Strange Tales of the American South

Mountain CabinSouthern myths, legends and folktales: tall tales, monster stories, animal stories.

Mud

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Tennessee killer encounters a strange old man along a dark road after burying his victim. What does this old man know about his crime? Find out in this short story by Andy Hinton.

The Journey of Alysis

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Texas myth and kids story of a young orphan girl in prehistoric times who discovers unknown powers to save humanity. Written by Sara Popp.

Old Talon

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.

The Ghost of Bill Sketoe’s Hole

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

The story of Bill Sketoe of Newton, Alabama and the “hole that would not stay filled” is one of Alabama’s most famous (and true?) ghost stories.

This Moment Is Your Life

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Tennessee horror story – and don’t ask what’s in the basket. Written by C.G. Fewston.

Storyland Jack

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Southern fairy tale teaming up some of the most famous nursery rhyme characters to solve a strange wedding mystery. Written by Harris Tobias.

The Dirt Road

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Texas rancher receives an offer from a creepy stranger to save his family farm. Written by Jerod Blake Lasater.

Mailbox Cat

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Alabama folktale about two kids’ encounter with a wild tomcat, and a poor mailman who happened to cross its path. Written by Dan Singley.

Hunger

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Southern Gothic murder tale from North Carolina about a mysterious and frightening visitor to a hardscrabble Appalachian community. Written by Pat McCrary. November. The wind in the North Carolina high country has raked the trees gaunt and spindly sunlight leaks from a sky the color of dish water. Thanksgiving will be here in a week. […]

A Wish Too Far

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Mississippi folktale of a desperate fisherman who is granted a wish from a mysterious sea wish. And you know what they say about wishes. Written by Harris Tobias.

Buttercup and the Forest Princess

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Great Depression folktale of a mysterious forest creature protecting a widow and her family from the frightening depths of Tennessee logging country.

Alien Artifacts

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Creepy tale of a lost couple who stumbles across a bizarre “Alien Artifact Museum” in rural Georgia. Written by Harris Tobias.

Unbroken Lines

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Nightmarish tale of Southern suburban landscaping gone very, very wrong. Written by Tim Westover.

Toy Food

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Kids fairy tale about a starving family of toymakers who must turn to their creations to survive. Written by Harris Tobias.

Witches On The Road Tonight

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Excerpt from Sheri Holman’s novel “Witches On The Road Tonight,” a haunting, multigenerational ghost story of family secrets that bridge Depression-era Appalachia with the washed up host of a late night, cable-TV monster show.

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 year was 1799, just 21 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The young country was forming and spreading to new frontiers. The western mountains […]

A Figure Of Fun

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Bizarre murder story of a cadaver found hidden in an amusement park haunted house attraction.

Changeling Mother

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Creature story of two Tennessee mountain kids who are convinced their mother has been kidnapped by evil trolls, and embark on a great adventure to bring her back.

Handy Mickey

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Spooky story about a young traveler who stumbles across the home of an old woman with a very unique chilli recipe. One you’re probably not going to want to copy!

The Bog Wog

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Ever hear of a swamp creature that’s part dog, part hog and not a big fan of wicked kids? We now introduce you to The Bog Wog!

The Legend of Joeabb the Frog

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Ghost story of a singing frog who shows that eternal love is not just for humans.

Lorenzo Dow

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Lorenzo Dow, traveling preacher, and his legendary curse of the town of Jacksonboro, Georgia.

Cajun Superstitions and Spells

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Cajun supersititons and spells to get you through the day.

The Barefoot Woman

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Trixster folktale from Alabama about how the Devil uses a powerful female temptation to try splitting apart a lovey-dovey couple. One of our favorites!

The Click-Bok Tree

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

African-American slave folktale about a mysterious tree from Africa and the magic it unleashes on a cruel plantation owner.

All God’s Chillun Had Wings

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Classic African-American tale about the undying belief of slaves that they would one day fly back to Africa in the face of brutal oppression.

Deal With The Devil

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Georgia folktale about a clever blacksmith who, with the help of an old witch woman, helps fool the Devil as death is approaching.

How Brer Coon Gets His Meat

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Uncle Remus tale from African American folklore of how crafty Brer Rabbit and his friend Brer Coon get themselves an easy dinner. Written by Joel Chandler Harris.

Ibo Landing

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Famous African-American ghost story of a haunted marsh in St. Simons Island, Georgia where the Ibo IIgbo) tribe bravely resisted being sold into slavery.

Lorenzo’s Curse

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Georgia legend about Lorenzo Dow, a traveling preacher who brings a curse to a small frontier town.

The Coughing Dog

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Terrifying urban legend of a single woman who wonders why her guard dog starts acting so strangely.

The First Christmas Gift

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Christmas folktale that explains a special miracle that happens in the North Georgia mountains each Christmas Eve.

The Meanest Man

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Georgia folktale about a man meaner than the Devil himself, and where Spanish Moss comes from.

I Don’t Feel Dead Yet!

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

African-American ghost story from Louisiana about a poor widow who wants to get on her with her life – if only her husband would stay dead!

Mama Coon Coon

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Cajun folktale about a local fisherwoman whose unique way of fishing for crabs in the bayou gets her into trouble.

Marie Jolie

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

Cajun folktale about a beautiful girl who has the misfortune of choosing a real devilish mate.

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