The Bell Witch by John F.D. Taff

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The Bell Witch by John F.D. Taff

[Bob’s Note: The Bell Witch by John F.D. Taff will be released by Books of the Dead Press in July 2013.]

John F.D. Taff takes us to Adams, Tennessee circa 1820 to tell the all-American ghost story of The Bell Witch. Taff extracts elements of real Southern folklore to build the structure of his story, but populates it with compelling fictional characters.

The Bell family has skeletons rattling in the closet, and a dark secret has given birth to a vengeful supernatural entity — The Bell Witch.

The Witch exists almost entirely as a disembodied voice who harasses the members of the Bell family like an overbearing mother-in-law. She’s “The Thing That Wouldn’t Leave,” and before long the Bells become bored, annoyed, and impatient with the intrusive Witch.

But her purpose becomes more apparent — and more sinister —  when The Witch targets certain members of the Bell clan for a rough brand of supernatural bullying. This vengeful, diarrhea-mouthed spirit won’t rest until a terrible truth is revealed, and a deadly debt is paid.

The Bell Witch is an atmospheric Southern Gothic—an all-American ghost story—born of regional folklore, and Taff’s fertile imagination. The Witch is a memorable haunt, a spook with a conscience and a purpose, a ghost that gets drunk, horny, and lonely,  but never waivers in her mission of vengeance.

BOB’S BOTTOM LINE: The Bell Witch will haunt you long after you finish reading this well-crafted, all-America ghost story.


Burial To Follow by Scott Nicholson

Burial To Follow
Scott Nicholson
$1.99 Amazon Kindle Edition

Scott Nicholson often writes about the strange burgs and creepy backwaters found along the Appalachian Trail, and Burial to Follow is no exception. I’ll admit, I didn’t understand everything that was going on in this novella – something about helping recently departed souls cross over by eating memorial pies – but Nicholson’s ability to create a genuine Southern Gothic atmosphere tinged with dread keep you engaged until the final page.