Marrying on Horseback

Today we tell a tale about a superstition, once widely believed, that it was bad luck for a couple to get married while on horseback. One young couple did that many years ago, resulting in one bad thing after another happening to them, each one worse than the last.

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The Snarly Yow

Near South Mountain in western Maryland, along the old National Highway, arose an Appalachian legend.

Back in the 19th century travelers on the National Highway reported a strange apparition appearing out of nowhere. What they saw was a creature resembling a very large and angry black dog, snarling and growling. That was enough, naturally, to cause the driver or rider to swerve to avoid the animal, which would suddenly vanish. Stories tell that the beast, known as the Snarly Yow, could keep up with a horse at full gallop before disappearing into the Maryland mists.

A hunter who happened upon the Snarly Yow tried to shoot it, becoming surprised, then alarmed, when his bullets just passed right through the angry dog. The last time the Snarly Yow was reported was back in the 1970’s when a motorist reported suddenly seeing the beast and then hitting it after not being able to stop in time.

The thing is, this driver didn’t feel any impact but when he finally stopped and got out to check the damage to his car, there was no dog there. At least not until he heard a low growling from behind. Turning, he saw the Snarly Yow slowly walk toward him from behind his car with its eyes glowing a bright red. Then the dog started getting bigger, and bigger and bigger. The man jumped into the car and, with the dog attacking, took off down the road. The Snarly Yow simply disappeared, not to be seen since.

Similar dog stories exist all across Appalachia, including in Carter County, Tennessee, where folks tell of the Devil Dog, a large black angry dog that will appear from time to time. It’s said there that only those evil enough can walk with the Devil Dog, all others are at risk of being killed.

Krampus: The Dark Side of Christmas

Did you know that Christmas has a dark side? It does, at least in some parts of not just Appalachia but around the world, in the form of a shaggy, horned man-goat named Krampus!

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Merry Christmas…and, uh, sweet Christmas dreams, y’all!

The Mysterious Ghost Rider of Southwest Virginia

Today’s story comes from a listener, who remembered the bare bones of this tale but not the entire story. We’ve taken that “ghost” of a story (about a ghost) and put together the tale you’ll hear in this episode.

It’s the story of the mysterious ghost rider of southwest Virginia, another tale from Appalachia.

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The Hand of Justice

The Civil War came to East Tennessee in the form of Confederate raids against the mostly Union sympathizers who lived there. Today’s tale recounts a story told about one such raid which cost the life of a resident of Carter’s Valley.

His spirit demanded justice and got it…through his hand, brutally severed from his body by the Rebel raiders.

Today we tell that tale.

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Til next time, sweet dreams, podcast listeners…

Haunted Droop Mountain

The final battle of the Civil War in West Virginia was fought at Droop Mountain. Apparently, the spirits of many of the fallen soldiers, North and South, remain on that beautiful mountain to this day, as we’ll tell you in today’s podcast episode.

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The Deer And The Fawn

Once upon a time, as some folks would say, a farmer had made the acquaintance of a woman and her young daughter. At the same time, wild animals were eating everything in his garden and he was determined to stop it.

That’s when things went terribly wrong.

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Thanks for listening. Til next time, sweet dreams, podcast listeners…