Appalachian Collection offers Spooktacular Delights

This post was originally published on October 30, 2017.  

Come by Special Collections on the fourth floor of Belk Library and Information Commons for all things ghostly and ghoulish from our mountain region.

Special Collections has a good selection of books of regional haints and apparitions. Frank C. Brown Collection of North Carolina Folklore’s Volume I, pages 643–687, details things that go bump in the night in Ashe and Watauga Counties. Nancy Roberts in her books North Carolina Ghosts and Legends and Ghosts of the Southern Mountains and Appalachia recounts infamous legends from the state and mountain region.

Cover of Ghosts of the Southern Mountains book with silhouette of person holding a rifle

Cover of Haunted Watauga County book











Two books that focus in on Boone and Watauga County are Tim Bullard’s Haunted Watauga County North Carolina and Michael Reagan’s Roadside Revenants and other North Carolina Ghosts and LegendsRoadside Revenants also presents stories about several haunted places and ghosts on the Appalachian State University campus.

Our DVD collection contains numerous cinematic depictions of horror and ghostly happenings in the Appalachian Region. Our selection of hillbilly horror includes the classic Evil Dead (DVD 403), The Descent (DVD 117) where six British women go caving in Appalachia and nothing good happens, the well known Pumpkinhead (DVD 576) that spawned a series of sequels, and the ever popular Wrong Turn series (DVD 437459460461523) set in West Virginia.

The Evil Dead DVD cover

Cover of Madison County Unrated DVD with a figure of a pig-headed person.     

Please visit Special Collections or check out our Halloween-suited items. We have more than enough for you to have a spooktacular Halloween event.

--Blog post contributed by now-retired Special Collections reference staff member, Dean Williams.

Wrong Turn DVD cover, picturing a woman with a concerned look on her face.
Published: Oct 12, 2020 3:35pm