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Witches, Ghost and Signs: Folklore of the Southern Appalachians

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781933202204
Author(s): Patrick Gainer
Format: Paperback
Year: 2008
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: West Virginia University Press
Dimensions: 152 x 217 x 16 (w x l x h)
Pages: 216

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West Virginia University Press is pleased to bring back into print Witches, Ghosts, and Signs, the 1975 classic by the late Patrick W. Gainer, renowned West Virginia folklorist and West Virginia University English professor from 1946 through 1972. Based on material Gainer collected from over fifty years of field research in West Virginia and the region, Witches, Ghosts, and Signs presents the rich heritage of the southern Appalachians in a way that has never been equaled. Passed down from generation to generation from as far back as the earliest settlers in the region come tales of the strange and supernatural—ghosts, witches, hauntings, disappearances, and unexplained murders—stories that raise goose bumps and send chills down spines. Included in the collection are such Appalachian classics as "The Black Cat Murders," "The Witchery of Mary Leadum," "The Bewitched Pigs," "The Headless Rider of Spruce Lick," and "The Poltergeist of Petersburg." According to Gainer, he himself heard ghostly music coming from an abandoned house at midnight, an incident which is described in "Jim Barton's Fiddle." In addition to the many accounts of strange happenings, Gainer presents fascinating material about Appalachian superstitions, planting by moon signs, weather forecasting, and mountaineer doctoring. From his own ex Please click here to ask a question
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