Legends of the Mountain State
Edited by Michael Knost
Woodland Press, Dec 2007, $18.95
This thirteen book ghost story collection will entertain readers as West Virginia makes a perfect setting for these horror tales. All the entries are well written as ghosts haunt the mines, mountains, and towns without one reference to Byrd or pork. From the onset with Thomas F.Monteleone’s strong opening “Images in Anthracite” in which a dad reaches from a mine cave in grave to plead with his adult son to stop that cavern from being opened to Jude-Mari Green’s closing act “Wild Mountain Freesia” of picking up a hitchhiker heading to a memorial park, readers will enjoy the stories. Some have twists like the hitman’s final shot in “Money Well Warned” by Joseph Nassise and others are simply haunting like the reporter investigating “The Blackwater Lights” by Michael M. Hughes. LEGENDS OF THE MOUNTAIN STATE is a superior horror anthology filled with all new tales to keep the lights on at night and the out of state tourists away from West Virginia.