Publication Year: 2014
" Headless visions -- howls and moans -- ghostly ladies dressed in black and white -- a fiddling spirit dancing on the road. Such are the sights and sounds that inhabit the pages of Lynwood Montell's Kentucky Ghosts. This collection is representative of the rich tradition of ghost or "haint" tales passed on through the ages and across cultures as a way of dealing with death and the lore of the spirit world. In retelling the tales, Montell has included details about architecture, geography, and local culture. Each tale is told in the voice of the narrator who believe the story to be true. And, who knows... ?
Published by: The University Press of Kentucky
Series: New Books for New Readers
Title Page, Copyright Page
This book contains eight scary stories. All of them are set in Kentucky, and all are told to be true. They tell about death and the return of the dead as spirits, or ghosts. Many readers may think that ghosts are not real. People may only imagine that they see, hear, or feel...
Cries of a Dead Man
People around here used to tell old scary tales until bedtime. Wasn't anything else to do back in early times here in southern Adair County except sit around the stove or fireplace after supper and talk. People told stories about Indians, about the Civil War, about the old people in the family and...
The Skeleton Under the Old Fireplace
Fm an old woman, so Fve had a long lifetime to hear all kinds of ghost stories. I've heard stories about ghostly coffins with dead people in them floating across the room. And people like to tell about hearing ghostly cries and screams in houses, and of...
Popular Foot, the Dancing Road Haint
This county has never been remembered as a place with good roads. County roads, where there were any, always had deep ruts, mudholes, and big rocks or stumps. There was always something in the way to slow you down. But the roads that were haunted...
The Granny Harris Story
My family always told ghost stories when I was a child back during the Great Depression years. That was in the 1930s. Times were hard then. We had very little money to buy things. After supper, sometimes we'd just sit around and tell those old...
Dog Ghost Seeks Revenge
There's a lot of old folk beliefs about dogs and the way they act. I recall hearing people talk about these things when I was a little fellow. For sure, my relatives here in Trigg County, now the Land Between the Lakes, believed that certain actions of...
Bloodstains on Top of the Well
Hollis Thompson told me an interesting story. It was about a bloodstain on the water well at this old house his family moved into back in 1943. That was right in the middle of World War II. Hollis said that he was just a 5-year-old boy at the time...
The Little Girl Ghost Who Adopted Us
The house that my family lived in looked pretty much the same as a lot of other country houses in Kentucky. When it was painted, which wasn't real often, it was white. There was a big front porch, and, inside, it was a regular farmhouse. Two rooms...
How Otto's Ghost Saved Us from a Haunted House
I don't know why anyone would want to live on a farm when they were not raised to it. But when our children were little, my husband Jack and I were determined to get out of town and buy ourselves a farm. Every weekend we would check the ads in the newspaper and go out driving around the back...
About the Author
William Lynwood Montell was born and grew up in north central Monroe County at a time when family storytelling was still very common. He liked hearing about the ghosts of past generations. His formal education began in a one-room school at...