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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: The Armand Press (October 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970515650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970515650
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This 22 chapter collection of ghostly yarns, which includes an essay of sources, an invaluable index, and a relevant travel guide, brings to life the many varied locations and ghosts that comprise a big chunk of Southern culture. Fitzhugh's "Ghostly Cries From Dixie," also featuring 19 illustrations, makes the reader a virtual visitor. Many entertaining hours can be spent pursuing the ghosts and notorious characters enticingly laid out by the author. --Southern Folklore Archivist Magazine, October 1, 2009

From the Author

I kept three objectives in mind while writing this book. The first was to intrigue, fascinate, and entertain people. That's right---to entertain! Although a great deal of research went into this book, it remains a storybook above all else.

My second objective was quality over quantity. Instead of stuffing this book with a multitude of short, watered-down stories to increase its page count, I cover fewer stories in more detail. This, I feel, gives the reader more insight into each story, which translates into more enjoyment. Longer stories provide a sense of depth and dimension, which is critical to the success of books about ghosts and the paranormal. Simply proclaiming, "Junior saw a ghost, wet his pants, and ran like hell," doesn't tell the reader much, does it?

My third objective was to strike a healthy balance between history and ghostlore. I have tried, wherever possible, to corroborate the stories with real events and historical data. As a historian--someone who studies history and shares their findings with others--I feel that striking such a balance helps the reader to develop a greater appreciation for history and the sense of validity it often adds to ghost stories.

I am dedicating this book to those who are intrigued, fascinated, and entertained by ghost stories. You are my audience--the people I write for, the people I run my websites for, the people I conduct my research for, and the people I enjoy meeting at my lecture and book signing events.

More About the Author

~ An extension of every glass of iced tea sipped on a lazy summer's day, propped against life's most inevitable and unfortunate truths. ~

Hailing from the land of catfish, moonshine, and grits, Pat Fitzhugh is best known for his books about the history, legends, and lore of the American South.

From the eerie swamps of Louisiana to the misty mountains of Virginia, Fitzhugh's writing embodies the passions, fears, and tragedies of a region shrouded in mystery and rich in folklore. His reverence for the past and scholarly interest in the supernatural are strikingly evident in his style of writing, which not only tingles the spine, but exudes a profound sense of history and place.

"I take yarns of history, legends, and tragedy, and I weave them into stories that not only entertain, but also shed light on the region's people and past. Tales of ghosts, haints, and spooks are often scary, but adding layers of history and culture creates a sense of realism that makes them even scarier." -- Pat Fitzhugh

Fitzhugh is currently working on the fourteenth anniversary edition of his popular title, "The Bell Witch: The Full Account" (Armand Press), which has become a staple of modern, history-based ghost research. Set in early nineteenth century Tennessee, the account chronicles the terrifying events a pioneer family endured at the hands of a supernatural entity known as "Kate." The anniversary edition, which includes new encounter stories and a new theory about the epic haunting, is scheduled for release in the fall of 2014.

Pat Fitzhugh is also working on "From Turkey Creek - A Memoir," his personal account of growing up on Kentucky Lake in rural western Tennessee. An early reviewer had this to say about Fitzhugh's memoir, which is scheduled for release in the spring of 2014:

"Often hysterically funny, sometimes wrenching, Fitzhugh's straight-shooting memoir is laced with fine storytelling, sharp wit, and acute observations of life in rural Tennessee."

In the spring of 2013, Fitzhugh penned the foreword to "The Legend of Stuckey's Bridge," Lori Crane's gripping account of the terrifying legend behind Mississippi's most notorious old bridge. His invitation to write the foreword stemmed from the success of his 2009 title, "Ghostly Cries From Dixie" (Armand Press), a chilling compilation of weird and ghostly tales from the American South. A sequel to "Ghostly Cries" is planned for 2014.

In 2004, he contributed to "Weird U.S." (Sterling), a travel guide to America's local legends and best kept secrets. A year earlier, he wrote the foreword to "Our Family Trouble," a partial reprint of Martin Ingram's nineteenth century account of Tennessee's "Bell Witch" legend.

In the fall of 2000, Fitzhugh released "The Bell Witch: The Full Account" (Armand Press), a detailed historical and journalistic analysis of America's most terrifying and documented haunting. The book, which garnered rave reviews from well-respected ghost researchers around the globe, twice appeared on the State of Tennessee's suggested teen summer reading list. In 1999, Fitzhugh wrote a condensed, primer version of the same legend, entitled "The Bell Witch Haunting." Over the prior decades, he wrote more than fifty short stories and books about ghosts, legends, and life in the South.

A sought-after public speaker, Pat Fitzhugh has signed books and presented lectures at bookstores, conferences, theaters, and universities across the United States, entertaining and enlightening tens of thousands of people. He has over 300 radio and TV appearances to his credit, including interviews by Coast to Coast AM, CNN, the Associated Press, the BBC, and the History, Discovery, and Travel channels. In 2006, he appeared in the motion picture DVD, "An American Haunting," starring Sissy Spacek and Donald Sutherland. Along the way, his articles and editorials have appeared in "Esquire Magazine," "The Journal of Southern Folklore," and several major newspapers. He also served as editor of a print magazine dealing with the outdoors.

When not writing books or telling stories, Pat Fitzhugh enjoys photography, eating Southern cuisine, playing loud guitars, and fishing at Turkey Creek.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Double J on May 6, 2013
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If you like short stories on the supernatural, you will enjoy this book. I live in an area with a strong interest in the paranormal. So I enjoyed the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 28, 2013
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This is the perfect read for someone who's a history buff, likes ghost but would still like to sleep at night. Ghostly Cries from Dixie gives something that a lot of "scary" stories don't, facts. The history and folklore that stands behind the stories from America's south is enough to make chills go up and down your spine in broad daylight. It's not overly gory and relates to a lot of factual events, (which is the interesting and creepy part). The haunts the author talks about are real places with real solid American history.

Here's a short list to recap my favorites of the historic events and hauntings Fitzhugh has in store for you.

Mayhem on the Mighty Mississippi. Granted I'm from up by Saint Louis, further upriver from the accident Fitzhugh describes but the Mississippi River is home to me. I know first-hand many of the lives the Mississippi has taken. However, I never knew about this factual steamboat explosion of the Sultana in 1865. History books forget to mention the horrible accident, and they sure didn't mention the haunting that follows!

The Bell Witch of Tennessee. If you haven't read the whole book he wrote on the haunting then you know he put this short piece of the tale in Ghostly Cries just to get you hooked. I know I am, but personally I don't see me reading the book, I find the Bell Witch possibly the creepiest of all the haunts, I like haunts, just well, this Witch is nuts.
The Greenbrier Ghost. The Ghost helps convict her murder; it's in the records, it really happened, in a courtroom. That right there just made the book.

The LaLaurie Mansion. The hauntings themselves wasn't what got me with this story as forever
being burned into my brain. Read it and I promise you, you will never forget either.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diane Daugherty on November 14, 2012
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Even though I haven't read this book yet I anticipate that it will not disappoint. I love anything to do with history and this book has a very catchy title.
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