Friday, October 02, 2015

Scary October: The Bell Witch

In celebration of my favorite month, October, I'm featuring a different scary story every Friday. This week I'm telling you about a Tennessee legend...a ghost so scary, they made a movie about her:

Growing up, I always heard stories about the Bell Witch. Legend had it if you went into the bathroom, turned the lights off, and said, "I hate the Bell Witch" 13 times, you'd get a scratch on your face.

Today the Bell Witch is said to be the only ghost to have ever killed a human being. The ghost is thought to be Kate Batts, whose grave is located in this spooky cemetery:

In the early 1800s, the Bell family of Adams, Tennessee dealt with a series of strange events. Most of them centered around their teenage daughter, Betsy Bell, who is depicted in this creepy artist's depiction (from 1894):

The legend begins in 1817, when John Bell supposedly saw an animal in his field that had the head of a rabbit and the body of a dog. Soon after, the family began hearing an obnoxious pounding on the outside walls of their farmhouse each night.

John Bell's Farmhouse

Soon crazy things began happening inside that house. Most of the activity centered around Betsy Bell, who reportedly dealt with being scratched and having her hair pulled regularly. This has led some to conclude that the Bell Witch was actually a poltergeist, since poltergeists are often associated with teenage girls.

Over the years, the story has been questioned by several experts--especially one part of the story that has Andrew Jackson visiting the home. While the former U.S. President's home was in Middle Tennessee, experts have found no evidence of him stopping in Adams, Tennessee during that time. Maybe he never did--this sign indicates he retreated to Nashville after his coach wheels stopped mysteriously.

In 1817, John Bell developed a strange illness that lasted for three years and eventually led to his death. The legend says the Bell Witch poisoned him. Poltergeist theorists say Betsy Bell poisoned him herself. But scientifically-minded people believe he had a neurological disorder that was just unknown to doctors at the time. Still...the legend lives on. 

In January 2015, Ghost Adventures became the first paranormal TV show to visit the Bell Witch Cave:

It has to be true if Zak Douche-Bagans says it is, right?

Come back next Friday for the next stop on my ghost tour:

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Scary October Is Coming!!!

Tomorrow it's here.

The best day of the year!

Tomorrow kicks off my favorite month...a month of beauty...

...and spookiness!

Can you spot the ghost in the above GIF?

Each October, I do something special for my favorite month. Every Friday in October I will share a scary story. Last year I told you about the Amityville Horror house, the Stanley Hotel, the Queen Mary, and the Whaley House. What stories will I tell this year?

You'll just have to tune in to find out!

What is your favorite thing about fall?

Monday, September 28, 2015

Introducing the Fright Before Christmas Anthology

As you'll hear me say multiple times in October, I love October...mostly because I love scary stuff. But I love Christmas, too. Fright Before Christmas combines those two worlds. Today, they're revealing the super-fun cover:

Best of all, it includes one of my favorite blogger-authors, Medeia Sharif.

And it's co-edited by my very awesome friend Kelly Hashway! You can pre-order the book for $1.99 for a limited time on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iBooks. They've even put together an awesome book trailer to give you a little preview. Scroll down for the blurb if you want to know a little more about what the book is about. There's also a cool Goodreads giveaway at the bottom of this blog, so don't forget to enter!


It's the most wonderful time of year...or is it? 

Christmas Eve is a night of mystery and magic, but not always in ways we expect. Things lurk in the shadows and they're not the least bit jolly or merry. Let's just say some presents are better left unopened.

‘Tis the season to be screaming along with our thirteen tales of holiday horrors. Ghosts. Monsters. Demons. And more! 

This Christmas, be careful what you wish for... 

Author List:
Richard Ankers  
Jackie Horsfall 
Boyd Reynolds
Lea Storry
Ally Mathews
Laura Pauling
Ty Drago
Jessica Bayliss
Judith Graves
Andrea Stanet
Patrick Hueller
Dax Varley
Medeia Sharif

Book Links:

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Fright Before Christmas by Shannon Delany

Fright Before Christmas

by Shannon Delany

Giveaway ends December 05, 2015.
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