Classic American Ghost Stories: 200 years of Ghost Lore from the Great Plains, New England, the South and the Pacific Northwestby Deborah L. Downer
Young or old, playful or terrifying, clad in the brocades of the 16th century of the jeans of today, the phantoms of these tales vary as much as the places they haunt. Some are ghosts in the strictest sense, troubled over deeds left undone or unavenged at the time of their deaths; others, like the Georgia Werewolf and the wolf-girl of west Texas, are more unusual. They may be as passionate as Vivia--who disguised herself as a man to follow her lover to Oklahoma, and killed him when she witnessed his infidelity--or as genteel as the Lady in White, who showed up at a Delaware farmhouse during a blizzard and did nothing more violent that croon the baby to sleep.
Whatever their demeanor, wherever they are, however their actions or explained or dismissed, these ghosts have a common power: anyone reading this anthology will see that they still haunt us today.
Editor Deborah Downer brings together stories from newspapers, journals, and magazines, none of which were written as fictitious. An index references location of stories by city and state.
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