The Bell Witch

The Bell Witch

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by John F.D. Taff
     
 

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The Bell Witch by John F.D. Taff is an historical horror novel/ghost story based on what is perhaps the most well-documented poltergeist case to occur in the United States. It tells the story of the Bells, an early 19th-century Tennessee farm family who begin to notice strange occurrences—odd noises, bangings, gurglings. Eventually, an entity reveals itself

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The Bell Witch by John F.D. Taff is an historical horror novel/ghost story based on what is perhaps the most well-documented poltergeist case to occur in the United States. It tells the story of the Bells, an early 19th-century Tennessee farm family who begin to notice strange occurrences—odd noises, bangings, gurglings. Eventually, an entity reveals itself to the family, calling itself, simply, the Witch, and makes it clear from the outset that it was sent to kill the patriarch of the family, John Bell, for a reason it never makes quite clear.

The Witch’s antics, while not exactly endearing it to the Bells, make the spirit somewhat of a novelty. Word of its existence spreads, first through the Bell’s slaves, then through the rest of the community. It tells jokes, makes predictions, offers unwanted advice and even sings. It shows an intimate knowledge of The Bible and of history and politics.

It harasses those who annoy it most, saving its ire for John Bell and his teenage daughter, Betsy. These two people become the focus of the apparition’s attacks, both verbal and physical. Ultimately, the Witch fulfills its promise of killing John Bell, while also forcing Betsy and her mother, Lucy, into considering their own roles in what created the spirit.

The Bell Witch is, at once, a historical novel, a ghost story, a horror story and a love story all rolled into one.

“An outstanding read by one of my favorite horror writers of all time.”
~ Rhiannon Elizabeth Irons, TrulyDisturbing.com

“A compelling ghost story like no other, which will haunt you long after the last page.”
~ John Milton, Horror Reviewer at AndyErupts.com

“A classic ghost story full of creepy sounds, scary nights, and top-notch dialogue. Fans of great ghost stories now have cause for celebration.”
~ Gabino Iglesias, HorrorTalk.com

“If you enjoy scares and surprises, skillfully wrought human drama, and dark secrets, you must read The Bell Witch.”
~ Award-Winning Author, Erik T. Johnson.

“An American Haunting meets Casper. Kept me entertained the whole time!”
~ Ann Hale, Pop-Break.com

“I enjoyed it quite a bit. The Bell Witch will haunt you long after you finish this well-crafted, all-American ghost story.”
~ Rob Errera, Author of Hangman’s Jam

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940045204170
Publisher:
Books of the Dead Press
Publication date:
08/06/2013
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
101,649
File size:
503 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

John F.D. Taff is an author with more than 25 years experience in all sorts of writing...public relations, marketing, sales, journalism and creative. He's a published author with more than 50 short stories and seven novels in print. His writing tends to be categorized as "horror," though most of it has a weird, pulpy Twilight Zone vibe to it. He also writes fantasy, suspense and some science fiction. His latest sales have been to Malicious Malpractices, Box of Delights, Schrodinger's Mouse, Morpheus Tales, Black Ink Horror, Short-Story.me, PseudoPod and Jack O'Spec. Over the years, four of his short stories have been awarded honorable mentions in Datlow & Windling's Year's Best Fantasy & Horror. John is a fascinating human being (yes, he's writing this), with diverse interests in history (Ancient Egypt and the Civil War, particularly), spiritualism, the paranormal, cooking, movies, music and reading. He resides in a lovely house down by a river that likes to, every so often, overflow its banks and spread alarmingly over the countryside, sweeping aside mobile homes, swine and meth labs. He shares the house with his two wonderfully cute pugs, Sylvia and Sadie. He has three fantastic kids whom he doesn't see as much as would like-Harry (or whatever his name is these days), Sam and Molly. They're great kids and he loves them very much. He also shares his life with his wonderful inamorata, Deborah, who puts up with a great deal from him.

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The Bell Witch 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
John F.D. Taff is a seriously talented author, and this is a seriously amazing story. 5 STARS!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was not what I had expected. It was beter than what I had expected
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted to be scared. That's what a ghost story is for. It started a bit scary and then got ludicrous and ridiculous. I'm disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading this, I feel as though I was treated to a bait and switch maneuver. While not badly written, it is pretty weak tea for a ghost story. The dialog sounded more 20th century than 19th. Overall, not a bad book, just not the one I signed on for.
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gramabam More than 1 year ago
Interesting and well written ghost story. It held my interest from the first page until the last. If you like ghost stories, then this is a must read!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept moving right along. Enjoyable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this about the one "ghost" in Adams, Tennessee?