmountain Press, 1999. (paperback edition)

Russell, Randy, and Janet Barnett. The Granny Curse and Other Ghosts and Legends from East Tennessee. Winston-Salem , NC: John F. Blair, 1999. 112 pp. 
Twenty-five tales.

Russell, Randy. Mountain Ghost Stories and Curious Tales of Western North Carolina. Winston-Salem, NC: J. F. Blair, 1988. Collection of true ghost stories as told in families and communities.




Movies

 

Elk Hotel  (2003)  24M

Sutton native son Kevin Carpenter mixes some local Indian stories with a contemporary murder mystery to create a chilling story. A group of three present-day couples who are seeking adventure. A helpful stranger tells them of a haunted hotel nearby that sounds exactly like the excitement that they are looking for. Upon arrival, they find a very spooky hotel, but to make matters worse once they enter they decide to have a sťance. The sťance doesn't seem to have any effect until the group splits up to explore the hotel. Then all hell breaks lose! Part of the group hears something in the basement and upon investigation finds an undead, murdering specter burying a corpse. Meanwhile, the loving couple of the group finds a nice private room in the hotel. During their romantic encounter they find themselves transported to the wilderness, only to be hunted/haunted by a Native American spirit. All the while the third couple witness a brutal bathtub murder in a time transformed hotel. All and all we find out that the hotel is not only haunted but history may have a little help repeating itself. Access: contact Kevin Carpenter, elkhotel@elkhotel.com. World premiere October 2003. Website: http://www.elkhotel.com/movie/main.shtml.  (Notes by Steve Fesenmaier)

The Legend of Hillbilly John
  (1973)  89M

Also known as Ballad of Hillbilly John, My Name Is John, Who Fears the Devil.  Based primarily on the "Silver John" tales of Manley Wade Wellman, this is the story of an Appalachian balladeer who encounters the devil, a witch, and a voodoo overlord as he follows in the steps of his grandpappy.  

Mothman Prophecies, The
(2001)

Book by John A. Keel. The Mothman Prophicies is based on actual events that occurred between November 1966 and December 1967 in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.  There are many internet sites devoted to the Mothman. The IMDB has lots of interesting facts and links. X-Files Detour: Mothman provides details of the episode that centered around the Mothman. Rumor has it that another full-length, feature film, also based on the events in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, is now in the making, tentatively titled Point Pleasant

Search for the Mothman
(2002) 44M

TV. Directed and written by David Grabias. Production connections to Sony film The Mothman Prophicies, so viewers will see an obvious attempt to interest potential audience of film. Nonetheless, there is some interesting information in the short. 

Special Investigations: Mothman
(1996) 29M

Documentary. Summary from IMDB: This documentary examines the sudden appearance of Mothman, a flying creature purported to be seen by residents of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, in 1966 and 1967. It also looks at connections between the Mothman sightings and other mysterious phenomena throughout history. On-location footage, interviews with local residents, and recreations of the incidents tell the story. Summary written by cblawson@hotmail.com (http://us.imdb.com/Title?0176168. For movie connections http://us.imdb.com/Mlinks?0265349). 

Signs, Cures & Witchery: Appalachian Cosmology and Belief
  (2001) 60M

Augusta Heritage Festival. Produced by Gerald Milnes. A glimpse of some little-known Appalachian beliefs and practices among descendents of early German pioneers. These traditions merged in the New World with Anglo/Celtic influences. The film traces Germanic belief systems from Europe to West Virginia, from the fifteenth century to present practitioners. It opens a window into our ancient past, revealing the courage, resourcefulness and humor of people whose survival depended on their ability to "read signs," cure their own ills, and find explanations for life's mysteries. Who needs Harry Potter when we can meet the devil in our own backyard?  You can purchase a copy of it from Augusta at http://www.augustaheritage.com.  (Notes by Steve Fesenmaier)

There are more movies with supernatural elements listed in other AppLit bibliographies.



Novels


Fauster, Ted. Fauster's Supernatural Survival Guide: For the Appalachian Region. Parsons, WV: McClain Printing, 1997. 92 pp. A fictional supernatural guidebook that includes discussion of mythical animals, written by a fantasy author when he worked as a reporter.

Keel, John A. The Mothman Prophecies. Lilburn, Georgia: IllumiNet Press, 1991. The Mothman Prophicies is based on actual events that occurred between November 1966 and December 1967 in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. 

Mushko, Becky. Stuck! Blumo Bluff, VA: Cedar Creek Publishing, 2011. "A middle-grade paranormal novel, in which an eleven-year-old girl—stuck in grief over her mother’s death—helps a ghost who’s stuck on earth until she finds her daughter" (author's summary). See author's web pages on this book, with background, links to reviews and articles, FAQ, etc., and author's blog.

Orrell, Tom. Not Alone Out Here. Philadelphia, PA: Xlibris, 2003. To read an excerpt of the first chapter, go to http://www2.xlibris.com/bookstore/book_excerpt.asp?bookid=17918. "A chilling tale of the supernatural featuring a young family's encounters with pure evil, ghosts, some ancient Indian burial grounds, and a touch of past life deja vu when they move into an old isolated farm house. A story that is genuinely creepy on several levels" (Orrell, Tom. Personal email to Judy A. Teaford. March 12, 2004).

 

Sanders-Self, Melissa. All That Lives: A Novel of the Bell Witch. Warner Books, 2002.

Showell, Ellen Harvey. The Ghost of Tillie Jean Cassaway. Illus. Stephen Gammell. Four Winds Press, 1978. The mountains and hollows of Appalachia hide a mystery. Tillie Jean Cassaway is an eleven-year-old girl who drowned. People say her ghost haunts the hills. Is this the wild, young girl Hilary and her brother Willy see in  the woods?

Taylor, Troy A. Season of the Witch. Whitechapel Productions, 1999. A novel about the Bell Witch of East Tennessee.  

There are more novels with supernatural elements listed in other AppLit bibliographies.



Picture Books


Evans, Ron W. Grandpa's Tale. Illus. Jan Philpot. Cosby, TN: Creek Sound Books, (no pub. date). Evans dedicates his book to "America's nomadic 'Hobo' whose enduring image has so colorfully contributed to our national heritage" (Dedication). The book is set during the fall of the year, the perfect time to listen to Grandpa's headless Hobo tale. The realistically detailed illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to this scary tale.    

 

Mullins, Denvil. Soapy-Dope: The Monster Who Lived in a Chuckhole. Illus. Carol Bates Murray. Overmountain Press, 2001. "The Soapy-Dope, a mean olí monster who lives in a chuckhole beside the road, likes to scare happy little woodland animals. He jumps out of his hole and startles everyone who happens to walk by. Well...what comes around goes around, and the Soapy-Dope gets what he deserves. But, as with everything in nature, he still serves a vital purpose." 

San Souci, Robert. The Boy and the Ghost. Illus. J. Brian Pinkney. NY: Silver Burdett Press, 1990. Adaptation of African American ghost story. Ages 2-7. The middle child of seven children, hating to see his rural family working so hard, sets off for the city to earn some money. After he shares his soup with a poor man, the man tells him of the treasure in a haunted house everyone fears. Thomas watches a giant red-haired ghost come down the chimney and assemble the parts of his body. Since Thomas greets him without fear, the ghost shows him where to dig up a pot of gold and thanks brave Thomas for setting him free. As instructed, Thomas gives half the gold to the poor on his way home. His family moves into the big house on the hill and lives happily. This is a variant of The Hainted House. Although neither the text nor the illustrations emphasize a mountain setting, San Souci's sources are two short "negro ghost stories," from western Virginia and southern Alabama, published in 1898 and again in Journal of American Folk-Lore in 1906. San Souci notes that stories of ghosts guarding hidden treasure are found around the world.  (Notes by Tina L. Hanlon)

San Souci, Robert. The Hired Hand: An African-American Folktale. Illus. Jerry Pinkney. NY: Dial Books, 1977.
African American tale collected in the 1870s from a Negro servant from Petersburg, Virginia, who got it from his granny. This retelling is set in an 18th-century town like Waterford, Virginia, one of the towns where black craftspeople lived freely before the Civil War. The story about a mysterious stranger, the New Hand, who changes old people into wooden shapes, saws them in pieces, and then restores their youth with water, is related to European tales about aged people being killed in order to be returned to youth. When the wrong person tries this trick, he cannot succeed. (Notes by Tina L. Hanlon.)

Many other picture books with supernatural elements are listed on other AppLit pages.




Internet Sources
óSupernatural Stories


Fossell, Eric. "Haunted Woods, Mysterious Visions." The Herald Dispatch: 4 Your Info. Huntington, WV.  

"Ghosts!! is a musical theater work for solo singer, puppets, masks and synthesizer in two acts. It was premiered in February 1997 and features comic and serious settings of Appalachian ghost stories, and original material by the composer." (Western Kentucky University Department of Music pages.)


The Moonlit Road: Ghost Stories and Folktales of the American South
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"Ghost stories haunt the moonlit backroads of the American South. Their roots in Southern culture and folklore are deep. Each month, The Moonlit Road brings you these ghost stories and other strange Southern folktales, told by the region's best storytellers." Check out the Moonlit Road Bookshop for books on ghost stories. 

Harris, Sally. "Lots of Ghosts, Few Vampires in Virginia Lore." 
Very short informative piece summarizing Jeff Mann's thoughts on ghosts in and around Blacksburg, Virginia.  Written October 14, 1996. (Virginia Tech, Virginia.)

Hillsweb Fiction
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Hillsweb contains "Serious Fiction," "Laughter in Appalachia" (several written by Loyal Jones and Billy Edd Wheeler), and "Ghost Stories." Tales about ghosts are listed below.

The Tornado
A Christmas Carol -- Appalachian Version
The Glowing Grave
The Doorway to the Other Side  
Conjuration Against Wilma (Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned)
The Crying Woman of Persimmon Valley
The Ghost of the Number 4 Mine
The Jilted Bride
The Lovely Apparition
The Red Man
The Hive Master 


Linda Lynn's Kentucky Home and Ghost Stories
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"Haunted Country" contains comments and information on upcoming books. The site also includes several ghost stories.

Platania, Joseph. "Ghost Stories." Huntington Quarterly Magazine. Huntington, WV. No date.
"In Part I of a series, HQ explores some of the region's most infamous tales of ghoulish ghosts and haunted houses." 

The Mountain Times. "
Summer Times 2001," Boone, NC. Local Lore section contains articles "Jack Tales: Mountain Storytelling has Ancient Roots," "Mountain Masters" by Jim Thompson (on Ray Hicks and others), "Orville Hicks Keeps Alive Rich Tradition of Mountain Storytelling," "Cherokee Myths" by Scott Nicholson, "Spirits of the Mountains: High Country Haints, Legends, And Creepy Places" by Scott Nicholson. Also a number of articles on colorful characters, heroes, historical stories, myths, and folk beliefs. (Notes by Tina L. Hanlon) 

Schlosser, S. E., reteller. Spooky South: Tales of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, and Other Local Lore. Illus. Paul G. Hoffman. Globe Pequot Press, 2005. Schlosser's web site American Folklore gives print and audio excerpts of some of the tales such as "Wait Until Emmett Comes" from WV; "The Wampus Cat" from Knoxville; "Jack-O'-Lantern" from Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in northern Alabama; "Chicky-licky-chow-chow-chow" from Maryville, TN. Other Appalachian tales include "The Death Watch" from Raleigh County, WV; "The Headless Haunt" from Madison, NC; "The Witch Bridle " from Albright, WV; "The Red Rag Under the Churn" from The Kentucky Mountains; "A Fish Story" from Farmville, VA; "Old Hickory and the Bell Witch" from Adams, Tennessee. The web site also contains folktales from every state, other American folklore (North America and Latin America), and teacher resources. (Notes by Tina L. Hanlon) 

West Virginia's True Ghost Stories.
 
"Native Americans believed West Virginia's dark hollows were haunted by evil spirits. Is it surprising then that reports of supernatural encounters have grown over time? Thousands of sightings, many reputable, have been recorded by folklorists and parapsychologists in West Virginia since the 1960s. WVGhosts.com is dedicated to all the legends within West Virginia and also to our ghostly visitors." As of November 23, 2003, the site indicates that it has a total of 223 true stories. Ghost encounters include:

Quincy Hill Ghost 

Steel Hollow Rd 

A Haunting on Mud Fork (Island Creek) 

Elkins Downtown Ghost 

Elkins Ghost 

Ghost In Elkins 

The Curse Of The Blennerhassetts 

Unsolved Story - Hauntings Of Pentress 

Stephenson, Rex. Wicca. Published in online journal Nantahala: A Review of Writing and Photography in Appalachia. Issue 1:01. Nov. 2001. A drama about love and jealousy, revenge and witchcraft in the Blue Ridge Mountains. (Notes by Tina L. Hanlon.)



Additional Internet Sources of Interest


Feschino, Frank, Jr. The Flatwoods Monster  
"In the early 1990ís, Feschino became involved in UFO and Crop Circle research in West Virginia. He frequently visited a relativeís farm located in Braxton County, where Crop Circles appeared over night [sic] and UFO sightings were frequent. This is when Feschino learned about the 1952 'Braxton County Monster' Incident, which occurred in Flatwoods, near his cousinís farm." 

 

Ghost Town in the Sky. Western North Carolina's first theme park, built 1960-61 on Buck Mountain in imitation of ghost town attractions in the West, reopened in 2007 after resale and closing for five years. An incline railway and chairlift take visitors over 3300 feet to the park constructed on top of the mountain near Maggie Valley. Heritage Town Square at the park now includes a museum on the history of the Wild West, Western NC, and the park, as well as crafts.

Ghost Towns of West Virginia
Contains information on Brink, Devon, Freed, Goodwill, Putney, Sewell, and Thurmond. 


Ghost Towns USA Ė State by State Listing
 

 

Ghosts and Mysteries is a subject heading in the website of The Jesse Stuart Foundation: A Regional Press and Bookseller.

 

"The Greenbrier Ghost:  A Tale from Haunted West Virginia" in Dead Men Do Tell Tales.  An excerpt from Troy Taylor's book, No Rest for the Wicked.  "The history of the Greenbrier Ghost may be one of the most unique stories in the annals of ghostlore. This strange tale from rural West Virginia is not only a part of supernatural history, but of the history of the American judicial system as well. It remains a one of a kind event.. the only case in which the word of a ghost helped to solve a crime and convict a murderer!"

"Haunted Parkersburg Ghost Tour is a haunted and historical walk of downtown Parkersburg, West Virginia." The site contains information (dates and times) for walking and trolley tours. There are also links to other pages within the site that explain different supernatural events and creatures, along with stories about them. 


The History & Hauntings Book Co.'s Ghosts of the Prairie.
 A plethora of information for those interested in ghosts and the supernatural, including Mothman: The Enigma of Point Pleasant


The Legend of the Greenbrier Ghost
webpage created by Dr. Dave Oester. The site contains several pictures of Zona Heaster Shue's grave marker, the Greenbrier Ghost signpost, and Soule Chapel, along with a short synopsis of the story.

 

Sheppard, Susan. Cry of the Banshee: Whitechapel Productions Press, 2004. Detailed guide to hauntings in WV and along the Ohio River. Excerpt on tales of Appalachian banshees available at WVGhosts.com.

 

WVGhosts.com: West Virginia's True Ghosts Stories. A web site for gathering information on ghosts and hauntings.

West Virginia Hauntings
Links to haunting locations, ghostly tours and events, and resources. 



AppLit Folktale Pages


There are many folktales that contain supernatural elements. Here are links to AppLit pages on folktales that contain ghosts, murders, haunted houses, and mysterious, scary creatures (from Annotated Index of Appalachian Folktales). 

 

The Cat and the Mouse
Frankie Silver

The Girl Without Any Hands 

Brave Women in The Hainted House 

Jack and the Hainted House
Jack and King Marock
Jack and the Robbers

Jack and the Sop Doll

Little Eight John

Old Drye Frye 

Polly Vaughn

Pretty Polly or Mister Fox 

Soldier Jack

Tailypo

Wicked Jack or Wicked John and the Devil 

Appalachian Folktales in Children's Literature and Collections
also contains entries with supernatural elements. 


See also: 

 

Davis, F. Keith. The Secret Life and Brutal Death of Mamie Thurman. (Excerpt from a book about a legendary murder in Logan, WV.) 

Hanlon, Tina L.
"The Uktena" bibliography (Cherokee tales about serpent Uktena) 

 

West Virginia's Traditional Appalachian Music and Literature. A section on Ghosts includes "The Greenbrier Ghost" and "Molly Vaunder."




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