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Kentucky Folklore

Kentucky Folklore Author R. Gerald Alvey
ISBN-10 9780813109022
Release 1989
Pages 61
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Gathers proverbs, folk expressions, riddles, customs, and superstitions

Ghosts across Kentucky

Ghosts across Kentucky Author William Lynwood Montell
ISBN-10 9780813137889
Release 2010-09-29
Pages 280
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"Lynwood Montell has collected ghost tales all over the state of Kentucky, from coal mining settlements to river landings, from highways to battlefields. He presents these suspense-filled stories just as he first heard or read them: as bona fide personal experiences or as events witnessed by family members or friends. There are over 250 stories in Ghosts across Kentucky that are set in specific places and times. They include 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. Though the focus is on the stories themselves, Montell also includes a chapter explaining our fascination with the supernatural and the deep truths these storytelling traditions reveal about our lives and our pasts.William Lynwood Montell, emeritus professor of folk studies at Western Kentucky University, is the author of several books, including Killings."

Kentucky Folklore

Kentucky Folklore Author R. Gerald Alvey
ISBN-10 9780813109022
Release 1989
Pages 61
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Gathers proverbs, folk expressions, riddles, customs, and superstitions

South from Hell fer Sartin

South from Hell fer Sartin Author Leonard W. Roberts
ISBN-10 0813101751
Release 1988-07-01
Pages 296
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South from Hell-fer-Sartin, a short creek flowing into the Middle Fork of the Kentucky River, lies one of the of the most isolated regions in Kentucky. There, on the north slope of the Pine Mountain range in Leslie and Perry counties -- probably the last stronghold of white, English-language folk tales in North America -- Leonard W. Roberts recorded this rich collection more than three decades ago. To a people who, at that time, watched dancing hearth fires more often than television, the adventures of Jack in the land of witches and giants, monsters and beautiful princesses, provided first-class entertainment. Here are such old favorites as "Sleeping Beauty" and "The Golden Arm," retold in the idiom of the Kentucky mountains. Here are hauntingly beautiful cantes fables and earthy Irishman jokes. Here are encounters with Indians and marvelous hunting escapades. Roberts introduces his collection, first published in 1955, with a sympathetic description of the mountain way of life. He notes especially the bewildering and rapid changes that came to the Pine Mountain watershed in that decade as the highways and electric lines at last brought in a sophistication that preferred the soap opera to the folk tale. Although the stories Roberts recorded were still a firm part of folk tradition at the time, he believed that within a decade or two they would be forgotten -- a prediction, sadly, by now no doubt fulfilled. Any lover of the vanishing art of tale telling will relish this rich treasury of folklore and humor. Full notes on sources, types, motifs, parallels, and possible origins of the tales make this collection valuable also for folklorists.

Kentucky Hauntings

Kentucky Hauntings Author Roberta Simpson Brown
ISBN-10 9780813143828
Release 2013-08-22
Pages 184
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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.

The Harvest and the Reapers

The Harvest and the Reapers Author Kenneth Clarke
ISBN-10 9780813150314
Release 2015-01-13
Pages 110
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The oral tradition of Kentucky is one of the most rich and interesting in the nation and has attracted a number of outstanding men and women -- scholars and writers, teachers and singers -- who have devoted their energies to Kentucky's folk and their ways. Some have collected examples of the state's unique speech patterns and word usages. Others have recorded local place names and the legends that surround them, or the yarns and tall tales transmitted from one generation to the next. Musicians have sought the authentic mountain folk songs, both old and new, and gifted writers have woven details of their Kentucky upbringing into poems, novels, and stories. The Harvest and the Reapers illuminates the work of those who labor tirelessly to preserve Kentucky's oral history and traditions.

Tragedy at Devil s Hollow

Tragedy at Devil s Hollow Author Michael Paul Henson
ISBN-10 1570721602
Release 2000-01-01
Pages 156
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Ghost stories from Kentucky.

Kentucky Place Names

Kentucky Place Names Author Robert M. Rennick
ISBN-10 9780813144016
Release 2013-08-28
Pages 398
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" From the wealth of place names in Kentucky, Rennick has selected those of some 2,000 communities and post offices. These places are usually the largest, the best known, or the most important as well as those with unusual or inherently interesting names. Including perhaps one-fourth of all such places known in the state, the names were chosen as a representative sample among Kentucky's counties and sections. Kentucky Place Names offers a fascinating mosaic of information on families, events, politics, and local lore in the state. It will interest all Kentuckians as well as the growing number of scholars of American place names.

To Shoot Burn and Hang

 To Shoot  Burn  and Hang Author Daniel N. Rolph
ISBN-10 0870498444
Release 1994
Pages 171
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Using the oral accounts in conjunction with public records and documents, as well as the latest scholarship, Rolph probes deeply into the collective attitudes revealed by these episodes and places them in historical and cultural context.

Tales of Kentucky Ghosts

Tales of Kentucky Ghosts Author William Lynwood Montell
ISBN-10 9780813139487
Release 2010-09-29
Pages 222
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A good ghost story can make your hair stand on end, your palms sweat, and your heart race. The bone-chilling collection Tales of Kentucky Ghosts presents more than 250 stories that do just that. In his new book, William Lynwood Montell has assembled an entertaining and diverse array of tales from across the commonwealth that will keep you checking under the bed every night. The first-person accounts in this collection showcase folklore that Montell has drawn from archives, family stories, and oral traditions throughout Kentucky. The stories include that of the ghost bride of Laurel County, who appears each year on the anniversary of her wedding day; the tale of the murdered worker who haunts the Simpson County home of his killer and former employer; and the account of the lost mandolin that plays itself in a house in Graves County. These and many other chilling stories haunt the pages of Tales of Kentucky Ghosts. In the tradition of Montell's previous Kentucky ghost books ( Ghosts across Kentucky and Haunted Houses and Family Ghosts of Kentucky), Tales of Kentucky Ghosts brings together a variety of terrifying narratives that not only entertain and frighten but also serve as a unique record of Kentucky's rich heritage of storytelling.

Tales from Kentucky Sheriffs

Tales from Kentucky Sheriffs Author William Montell
ISBN-10 9780813134055
Release 2011-08-19
Pages 304
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Following the success of his collections of stories from funeral directors, schoolteachers, doctors, and lawyers, folklorist William Lynwood Montell presents a new volume of tales from Kentucky sheriffs. Montell collected stories from all areas of the state to represent the diversity of social and economic backgrounds in the various communities the officers serve. Tales from Kentucky Sheriffs covers elections, criminal behavior, and sheriff’s mistakes in a lighthearted and often humorous manner. The book includes accounts of a drunk driver who thought he was in a different state, a sheriff running a sting operation with the U.S. Marshals, and a woman reporting a tomato thief in her garden. Other accounts involve procedural errors with serious consequences, such as the tale of a sheriff who mistakenly informs a man that his son has committed suicide. Together, these firsthand narratives preserve important aspects of Kentucky’s history not likely to be recorded elsewhere.

Haunted Kentucky

Haunted Kentucky Author Alan Brown
ISBN-10 9780811743075
Release 2009-06-10
Pages 128
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Kentucky's beauty is offset by a violent past of Indian wars, Civil War battles, and the tragic spirits from these conflicts.

Kentucky Folktales

Kentucky Folktales Author Mary Hamilton
ISBN-10 9780813136004
Release 2012
Pages 219
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The storytelling tradition has long been an important piece of Kentucky history and culture. Folktales, legends, tall tales, and ghost stories hold a special place in the imaginations of inventive storytellers and captive listeners. In Kentucky Folktales: Revealing Stories, Truths, and Outright Lies Kentucky storyteller Mary Hamilton narrates a range of stories with the voice and creativity only a master storyteller can evoke. Hamilton has perfected the art of entrancing an audience no matter the subject of her tales. Kentucky Folktales includes stories about Daniel Boone's ability to single-handedly kill a bear, a daughter who saves her father's land by outsmarting the king, and a girl who uses gingerbread to exact revenge on her evil stepmother, among many others. Hamilton ends each story with personal notes on important details of her storytelling craft, such as where she first heard the story, how it evolved through frequent re-tellings and reactions from audiences, and where the stories take place. Featuring tales and legends from all over the Bluegrass State, Kentucky Folktales captures the expression of Kentucky's storytelling tradition.

Mountain Night Owl Tales

Mountain Night Owl Tales Author
ISBN-10 1978063504
Release 2017-10-11
Pages 84
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This is the first issue of a continuing and ongoing series of books based on folklore, fireside tales, anecdotes, and ghost stories that have been told and retold in the mountains of eastern Kentucky for several generations. Some of the stories are based on actual events, and others are just a retelling of fireside and ghost stories gathered and recorded by author Brian R. Hall from close family members and relatives over a 40-year span. Several of the issues will feature stories written and created, within the same time period and setting, by the author. The stories are best described as being close in style to the TV shows Twilight Zone , Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and Tales from the Crypt. Each story is uniquely different, blending humorous satire, suspenseful mysteries, chilling thriller horror, and the eerie supernatural.The setting takes place in the historic 1900 to 1950s time period of rural Kentucky. The story is told from the viewpoint of storytellers: Papaw Elihu Skeans, Mehmaw Eunice Skeans, Hoobi the Horned Owl and Elijah, the coal black cat. Each takes turn entertaining a porch full of neighbors, eager to hear the Night Owl Tales, every Saturday night at the Skeans' ranch-style farm house resting in Hannah's Branch Hollow in the foothills of the Kentucky parts of the Appalachian Mountains. The format of the book is done in the first ever NOVIX book style created by the author Brian R. Hall and editor Catherine Gutierrez. The Novix, named from a hybrid mix of a novel prose and comics bubble and story panels, is a unique blend of both genres. It's not a graphic novel and it's not a reformatted comic, or an overly illustrated book; it is a blend of all three. This first issue of the Mountain Night Owl Tales is historically the first book ever printed in this new and progressive format. Cover art and a portion of the illustrations were done by two-time Emmy award winner, producer and director Bill Diamond.

Tales from Kentucky Funeral Homes

Tales from Kentucky Funeral Homes Author William Lynwood Montell
ISBN-10 9780813139432
Release 2010-02-01
Pages 208
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In Tales from Kentucky Funeral Homes, William Lynwood Montell has collected stories and reminiscences from funeral home directors and embalmers across the state. These accounts provide a record of the business of death as it has been practiced in Kentucky over the past fifty years. The collection ranges from tales of old-time burial practices, to stories about funeral customs unique to the African American community, to tales of premonitions, mistakes, and even humorous occurrences. Other stories involve such unusual aspects of the business as snake-handling funerals, mistaken identities, and in-home embalming. Taken together, these firsthand narratives preserve an important aspect of Kentucky social life not likely to be collected elsewhere. Most of these funeral home stories involve the recent history of Kentucky funeral practices, but some descriptive accounts go back to the era when funeral directors used horse-drawn wagons to reach secluded areas. These accounts, including stories about fainting relatives, long-winded preachers, and pallbearers falling into graves, provide significant insights into the pivotal role morticians have played in local life and culture over the years.

Ghosts Along the Cumberland

Ghosts Along the Cumberland Author William Lynwood Montell
ISBN-10 0870495356
Release 1987-06-01
Pages 272
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A fascinating collection of ghost stories, tales of the supernatural, death beliefs and death sayings that remain as a vestige of the part in south central Kentucky's "Pennyrile" region. "This unique and extremely valuable book adds considerably to the area of folklore studies in the United States. The material which Montell obtained in his field work is superb." --Don Yoder. "This book is to be recommended to both folklorists and those non-folklorists who read folklore for enjoyment alone. It makes an important contribution to the study of deathlore and, it is to be hoped, will draw added attention to this multi-generic subject area." --David J. Hufford, Tennessee Folklore Society Bulletin. "Professor Montell's book can well be viewed as a standard of excellence: a direct, articulate and cataloged approach for future study and implementation in the fields of folklore and oral history." --Joan Perkal, Oral History Association Newsletter. "The book gives fascinating accounts of death beliefs, death omens, folk beliefs associated with the dead, and in the major section, ghosts narratives. A fine combination of scholarship and chilling narration to be relished by firelight in an old deserted house in the hills." --Book Forum. "Professor Montell has arranged beliefs and experiences about death of a particular group of people in such a way that a whole new aspect of the people's lives comes to focus." --Loyal Jones, The Filson Club HIstory Quarterly.

Weird Kentucky

Weird Kentucky Author Jeffrey Scott Holland
ISBN-10 9781402754388
Release 2008
Pages 253
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A guide to the odd and interesting history, places, and people in Kentucky.