Ghost Stories and Tall Tales of the American South

Welcome to The Moonlit, where we tell ghost stories, folktales, myths and legends from the dark backroads of the American South. Want to come along? Follow the lantern to visit with our storytellers.

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Play Monster (Horror Stories)

Virgina horror story of two young girls facing reality that the monster outside may, or may not, be their father. Written by Kyle Moore.

Historic American Buildings Survey W. N. Manning, Photographer, March 31st, 1934. FRONT VIEW - WEST ELEVATION. - High Street (Old Tavern), Mooresville, Limestone County, AL HABS ALA,42-MOVI,2-1

Beyond The Uncut Trees (Horror Stories)

Horror story of a frightening creature terrorizing a frontier South Carolina town. Written by Norman Coulson.

Haunted Bridge Lookout Mountain Etowah County Alabama

The Haunted Bridge of Lookout Mountain (Ghost Stories)

Creepy true story of a haunted bridge that once stood near Lookout Mountain, Alabama. Written by Irran Butler.

John Constable - Stormy Sea, Brighton - Google Art Project

True Nature (Horror Stories)

Animal fable The Scorpion and the Frog is retold as a North Carolina horror/suspense thriller by Kyle Moore.


The Organ Player (Ghost Stories)

What is that mysterious organ music drifting from the creepy house down the road? Read this South Carolina haunted house tale from Tony Young.

BASEMENT - VIEW INSIDE EAST ROOM OF MAIN BLOCK - Blandfield, U.S. Route 17 and State Route 624, Caret, Essex County, VA HABS VA,29-CAR.V,1-35

The Spring House Sale (Ghost Stories)

Alabama home for sale by owner, scary furnace in the basement included! Ghost story written by Kenneth Gage Gary.


What Lived in the Holler (Creature Stories)

Tennessee cat-and-mouse tale of a man versus a creature from an old legend. But there’s nothing to worry about…is there? Written by Bill Arbuckle.

By SeppVei (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

First Contact (Creature Stories)

From North Carolina, a coming-of-age story of a group of friends – and the alien they’re trying to keep alive in the treehouse. Written by Harris Tobias.

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The Ghost of Thurber, Texas (Weird True Stories)

True story of the rise and fall of Thurber, Texas – a mining ghost town with a real ghost? Written by Bob Hopkins.

George S. Knapp House, 2414 North Avenue, Bridgeport, Fairfield County, CT

The Slip (Horror Story)

Virginia horror story of a man who encounters terrifying visions of his neighbors while walking a mysterious path in his backyard. Written by Kyle Moore.

Wooden Front Porch, Farmhouse, Milledgeville, GA

The Ol’ Jessup Place (Folktale)

Virginia devil folktale about a young man forced to spend the night in a terrifying house, with a terrifying family. But are they really as evil as the townfolk say? Written by Kyle Moore.

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The Remains of a Clock (Ghost Stories)

Creepy haunted house story from Alabama, written by Irran Butler.

By Chosovi (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Sop Doll (Creature Stories, Audio Stories)

Mississippi creature story about a Depression-era farmhand who will take just about any job – including at a strange farm where his predecessors ended up dead! Collected and Adapted by Craig Dominey, told by Jim McAmis.


Wait ‘Til Jesse Comes (Ghost Stories, Audio Stories)

Classic Southern spooky story from Mississippi about a traveling salesman who runs into some pretty strange cats warning about someone (or something) named “Jesse.” Adapted from folklore by Craig Dominey, told by LaDoris Davis.


The Scent of Honeysuckle (Ghost Stories, Your Short Stories)

Creepy Alabama ghost story of a house haunted by a strange girl, and the ghostly scent of Southern honeysuckle. Written by Irran Butler.

Dulac Louisiana Bayou

Mama Coon Coon (Audio Stories, Myths, Legends and Folktales)

Louisiana swamp folktale about a local fisherwoman whose unique way of fishing for crabs in the bayou gets her into trouble. Written and told by Veronica Byrd and Bert Tanner.


Spot On The Lawn (Your Short Stories)

Georgia horror story of a woman invited to the home of her new suitor – a home with terrifying secrets. Written by Alex Soderstrom.

Lafayette Louisiana Swamp

Chancy Fox (Audio Stories, Creature Stories)

Creature story of a Louisiana gambler who runs afoul of swamp vampires while on the run from the law. Written and told by Thomas E. Fuller.

Downtown Orlando Florida Night

Let Love In Your Heart (Your Short Stories)

Scary Florida story of a man walking alone through the Orlando streets, haunted not by a monster or ghost, but instead a strange song. Written by K.E. Moore.

Chattahoochee River at Dusk, Georgia

I Told You So (Creature Stories, Your Short Stories)

Creepy South Carolina story of a single father trying to keep his young daughter away from a spooky construction project up the road. Written by K.E. Moore.



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