~ An extension of every glass of iced tea sipped on a lazy summer’s day, propped against life’s most inevitable and unfortunate truths. ~
Hailing from the land of catfish, moonshine, and grits, Pat Fitzhugh is best known for his books about the history, legends, and lore of the American South.
From the eerie swamps of Louisiana to the ghostly homes and misty mountains of Virginia, Fitzhugh’s writing embodies the passions, fears, and tragedies of a region shrouded in mystery and rich in folklore. His reverence for the past and scholarly interest in the supernatural are strikingly evident in his style of writing, which not only tingles the spine, but exudes a profound sense of history and place.
I take yarns of history, legends, and tragedy, and I weave them into stories that not only entertain, but also shed light on the region’s people and past. Tales of ghosts, haints, and spooks are often scary, but adding layers of history and culture creates a sense of realism that makes them even scarier. — Pat Fitzhugh
Fitzhugh is currently working on the thirteenth anniversary edition of his popular title, The Bell Witch: The Full Account (Armand Press), which has become a staple of modern, history-based ghost research. Set in early nineteenth century Tennessee, the account chronicles the terrifying events a pioneer family endured at the hands of a supernatural entity known as “Kate.” The anniversary edition, which includes new encounter stories and a new theory about the epic haunting, is scheduled for release in the fall of 2013.
Pat Fitzhugh is also working on From Turkey Creek – A Memoir, his personal account of growing up on Kentucky Lake in rural western Tennessee. An early reviewer had this to say about Fitzhugh’s memoir, which is scheduled for release in the spring of 2014:
Often hysterically funny, sometimes wrenching, Fitzhugh’s straight-shooting memoir is laced with fine storytelling, sharp wit, and acute observations of life in rural Tennessee.
In the spring of 2013, Fitzhugh penned the foreword to The Legend of Stuckey’s Bridge, Lori Crane’s gripping account of the terrifying legend behind Mississippi’s most notorious old bridge. His invitation to write the foreword stemmed from the success of his 2009 title, Ghostly Cries From Dixie (Armand Press), a chilling compilation of weird and ghostly tales from the American South. A sequel to “Ghostly Cries” is planned for 2014.
In 2004, he contributed to Weird U.S. (Sterling), a travel guide to America’s local legends and best kept secrets. A year earlier, he wrote the foreword to Our Family Trouble, a partial reprint of Martin Ingram’s nineteenth century account of Tennessee’s “Bell Witch” legend.
In the fall of 2000, Fitzhugh released The Bell Witch: The Full Account (Armand Press), a detailed historical and journalistic analysis of America’s most terrifying and documented haunting. The book, which garnered rave reviews from well-respected ghost researchers around the globe, twice appeared on the State of Tennessee’s suggested teen summer reading list. In 1999, Fitzhugh wrote a condensed, primer version of the same legend, entitled The Bell Witch Haunting. Over the prior decades, he wrote more than fifty short stories and books about ghosts, legends, and life in the South.
A sought-after public speaker, Pat Fitzhugh has signed books and presented lectures at bookstores, conferences, theaters, and universities across the United States, entertaining and enlightening tens of thousands of people. He has over 300 radio and TV appearances to his credit, including interviews by Coast to Coast AM, CNN, the Associated Press, the BBC, and the History, Discovery, and Travel channels. In 2006, he appeared in the motion picture DVD, An American Haunting, starring Sissy Spacek and Donald Sutherland. Along the way, his articles and editorials have appeared in Esquire Magazine, The Journal of Southern Folklore, and several major newspapers. He also served as editor of a print magazine dealing with the outdoors.
When not writing books or telling stories, Pat Fitzhugh enjoys photography, eating Southern cuisine, playing loud guitars, and fishing at Turkey Creek.