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For centuries, rumors persist of a demonic creature that haunts the Pine Barrens, a labyrinth of pine and cedar trees, mist covered bogs and abandoned colonial villages that stretch through the middle of New Jersey.

For most New Jerseyans, the Jersey Devil exists somewhere between shadow and spectre. But the Pine Barrens is a very real place - an entity - harboring its own
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Paperback, First, 139 pages
Published May 14th 2020 by Amazon
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Latasha
A different kind of story about the Jersey Devil

I enjoyed these stories about the Jersey Devil. There's 4 in this collection and each one has the Devil in them. I'm not from the area,so I don't know but I'm these takes, he doesn't seem straight out evil. He even helps and almost grants wishes it seems. I liked that this wasn't your average monster book. And I liked it even more when I read she wrote it for her brother. I'm sure he would be very proud. My favorite story was chapter 2, the long w
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Tyler J Gray
There are 4 stories about the Jersey Devil. I'm ashamed to admit that despite living in South Jersey my entire life, i've never actually heard anyone mention the Jersey Devil. I've been in the pine barrens (sadly no devil spotted).

I wouldn't call these horror stories, though they are campfire tales and I did enjoy them. They are set up as different chapters (and set in different time periods). I gave the first story 4 stars, the second 3, the third 5 and the last 4.5 for an average of 4.13. I e
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Colleen
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Having also grown up in south Jersey, the Jersey devil is a familiar topic from scary stories around a campfire at 4-H camp, to folklore books, to that 'interesting' movie that came out in the early 2000's. So I can say that this author has done justice to the legends and the spirit of the pine barrens. I was captivated and binge read it in a matter of hours, but will be back to read it again (yes, sigh, I am one of THOSE people who reread books, but only the ones that ensnare my imagination, su ...more
Amy
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Could not put this book down. Each story was imaginative and full of twist. Had to finish the book in one sitting to see how each story was going to end.
Ken
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Magical and spooky!

If you like goosebump-raising campfire stories, this is for you. A wonderful new take on the Pine Barrens' most famous resident. Thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable!
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Jonathan Waugh
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very short, but some really effective spooky tales about the Jersey Devil!
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As a lover of folklore, I thought The Pine Barrens' Devil would be right up my alley. In a way, it was.
Leigh Paynter tells four short stories that take place each in different historical periods, in which the Jersey Devil makes an appearance either as an instigator or one who passes judgment.

The first story, "Where Darkness Lives", is Paynter's own version of how the Jersey Devil came to be. Like most other origin stories, this one takes place in colonial New Jersey, and involves an unwanted o
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Karla Kay
I can honestly admit that I was not familiar with the historical reason behind the creation of the legend of the Pine Barrens' Devil/Jersey Devil. I appreciate that the author included this in her preface. The author created these campfire stories to entertain her younger brother; which in my opinion, gives this book even more meaning. 3 different stories set in different time periods with the main focus being the Jersey Devil that lives deep in the Pine Barrens. He is always there, always watch ...more
James L. Wallace
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being south Jersey born and bred this writing strongly hit home and was very engaging as my backyards of my childhood became as characters in this compelling jaunt through time. Historically accurate these tales of suspense, lost romance and morality are worth reading. Don't miss out on what will be one day be a classic on our shelves for years to come! ...more
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Leigh Paynter was born and raised in Southern New Jersey. She graduated from Rowan University with a degree in journalism and earned her M.S in Broadcasting from Syracuse University.

For 15 years, she has worked as both a print and television journalist in New Jersey, Florida and California. She also served in the United States Peace Corps (2006-2008 Armenia).

"The Pine Barrens' Devil" is her first
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