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The Haunted South

Where Ghosts Still Roam

Nancy Roberts

Publication Year: 2013

This collection features such stories as "Passenger Train Number 9"; "The Little People"; "The Phantom Rider of the Confederacy"; "The Demon of Wizard Clip"; "Room for One More"; "Tavern of Terror"; "The Surrency Ghost"; "The King's Messengers"; "The Haunted Gold Mine"; "The Singing River"; "The Gray Lady"; "Railroad Bill"; and "The Haunted Car".

Published by: University of South Carolina Press

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The Haunted South

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Copyright

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Contents

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PROLOGUE

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pp. 7-8

... They are the spirits of the people, both good and bad, who forded the rivers, climbed the hills and cultivated the fields which are our inheritance-men and women who loved and fought and gave the land we call "home" names like Gold Hill, Kings Mountain and Wizard Clip. ...

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PASSENGER TRAIN NUMBER 9

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pp. 11-19

Do people have premonitions of fearful events which are going to happen to them in the future? How can we tell ho~ often premonitions like this come true, especially if the people are no longer here to tell us. ...

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THE LITTLE PEOPLE

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pp. 20-26

... The gorge is a challenge to even the most bold and experienced. There are precipitate cliffs, narrow ledges to scale and dizzying heights, and the reward may be bottomless pools, spectacular waterfalls seen by few and grotesque rock formations. ...

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THE PHANTOM RIDER OF THE CONFEDERACY

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pp. 27-34

It is really a shame that Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman on the Tarrytown Road in New York ever managed to get so much publicity for the headless horseman. For the horseman there was a trickster who carried a pumpkin under his arm and not a head. ...

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THE DEMON OF WIZARD CLIP

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pp. 35-43

The devil ensnares the sons of men in strange and devious ways. And down to this very day the memory of the evil wrought by one of his minions still hangs like a dank fog over an ancient village in West Virginia. ...

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ROOM FOR ONE MORE

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pp. 44-51

It seemed impossible to the girl getting off the plane from New York which had just taxied into the Atlanta airport that such a thing as New York and a real southern plantation could actually co-exist in the 1950's. ...

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TAVERN OF TERROR

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pp. 52-60

... It is also a haunted land, eerie even while the sun casts shadows upon the high cliffs and reflects dancing lights upon the river's waters. Standing down by the river's edge one can hear the echoes from the past, for it was here that the drover's trail ran south from Tennessee following the winding course of the French Broad. ...

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THE SURRENCY GHOST

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pp. 61-69

... Terrifying events took place at the plantation of Millard Surrency despite his reluctance at first to discuss them. From 1872 to 1877, thousands of people visited "Surrency," including scientists bent on explaining away the events and reporters sent from their newspapers to investigate. ...

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THE KING'S MESSENGERS

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pp. 70-75

His proclamation for the mountain men to surrender may have been flamboyant, but he never really expected it to create this kind of reaction. Hundreds of men were appearing as if by magic from over the mountains, traveling under the command of Campbell, Shelby,Sevier and others from that almost mythical land beyond Quaker Meadows, even beyond the edge of his map. ...

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THE HAUNTED GOLD MINE

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pp. 76-90

They called him "Skinflint" Macintosh and said if you happened to pass him sideways you couldn't see him. It was kind of a local joke in every country store between Charlotte and Concord that the only way you could see Macintosh was from the front or back. ...

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THE SINGING RIVER

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pp. 91-95

Late summer and autumn are the times when the mysterious music of the Pascagoula River is heard most often, and those who have listened to it remember it forever. Some say it is a soft humming sound, others hear the strains of music so beautiful that it is unearthly. ...

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THE GRAY LADY

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pp. 96-106

Few there are who have not heard the story of the Gray Man of Pawley's Island, South Carolina. He walks the sandy strand of that island to warn inhabitants of impending hurricanes. ...

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THE GHOST SHIP

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pp. 107-115

A lone figure stooped down at the water's edge silhouetted against the sky. It was a timeless scene that might easily have occurred a thousand or so years ago. ...

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RAILROAD BILL

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pp. 116-119

There were no screens at the windows of the little unpainted ramshackly house near the railroad tracks. But the old lady was used to that. When the sun went down the night's chill began to settle in she went to each window and hooked the wooden shutter. ...

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THE HAUNTED CAR

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pp. 120-125

Most people are happy to own a new car, but recently a minister and his wife who live in Mississippi wished they did not have one. They wanted very badly to get rid of it. ...


E-ISBN-13: 9781611173635
Print-ISBN-13: 9780872495890

Page Count: 128
Publication Year: 2013