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Kentucky Hauntings

Kentucky Hauntings: Homespun Ghost Stories and Unexplained History

Roberta Simpson Brown
Lonnie E. Brown
Copyright Date: 2013
Pages: 184
https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt46nzgr
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    Kentucky Hauntings
    Book Description:

    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.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-4383-5
    Subjects: Sociology

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. [i]-[vi])
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. [vii]-[viii])
  3. Introduction
    (pp. 1-4)

    Are you ready for some smiles and shivers? The stories in this book will bring you both. In the tradition of Kentucky storytelling, we have included stories that are fun for all ages. We are fortunate to have grown up in a culture that still has storytellers who know the importance of passing stories from one generation to the next. Read these stories, but take them from the page to your imagination. Put them into your own words, and pass them on. In this way you can help these stories from history, headlines, and homefolks live forever.

    We are often...

  4. Stories from History
    (pp. 5-44)

    In our first years of school, we thought history was boring. The teachers we had made us memorize dates and events, but we were not told much about the real people from the past and what they did. Then, when we were in high school, we had a teacher named Mr. Tarter who told us stories that made history come alive. He was able to pull us into those stories and make us feel we were there in a time gone by. It was fascinating to study history from then on.

    Another remarkable teacher named Leland Voils, in health class,...

  5. Stories from Headlines
    (pp. 45-72)

    Our families were very interested in the news they heard. We did not get daily or weekly newspapers, but our relatives in cities would sometimes send us newspapers or articles. Discussion of a particularly dramatic story would go on and on. There are so many stories on TV, computers, or in newspapers and magazines today that any one story does not remain as popular. New stories come along so fast that a story that captures the imagination one day is replaced by another the next day.

    Some of the best stories passed on to us were those that the tellers...

  6. Stories from Homefolks
    (pp. 73-164)

    Stories from homefolks are the ones we like best. They take us back to times when we sat on the front porch in good weather, or inside by the fire when the weather was bad, and shared stories with family and friends. History is embedded in these tales, but mostly they reflect personal experiences told for entertainment. Most of the storytellers are long gone, but their stories live on.

    Some stories from history are very similar to stories from homefolks. In some cases, we had a hard time deciding which story belonged in which category. The tales in this section...

  7. Conclusion
    (pp. 165-166)

    In our early years, we had no radio, TV, or computers to entertain us. All that has changed now, but the stories we heard and shared over the years are more important than ever. They link us to our past and the people who are now gone. Technology will never replace them in our lives. We hope these stories will stir some memories for you.

    We love a good story, so if you have one to share, please send it to us. You can contact us through Roberta’s Web site: robertasimpsonbrown.com....

  8. Places to Visit
    (pp. 167-170)
  9. Acknowledgments
    (pp. 171-172)
  10. About the Authors
    (pp. 173-176)