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Season of the Witch Paperback – November 1, 1999

4.4 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Whitechapel Productions; 1 edition (November 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892523051
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892523051
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,722,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
With a major motion picture soon to be released on the Bell Witch incident (An American Haunting, starring Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek), you will want to get the facts on this bizarre chapter in early American history. Season of the Witch by Troy Taylor is a compelling account of the events surrounding the Bell Witch haunting. This well-researched book chronicles the history of the John Bell family and the area around Adams, Tennessee, and then proceeds to delve into the Bell Witch legend that has baffled researchers and historians for nearly 200 years. Taylor does an excellent job of attempting to separate fact from fiction - not an easy task here, since the story has been passed down by so many people for so many years. Season of the Witch contains much historical information (Andrew Jackson even makes an appearance), and at the same time discusses paranormal phenomena in a straightforward, non-sensationalistic manner. The author presents various theories on the Bell Witch haunting, and ultimately lets the reader decide what to believe. A fascinating and informative read.
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Troy Taylor did a wonderful job on this book. It shows many pictures of the area in Tenn. where the Bell Witch is located and helped me when I traveled there to find it. This book was the most informitive book I have read on the Bell Witch. He also wrote a book I bought on Spirits on the Civil War, which will be my next trip. It was easy reading and I could not put book down. If you are interested in anything Paranormal, Troy Taylor is the way to go!
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Format: Paperback
Troy Taylor has done a good job of telling this legend and providing interesting insights into what might have caused the Bell Witch to come about. I buy into the "portal" theory and think he did an excellent job of explaining it. The only real problems I had with this book is that the type is hard to read, and that some of the sections lack a smooth transition. All in all, this is still a good read.
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Though it's always commented that Troy could do with better editing, he is the only author on this subject who seems to get it right.
One author wrote the book as it was being channeled to her by the spirit world. I have no idea whether she is cracked, thinks we're cracked, or was simply writing fiction.
Another author did.
A third author had a caveat at the beginning, stating that while he usually writes fiction, he is serious this time.

Troy Taylor supplies copious amounts of drawings, maps, pictures (not photos, which were non-existent, and enough info to be truly the King of the Bell Witch Authors.

Despite grammatical errors, he is very readable. He doesn't treat the reader as a fool, nor does he think we are so clued in that he need not explain things.
When I usually hit off on a subject I might order a dozen or more books until I have exhausted the subject or the available books. With Taylor's book, I am ending my search. I don't think it gets any better.
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The Bell Witch haunting is my favorite American ghost story and I've read most of the accounts of the case. Troy Taylor uses what's come before and new information to tell the story of the Bell family and the events that terrified their community all those years ago. A lot of it is speculative but that's to be expected in a case this old. But, combined with the hard facts we know are correct, the speculation is reasonable and is most likely close to what happened in Tennessee as the events unfolded.
A few years ago they made a movie based on the case, "An American Haunting". They would have been better off using this book as the source material. This is a akin to a true crime book yet reads like a novel. It's chilling to think the events described in these pages really happened to an innocent family and that the repercussions are still being felt today.
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I grew up in Tennessee, just east of Nashville. I remember hearing about the Bell Witch so I was very interested in learning more. I really like how the author presented the story. He didn't try to convince you if it was real or not. This is not a scary novel, so if that is what you are looking for, look somewhere else. If you want to read an unbiased accounting of the Bell Witch haunting, this book is for you. Definitely recommend.
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Even though I have lived in the South all my life, I must admit that I'd never heard of the Bell Witch until middle school, and the story has stayed with me ever since. While I've never been to Robertson or the old Bell farm-and after reading this I don't think I ever will-I do think something happened there, something that is beyond explanation. Of all that I've read since first hearing this story I think this account gives the most "reasonable" number of answers as to "who" or "what" the Bell Witch could be. And it is for that reason alone I suggest checking this out, if you have an interest in hauntings and the paranormal or if you just love a good ghost story in general it will not disappoint.
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Best book I have ever read about the Bell Witch. Mr. Taylor is methodical in his approach. I have enjoyed his books. I especially found interesting his details of other views of the haunting and why they could not have been possible. We may never get a good movie about this(American Haunting sucks and is ludicrous), but this is the best book. I also enjoyed reading about post Bell, or more recent activity.
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