Legends of the Mountain State 2

Legends of the Mountain State 2
By: Michael Knost
Softcover, 128 pages
ISBN: 0-9793236-4-9

Foreword by US Senator Joe Manchin, III

After putting together this anthology’s predecessor, Legends of the Mountain State: Ghostly Tales from the State of West Virginia, editor Michael Knost realized he had barely scratched the surface with Mountain State folklore. The first time around, thirteen extraordinary authors had contributed horrifying tales that left everyone goosebumped and scared of the dark. After seeing great success with the project, Woodland Press, publishers of the first edition, asked Knost to put together a second edition—one that focused on thirteen additional ghost stories and mountain legends. The new project, which is arguably scarier than its predecessor, embodies the same tone and texture of its forerunner—with 13 nationally known authors and storytellers. According to Knost, this new volume, Legends of the Mountain State 2, offers fresh meat to those who devoured the stories in the first volume. Recommended for the National Bram Stoker Award.

Chapters and Authors Include:

-- Dancing in Time to the Beating Heart of the World
By Mark Justice

-- The Adventure of the Greenbrier Ghost
By Jonathan Maberry

-- The Grim Beast of Iaeger
By Bob Freeman

-- The Cold Gallery
By Lucy A. Snyder

-- The Anniversary
By Nate Kenyon

-- Cain Twists
By Steven L. Shrewsbury

-- Occurrence at Flatwoods
By Michael Laimo

-- A House is Not a Home
By Maurice Broaddus

-- Dark Wisdom
By Gary A. Braunbeck

-- An Angel in the Balcony
By Brian J. Hatcher

-- Andi
By Mary SanGiovanni

-- The Man in Ragged Blue
By Rob Darnell

-- For Just One Night
By Nate Southard

“Hardboiled, Southern Gothic. I loved it. It’s lean and mean and it doesn’t care if you like it, which is what makes me like it all the better. Written with a razor on the back of a dead bloated redneck cracker down by the river side, the mountains in view, this is one excellent read.” — Joe R. Lansdale, nationally known author

"As a collection, the thirteen stories in Legends of the Mountain State 2: More Ghostly Tales from the State of West Virginia work cohesively to paint a multi-layered portrait of a working-class region overflowing with superstition and ghostly lore. As in the first volume, editor Michael Knost does a commendable job balancing the terror and tenderness." — Vince A. Liaguno, Dark Scribe Magazine