Christopher K. Coleman’s Ghosts and Haunts of Tennessee is a new collection of 28 tales of the supernatural. This compilation explores never-before-
and folktales that span the entire state, from the mysterious mountains of Appalachia to the haunted banks of the Mississippi River.
Those familiar with Tennessee’s most famous apparitions will find new thrills in Ghosts and Haunts of Tennessee. Readers may have heard of the Bell Witch, but what of her sister, a vengeful spirit known to the folks on the eastern part of the Highland Rim as the Buckner Witch? What about the phantoms of the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, a restless troupe of ghosts who perform for unwitting audiences?
And what about Hampton, the well-dressed butler of Oakslea Place in Jackson? He often greets visitors, but he’s been dead for years.
Readers will find these stories and more in Ghosts and Haunts of Tennessee. Other haunted locations in the book include the campuses of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, the Read House Hotel in Chattanooga, the Greenbrier Restaurant in Gatlinburg, and Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge and the Ernest Tubb Record Shop in Nashville. And of course, this collection wouldn’t be complete without a look at the spirits of legends like Elvis Presley and the ghosts of famous music sites like Opryland and Music Row. An appendix of haunted hotels serves as a quick guide for those who want to discover these ghosts for themselves.
As a statewide sampler of Tennessee’s spooks, spirits, witches, curses, and hauntings, Ghosts and Haunts of Tennessee will charm locals and tourists alike. This new compilation of authentic folklore offers a fresh look at things that go bump in the night in the Volunteer State.
Christopher K. Coleman has written three previous books of Southern ghost lore: Ghosts and Haunts of the Civil War, Dixie Spirits, and Strange Tales of the Dark and Bloody Ground. He received his BA in history from St. Anselm College and is a member of the Tennessee Folklore Society. He lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
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