Ghosts along the Mississippi River

By Alan Brown

208 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, bibliography, index

978-1-61703-143-4 Printed casebinding $65.00S

978-1-61703-144-1 Paper $25.00t

978-1-61703-145-8 Ebook $25.00

Printed casebinding, $65.00

Paper, $25.00

Ebook 978-1-61703-145-8, $25.00

A collection of the most frightening and lasting haunts along america's mighty river

Some of the nation's most compelling ghost stories owe their origin to "The Father of Waters." Ghosts along the Mississippi River is the first book-length collection of ghost tales from the small towns and bustling cities that have grown up along its banks. The states represented in this book include Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Unlike most collections of "true" ghost stories, Ghosts along the Mississippi River draws from the folk traditions of the northern and the southern United States. These tales are populated with Federal and Confederate soldiers, Native Indians, wealthy entrepreneurs, actors, college students, hotel owners, preachers, slaves, and planters. According to some paranormal investigators, the large number of ghost stories from the Mississippi's river towns, and from watery sites all over the world, are proof that large bodies of water are conductors of psychic energy. Granted, no concrete proof exists that there is a definite connection between the river and any actual ghosts or spiritual phenomena. What is indisputable, though, is the fact that the ghost stories included in Ghosts along the Mississippi River are an invaluable record of the values, dreams, fears, and lives of the people who have called the river home.

Alan Brown, Meridian, Mississippi, is professor of English at the University of West Alabama. He is the author of numerous books on ghostlore of the South, including Ghost Hunters of the South, Haunted Places in the American South, Stories from the Haunted South, and Shadows and Cypress: Southern Ghost Stories, all published by University Press of Mississippi.

208 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, bibliography, index