Strange Tales of the American South

Appalachian stories, culture, travel and history.

Abel’s Light: Alabama Ghost Story

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Ghost story of an Alabama “hollar” haunted by a farmer ghost searching for his missing son.

Old Talon: Tennessee Creature Story

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Tennessee creature story about a mysterious monster named Old Talon terrorizing a remote Appalachian community. Written and illustrated by Seth Boyden.

Hunger: Appalachian Murder Story

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Appalachian murder tale from North Carolina about a mysterious and frightening visitor to a hardscrabble Appalachian community. Written by Pat McCrary.

The Inverse Werewolf

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Werewolf terrorizes an Appalachian farm community. Based on a Tennessee folktale, written by Frank Hagelberg.

A Winter’s Guest

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Chilling Virginia ghost story of a house sitter terrorized by a mysterious visitor to his aunt’s remote cabin. Written by

Witches On The Road Tonight by Sheri Holman: An Audio Excerpt

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Acclaimed author Sheri Holman reads a chapter from her Southern ghost story novel “Witches On The Road Tonight,” exclusively for The Moonlit

The Curse of 21

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

21 is not just the legal drinking age – it’s a curse to a North Carolina pioneer community in this evil tale written by Allan Kopp, Jr.

The Boarded Window: Ambrose Bierce Ghost Story

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Ambrose Bierce’s classic ghost story “The Boarded Window” produced by Freshwater Seas Audiobooks.

The Snowman and the Scarecrow

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Christmas kids story about a scarecrow who teaches a holiday lesson to a grumpy snowman.

You Can’t Keep Up

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Alabama ghost story about a mysterious young girl who takes a newcomer on a dangerous hike.

Appalachian Christmas

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Appalachian Christmas stories, folklore, history and people.

Coal Mining in Appalachia

Monday, May 4th, 2009

History of coal mining in southern Appalachia, and how it radically transformed the region

Jack Tales

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

“Jack Tales,” Appalachain folktales that arrived via Scots-Irish and German immigrants

Story of The Santa Claus Special Train

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Story of the annual Santa Claus train through Appalachia known as the “Santa Claus Special,” sponsored by CSX Transportation.

Cherokee Native Americans and Wampas Mask

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

History of Cherokee Native American tribes in Appalachia, and the legend of the Wampas Mask.

Appalachian Mountain Culture and Ghost Stories

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Appalachian Mountain ghost stories, culture, folklore and people.

Chief Sawnee’s Gold

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Two Georgia good-ol’-boys let their thirst for riches lead them straight into a horrifying encounter with an ancient mountain haunt.


Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Bizarre monster tale about a Georgia outdoosman attacked by a strange forest creature that only wants it’s “Taily-Po.”

No Greater Love

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Ghost story from Kentucky coal mining country of one tortured man’s supernatural experience with the ultimate act of love. Adapted from folklore by Craig Dominey, told by Jim McAmis.

The Black Dog

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Ghost story from Kentucky coal mining country about a miner’s strange and life changing experience with a mysterious black dog.

The Town Without Death

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Spooky Appalachian ghost story of a mountain traveler, stunned by the death of his wife, who stumbles across a strange mountain town with a horrifying secret.

A Mother’s Love

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

Poignant Kentucky ghost story about the power of a mother’s love and how it stretches even beyond the grave.

Tsali: North Carolina Cherokee Ghost Story

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Tsali is a Cherokee ghost story from North Carolina about a brave warrior whose stance against the white man would make him a legend.

The Bell Witch Cave

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Ghost story based on the famous Bell Witch hauntings in Tennessee, this is the story of two kids who embark on a dangerous journey into the Bell Witch Cave.

The Ghost of Fiddler’s Rock

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Ghost story of Tennessee’s famed Fiddlers Rock and a local fiddle player who has a bad run-in with some evil rattlesnakes.

The Nut Eating Devil

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Tennessee spooky story about one boy’s quest to find out where the nightly eerie noises in the local cemetery are coming from.

The Santa Claus Special

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Based on the true Christmas story of the annual holiday train that brings Santa Claus to the poor towns of remote Appalachia.

The Wampas Mask

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

Tennessee creature story of the frightening Ewah creature stalking the dark woods surrounding the home of two newlyweds.

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