Strange Tales of the American South

Tennessee stories, culture, travel and history.

What Lived in the Holler: Tennessee Monster Story

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Tennessee monster story of a man pursued through the holler by strange creature from local legend. Written by Bill Julie Arbunkle.

A Confederate Soldier Escapes on a Dark Northern Night

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Bizarre yet true Civil War story of one unlucky Confederate soldier, coming home to Tennessee. Written by Kathy Warnes.

Escape from Appalachia: Tennessee Ghost Story

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Tennessee ghost story of a budding Tennessee guitarist seeking fame in Nashville who hitches a ride with a creepy bootlegger.

Mud: Tennessee Ghost Story

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Tennessee ghost story of a killer who 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.

Old Talon: Tennessee Creature Story

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.

That Halloween Hike: Tennessee Creature Story

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Creepy Tennessee creature story about a Halloween hike that might make you think twice about walking the woods alone! Written by Robert Godwin.

The Old Lockhart House

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Creepy tale from East Tennessee of a mysterious, haunted house that the locals won’t approach – for good reason, as one poor soul finds out. Written and told by Rick Baldwin.

This Moment Is Your Life: Tennessee Horror Story

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

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

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.

The Inverse Werewolf

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Werewolf terrorizes an Appalachian farm community. Based on a Tennessee folktale, written by Frank Hagelberg.

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

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.

Owl Head Lake

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

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

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 Cave

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

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

Unicoi County and Erwin, Tennessee

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Unicoi County and Erwin, Tennessee where the “Murderous Mary” elephant hanging took place.

The Bell Witch

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

The Bell Witch story, history of the Bell Family and the ghost haunting Adams, Tennessee to this day.

Story of The Santa Claus Special Train

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Story of the annual Santa Claus train through Appalachia known as the “Santa Claus Special,” sponsored by CSX Transportation.

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 Wampas Mask

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

Tennessee creature story of the frightening Ewah creature stalking the dark woods surrounding the home of two newlyweds.

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