Strange Tales of the American South

Louisiana SwampGhost stories, myths, legends and folktales.

 

Stories previously featured on The Moonlit Road.com – but still flavorful! If the story's new to you, then it's new.

The Cupcake: Tennessee Halloween Story

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Tennessee Halloween story of a creepy old woman giving strange treats to neighborhood kids, including one you may not want to eat! Written by Harris Tobias

Our Ghosts

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Help Wanted: The Rosebud Street library is looking for a new ghost. Apply during twilight hours. An original ghost story by Tim Westover.

The Moonlit Road.com Ghost Story Radio Show

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Live radio storytelling program of Southern ghost stories by The Moonlit Road.com storytellers Veronica Byrd, Thomas E. Fuller, Kodac Harrison, Babs Bagriansky and Jim McAmis. Music by Hair of the Dog. Featured on WABE 90.1 FM Public Radio’s prgram The Spoken Word. Recorded before a live audience at The Georgian Terrace Hotel, Atlanta, GA.

Uncle Andy and the Fire Breathing Dragon: Circus Ghost Story

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Circus ghost story for the kids about an aspiring trapeze artist searching for her famous Uncle Andy in the depths of a strange, ghostly circus. Written by Kathy Warnes.

Waltzing In The Moonlight

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Ghost of a wrongly executed convict searches for the love of his life – and supposed victim – in this North Carolina ghost story written by Richard J. Paracka.

The Red Satin Pantyhose: New Orleans Ghost Story

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

New Orleans ghost story of a lawyer invesitgating the mysterious, brutal murders of local prostitutes. But the path to conviction leads to some very strange places.

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 Road.com.

A Shadowland Afflicted

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Ghosts of movies past haunt the projectionist of a fabled Atlanta theater closing its doors for good. Written by Nick Zegarac.

The Path of Dead Roses

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Mysterious ghost might be the key between a young girl and what haunts her troubled father.

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.

A Figure Of Fun

Monday, May 14th, 2012

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

The Cadillac Mermaid

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Murder tale of a rich man whose breakup with a demanding girlfriend doesn’t go as planned. Then the mermaid appears.

A Betrayal Amongst Friends

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Larger-than-life Charleston hotel owner pays the ultimate price for messing around with the mayor’s wife in Nick Zegarac’s twisted ghost story of murder and revenge from the spooky streets of old Charleston.

Swamp Children

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Virginia ghost story about two kids who investigate a mysterious campfire across an eerie swamp one night. You know this ain’t gonna end well.

Pride at a Gas Station

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Who is the crazy local gal wandering around a Louisana gas station asking customers about her missing mother? Find out in this Louisiana ghost story from Sabrina Alipate.

One Day in May

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Ghost story of a Dallas boy who meets the girl of his dreams in a Texas small town. A girl who might be too good to be true. Maybe the old rotary phone is a giveaway.

Owl Head Lake

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Paranormal story of a mysterious Tennessee lake that tends to attract visitors – for life.

The House on Black River

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Kentucky ghost story of a haunted house that holds the key to the mysterious past of a young girl.

The Haunting at Green Elm Cemetery Bridge: Texas Ghost Story

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

True Texas ghost story of a strange Mexican woman haunting the Green Elm Bridge in West Texas. Think we’ll take the long way next time.

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.

The Troll Bridge

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Spooky Halloween tale of two troublemakers who cross the wrong Old Man and must walk home via the feared Troll Bridge.

The Baker Mansion, Weatherford, Texas: A Ghost Story

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

True story of north Texas haunted house, and a first hand account of the ghosts there.

The Ghost With The One Black Eye

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Ghost story for young kids about an annoying ghost standing in the way of a child’s midday snack.

Jim Harold’s Campfire: True Ghost Stories

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

True ghost stories from Jim Harold’s Campfire, one of the most popular paranormal podcasts.

My Moonlit Road

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Ghost story of one man’s sleepness night that leads to a mysterious encounter with a stranger along a moonlit road.

Witches of Methville

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Desperate to stop meth abuse among its youth, a small town turns to some local witches for help. Be careful what you wish for!

The Phantoms of Mabry Mill

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Virginia ghost story about a haunted grist mill.

The Wildflower Girl: Civil War Ghost Story

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Kentucky ghost story of two boys on a camping trip that encounter the ghost of a mysterious girl during a lightning storm.

The MacCaffertys

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Turbulent saga of Savannah’s MacCafferty clan – witches, ghosts, psychic powers and women with tragic tastes in men.

Country Road

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

High school prom date goes very wrong.

The Cave

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Tennessee cave story about an unhappily married couple who visit a strange tourist cavern.

Haunted

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Kid-friendly ghost story from Arkansas about a haunted house with some spooky ghosts with a serious knack for baking. Written by Harris Tobias.

Rest Stop

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Lynching victim of the Ku Klux Klan in Louisiana places a horrible curse on her killers.

The Back Room

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Edgar is terrified of a demonic presence in his apartment’s back room.

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 Snowman and the Scarecrow

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

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

It’s In The Bag

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Ghost story of a haunted house with an athletic ghost. But what is this ghost keeping in his gym bag?

The Last Confession

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Catholic priest is assigned to a mysterious, rural Alabama town and hears a VERY strange confession.

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!

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.

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.

The Legendary Goat Man, Ches McCartney

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Fascinating story of “The Goat Man,” Ches McCartney, one of the South’s most famous wandering travelers and folk characters – powered by goats. Written by Craig Dominey.

Little Cottage In The Woods

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Chilling ghost story from Alabama of two young girls who discover the tragic secrets behind a Civil War-era haunted house.

Stranger In The Church

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Ghost story from Alabama of a wandering traveler who stumbles across the terrifying secret behind a spooky backwoods church.

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.

The White Dress

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Florida ghost story about a young girl who will do anything for a nice prom dress, including robbing the dead!

A Beloved Teacher

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Ghostly tale from coastal Georgia about a mysterious grave marker and the brave woman who lies there.

A Christmas Haunting

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Heartwarming story of a unique Christmas ghost who teaches a lost soul the value of family.

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.

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.

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.

Graveyard Dogs

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Evil graveyard dogs haunt a local cemetery at night. At least that’s the ghost story an old woman tries to scare a mischievous young boy with. But what’s that growling sound behind the tombstone? Written and told by Wendy Webb as part of the Tour of Southern Ghosts, Stone Mountain, GA.

Green Eyes

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Georgia Civil War ghost story about the mysterious “Green Eyes” creature that roams the haunted Chickamauga Battlefield each night.

Hell Hole – Battle of New Hope Church

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Civil War relic hunter stumbles across the haunted site of the Battle of New Hope Church. Written by Craig Dominey, told by John Gentile.

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.

One More Room

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Georgia ghost story of a Hollywood screenwriter’s frightening stay in a haunted hotel.

Taily-Po

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

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

The Bleeding Heart Dove

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Civil War ghost story of a Georgia plantation haunted by a broken heart.

The Boo Hag: Georgia Witch Story

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Georgia witch story folktale about a man who suspects that his beautiful new bride might be a witch – the Boo Hag!

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.

The Plat Eye

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Georgia folktale and creature story of two young girls who ignore their Grandma’s warning about the monster of the “Gongetcha Woods.” Written and told by Veroncia Byrd.

The Ticking Clock

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Georgia ghost story about a haunted family clock that perhaps shouldn’t have been passed down to the next generation.

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.

Blinded By Love

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Louisiana ghost story of a traveling preacher and his new wife who spend the night in a haunted house, and learn that marriage can be even more terrifying than ghosts!

Chancy Fox

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Louisiana gambler runs afoul of swamp vampires while on the run from the law.

The Flaming Tomb

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Story behind the famous “Flaming Tomb,” a haunted crypt that reguarly draws ghost hunters to New Orleans’ Metairie Cemetery.

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!

Knock, Knock, Who’s There?

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Cajun ghost story about a miserly father whose cruelty to his only daughter comes back to haunt him during a gulf storm.

Mama Coon Coon: A Louisiana Swamp Folktale

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Louisiana Swamp Folktale about a local fisherwoman whose unique way of fishing for crabs in the bayou gets her into trouble.

The Promise

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Louisiana ghost story about two childhood friends who make a mutual promise that must be kept – even beyond the grave!

Marie Jolie

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

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

Sleepyhead

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

Alabama ghost story about a tired farm widow who visits the local witch a good night’s sleep – big mistake.

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.

Patin’s Punkin Patch

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Spooky Cajun ghost story about two boys’ misadventures in a haunted pumpkin patch one Halloween.

Sop Doll

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Mississippi folktale about a Depression-era farmhand who will take just about any job – including at a strange farm where his predecessors ended up dead!

The Sausage Ghost: New Orleans Ghost Story

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Gruesome New Orleans ghost story about a sausage shop owner who has a unique way of getting rid of his wife.

The Slave Girl of Myrtles Plantation: Louisiana Ghost Story

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Louisiana ghost story about the well documented hauntings at Myrtles Plantation.

Mississippi Rose: A Mississippi Ghost Story

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Mississippi ghost story about a young boy’s encounter with a strange girl who suddenly appears near his family’s farm.

The Maco Light: North Carolina Railroad Ghost Story

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Railroad ghost story of the “Maco Light,” one of North Carolina’s most famous hauntings.

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.

Alice

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Famous South Carolina ghost story of Alice Flagg, a well known ghost haunting South Carolina’s Grand Strand.

Number Ninety

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Terrifying ghost story from B.M. Croker about two gentleman’s dare for one to spend the night in a Charleston haunted house.

The Gray Man Ghost of Pawley’s Island

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

South Carolina ghost story of the famed Gray Man of Pawley’s Island whose appearance is seen as a warning by locals of an upcoming hurricane.

Murderous Mary

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Bizarre true story of the Sparks World Famous Shows circus and the public hanging of “Murderous” Mary, a circus elephant.

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 Missing Cookies

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Christmas ghost story – or a visit from Santa Claus?

The Moonlit Road

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Ambrose Bierce’s famed ghost story of a murder from three perspectives – including the ghost’s!

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.

Skull Lake

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

Terrifying Alabama ghost story of a group of young boys who conspire to keep a horrible secret between them to their graves – and the creature of the lake who won’t let that happen.

The Blue Girl

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

Georgia ghost story about a mysterious young girl who appears nightly beside a remote covered bridge.

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