The Telltale Lilac Bush and Other West Virginia Ghost Tales

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University Press of Kentucky, Sep 12, 2010 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 208 pages
" West Virginia boasts an unusually rich heritage of ghost tales. Originally West Virginians told these hundred stories not for idle amusement but to report supernatural experiences that defied ordinary human explanation. From jealous rivals and ghostly children to murdered kinsmen and omens of death, these tales reflect the inner lives—the hopes, beliefs, and fears—of a people. Like all folklore, these tales reveal much of the history of the region: its isolation and violence, the passions and bloodshed of the Civil War era, the hardships of miners and railroad laborers, and the lingering vitality of Old World traditions.
 

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User Review  - 50MinuteMermaid - LibraryThing

If you enjoy good ghost stories (you know, never really grew out of the RL Stine, Christopher Pike phase) this book and its "sequel", _Coffin Hollow_ are toothsome delights. Full of folktale-style ... Read full review

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This book has everything it takes to be great...West Virginia, lilac bushes (or at least one story with 'lilac bush' in the title), ghost stories...but still it comes up short. The introductions to ... Read full review

Contents

1 Jealous Rivals
1
2 Wives Who Return
11
3 Ghostly Children
25
4 Murdered Kinsmen
34
5 Omens of Death
40
6 Deadly Visions
48
7 Headless Ghosts
57
8 Hidden Money
62
11 Murdered Peddlers
93
12 Mine Ghosts
103
13 Railroad Ghosts
120
14 Animals and Birds
126
15 Weird Creatures
144
16 Immigrant Ghosts
150
Notes
163
Bibliography
187

9 Haunted Places
70
10 Negro Slaves
87

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