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Legends of the Mountain State 3
Foreword by beloved American author, Homer Hickam
Regional myths and folklore provide the perfect archetypes for tales expressing the collective fears of the human race. Because of this resonance and the unlimited potential provided by oral tradition and the countless ways these stories can evolve, myth, legend, and folklore are among the most powerful forms of storytelling. “Legends of the Mountain State 3”, edited by Michael Knost is the third collection of dark folklore from the state of West Virginia, and it contains tales that embody this timeless storytelling experience (re-printed from Shroud Magazine).
This installment of the Legends of the Mountain State series is already being called the most intriguing of the ghostly trilogy. Michael Knost again takes the reins as chief editor and coordinator. Here you’ll find 13 final chapters—bone-chilling ghost tales and treacherous legends—to delight the reader. Stories are penned by many of the preeminent writers in the business. The tone in this project is perhaps darker, tales creepier, and the overall texture even grittier than the first two installments.
"(West Virginia) is often portrayed with absurd stereotypical elements. Movies like Deliverance, Wrong Turn, and many others offer the impression that the Mountain State is overflowing with ignorant, incestuous, bloodthirsty hillbillies—and as my fellow Mountaineers know, that simply is a false view," Michael Knost writes. "This is why I love the Legends of the Mountain State series. Writers from all over the United States (and a few from Canada) offer respectful stories depicting our citizens as normal American’s caught in the middle of a spooky legend or ghost story."
Foreword by Homer Hickam, one of America's most beloved authors. Now shipping.
Legends 3 Contributors Include:
• Elizabeth Massie
• Michael West
• Scott Nicholson
• John R. Little
• Brian J. Hatcher
• Kelli Dunlap
• Matt Venne
• Douglas F. Warrick
• Steve Vernon
• Fran Friel
• Matthew Warner
• Mark Justice
• J.G. Faherty
"The best aspect of this collection is its brevity. It contains only thirteen tales, all of them three thousand words or less. They remain true to the spirit of the best folktales: short, eerie, with chills that last longer than the stories themselves." — Shroud Magazine
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