Classic American Ghost Stories: 200 Years of Ghost Lore from the Great Plains, New England, the South, and the Pacific Northwest

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Deborah L. Downer
august house, 1990 - Juvenile Fiction - 214 pages
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Under Bolshevik and Nazi rule, nearly one-third of all Soviet Mennonites - including more than half of all adult men - perished, while a large number were exiled to the east and the north by the Soviet secret police (NKVD). Others fled westward on long treks, seeking refuge in Germany during the Second World War. However, at war's end, the majority of the USSR refugees living in Germany were sent to the Soviet Gulag, where many died.

Paths of Thorns is the story of Jacob Abramovich Neufeld (1895-1960), a prominent Soviet Mennonite leader and writer, as well as one of these Mennonites sent to the Gulag. Consisting of three parts - a Gulag memoir, a memoir-history, and a long letter from Neufeld to his wife - this volume mirrors the life and suffering of Neufeld's generation of Soviet Mennonites. In the words of editor and translator Harvey L. Dyck, "Neufeld's writings elevate a simple story of terror and survival into a remarkable chronicle and analysis of the cataclysm that swept away his small but significant ethno-religious community."

 

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Contents

Preface
9
HAUNTED PLACES
11
CRY MURDER
13
A Suppressed Confession
14
The Ghost of Peddlers Run
17
Not His Brothers Keeper
20
The Night Call
21
LOVES LOST
27
THE DEAD HAVE RISEN
133
The Ghost of Big Liz
134
The Phantom of ODonnell Heights
136
The Drawbridge Ghost
138
White Marsh Church
140
The Floating Coffin
142
A Ghostly Trio
144
The Ghosts of the Constellation
146

A Love Story
28
She is Gone Forever From Historic Old Glendale Station
34
How the Cavalier George Beckwith Returned to His Home From Over the Sea
39
Savannahs Sweetheart of Mankind
43
The Spirit of the Spring Waconda
47
UNEARTHLY CREATURES
55
The Lobo Girl of Devils River
56
Georgias Werewolf
63
Witch Stump
66
The Moodus Noises
68
The Image That Came to Life
71
CURSED GROUND
73
The Devils Tramping Ground
74
the Town That Died of a Curse
80
The Girl Who Was Scared to Death
84
Lost Cave With the Iron Door
85
SPIRITS WALK
93
The Ghostly Usher of Minneapolis
94
Real or Fantasy?
100
So You Dont Believe in Ghosts
104
The Headless Frenchman
107
Lake Pleasants Haunted House
112
A Ghost Guards the Treasure on Neahkahnie Mountain
117
Moosilaukes Ghost Story
120
The Ghosts of the Opera House
127
GHOSTS COAST TO COAST
149
Spooks a la Maryland
150
Horrors That Haunt the Northwest
152
Footsteps of Idaho Ghosts
159
The Portrait of Theodosia Burr
163
A Strange Tale
165
The Jingling Hole
169
Heavy Collar and the Ghost Woman
170
FATEFUL VENGEANCE
177
The Legend of Vivia
178
The Cry on Blackbird Hill
181
Coffin Hollow
183
PHANTOMS AND SPECTRES
185
Takaluma the Phantom Indian
186
The Lady of the Hearth
189
The Lady in White
194
The Sarah
196
The Phantom Bugler
199
GHOSTLY HUMOR
201
The Great Windham Scare
202
Old Joes Ghost
205
How the Duyvil Gave New Amsterdam to the English
210
Index
213
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