An anthology of chilling ghost stories and death lore collected from central Kentucky.
In Ghosts of the Bluegrass, James McCormick and Macy Wyatt present stories of Kentucky ghosts, past and present. Some of the tales are set in rural areas, but many take place in urban areas such as the haunted house on Broadway in downtown Lexington and in buildings on the University of Kentucky campus, where Adolph Rupp is said to have conversed with the deceased biology professor Dr. Funkhouser. This volume contains chapters on haunted places, poltergeists, communication with the dead, and ghosts who linger to resolve unfinished business from their past lives, as well as a chapter about ghosts who reveal themselves through lights, changes in temperature, or sound. The book even features a chilling account by a nineteenth-century family haunted in their Breckinridge County home. Whether witnesses believe that a spirit has come to protect those it left behind or to complete an unfinished task, ghostly appearances remain a mystery. As McCormick and Wyatt point out, there are no right or wrong answers when it comes to the supernatural. One thing is certain: these tales will bring pleasure and perhaps a goose bump or two to the reader interested in ghost stories and folklore in the Kentucky tradition.
Praise for Ghosts of the Bluegrass
“Bell witch stories, ghostly dogs, campus ghosts, rattling chains—all are here, with titles like “The Gray Lady of Liberty Hall” and “Family Banshee Foretells Deaths.” In sum, this is a fine anthology with extremely interesting and readable ghost stories, worth reading for the charm of the stories themselves.” —Journal of Folklore Research
“I felt like I was there sitting down with some of the area’s best storytellers, hearing authentic stories. McCormick and Wyatt have done a tremendous service to current readers and to future generations by preserving this important part of our heritage.” —Roberta Simpson Brown, author of The Walking Trees and Other Scary Stories and Queen of the Cold-Blooded Tales
“The compilers have done an excellent job of editing, inserting helpful explanatory or historic notes to add to information on a particular story, and giving cross references for like stories.” —Kentucky Kaleidoscope