Coffin Hollow and Other Ghost Tales

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University Press of Kentucky, 1977 - Fiction

Mysterious vanishing hitchhikers, travelers beset by headless dogs, and long-dead moonshiners come alive in this collection of ninety-six Appalachian folktales. Set in coal mines and remote farm cabins, in hidden hollows and on mountain tops, some of these stories look back to the days when West Virginia was first settled; others reflect the rancor and brutality of the Civil War. But most of these tales guide us through the recent past of the uncommonly rich folk heritage of West Virginia. This ghostly collection, with source information and bold illustrations, will thrill longtime lovers of supernatural lore.

 

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Page xii - The Vanishing Hitchhiker” through a cinema version, a television show, a country western song, several journalistic articles, and dozens of straight-faced “news” accounts, particularly when each “nontraditional” appearance may be sandwiched into the midst of authentic orally performed “traditional

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