Thirteen tales plus one, an uprooting of tradition with another just for fun. A strong mix of history, tradition, speculation, and, perhaps, a wee bit of fear. The haints in these hills are listenin’, child, so come sit a spell. You’ll hear tales you ain’t before; dark yahoos, wishes gone wrong, veil walkers, and someone’s head might well roll. Ain’t nothin’ really, just a few new stories you can take back to the holler and share with you and yours. Maybe they’ll shiver. Maybe you will too. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll hug someone tight when things get scary enough.
This is an anthology of nontraditional Appalachian ghost tales (not horror stories). It’s not that we don’t like the classics. Rather, we’re ready for something new.
A note about the caution words (CW) and keywords (KW) at the beginning of each story: The caution words are in place because all readers have different experiences and some might be emotionally triggered by situations that might not trigger others. They are included out of respect for our readers. The keywords are a search mechanism. If you wish to read a story on family within the anthology, such stories are easy to locate, so are ones on dogs, spirits, etc. It’s as simple as that.
Stories by order of appearance:
Part One: Short doesn’t mean necessarily sweet.
“Messages” by Deborah Marshall
“Miss Vera” by Brenda M. G’Fellers
“Can Johnny Come Home with Us?” by Rebecca Lynn
“Strays” by Brenda M. G’Fellers
“A Visit from a Peculiar Entity” by Jeanne G’Fellers
Part Two: Here’s to sad songs, rabid beasts, and things best left unseen.
“Singin’ Sally” by Sarah Elizabeth
“Survival” by Brenda M. G’Fellers
“Born with a Veil” by Jules Corriere
“The Neighbors are Fantastic” by Jeanne G’Fellers
“Pieces and Parts” by Anne G’Fellers-Mason
“As Light Fades” by Kristin Pearson
Part Three: Pull up a chair… if you ain’t too scared.
“Great Uncle’s Rocking Chair” by Jeanne G’Fellers
“Causing a Scene” by Anne G’Fellers-Mason
“The Salt Creek Valley Monkey Dog” by Edward Karshner