Tag Archives: Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center

Ghostlore – collected by Ruth Ann Musick

In these stories, ghosts fill and color the folk landscape of Appalachia, making trouble and causing disturbances for people from all walks of life. In “The Family That Disappeared,” a ghostly mist haunts a family, while a group of lumberjacks experience the fright of their lives in “Ike the Lumberjack.” A young couple find themselves living in a haunted house in “A Night of Horror,” and in “The Ghost of the Golden Cup,” an antique dealer finds that he has gotten himself into more than he had bargained for. The uncanny and the macabre fill these authentic Appalachian ghost tales, breathing life into the stories of the undead.

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“Mountain Mother Goose” Open House & Book Signing Set for Aug. 25

“Child lore is the folklore of children, by children, about children. Boys and girls have always played games, sung songs, clapped out riddles and jumped rope to rhymes. Primal drives for social intervention and acceptance among their peers universally direct youth in their own language of jokes, beliefs, jeers, pranks, rites and customs. Storytelling, imitating, singing and playmaking are thus natural ways to communicate, to develop, to learn,” Byers said. “Childhood is fleeting, but there is a permanence in the culture of childhood. It doesn’t take much for us to remember again. I hope you look into this book as a window into the world of children and as a mirror into your own deeper self.”

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