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Ghost Dogs of the South
John F. Blair, Publisher
5 x 7 ½
Award-winning husband-and-wife folklorists Randy Russell and Janet Barnett have gone to the dogs. Digging deeply through the rich field of Southern folklore, the authors have discovered that a dog's devotion to its human does not always end at the grave.
Dogs can be as peculiar as people. Their relationship with humans is complex. In story after story from Southern homes, there is strong evidence that this relationship can extend beyond death.
Do dogs return from the other side to comfort and aid their human companions? You bet your buried bones they do.
In Ghost Dogs of the South, you'll meet the following:
- A stray dog that warns Kentucky coal miners of impending disaster
- A literary critic of a dog with the gift of speech
- A dog-snatching mermaid on the Mississippi River
- A Tennessee dog that returns year after year to go trick-or-treating
- A pair of Georgia hounds that stumble upon an enchanted woods
- A girl whose pain is eased by the ghost of a butterfly dog
Dog ghosts (dogs that have become ghosts), ghost dogs (humans who return as ghosts in the shape of dogs), dogs that see ghosts, dogs that are afraid of ghosts—all make an appearance in these twenty stories that illuminate the shadow side of man's best friend.
“These tales . . . will not fail to charm even the most dour skeptics of supernatural phenomena.” —Publishers Weekly
“The great storytelling of Russell and Barnett lights the way into legend.” —Orlando Sentinel
“. . . more folklore than frights, more smiles than shivers.” —The Tennessean
“These 20 stories are sweet, funny, bittersweet, cloying and everything in between.” —Atlanta Journal-Constitution