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This week's ghost story from The Moonlit Road is an excerpt from a novel of the same name by 2011 Shirley Jackson Award winner Sheri Holman. Being called a masterpiece of the new Southern Gothic, Holman's tale of a family tragedy stretches from Depression-era Appalachia to modern New York City.
Tim Westover's new book about the water spirits, moon maidens and haunted pianos that live in a fading gold rush town - and the man who is in charge of their fate - is a must-read for fall.
Louisiana ghost story of a traveling preacher and his new wife who spend the night in a haunted house and learn that marriage can be even more terrifying than ghosts, written by Craig Dominey.
As All Hallow’s Eve draws near, the veil between this world and the spirit world becomes thinner and thinner, allowing the way for spirits and ghosts to walk among the living. Nowhere are there more spirits who are forever searching, longing or seeking revenge than along the Natchez Trace. This historic piece of land has a storied past, colored with much evil, deceit and heartache.
by Judy Smith
Normally I am not a ghost-believing kind of girl, but I know Huntsville has a rich history with all sorts of quirky characters. I wasn't familiar with the town's many ghost stories before, but am certainly aware of them after attending Huntsville Ghost Walk last weekend.
Haunted sites, storytellers and tour guides come alive during the month of October. We challenge everyone to at least one good scare this Halloween!
A Q&A with The Moonlit Road storytelling site founder Craig Dominey, complete with a ghost story.
How did The Moonlit Road come about?
CD: I’m a native Southerner and used to write freelance articles on Southern history and culture. I always felt the South sometimes got a bad rap in other parts of the country so I wanted to create something that taught people about Southern culture in a fun way. So, I chose storytelling and ghost stories as a gateway to do that. Our visitors can simply read or listen to a story, or dig deeper and learn more about the place and culture that the story comes from.