hanged killers, reanimated corpses, tragic fires, cold-blooded murder, and sweet revenge
by Laura Still
Storyteller Laura Still has explored graveyards and haunted houses all over the city to create the definitive guide to Knoxville’s ghostly history and lingering spirits .
$19.95 (Stony River Media)
A Haunted History of Knoxville
A City with a Violent Past
The predominant hue of the city’s colorful past is blood red, and restless souls are rumored to inhabit the night. The streets have echoed with gunfire as Knoxville survived the violence of frontier times, the Civil War, and the shadowy gaslight decades when the elite classes strolled Gay Street while just down the hill in the saloon district known as the Bowery, murderers and thieves played their dark dangerous games.
The Stories and the Places
Join writer and history tour guide Laura Still on a journey into her home town’s past as she tells the amazing true stories behind the ghostly phantoms and unquiet spirits that haunt Knoxville.
“Equal parts intrepid modern historian and captivating story-teller, Laura Still seeks out new information in long-forgotten corners and mixes the arcane with the better known to produce fascinating insights into the sometimes dark, ineluctable truths of the human condition.”
— Ben Whalley
Producer, BBC’s Songs of the American South
“Laura Still was already a published poet before she got into the tour-guide business. She’s the one who can tell these stories. She has combined an open mind with real and diligent library research into very specific stories that aren’t duplicated in other cities.”
— Jack Neely
columnist and author of Knoxville: This Obscure Prismatic City
“Ghost stories are wonderful ways to tell the history of a particular place. Laura Still’s book is literally haunting… You will enjoy the ghost stories and learn something, too!”
author of Mad Maury and Southern Stories