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The Bell Witch: An American Haunting

The Bell Witch: An American Haunting

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Long before the Blair Witch was fabricated to scare audiences, the Bell Witch did it for real in Tennessee. An American Haunting tells her story--the basis for the 2005 horror film starring Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek.

Known throughout Tennessee as Old Kate, the Bell Witch took up residence with John Bell's family in 1818. It was a cruel and noisy spirit, given to rapping and gnawing sounds before it found its voices.

With these voices and its supernatural acts, the Bell Witch tormented the Bell family. This extraordinary book recounts the only documented case in U.S. history when a spirit actually caused a man's death.

The local schoolteacher, Richard Powell, witnessed the strange events and recorded them for his daughter. His astonishing manuscript fell into the hands of novelist Brent Monahan, who has prepared the book for publication. Members of the Bell family have previously provided information on this fascinating case, but this book recounts the tale with novelistic vigor and verve. It is truly chilling.

Author: Brent Monahan
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Published: 05/01/2006
Pages: 208
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.50lbs
Size: 8.00h x 5.00w x 0.60d
ISBN: 9780312363536

About the Author

Richard Powell was a Tennessee schoolteacher when he first encountered the Bell Witch. He died in 1848.

Brent Monahan is the author of half a dozen novels. He lives in Pennyslvania.

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