Monday, October 31, 2011

Spooky Scary: Ghost Stories From the Mississippi River

No plans for Halloween? Worn out from a weekend of Halloween activities? Turn your porch light off and check out this collection of ghost stories all centered on the Mississippi River.

Ghosts Along the Mississippi River is the first book-length collection of ghost tales from the small towns and bustling cities that have grown up along its banks. Noted Southern ghost expert Alan Brown (Ghost Hunters of the South, Haunted Places in the American South) relates stories from up and down the Mississippi River and includes tales from such states as Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

Unlike most collections of “true” ghost stories, Ghosts Along the Mississippi River draws from the folk traditions of the Northern and the Southern United States. These tales are populated with Federal and Confederate soldiers, Native Indians, wealthy entrepreneurs, actors, college students, hotel owners, preachers, slaves and planters. 

According to some paranormal investigators, the large number of ghost stories from the Mississippi’s river towns, and from watery sites all over the world, is proof that large bodies of water are conductors of psychic energy. Granted, no concrete proof exists that there is a definite connection between the river and any actual ghosts or spiritual phenomena. What is indisputable, though, is the fact that the ghost stories included in Ghosts Along the Mississippi River are an invaluable record of the values, dreams, fears, and lives of the people who called the river home.

Ghosts Stories Along the Mississippi River is now available from UPM. View other books from Alan Brown here

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