Haunted Old West: Phantom Cowboys, Spirit-Filled Saloons, Mystical Mine Camps, And Spectral Indians Paperback – Aug 21 2012
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From the Back Cover
Howling hauntings from the raw mountain passes and wind-stripped plains of the Old WestThe Old West is filled with enough phenomenal happenings, curious mysteries, and ghastly ghosts to send chills up and down any spine. Haunted Old West is the petrifyingly perfect collection for campfire gatherings and makes an eerily ideal guide for a ghost-hunting trip to the Old West. In these pages explore horror-filled mine shafts and outrun herds of stampeding spectral cattle. Stumble upon a supernatural saloon, investigate ghost towns teeming with residents of the afterlife, and feel phantom freight trains pass through your body. Haunted Old West provides the inside story on some of the most actively haunted spots in the great American West, including:Ghostly Garnet: In summer, visitors frequent this best-preserved ghost town in Montana, but it is winter when Garnet truly comes alive.Raucous music can be heard within the Kelly Saloon, and the blacksmith's ringing anvil punctuates the sounds of a busy 1880s street scene. Yes indeed, Garnet puts the "ghost" in ghost town. Bandit Ghoul of Six Mile Canyon: Respected businessman by day, bandit gang leader by night, Big Jack Davis amasses a fortune robbing trains, stagecoaches, and bullion wagons in 1860s Nevada. Shot in the back while robbing a stagecoach, Big Jack is now a shrieking white demon, flapping wings sprouted from his wounds and driving off anyone who gets too close to his buried loot.
About the Author
Matthew P. Mayo's previous books include the Western novels Winters' War, Wrong Town, and Hot Lead, Cold Heart and the collections of gritty historical episodes, Cowboys, Mountain Men & Grizzly Bears and Bootleggers, Lobstermen & Lumberjacks. In addition to writing novels and non-fiction, Mayo has had short stories and poetry published in a variety of anthologies, and he edited the anthology Where Legends Ride: New Tales of the Old West. He is also a magazine editor and a member of Western Writers of America and Western History Association.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I must say this is an absolutely wonderful book that had me quickly turning the pages because of the interesting and spooky stories. This well-written 240 page book is organized into six parts. Part one covers wagon trail, express station and train track stories. The second part deals with hauntings in mine camps, boon town and graveyard. Hotel, brothel and saloon hauntings are covered in part three. Part four deals with hauntings in prison, fort and battlefield. Ranch, mansion and market hauntings are explained in section five. The final section tells about hauntings of cowboys, Indians and beasts. I always wondered about the cowboy song, “Ghost Riders in the sky.” This song was inspired by the legend of the “Neches River Hell Riders” and is covered in this book.
If you love western stories combined with mysteries hauntings this book is for you. I loved it.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Samurai Soul: An old warrior’s poetic tribute).