The Headless Horror: Strange and Ghostly Ohio Tales

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THE HEADLESS HORROR: Strange and Ghostly Ohio Tales

Selected and edited by Chris Woodyard

Publisher: Kestrel Publications, 1811 Stonewood Dr, Dayton, OH 45432-4002 (937) 426-5110

Publication Date: January 2013

ISBN: 978-0-9881925-0-8 trade PB

Pages and format: 272 pages (xiv + 258) 6×9″

Price: $21.95 trade pb

Features:  bibliography, sources, general index, index of stories by county.  ALL NEW stories. Second in The Ghosts of the Past series.

Blurb: Chris Woodyard, author of the popular Haunted Ohio series, brings you the stories that would not die, with this collection of Victorian and Edwardian ghosts, mysteries, and tales of the strange. These chilling stories include reports of Women in White, haunted objects, and unexplained phenomena on earth and in the skies, including early UFOs, witches, and spook lights–all unearthed from original 19th-century sources. Features an entire chapter on the paranormal history of Pearl Bryan, who lost her head in 1896. Did she forgive her killers from beyond the grave?

The Headless Horror includes:

*The bloody hand of Findlay and other visions in the sky

*Hoodoo houses that drove their tenants insane

*A haunted telegraph worked by a dead man

*A phantom black dog haunting a Logan County cemetery

*The Ohio State Penitentiary’s cursed Cell 13

*The Haunted coffin-maker of Lancaster

*Mysterious feather crowns that spelled death

*The headless horror of poor, pitiful Pearl Bryan

*and many more, all-new tales of Ohio ghosts and hauntings.


 Introduction – Stories That Would Not Die

1. A House in Which Nothing Will Thrive: Haunted and Hoodoo Houses

2. The Bloody Hand of Findlay: And Other Mysteries in the Skies

3. Spooks in the Slammer:  Haunted Jails; Haunted Prisoners

4. The Odditorium: An Ohio Volcano, Toad in the Rock, and Other Unnatural Wonders

5. Those Who Return: The Shock of Recognition

6. Black Cats and Feather Crowns: Witchery in Ohio

7. The Phantom Coffin: And Other Ohio Apparitions

8. Glancing Beams of Moonlight: The Ghostly Women in White

9. Letters from the Dead: Bizarre Ohio Mysteries

10. The Malice of Inanimate Objects: A Haunted Telegraph, the Murderer’s Clock, and a Hoodoo Chair

11. A Soul-Freezing Shriek:  Ghostly Noises

12. The Headless Horror: Poor, Pitiful Pearl Bryan

Appendix: Spook Squibs: Chips from the Headstone of News


General Index

Index by County

Counties Covered: Adams, Allen, Ashland, Ashtabula, Athens, Auglaize, Belmont, Butler,  Carroll, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Columbiana, Coshocton, Crawford,  Cuyahoga, Darke, Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Greene, Guernsey, Hamilton,  Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Highland, Holmes, Huron, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox,  Lawrence, Licking, Logan, Lorain, Lucas, Mahoning, Marion, Medina, Miami,  Montgomery, Muskingum, Noble, Paulding, Pickaway, Pike, Portage, Putnam,
Richland, Ross, Scioto, Seneca, Shelby, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas,  Union, Van Wert, Warren, Wayne, Williams, Wood, Wyandot


The Headless Horror, Teresa’s Haunted History of the Tri-State