Mountain Mists: Appalachian Folkways of West Virginia ~ Book Review

Mountain Mists: Appalachian Folkways of West Virginia by Dr. Carol Ann Gillespie

This slim volume contains a compendeum of stories describing the cultural heritage and oral customs of the early West Virginians. The majority of the original settlers to the Appalachian region were from England, Scotland, Ireland and Germany. Many modern mountaineers still carry on the old ways today, learned from their wise ancestors in the oral tradition.

Within you will learn of folk remedies and healing. Traditional foods, tokens, premonitions and superstitions. Stories of stories told and songs sung to capture the history and beliefs of the people of this beautiful and wild country. Death, dying and burial customs are a community event, everyone gets involved when one in the community dies. There is much respect, ritual and superstition surrounding the dead and the ghosts they leave behind.

With every page turn you will find useful tidbits of information and a chuckle here and there. Dr. Gillespie packs a whole lot of history in a small package while keeping alive the stories and traditions of the early Appalachian folks. That makes this book an important piece of the larger West Virginia story. The old ways and wisdom should not be allowed to die and this is one of the written works that will keep that from happening.

You can purchase this wonderful book here:


or where I got my copy…

Book review – Animal Ghosts by Elliott O’Donnell

This book, published in 1913, compiles a collection of stories in which the characters are ghostly animals. Here you will read of sightings and encounters with the spirits of cats, dogs, horses, bulls, cows, pigs and other domesticated creatures, birds, wild animals and inhabitants of the jungle. And although some of these stories seem a little far-fetched, over all I found the book to be a very enjoyable read and had a tough time putting it down until I had read the last spooky page. This book is in the public domain in the U.S.A. and you may download a copy here:  or just click on the book image.  Happy reading!

Voices From Forever – There Is No Silence – X2 Book Review

I have read a bunch of books on the paranormal over my lifetime and expect to read many more. I plan to do more book reviews in the future but I wanted to break the ice with something great, a book that was top shelf , so to speak. With that in mind, I was compelled to choose these two  wonderful books by a fellow blogger and new friend, Randall Keller. Voices From Forever is about one man’s journey into electronic voice phenomena. Not since I read Sarah Estep’s Voices Of Eternity several years ago, have I been so inspired by one person’s quest into the unknown dynamics of the voices. Randall Keller is open, honest and very real in his experience and wisdom concerning E.V.P. When you pick this book up you will not want to put it down until you’ve read the last page…and then you’ll wish it hadn’t ended.

But…it hasn’t! Mr. Keller’s second book, There Is No Silence is a continuance of his incredible journey into the world of spirit voices. This book is just as intriguing as the previous book if not more so. Mr. Keller does not presume to know it all and that is refreshing but I have to say I agree with his insights for the most part. His is a voice of experience and rings as true to me as anything I’ve read on the subject of spirit voices. I highly recommend you buy both of these books. They are not just for those of you who love E.V.P. but for all  paranormal researchers and to all of you who want to experience the voice of truth.

Find out more about Randall Keller and his work at where you can hear his collection of E.V.P., listen to The Voices Podcast, purchase these awesome books and more. For more on this field of study you won’t want to miss his blog here at