The Telltale Lilac Bush and Other West Virginia Ghost Tales

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University Press of Kentucky, Jun 1, 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

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