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The Month for Scary Tales

Scary tales

This is the month for scary tales and the Appalachian History site will have a whole slew of tales for you, continuing weekdays throughout the month of October: 22 new pieces in all! Here’s more information about the event from Dave Tabler who runs Appalachian History.

“We’ve got an article by an author whose family’s in the railroad business: one of southwest Virginia’s N&W locomotives is infested by a banshee whose doings are so bizarre that engineers routinely tape a warning to the control console for the crew after them, so they won’t be unnerved while on duty. From Surry County, NC comes a thoughtful piece about the cemetery at Crooked Oak Primitive Baptist Church; this time of year, from the right angle, and in a certain kind light, folks see exactly what they expect to see. And a story that’s presented as fiction (I dearly hope it STAYS in that realm) begins as a grisly kidnapping/murder of Appalachian Trail hikers, but ends with zombies appearing on the ridge. Not your typical zombies though: this batch were first responders in life. They were the initial recipients given a vaccine to counteract a mysterious virus that had swept the land, and the vaccine was rushed into production. It didn’t work. Not only that, but now they’re zombies as a result!”

Whew that sounds like some scary stuff! My writing will also be part of the mix, albeit a little tamer than zombies and banshees 🙂


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  • Reply
    Susanna Holstein
    October 6, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    Can’t wait for your story, Tipper. Mine led off the month, and I’ve been enjoying all the later contributions.

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    Miss Cindy
    October 3, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Bring it on! I love scary tales.

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    Kay Paul
    October 3, 2020 at 10:43 am

    Love ghost stories–especially in October!

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    October 3, 2020 at 10:35 am

    I’m with Ed on this. I like a little ‘soft’ mystery but seldom appreciate any horror grisly stuff – especially in my post retirement widowhood.

    Really Enjoyed hearing your tales of life experiences when you were ‘interviewed’!

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    Ed Ammons
    October 3, 2020 at 10:00 am

    Does this mean that you will not be posting anything this month other than one scary story in Dave Tabler’s blog? I’m not really a reader of scary tales. The real world scares me enough without adding made up stuff.

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    Margie Goldstein
    October 3, 2020 at 8:41 am

    Sounds eerily fun and entertaining! Gotta check it out. Have a restful weekend BP&A fam and prayers for Ken! I like scary but not too scary stuff! Lol

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    Ron Stephens
    October 3, 2020 at 7:46 am

    Well, over the years I have come to know of several violent deaths in the county where I grew up. There were shootouts, a hanging, car wrecks, a blasting accident, drownings, heat stroke (reportedly), being struck by a train, mine cave-ins, a mysterious fall off a cliff and house fires. Never heard of any of them resulting in a haunting. So far as I know, I’ve never seen anything from ‘the other side’. But then, maybe we wouldn’t know every time.

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