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Spookiest Stories Ever

Spookiest Stories Ever: Four Seasons of Kentucky Ghosts

Roberta Simpson Brown
Lonnie E. Brown
Foreword by Elizabeth Tucker
Copyright Date: 2010
Pages: 280
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    Spookiest Stories Ever
    Book Description:

    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.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-7389-4
    Subjects: Sociology

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Foreword
    (pp. ix-xiv)
    Elizabeth Tucker

    InSpookiest Stories Ever,Roberta Simpson Brown and Lonnie E. Brown invite us to join their circle of family members and friends for some spine-tingling storytelling. The organization of their stories reminds us how important it is to stay in touch with the changing seasons—even nowadays, when television, central heating, air conditioning, and electric lights are apt to make us less aware of what is happening outdoors. This wonderful collection of ghost stories brings us back to an earlier era, when storytelling provided one of the main forms of entertainment. During sultry summer evenings, relatives would gather in their...

  4. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xv-xviii)
  5. Part I Ghosts of Spring
    (pp. 1-56)

    Springtime is a season filled with wonder. The rebirth of things that have slept through winter makes us marvel at the everlasting cycle of life.

    To those of us who grew up in rural south central Kentucky, spring was a time of remembrance and renewal.

    Spring brought Easter and the gathering of the community at little Bethlehem Church to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. We put on our Sunday best, not to show off or try to be stylish, but to look our best for this sacred celebration.

    Our dead were never forgotten. Dressed in our working clothes, we joined...

  6. Part II Ghosts of Summer
    (pp. 57-114)

    Kentuckiansʹ penchant for storytelling extended into the hot months of summer. During the day, most people worked their crops. For the few who were not working the fields, there were favorite places to gather and tell stories. Women would sit on the porch or under a shade tree while they peeled apples or peaches or broke beans to can, and would share stories to make the work go faster. Men might gather on the town square or at the local country store to whittle with their old pocketknives and pass the time by telling tales.

    Summer campfires, front porches, and...

  7. Part III Ghosts of Autumn
    (pp. 115-158)

    Autumn brings Halloween and all the fun of dressing in costumes and going trick-or-treating. In the old days, we did not have to worry about encountering human monsters, nor did we have to be concerned about foreign objects or any unhealthy substances in our treats. The scariest things were the hand-carved jack-oʹ-lanterns from the homegrown pumpkins in our fields. Tricks were rarely played on anybody, but sometimes pranksters pulled a log across the road or, in extreme cases, turned over an outhouse.

    The nights of autumn made people tend to think of ghosts more than in spring and summer. Maybe...

  8. Part IV Ghosts of Winter
    (pp. 159-252)

    Some people only think of ghosts at Halloween, but Halloween has not always been the traditional time for ghost stories. It used to be Christmas. Each year we read the beloved classic Christmas ghost story,A Christmas Carol,by Charles Dickens. In nineteenth-century England, Dickens would run contests to see who could write the best Christmas ghost story. Kentuckians would have done well in those contests because Kentucky has some of the best stories and storytellers in the world.

    We lived in a small farming community in our younger years with no electricity, cell phones, texting, I-Pods, television, DVDs, or...

  9. Suggested Reading
    (pp. 253-254)
  10. Ghostly Places to Visit
    (pp. 255-258)
  11. About the Authors
    (pp. 259-262)