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Kentucky Hauntings

Homespun Ghost Stories and Unexplained History

Roberta Simpson Brown and Lonnie E. Brown

Publication Year: 2013

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.

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

Front Cover

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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Introduction

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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...

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Stories from History

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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...

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Stories from Headlines

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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...

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Stories from Homefolks

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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 fi re when the weather was bad, and shared stories with family and friends. History is embedded in these tales, but mostly they refl ect personal experiences told for entertainment. Most...

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Conclusion

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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...

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Places to Visit

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pp. 167-170

...Ashland Paramount Art Center is located at 1300 Winchester Avenue, Ashland, Kentucky, 41101. You might meet up with the permanent friendly ghost, a former worker named Joe. Call 606-324-3175. The Brown Hotel (335 West Broadway, 40202—toll free 888-387-0498) and The Seelbach Hotel (500 Fourth Street, 40202—call 502-585-3200) are two of Louisville’s finest—and most haunted—hotels...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 171-172

...We thank our friend, Dewayne VanderEspt, who always comes to our rescue, especially when we are baffled by computers. We thank our neighbor, Salvador Doggie, for visiting us and staying nearby to give his unconditional support while we are writing. His sweet...

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About the Authors

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pp. 173-176

...Roberta Simpson Brown and Lonnie E. Brown were both born in Russell Springs, Kentucky. Roberta had one sister, and Lonnie had three sisters and two younger brothers. Their families, along with other relatives and neighbors, got together often and joined in the Kentucky tradition of storytelling...


E-ISBN-13: 9780813143835
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813143200

Page Count: 184
Publication Year: 2013

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  • Haunted places -- Kentucky.
  • Ghosts -- Kentucky.
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