WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA BOOKS
(Please feel free to make suggestions)
Written by Rob Neufeld, February 2007, Revised Sept. 2007
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Reading audience key: [E] Young children [C] all children [W] children with adult help [M] middle-school students [H] high school students [G] general readers [S] scholars
• Mariah of the Spirits and Other Southern Ghost Stories by Sherry Austin (Overmountain Press, 2002) [W,M,H,G]
• Haints of the Hills by Daniel Barefoot [W,M,H,G]
• Ghost and Haunts From the Appalachian Foothills by James V. Burchill, Linda S. Crider, Peggy Kendrick, and Marcia W. Bonner [W,M,H,G]
• Grandfather Tales by Richard Chase (Houghton Mifflin, 1948) [C,M,G]
• Aunt Mary, Tell Me A Story: A Collection of Cherokee Legends and Tales by Mary Ulmer Chitoskey (Cherokee Communications, 1990) [C,M]
• Tall Tales form the High Hills by Ellis Credle. Out of print. [C,M,G] Beaverdam, north of Asheville, is the locale.
• The Jack Tales by Richard Chase (Houghton Mifflin, 1943) [C,M,G]
• Listening for the Crack of Dawn by Donald Davis (August House 1990) [W,M,H,G] Humorous yarns by master teller.
• Southern Jack Tales by Donald Davis (August House, 1997) [W,M,G]
• Mountain Jack Tales by Gail E. Haley [C]
• The Devil’s Tramping Ground and Other North Carolina Mystery Stories by John Harden (1980; Lightning Source, 2005). [G]
• The Jack Tales: Stories by Ray Hicks as told by Lynn Salsi illustrated by Owen Smith [C,G] A CD gives the true flavor; a text homogenizes the tales in decent fashion.
• The Granny Curse by Randy Russell and Janet Barnett [W,M,H,G]
• Mountain Ghost Stories by Randy Russell and Janet Barnett [W,M,H,G] Ghost stories that don’t fall flat.
• Ghosts of the Southern Mountains and Appalachia by Nancy Roberts (U. of South Carolina, 1989). Out of print. [G]
• Cherokee Animal Tales by George F. Scheer [C]
• North Carolina Legends by Richard Walser [C]
• The Jack Tales told by R.M. Ward and his kindred in the Beech Mountain section of Western North Carolina and by other descendants of Council Harmon (1803-1896) elsewhere in the Southern Mountains (1943, Houghton Mifflin, 2003). [G]
See also some of the entries under “Cherokee studies.”