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Mountain Mysteries: Investigating the Mystic Traditions of Appalachia
A near-obsessive pursuit of ghost stories and odd superstitions cranks up this serious study of Appalachian tales of the supernatural and their origin in both old-world customs and real historical events. An effort to preserve and record one aspect of a dying way of life, the book relies on interviews and historic documents to search for the facts behind local lore of murd ...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Overmountain Press
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My love for Appalachia grew as I read this book. I was fascinated by all the folklore and mysteries and traditions contained inside the book. Larry Thacker knows how to draw you in and keep you there. Great resource book for people interested in knowing more about Appalachia or just people interested in some really cool ghost stories.
This book is an Appalachian X-Files. The author relates his encounters with every day people who have witnessed paranormal activity of many different kinds and gives them the opportunity to tell their stories. The author is not a debunker. Much like Fox Mulder he is searching for the truth and follows the stories wherever they lead him.
Mountain Mysteries: Investigating the Mystic Traditions of Appalachia by Larry D. Thacker (The Overmountain Press 2007)(398.209). Bigfoot, ghost stories, dowsing, mountain lights, and UFO's: this is a collection of the silliest kind of hokum and uninformed beliefs presented as scientific possibilities. The author should be ashamed of himself for giving the slightest bit of credence to these folktales. My rating: 4/10, finished 9/17/13.
I am actually reading from this now, so I may have given my review a little too early. So far, I've just read about the "mysterious angel in the backseat" story, one of the legends that is popular in Appalachia, apparently, although I've heard this from other people in other regions as well. Sometimes it takes a dark turn (the serial killer in the back seat). LOL.