When Celts from across Britain and Europe migrated to America in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, they brought with them religious beliefs and superstitions from the old world. These stories of spirits, fairies, demons, and other magical beings were adapted to suit the early settlers' new surroundings and transformed into what America thinks of as its earliest legends. From lost lands and hidden wealth to witches, vampires, and unexplained dark creatures, author Bob Curran takes the reader on a mythic tour of Celtic legend and its various embodiments in America. The story of Sarah Tillinghast and the vampires of Rhode Island is one of nineteen regionally defined tales included in this collection. Others explore poltergeists, the so-called second sight, the strange powers of conjure man Dr. Buzzard, and the alleged gateway to hell. The origins of such lore and their development in American legend reveal how a modern society still clings to the ancient consciousness that seeks to understand the mysterious world in which we live.Bob
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Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
August 19, 2010
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