Appalachian Folktale Collections K - Z

Compiled by Tina L. Hanlon

Appalachian Folktale Collections A - J Appalachian Folktale Collections K - Z (by author/editor)
Folktales Reprinted in AppLit Appalachian Folktales in General Collections, Journals, and Web Sites
AppLit Home Back to Folktale Bibliography Index
Indicates books that are readily available and more accessible to children than others on this page.
Many individual tales from some of these collections are described in the Annotated Index of Tales by Title.
Supernatural Tales from the Appalachian Mountains may list some items not on this page although there is much overlap in the two bibliographies.

Appalachian Folktale Collections K-Z

Kidd, Ronald (comp.). On Top of Old Smoky: A Collection of Songs and Stories from Appalachia. Illus. Linda Anderson.  Nashville, TN:  Ideals Children's Books, 1992. Contains eleven traditional songs, including "The Frog He Went A'Courting," "I Gave My Love a Cherry," "Billy Boy," and "The Green Grass Grew All Around." The three folk tales are "Jack and the Bean Tree," "Jack and the Varmints," "Jack and the Cat." Each selection is accompanied by one colorful folk painting by an artist from the tiny Appalachian town of Clarksville, Georgia. Also produced as audio cassette. For more on contents and tales indexed in this web site, see Folktale Collections Indexed in AppLit.

Kincaid, John. Mountain Yarns: Homespun Stories Woven from the Threads of Life. Scott Depot, WV:  Kincaid Kountry Books, 1996. Kincaid's "third edition of the sometimes wacky, sometimes serious goings-on on Loop Creek, West Virginia. And this time the mountain magic is definitely in full bloom—from the young boys who are cursed with the ability to see the future, to the young girl who finds herself face to face with angels, to the mother who is trapped by the terror of being the director of a Christmas play" (back cover).

Kincaid, John. My Loop Country Friends. Scott Depot, WV:  Kincaid Kountry Books, 1994. "As his country friends weave their tall tales, Loop Creek [West Virginia] emerges as a place where fact and fantasy, past and present blend together on a daily basis" (back cover).

Kindt, Carol Lee and Linda Rockwell High. Once Upon a Mountain Tale: Eight Jack and Grandfather Tales. Lakeland, TN: Memphis Musicraft Publications, 1995. Tales accompanied by songs, musical and dramatic improvisation options, and drawings with which children can make puppets and backdrops. The tales are "Jack and the Robbers," "Jack and Ol' Mossyfoot," "Jack and the Big Ol' Rock," "The Three Sillies," "Jack and the Northwest Wind," "Jack and the Tale Without End," "The Green Gourd," "Soap! Soap! Soap!" See also Folktale Collections Indexed in AppLit.

Knost, Michael. Legends of the Mountain State. Chapmanville, WV: Woodland Press, 2007.

Knost, Michael. Legends of the Mountain State 2: More Ghostly Tales from the State of West Virginia. Chapmanville, WV: Woodland Press, 2008. Foreword by Gov. Joe Manchin III.

Lepp, Paul and Bill Lepp. The Monster Stick and Other Appalachian Tall Tales. Illus. Terry Brewer. Little Rock: August House,1999. Both Paul and Bill Lepp are repeat winners of the West Virginia State Liars Contest. They have recorded 23 contemporary tall tales for mature readers. Also available in audio recording.

Lofaro, Michael A. See See AppLit bibliography Davy Crockett and Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett.

Lossiah, Lynn King. Cherokee Little People: The Secrets and Mysteries of the Yunwi Tsunsdi. Illus. Ernie Lossiah. Cherokee Publishing, 2001. 151 pp. "From the Publisher: A [young adult] book about the Little People—small, mystical, elf-like beings—of Cherokee life and culture. This book is as beautiful as it is informative, with full-page art depicting the Little People." Although it is longer than most books labeled picture books, one reader calls it "truths in story/picture format for" everyone.

McCarthy, William Bernard, ed. Jack in Two Worlds: Contemporary North American Tales and Their Tellers. Chapel Hill: U of NC Press, 1994. Tales and critical essays. An adult book that discusses the oral tradition in Appalachia, with introductory essays by prominent folklorists, photos of storytellers, and transcriptions of tales by storytellers, including notes on performance details such as vocal and non-verbal features and audience responses. This approach is based on Alan Dundes' ideas about the text, texture and context all being important for understanding oral traditions. Appalachian storytellers and tales included are Ray Hicks ("Hardy Hard-Ass"), Frank Proffitt, Jr. ("Jack and the Old Rich Man"), Marshall Ward ("Jack in the Lions' Den"), Maud Gentry Long ("Jack and the Heifer Hide"), Leonard Roberts ("Raglif Jaglif Tetartlif Pole"), Donald Davis ("Jack's Biggest Tale"). Also includes, from northern PA: Bonelyn Lugg Kyofski ("Grandma Hess's Story about Jack, Bill, and Tom"), and from Toronto: Stewart Cameron ("Jack and the Three Feathers"). 

McConnell, John Ed. A Compendium of Kentucky Humor. Lexington, KY: Host Communications Printing, 1987. Collection of humorous sayings, tales, and anecdotes.

McCoy, Kurt J. White Things: West Virginia's Weird White Monsters. Morgantown, WV: Ogua Books, 2008.

MacKaye, Percy. Tall Tales of the Kentucky Mountains. Illus. E. MacKinstry. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1973. Twelve tales with heavy use of dialect spellings, illustrated with woodcuts. First published as "A Mountain Munchhausen" in The Century Magazine, 1924. The Foreword paints an idealized picture: "Beyond the blue crests of the Kentucky Ridges broods a fabulous Land of Long Ago." The writer, who heard many tales from inhabitants while traveling in the mountains, follows the tradition of many of his informants in attributing the tall tales to "one ancient fabulist of the mountains, named Solomon Shell," a legendary, nineteenth-century "fabled-tongued godfather to tribes of mountain children." Two of these tales are reprinted in American Folk and Fairy Tales, ed. Rachel Field, 1929.

Masters, Ken, et al. Cherokee Images: A Collection of Cherokee Stories and Legends, 2000. No publisher given in WorldCat.

Mathes, C. Hodges. Tall Tales from Old Smoky. 1952. Rpt. Johnson City, TN: The Overmountain Press, 1991. Based on exploration of wilderness regions—16 magazine stories originally published in the 1920s and 30s. See cover and description at Overmountain Press.

Medford, W. Clark. Great Smoky Mountain Stories. Johnson City, TN: The Overmountain Press, 1997. Includes folklore and historical stories, especially from Haywood County, NC., Cherokee history and milling history. See cover and description at Overmountain Press.

Middleton, T. Walter. Qualla: Home of the Middle Cherokee Settlement: Tales of the Great Smoky Mountains' Native Americans. Alexander, NC : WorldComm, 2001. 287 pp. Illustrations, map, bibliography, index. About history, folklore, land tenure of the Cherokee reservation in NC.

Milnes, Gerald. Granny Will Your Dog Bite and Other Mountain Rhymes.  Illus. Kimberly Bulcken Root. New York: Knopf, 1990. Rhymes, song, and riddles collected by the author in WV since 1975. Lesson Plan in AppLit

Moffitt, Joseph T. An Afternoon Hike into the Past: Roving in the Uwharrie Mountains. Maps -- Trail Lore, the Way Settlers Lived, Old Herb Remedies, Ghost Stories and Much More. North Carolina, 1975. No publisher given in Worldcat.

Montague, Margaret Prescott, ed. Up Eel River. "This collection contains legendary tall tales about Tony Beaver, a strong hero in the lumber campus of West Virginia. Tony Beaver is the Paul Bunyan of Appalachia" (note by Judy P. Byers).

Montell, William Lynwood. Ghosts across Kentucky. Lexington: U Press of Kentucky, 2000. "With over 250 stories set in specific places and times, Ghosts across Kentucky includes 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" (back cover). By a professor of folklor Page on Ghosts Across Kentucky at U Press of KY.

Montell, William Lynwood. Haunted Houses and Family Ghosts of Kentucky. Lexington: U Press of Kentucky, 2001. Page on this book at U Press of KY.

Montell, William Lynwood. Kentucky Ghosts. Lexington: U Press of Kentucky, 1993. This is a volume in the series New Books for New Readers. Page on Kentucky Ghosts at U Press of KY.

Mooney, James. History, Myths, and Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees. Rpt. Asheville, NC: Historical Images Press, 1992. (Myths of the Cherokee originally published in 1900 by Bureau of American Ethnology). Mooney's work provided many modern Cherokee storytellers with written records they have used to revive their native traditions. It is the source of numerous tales reprinted and adapted since 1900.

Morgan, Fred T. Haunted Uwharries: Ghost Stories, Witch Tales and Other Strange Happenings from North America's Oldest Mountains. Illus. Tim Rickard. Asheboro, NC: Down Home Press, 1992. "Some of the stories in this book appeared in different form under the title Uwharrie magic" (T.p. verso).

Morgan, Fred T. Uwharrie Magic. Durham, NC: Moore Pub., 1974. Ghost stories from NC Uwharrie Mountains.

Moynahan, Denise Hillman. The Great Cavern of the Winds: Tales from Backbone Mountain. Johnson City, TN: The Overmountain Press, 2005. With drawings by the author. As the Author's Notes explain, these are original tales set on a real mountain that spans the border of western West Virginia and Maryland, where the author lives. The introduction is a fictional story about an Indian youth fnding a community of miniature people that the Indian village call Alyphanties, meaning "little mountain people." This idea is loosely based on Native American legends about little people (see AppLit page on Little People). Most of the tales are named after characters such as Esseldorph, who magically knows all the stories of his people's history, even ones the elders had not told him, and he invents a writing system to help children remember the stories. The bibliography gives sources on the mountain and its caves and ancient history.

Mullins, Denvil. Echoes of Appalachia. Johnson City, TN: The Overmountain Press, 1994. Humorous and supernatural tales written by a Virginia storyteller, featuring the Cornfield family and their neighbors in Coaley Creek. Mullins uses fictitious names for characters and places. Includes a glossary. See cover and description at Overmountain Press.

Mullins, Denvil. The Cornfields of Coaley Creek: Tales from Southwest Virginia. Johnson City, TN: The Overmountain Press, 1994. A humorous "companion lark to Times of Used To Be." See cover and description at Overmountain Press.

Mullins, Denvil. Images of Yesterday. Johnson City, TN: The Overmountain Press, 1997. Fifth in a series of humorous tales about the lifestyle of the Cornfield family. See cover and description at Overmountain Press.

Mullins, Denvil. Remember When. . . Johnson City, TN: The Overmountain Press. Sixth in a series of humorous tales about the lifestyle of the Cornfield family. See cover and description at Overmountain Press.

Mullins, Denvil. The Road Back Home: Tales of Appalachia. 2nd ed. Johnson City, TN: The Overmountain Press, 1995. Fourth in a series of humorous tales about the Cornfield family. See cover and description at Overmountain Press.

Mullins, Denvil. Times of Used to Be: Tales from Southwest Virginia. Johnson City, TN: The Overmountain Press, 1993. Humorous stories about five generations of the author's family and friends. See cover and description at Overmountain Press.

Musick, Ruth Ann. Ballads, Folk Songs, and Folk Tales from West Virginia. Morgantown: WV University Library, 1960.

Musick, Ruth Ann. Coffin Hollow and Other Ghost Tales. Illus. Archie L. Musick. Lexington: U Press of Kentucky, 1977. "Mysteriously vanishing hitchhikers, travelers beset by headless dogs, and long-dead moonshiners come alive in this collection of ninety-six Appalachia folktales. Set in coal mines and remote frame cabins, in hidden hollows and on mountain tops, some of these stories look back to the days when West Virginia was first settled; others reflect the rancor and brutality of the Civil War" (back cover). Page on Coffin Hollow U Press of KY.

Musick, Ruth Ann. Green Hills of Magic: West Virginia Folktales from Europe.1970. Rpt. Parsons, WV: McClain Printing, 1989. "During the early 1900s the promise of employment in the great coal fields of northern West Virginia drew numerous immigrants from the poorer countries of Europe. Miners came to the state from Ireland and Spain, the Italian peninsula, the Balkans, Austria, Poland, Russia, and Turkey. They brought with them many of the tales and legends of their homelands, which were preserved among themselves and their children. From this rich and varied heritage, Dr. Musick has chosen 79 of the best and most representative tales for presentation in this volume" (note by Judy P. Byers).

Musick, Ruth Ann. The Telltale Lilac Bush and Other West Virginia Ghost Tales. Lexington: U Press of Kentucky, 1965. Page on Telltale Lilac Bush, U Press of KY.

Perdue, Charles L., Jr. Outwitting the Devil: Jack Tales from Wise County Virginia. Santa Fe, NM: Ancient City, 1987. Previously unpublished tales mainly from the James Taylor Adams Collection of folklore. With background on WPA projects and a folklorist's analysis of Richard Chase's methods of collecting and publishing folklore.

Perry, Tristan. Ghostly Legends of the Appalachian Trail. Wever, Iowa: Quixote Press, 2008.

Preble, Jack. Land of Canaan: Plain Tales from the Mountains of West Virginia. Parsons, WV: McClain Printing, 1960. Tales located in definite WV places, collected while wandering in the Monongahela National Forest, "listening to the true confessions, the blood-curdling facts, and the plain unvarnished nonsense of our mountain friends."
"A collection of intriguing, hilarious and sometimes tragic tales from the mountains of Tucker and Randolph counties" (publisher's description).

Presnell, Hattie. See Yates, below.

Price, Charles Edwin. Demon in the Woods: Tall Tales and True from East Tennessee. Johnson City, TN: Overmountain Press, 1992. Includes Cherokee legends and a wide variety of native lore. The tales are "The Cherokee Legend of Creation," "How Fire Came to the Animals," "The Wampas Cat and the Demon in the Words," "The Legend of Madoc and the 'White' Indians," "The Creek Devil," "A Horse is Worthy of its Hire," "The Mysterious Preacher and the Miraculous Cure," "Uncle Po Huskins: The Weather and the Stars," "The Evil Witch of the Nolichucky that Drives Men Mad," "The 'Ghost' that Raisd a Stink," "Lake Monsters and Other Fishy Tales," "The Screaming Rocks of Johnson County," "Skinned Alive!," "Three Bristol Witches," "The Night Billy Talked," "The Man who Bought his Coffin Early and Other Tales of Grave Importance." See cover and description at Overmountain Press.

Price, Charles Edwin. Diggin' up Bones. Tennessee ghost tales featuring a variety of frightening creatures. Johnson City, TN: Overmountain Press, 1992. See cover and description at Overmountain Press.

Price, Charles Edwin. Haints, Witches, and Boogers: Tales from Upper East Tennessee. Winston-Salem, NC: John F. Blair, 1992. The tales span history from 1673 to 1989.

Price, Charles Edwin. Haunted Jonesborough. Johnson City, TN: Overmountain Press, 1993. A variety of chilling tales from the oldest town in Tennessee. See cover and description at Overmountain Press.

Price, Charles Edwin. Haunted Tennessee. Johnson City, TN: Overmountain Press, 1995. More than 20 tales collected for the state's 200th birthday. See cover and description at Overmountain Press.

Price, Charles Edwin. The Infamous Bell Witch of Tennessee. Johnson City, TN: Overmountain Press, 1994. Based on research on the ghost who haunted the town of Adams for about four years, beginning in 1817. See cover and description at Overmountain Press.

Price, Charles Edwin. Lullaby Aggie of Sweet Potato Cave. Johnson City, TN: Overmountain Press, 1996. Based on a Scott County legend about a woman and her baby haunting the cave. See cover and description at Overmountain Press.

Price, Charles Edwin. More Haunted Tennessee. Johnson City, TN: Overmountain Press. See cover and description at Overmountain Press.

Price, Charles Edwin. Mysterious Knoxville. Johnson City, TN: Overmountain Press. Legends from the history of the city. See cover and description at Overmountain Press.

Price, Charles Edwin. The Mystery of Ghostly Vera and Other Haunting Tales of Southwest Virginia. Introduction by Sharyn McCrumb. Johnson City, TN: Overmountain Press, 1993. Vera haunts Virginia Intermont College. Also includes ghosts at the Barter Theatre and Mary Washington Inn, Abingdon. See cover and description at Overmountain Press.

Price, Charles Edwin. Something Evil Lurks in the Woods. Johnson City, TN: Overmountain Press. Based on three Tennessee folktales. See cover and description at Overmountain Press.

Price, William B.  Tales and Lore of the Mountaineers. Parsons, WV: McClain Printing, 1996. "For forty years Mr. Price has been collecting and telling these stories which cover almost all of northern West Virginia from Parkersburg to the Shenandoah. Between the covers of Tales and Lore of the Mountaineers are legends of Indians, of haunted houses, stories of the early Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, tales of the old inns and taverns and of the early moonshiners who so artfully distilled their potent beverages in mountain hideouts. In addition, there are chapters on superstitions, games and recipes" (Foreword vii-viii).

Ramsay, John M. Dog Tales: Collected Mainly from the Oral Tradition of the Southern Appalachians. Berea, KY: Kentucky Imprints, 1986. 107 pp. Has bibliography.

Roberts, Leonard (collector). I Bought Me A Dog, and Other Folktales from the Southern Mountains. Berea, KY:  The Council of the Southern Mountains, 1954. With a Foreword by Richard Chase and notes by Roberts. Small black and white drawings by Mary Rogers. Twelve tales reprinted from Mountain Life & Work magazine, where the heading "Folktales for Telling" indicated that readers were encouraged to retell the stories at home. Includes 13 riddles printed between the tales. For contents and tales indexed in this web site, see Folktale Collections Indexed in AppLit. Some of these tales are in  South From Hell-fer-Sartin' (see below).

Roberts, Leonard (collector). Nippy and the Yankee Doodle, and Other Authentic Folk Tales from the Southern Mountains. Berea, KY: The Council of the Southern Mountains, 1958. Roberts collected these tales from older people; they are "faithfully transcribed as they were told by my informants," with brief headnotes on tale type categories, informants, and parallel tales in Europe and America. Includes 8 riddles printed between the tales. These tales are reprinted in Roberts' Old Greasybeard. For contents and tales indexed in this web site, see Folktale Collections Indexed in AppLit.

Roberts, Leonard. Old Greasybeard: Tales From the Cumberland Gap. Illus. Leonard Epstein. Detroit: Folklore Associates, 1969. Rpt. Pikeville, KY: Pikeville College Press, 1980. With detailed annotations by Roberts on oral sources and variants, and line drawings by Epstein. The 50 tales are divided into Animal Tales, Hero and Giant Tales, and Humorous and Tall Tales. A long introduction gives background on history and folklore of the region. Most of the storytellers "lived within 50 miles of Cumberland Gap," and most were teachers who studied folklore with Roberts at Union College. For contents and tales indexed in this web site, see Folktale Collections Indexed in AppLit, or see a contents list by entering this title at WorldCat.org.

Roberts, Leonard. Sang Branch Settlers: Folksongs and Tales of a Kentucky Mountain Family. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1974. Rpt. Pikeville, KY: Pikeville College Press of the Appalachian Studies Center, 1980. Includes the jump tale "The Devil's Big Toe." Review by Samuel W. Corrigan in American Anthropologist, vol. 78, no. 1 (Mar. 1976): pp. 161-62.

Roberts, Leonard. South From Hell-fer-Sartin': Kentucky Mountain Folk Tales. Lexington: U Press of Kentucky, 1955. Rpt. Berea, KY: The Council of the Southern Mountains, 1964. The 105 tales are divided into Animal Tales (just one - "The Animals and the Robbers"), Ordinary Tales (mainly wonder tales), Jokes and Anecdotes, and Myths and Local Legends.  The introduction describes the land and people around South from Hell-fer-Sartin' Creek, "one of the most isolated sections in the Kentucky Hills." Roberts says the scarcity of animal tales is typical of the whole British-American tradition (unlike the African-American tradition). "The Little Blue Ball." is a girls vs. giant story like "Mutsmag." "Robert and the Peachtree" contains a deer with a peach tree growing out of its head, as in "Sweetwater Peach Pie" from Monroe County, TN, in Russell and Barnett, The Granny Curse (see below) and in "Jack's Hunting Trips" in Richard Chase's The Jack Tales. Detailed notes are given, with lists of tale types, motifs, informants, and references. Page on South from Hell-fer-Sartin' at U Press of KY. Audio recordings of some of these tales, from Berea College archive, are available online in Digital Library of Appalachia, Appalachian College Association. Review by John T. Flanagan in Journal of American Folklore, vol. 69, no. 272 (Apr. - Jun. 1956): pp. 181-82. Also reviewed by George C. S. Adams in South Atlantic Bulletin, vol. 21, no. 4 (Mar. 1956): p. 10.

Roberts, Leonard. Up Cutshin and Down Greasy. 1959. Rpt. Lexington: Univ. Press of KY, 1988. Page on this book at U Press of KY. Review by Mody C. Boatright in The Journal of Southern History, vol. 26, no. 2 (May 1960): p. 265. Also reviewed by Jesse W. Harris in Journal of American Folklore, vol. 73, no. 287 (Jan. - Mar. 1960): pp. 66-67. Also reviewed by George D Hendricks in Western Folklore, vol. 19, no. 4 (Oct., 1960): pp. 288-89. Also reviewed by Ray B. Browne in Midwest Folklore, vol. 10.1 (1960): pp. 49-50. Available in JSTOR online database.

Roberts, Nancy. Ghosts of the Southern Mountains and Appalachia. Columbia: U of SC Press, 1989. Tales associated with specific places, illustrated with photographs, collected through personal interviews by a North Carolina writer and lecturer on folklore. "Roberts's tales weave together history and folklore and have earned her a certificate of commendation from the American Association of State and Local History" (back cover).

Ross, Gayle. How Rabbit Tricked Otter and Other Cherokee Trickster Stories. Illus. Murv Jacobs. The Parabola Storytime Series. HarperCollins, 1994. A Cherokee storyteller tells fifteen tales of Rabbit, the Cherokee trickster hero, from a time when animals and people spoke the same language. Foreword by Chief Wilma Mankiller. With a full-page acrylic painting for each tale by an illustrator of Cherokee-Kentucky descent. Also recorded as an audio cassette. Ross is from Texas, but she and her stories are descended from the strong Cherokee culture that their ancestors took from the Southeast to Oklahoma during the Trail of Tears; she is a direct descendant of the nineteenth-century chief John Ross.

Russell, Randy and Janet Barnett. The Granny Curse and Other Ghosts and Legends from East Tennessee. Winston-Salem, NC: John F. Blair, 1999. Each tale is identified by its county of origin. Most of the them contain descriptions and history of places in eastern Tennessee, woven into the stories of ghosts, witches, and mysteries. The "granny curse" is an unpleasant, embarrassing malady imposed on a family until they accept the daughter's choice of husband. Many local superstitions play a role in these mysterious events. "Falling Down the Stairs," for example, deals with the belief that someone born on Old Christmas will never die. "Sweetwater Peach Pie" from Monroe County contains a deer with a peach tree growing out of its head, as in "Robert and the Peachtree" in Leonard Roberts' South from Hell-fer-Sartin' (see above) and in "Jack's Hunting Trips" in Richard Chase's The Jack Tales ("The Peach Tree Deer" from Bill Robinson is in the Legendary America section of American Folktales: From the Collections of the Library of Congress. Ed. Carl Lindahl. Vol. 1. Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 2004). "Dakwa Ka-Plunk," told by Cherokee storyteller, innkeeper, and ferry operator John Brown, is a Cherokee legend about Dakwa, a giant fish that swallows a warrior. The book observes that "Cherokees always knew the exact location of their stories" (22) and gives other comments on storytelling. An old Cherokee woman advises the main character about finding a wife and about the ghost he encounters in "Cold Night, Warm Girl."

Russell, Randy and Janet Barnett. Mountain Ghost Stories, and Curious Tales of Western North Carolina. Winston-Salem, NC: John F. Blair, 1988. Eighteen tales associated with particular places, collected by a couple from Missouri. The writers comment that "the mountains are magic, as magic as they are real, as real as the people who live there and who once lived there. . . . these stories contain a heartbeat of the mountains, a heartbeat echoing from times past, a heartbeat alive now as we walk, watching and listening, under the towering forests of western North Carolina" (Introduction).

Salsi, Lynn S., ed. Appalachian Jack Tales: Told by Hicks, Ward and Harmon Families. Illus. James Young. Brown Summit, NC: Forza Renea Editions, 2008. Eleven Jack tales with black and white illustrations, background on the storytellers (with whom Salsi worked closely) and additional notes on "mountain meanings," folkways, historical background, and author's notes. One of the tales is "Jack and the Giant Fire Draga'man."

Samples, Mack. The Devil's Tea Tables: West Virginia Ghost Stories and Other Tales. Charleston, WV: Quarrier Press, 2005. 117 pp.

Samples, Mack. Elk River Ghosts, Tales & Lore. Charleston, WV: Quarrier Press, 2002. 82 pp.

Scheer, George F., ed. Cherokee Animal Tales. Illus. Robert Frankenberg. Holiday House, 1968. Rpt. Tulsa, OK: Council Oak Books, 1992. Contains a long introduction, "About the Cherokee," with background on the history of the Cherokee, James Mooney's collection of Cherokee myths, and traditional beliefs about animals that used to dance at their council fires like humans. Rabbit is the great trickster who outsmarts the Tar Wolf (as in African American Brer Rabbit tales) and is beat by Terrapin in a race. In the first tale, many different animals try to bring The First Fire to the cold world. Water Spider succeeds by using her thread to tie a bowl on her back, bringing back a little coal from a burning tree on an island. Many of the 13 stories are pourquoi tales explaining particular features of real animals, including Why the Terrapin's Shell is Scarred and How the Rabbit Stole the Otter's Coat. For more on contents and tales indexed in this web site, see Folktale Collections Indexed in AppLit.

Shade, Hastings. Myths Legends and Old Sayings, 1994. 69 pp. Listed in WorldCat as Cherokee folklore. No publisher given.

Shelby, Anne. The Adventures of Molly Whuppie and Other Appalachian Folktales. Illus. Paula McArdle. Chapel Hill: Univ. of NC Press, 2007. A storyteller and writer from southeastern KY, Shelby adapts Joseph Jacobs' British "Molly Whuppie" in "The Adventures of Molly Whuppie" and observes that her title tale is also based on the Appalachian "Merrywise" collected by Leonard Roberts (along with some links to "Mutsmag"). She adapts other tales from Appalachia, with elements from European and Japanese tales, in this collection of 14 tales, most of which feature Molly as a "clever, brave, and strong" hero (book jacket) who triumphs over giants and other obstacles. Shelby's lively tales retain the flavor of traditional folktales and the language she grew up with, while reflecting modern values. She leaves out witches and most of the harsher violence in the old tales. In addition to reworking Jack tale plots for her female hero, she gives Molly Whuppie two parents who don't die or abandon their children, and while the siblings of Molly and Jack get jealous, competitive, and stingy at times, they aren't vile or murderous. In tales not about Molly, Shelby gives the old woman who has trouble with her pig (in "Pig Tale") a boyfriend and makes the third and most practical mouse character a girl in "Runaway Cornbread." Some of the others with close parallels to older tales are "Molly, Jack, and the Sillies," "Grind Mill Grind," and "Tater Toe." Molly maintains her independence by tricking boorish boys in "Molly and the Unwanted Boyfriends" and never receives marriage for herself or her sisters as a reward, but she does marry Jack after rescuing him from a rich giant. The book includes background, discussion of language and sources (mainly Roberts' various folktale collections from KY), and a one-page bibliography. For details on "Jack and the Christmas Beans," see Appalachian Folktales in General Collections, Journals, Web Sites. This book was awarded a 2008 Aesop Accolade by the American Folklore Society. See also see Folktale Collections Indexed in AppLit.

Sheppard, Susan, and Richard Southall. Cry of the Banshee: History and Hauntings of West Virginia and the Ohio Valley. Charleston, WV: Quarrier Press, 2008. Contents: "Introduction -- Tales of Appalachian banshees -- Otherworldly tales -- The West Virginia mothman -- Haunted rails -- Ghosts that grieve -- Haunted island -- The crossroads: Parkersburg -- Riverview cemetery -- Haunted city -- Haunted hills -- Haunted houses -- Other tales, other towns -- How do I know if I am being haunted? -- Are you ready to meet your ghosts? -- Glossary" (WorldCat).

Shipley, Vivian. Jack Tales. Greenfield Review Chapbook No. 49. Greenfield Center, NY: Greenfield Review Press, 1982. 55 pp. Poems by a native of Kentucky. See feature on her life and career in Poetic Voices.

Siler, Margaret R. and Barbara A McRae. Cherokee Indian Lore & Smoky Mountain Stories. Artwork by James H. McRae. Teresita Press, 1980. 112 pp. First published in 1938 by Bryson City Times, Bryson City, N.C., under title Cherokee Indian Lore and Smoky Mountains,

Sloan, Robert. Bearskin to Holly Fork: Stories from Appalachia. Nicholasville, KY: Wind Publications, 2003. 137 pp.

Smith, Betty N. Jane Hicks Gentry: A Singer Among Singers. Lexington: Univ. Press of KY, 1998. Foreword by Cecilia Conway. 226 pp. Reprints 14 Jack tales, 71 songs (most of them recorded by British folklorist Cecil Sharp, whose manuscripts were re-analyzed), a discography of Gentry's daughter Maud Long, photographs, and discussion of Gentry's music, storytelling, and life (1863-1925). Reviewed by James Porter in Review of Folklore, vol. 113 (Apr. 2002): pp.107+. Also reviewed by Chris Goertzen in Notes, vol. 56 (Mar. 2000): p. 738.

Spade, Watt and Willard Walker. Cherokee Stories. Pictures by Jim Redcorn. Middletown, Conn.: Laboratory of Anthropology, Wesleyan University; and Tahlequah, Okla. [Distributed by the Carnegie Project], 1966. Cherokee with English translation. 25 pp.

Starr, Jean. Tales from the Cherokee Hills. Winston-Salem, NC: J. F. Blair, 1988.

Stephenson, R. Rex. Scripts The Jack Tales, Jack Tales Too!, and Grandmother Tales: Mutsmag and Ashpet collect dramatizations of Appalachian folktales. See Bibliography of Dramas and Tales by R. Rex Stephenson, which also lists his Jack tales published in Eight Plays for Youth: Varied Theatrical Experiences for Stage and Study. Ed. Christian H. Moe and R. Eugene Jackson. American University Studies Series XXVI: Theatre Arts. Vol. 8. New York: Peter Lang, 1991.

Still, James. The Wolfpen Notebooks: A Record of Appalachian Life. Lexington, UP of Kentucky, 1991. Portions were originally published in Foxfire, Fall 1988. Compilation of sayings, quotations, tidbits of folklore, interesting names of people and places, and a few local yarns and tales from Still's collection of more than twenty notebooks, where he recorded many aspects of the daily lives and culture of his neighbors in rural Knott County, Kentucky, after he settled there in 1931. Foreword by Eliot Wigginton, the North Georgia English teacher whose students collected material for Foxfire and edited Still's notes when he consented to publish them, with reservations about losing the context and oral flavor of the material. Includes interview of Still by Wigginton's student Laura Lee, and photographs of Still, his notebooks, and his log house in the woods. Also reprints a James Still bibliography by William Terrell Cornett, the poem "Heritage," and Still's short story "I Love My Rooster" (the "Low Glory" chapter in Sporty Creek). See also in AppLit: James Still's Books for and about Children: Bibliography and Study Guide.

Street, Julia Montgomery. Judaculla's Handprint: And Other Mysterious Tales from North Carolina. Illus. Harold Rydberg. Chapel Hill: Briarpatch Press, 1975.

Thomas, Roy E. and Laszlo Kubinyi. Come Go with Me: Old-timer Stories from the Southern Mountains. Illus. Laszlo Kubinyi. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1994. Contains 94 stories and reminiscences Thomas collected for 25 years in interviews with people in the Appalachian, Ouachita, and Ozark regions. The voices of storytellers are captured effectively. Includes background and pen-and-ink drawings.

Traveller Bird. The Path to Snowbird Mountain. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1972. 87 pp. Illustrations. Cataloged as a juvenile book. "Abstract: Fifteen legends told to the author by his kinsmen include fables, an explanation of the earth's origin, and other Cherokee lore" (WorldCat).

Twist, Glenn J. Boston Mountain Tales: Stories from a Cherokee Family. Frank Waters Memorial Series, vol. 1. Greenfield Center, NY: Greenfield Review Press, 1997. 145 pp. Listed in WorldCat as including Arkansas and Oklahoma tales.

Ugvwiyuhi. Journey to Sunrise: Myths and Legends of the Cherokee. Claremore, OK: EGI Press, 1977. 181 pp. Includes bibliography.

Underwood, Thomas B. Cherokee Legends and the Trail of Tears. Illus. Amanda Crowe. Cherokee, NC: Cherokee Publications, 1956. (23rd printing, 2002). Adapted from the Nineteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology. Ten short tales with small colored drawings: "How the Earth was Made," "The Rattlesnake's Vengeance," "How The Milky Way Came To Be," "Why The Possum's Tail Is Bare," "Ataga'hi, The Magic Lake," "The Race Between The Crane and The Hummingbird," "Why The Buzzard's Head Is Bare," "Why The Mink Smells," "The Katydid's Warning," and "The First Fire." "Cherokee Indian Ball Game" tells the history of the game, not the animal tale. Also the John G. Burnett version of "Removal of the Cherokees 1838-39," an 1890 letter by a former Tennessee soldier, who had known many Cherokees, witnessed much brutality while serving as an interpreter on the Trail of Tears, and condemned the murder of innocents while praising the Cherokee leaders and victims. Background on the Cherokee Museum is given. The cover shows Stormy Weather, a picture telling a story of a quarreling man and woman.

Vencill, Jerry. Old Jonah's Book of Tales. Illus. Ken Henderson. Published by Jerry Vencill, 1997. Old Jonah's Book of Tall Tales. Illus. Ken Henderson. Pounding Mills, VA:  Henderson Publishing, 1998. Ten "folk tales and mountain stories as told by Old Jonah, the last of the Clinch Mountainmen." Jerry Vencill writes, "This book is written in the Appalachian Mountain dialect to preserve the authenticity of storytelling" (Title page). The tales were handed down to Vencill during the 1950s and 1960s in the Clinch Mountains of Southwest Virginia. Contains a Glossary of unfamiliar words. Black and white illustrations complement the stories, and include Vencill as Old Jonah.

Wade, Forest C. Cry of the Eagle: History and Legends of the Cherokee Indians and their Buried Treasures. Cumming, GA, 1969. 151 pp.

Webb, Shirley G. Tales from the Keeper of the Myths: Cherokee Stories for Children. New York: iUniverse, 2003. 86 pp.

Yates, Mike. "Crazy About a Song": Old-time Ballad Singers and Musicians from Virginia and North Carolina. Vaughn Williams Memorial Library. London: English Folk Dance and Song Society, 1992. Booklet to accompany Vaughn Williams Memorial Library Audio Cassettes VWML007. Texts of 22 recordings with notes, one-page bibliography,  and introduction by Englishman Mike Yates, about his trips to Appalachia 1979-83, Cecil Sharp's earlier collecting in Appalachia, and contemporary singers and places Yates visited. One text is a prose tale by Hattie Presnell, Beech Creek, Watauga County, NC, Aug. 24, 1980. In "Jack and the King's Chest," Jack gets a job watching the king's cattle but the king won't give him food so Jack kills calves and eats them gradually, claiming ignorance of where they went. The king carries a chest with his mother in it to Jack's house and says he'll leave it overnight because he's tired in the rain. Jack sees the woman spying at him out a peephole and chokes her to death with a piece of the meat he's stolen. When the king fetches his chest, he finds his mother dead inside. The notes say that "two notable American characteristics are given in this very modest tale": Jack's hunger and theft to get food, and the European king's loss of so much "regal splendour" that he carries his own chest, just as he does work in longer Jack tales. Many of the songs in this book are about women who are wronged and are murdered or commit murder. Two other recordings made by Yates in Appalachia are produced by Home Made Music (LP001 and LP002). A copy of this tape and book is in the Southern Folklife Collection, Manuscripts Dept., Library of UNC at Chapel Hill.

See also Folklore section of Appalachian Studies Association Bibliography

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