Kentucky Legends & Lore

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Kentucky is known primarily for horse racing, bourbon and fried chicken, but the “Dark and Bloody Ground” has a mysterious side as well. Kentuckians talk about their own “Hillbilly Beast,” believed to have frightened campers at Mammoth Cave National Park. The gnarled and twisted Witches’ Tree is a favorite on Louisville ghost tours. Kentucky’s UFO incidents—like Thomas Mantell’s mysterious plane crash, the Hopkinsville alien attack and the Paintsville train-UFO crash—are as puzzling and frightening now as they were when they happened. Folklore writer Alan Brown chronicles these strange stories and others that are very much a part of the unique culture of Kentucky.
ISBN: 9781467149822
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Kentucky
Series: American Legends
Images: 75
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Alan Brown teaches English at the University of West Alabama in Livingston, Alabama. A transplanted Yankee from Alton, Illinois, Alan has written primarily about southern ghost lore, a passion that his taken him to haunted places throughout the entire Deep South, as well as parts of the Midwest and the Southwest. As a rule, his wife, Marilyn, accompanies him on these trips and occasionally serves as his “ghost magnet” when they spend the night at haunted hotels and bed-and-breakfasts. Some of her encounters with the spirit world have been incorporated in a number of Alan’s books. In 2018, Alan decided to explore another abiding interest of his—mysteries and legends—in books like Eerie Alabama and The Unexplained South. When he is not teaching or writing, Alan is watching old movies, reading thrillers and playing with his two grandsons, who keep him young.
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