"Since the material in this book has come from the traditions of the people who live among the hills and mountains of West Virginia, people who are proud to be called mountaineers, I feel that it is important to tell something about these people whose ancestors chose as the motto of their state, 'Mountaineers Are Always Free.'" Patrick W. Gainer
Witches, Ghosts, and Signs: Folklore of the Southern Appalachians by the renowned West Virginia folklorist and former West Virginia University English professor Patrick W. Gainer not only highlights stories that both amuse and raise goosebumps, but also begins with a description of the people and culture of the state. Based on material Gainer collected from over fifty years of field research in West Virginia and the region, Witches, Ghosts, and Signs presents the rich heritage of the southern Appalachians in a way that has never been equaled. Strange and supernatural tales of ghosts, witches, hauntings, disappearances, and unexplained murders that have been passed down from generation to generation from as far back as the earliest settlers in the region are included in this collection that will send chills down the spine.
I was very happy with the condition of this book and the short shipping time. The most surprizing to me was the return of the shipping charges for being a day late - how... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Neseus
Having recently moved near West Virginia, I decided this would be an interesting read, and it is. It reflects the author's decades-long research into the folklore of West... Read morePublished on January 31, 2012 by Daniel L Pratt
I absolutely love this book. It has some very interesting stories and information. They vary from superstition, customs and traditions, stories of ghost and witches to cures, and... Read morePublished on October 3, 2011 by Crickett Pennington
I love this book! I have read it several times now. The Ghost Stories are my favorite ... they are written as the old people told them. Read morePublished on July 4, 2011 by MrPinksBane
No kidding copies of my great-grandfather's books are scarce! I'm buying my own copy, so I don't have to fight anyone over theirs! Read morePublished on September 7, 2008 by Ann