Haunted Kansas: Ghost Stories and Other Eerie Tales

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9780700608652: Haunted Kansas: Ghost Stories and Other Eerie Tales

Lisa Hefner Heitz has traveled the state in search of its ghostly folklore. What she has unearthed is a fascinating blend of oral histories, contemporary eyewitness accounts, and local legends. Creepy and chilling, sometimes humorous, and always engaging, her book features tales about ghosts, poltergeists, spook lights, and a host of other restless spirits that haunt Kansas. Heitz's spine-tingling collection of stories raps and taps and moans and groans through a wealth of descriptions of infamous Kansas phantoms, as well as disconcerting personal experiences related by former skeptics. Many of these ghosts, she shows, are notoriously linked to specific Kansas structures or locations, whether an eighteenth-century mansion in Atchison or a deep - some have claimed bottomless - pool near Ashland.

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"Finally, a book not about Dorothy, the Yellow Brick Road, or being bored silly, but one that tells us what we've known all along--Kansas is a spooky place."--James J. Fisher, Kansas City Star

"Heitz has carefully crafted and cleverly recounted the state's best tales, legends, and ghost stories. Whether you are a believer or not, this book will haunt your memory with the eerie, the pathetic, the tragic, and the bizarre. A delight to read and contemplate, Haunted Kansas inspires us to think differently about our state and adds a new dimension to Kansas literature."--Thomas Fox Averill, author of What Kansas Means to Me

"Enjoyable and easy to read, Haunted Kansas tells us a great deal about who we are as Kansans and gives us insights into our values and attitudes. It will also appeal to anyone interested in regionalism, folklore, history, or popular culture."--Jennie Chinn, Kansas folklorist and coauthor of Kansas Quilts and Quilters

About the Author:

Lisa Hefner Heitz, a Topeka native and resident, is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in Kansas!, Midwest Living, and other publications.

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