Friday, February 1, 2013

Michael Knost's Legends of the Mountain State 2

Y'all remember what happened at Yule, right? I went to Charleston to a meet-and-greet with Appalachian authors Michael Knost, Brian J. Hatcher, and F. Keith Davis.

I snagged a copy of Legends of the Mountain State 2, edited by Michael Knost, as a late Yule gift to myself. Contributing authors include: Mark Justice, Jonathan Maberry, Bob Freeman, Lucy A. Snyder, Nate Kenyon, Steven L. Shrewsbury, Michael Laimo, Maurice Broaddus, Gary A. Braunbeck, Brian J. Hatcher, Mary SanGiovanni, Rob Darnell, and Nate Southard.

Since Woodland Press is an Independent West Virginia Book Publisher, I strongly encourage you to purchase the book straight from the publisher (but Legends of the Mountain State 2 is also available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon).


I finished reading Legends of the Mountain State 2, edited by Michael Knost. I've read and reviewed the first book in this series, Legends of the Mountain State (and I will be reading 3 and 4 soon).

Legends of the Mountain State 2: More Ghostly Tales from the State of West VirginiaLegends of the Mountain State 2: More Ghostly Tales from the State of West Virginia by Michael Knost
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A haunting book filled with a mix of sorrowful and horrific tales from Appalachian authors. I enjoyed all of the stories found in this collection. My favorite story is The Adventure of the Greenbrier Ghost by Jonathan Maberry, who utilized Sherlock Holmes to retell one of West Virginia's most famous ghost stories, The Greenbrier Ghost. LOL, but yes, I squeed when I started that story!

Dancing in Time to the Beating Heart of the World by Mark Justice, An Angel in the Balcony by Brian J. Hatcher, and Andi by Mary SanGiovanni left me melancholic because the stories play off emotions revolving around children. I'm an infertile woman - those stories made my own internal wounds sting.

And last but not least, for those interested in learning more about the Greenbrier Ghost, there's a wikipedia page.

 

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