Brent Monahan, Author St. Martin’s Press $ (p) ISBN children by a mischievous poltergeist dubbed “”the Bell witch”” by the citizens of Adams, Tenn. The Bell Witch or Bell Witch Haunting is a legend from Southern American folklore, centered on , The Bell Witch: An American Haunting, Monahan, Brent, St. Martin’s Press, X, Novel. Basis for the film, An American. Don’t be confused into buying a novel called An American Haunting. It’s just another haunted house story. The Bell Witch is also fiction, but it’s based on a true.

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I probably wouldn’t read this one on a dark, windy night. My cousin scared me to death with Bell Witch bernt when I was little. It all sounds completely and utterly unbelievable. And if not the Bells themselves, then the community at large stood to gain financially from the increase of visitors.

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Dean, a slave of the Bell family, reported being followed by a large black dog on evenings he visited his wife. Sterling Publishing Company, Inc. The report concludes saying that many people were visiting to see the witch.

To those librarians who debated online among themselves when the book came out whether it was fiction or non-fiction, they need only have looked on the information page to see that the real editor was not me, but the very intelligent, witty and churlish Gordon Van Gelder. Ibby Gunn shared some experiences of Dean including the creation of a witch ball made of hair by her sister Kate for her husband Dean, the use of which appeared to anger the entity.


Among those who were alive during the haunting, Ingram conducted interviews with Ibby Gunn, born ina daughter of Uncle Zeke and the sister-in-law of Dean, as well as Mahala Byrns Darden, born circadaughter of James Byrns.

Told from Richard Powell’s, Betsy Bell’s future husband, point of view, the story starts with a curse laid on John Bell by a lady named Kate Batts and quickly develops into a story about a young girl and her father tormented by the poltergeist called Old Kate. Webb 31 August Interesting, chilling, well written — not fun.

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Local historian from Port Royal, Tennessee. Clinard and Burgess returned a not guilty verdict. Retrieved 29 June And was surprised that so many people took up with it so readily and were so quick to trust it and take its advice.

And if you don’t, why don’t you edit out the problematic language? I really d I don’t scare easily but in strictly storytelling terms, this story monahxn the hell out of me.

A man of true mold, he despised all deceit, trickery, and littleness, and with a courage which nothing could daunt, he laid on the journalistic lash unsparingly whenever he thought the occasion required. Inmmonahan were reports of quirky events.

They always take me back to that time in elementary school when I would go to the library during every freaking recess and read this lovely book called “Ghosts”. Purely speculating, as this is listed as fiction and not a non-fiction account of the events and you absolutely can have ghost books in non-fictionis it truly lifted from Powell’s manuscript?

See, when I was younger, I didn’t know that and I’m not sure how I feel about this book. This one was sort of hokey, not the spooky tales I grew up with.


I find that odd as hell, if your neighbor was tormenting you in some way, I think you’d try to resolve things with the neighbor before renting out your living room so people could watch. Sometimes she laughs and sometimes she cries. It does have one utterance of the “F-bomb”, and a few cases of other “swears”, but nothing you won’t find in the Bible besides that one.

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The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: I could have stopped there, but I’m glad that I kept with it until the end. The Blair Witch Project. Yancey, an attorney in Clarksville, dated January The slaves in the account ths regarded as experts on the witch, with Uncle Zeke identifying the witch as, “dat Injun spirit A Mysterious Spirit in Just a quirk I have.

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To ask other readers questions about The Bell Witchplease sign up. While in the first cave room they heard a noise from deeper in the cave Jarrard estimated at 30 yards. I’m certain this was a classic poltergeist case and I arrived at that conclusion before the book did.

Well, I was horrified, but for a completely different reason than the Bell witch.