author appearances

New Venture in Video: ParaTakes (First Segment: Bell Witch)

This is the first of many ParaTakes With Pat Fitzhugh that I intend to produce and distribute. A ParaTake is my short take on any topic related to the paranormal. The first few ParaTakes will cover popular myths and misconceptions associated with Tennessee’s infamous Bell Witch legend. Why the Bell Witch? Although there is more to my work than just the Bell Witch, I’ve spent two-thirds of my life researching the terrifying legend. Over the course of decades spent researching a legend, the researcher accumulates a list of pet peeves. And naturally, the researcher occasionally feels the urge to share them. Sounds like a job for ParaTakes!

Filmed in Mississippi, this first ParaTake segment features my analysis of the so-called abuse theory, which has been used in several recent attempts to “explain” the Bell Witch legend. Before we watch the video, please take moment to familiarize yourself with the story. Here’s the condensed version…

“From 1817 to 1821, a Tennessee family experienced a series of terrifying disturbances at the hands of an invisible, malevolent entity. Known as the Bell Witch, the entity beat on walls and floors, tugged on the children’s bedcovers, sang hymns, and predicted the future. Along the way, she mercilessly brutalized the family’s youngest daughter, Betsy, and killed her father.

“Scholars have attempted to explain the mystery for almost 200 years. Although nearly everyone has an opinion about the so-called Bell Witch, a provable explanation continues to elude researchers. A popular theory posed in recent years suggests that the entity evolved from Betsy Bell’s subconscious mind as the result of her [allegedly] having been abused by her father.

“In this ParaTake, author and longtime researcher Pat Fitzhugh provides his take on the oft-controversial abuse theory.”

And now, the video…

ParaTake #1: The Bell Witch Legend’s Abuse Theory — Fact or Speculation?

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Radio Discussion — Oct 27th

I will be a guest co-host on Canada’s Nocturnal Frequency Radio, Sunday October 7th, from 10:00p-12:00a CENTRAL / 11:00p-1:00a EASTERN. This is the show’s annual HALLOWEEN episode with call-in lines for listeners to tell about their favorite ghost stories or paranormal encounters.

Have a story or experience to share? Want to hear some scary stories? Join Steve, Alex, and myself on Oct. 27th for two hours of fun and fright!

Listener Call-In Line: 347-677-1048

Listen to the show LIVE atNocturnal Frequency Radio

Late Summer Update

Hey! Long time, no see! I’m sorry for the prolonged absence, but a half dozen projects have kept me busy. The “fun” projects include working on the Bell Witch Thirteenth Anniversary Edition, and editing Turkey Creek one last time before I send it off to the REAL editor. That poses a problem because I keep recollecting boyhood stories that I want to add, yet when I am editing, my goal is to cut, cut, cut. Since beginning my edits–and working through all seven passes–I’ve managed to cut about 200 pages. And the stories I want to add? They equal… about 200 pages.

The paperback copies of The Legend of Stuckey’s Bridge, signed by author Lori Crane, have arrived and are on sale. I will join Lori by signing and personalizing them (I wrote the foreword). You can snag your copy here. Any copies not sold online will be signed and sold at lectures and signings.

Speaking of book signings, I am proceeding with the fall signing and lecture tour, although I won’t be swinging by some of the regular, out-of-state venues. Projects, along with several local events and private engagements, are keeping me close to home this fall. In October, I will participate in a panel discussion about folklore and historical research, and I’ll discuss the methods I’ve used in researching the “Bell Witch” case over the last three decades. This is for the Tennessee Society of Historical Archivists, I believe. Several fall signing and lecture events are also in the works, and will be announced soon. Stay tuned.

Book Signing and Storytelling Event

Sunday, October 27th, 3-6 PM Central

Author Pat Fitzhugh will be on hand for Bell Witch storytelling and signing the books, “The Bell Witch: The Full Account,” “Ghostly Cries From Dixie,” and “The Legend of Stuckey’s Bridge.”

Chester’s Halloween Costume Ball and Karaoke
Shady Acres Activity Center — Old Rink Plaza
1649 Murfreesboro Rd.
Lebanon, Tennessee

Also: DJ and costume contest!
ADMISSION IS FREE!

Interview on “The Fringe” Radio Show

Saturday June 15th — 7PM MOUNTAIN / 8PM CENTRAL / 9 PM EASTERN

Tune in for an hour of fun discussion about the Bell Witch, the paranormal, and my writing, on “The Fringe” radio show at KTKK AM 630 (K-TALK) in South Jordan, Utah.

Listen live on the internet at: http://www.fringeradioshow.com/pro/
Listeners may call in with questions to:  801-254-5855

Replay of Bell Witch Interview

For those who have asked where they can hear my recent “Bell Witch” radio interview:

First, my warning and disclaimer:

Pros: 1) Great interviewer. 2) Great questions. 3) Huge, awesome listening audience!

Con: Due to my chronic allergies, I sounded like a skinned mouse in a blender that was on steroids; and, whenever I cleared my throat, I sounded like two whales making out to Barry White. Disturbing, I know.

Warning given.  If you’d still like to listen, or even download the audio file, please click hereThanks!

Radio Interview Reminder – The “Bell Witch” Book

Monday, April 22, 8PM Central / 9PM Eastern

Author Pat Fitzhugh joins host Alex Matsuo of Paranormal Insider Radio to discuss the infamous “Bell Witch” legend of Tennessee.

Known as “America’s greatest ghost story,” the legend centers on a pioneer family that endured four years of mayhem and terror at the hands of a sinister, demon-like entity named, “Kate.” She beat the Bell children mercilessly; she argued with the clergy; she told of people’s pasts and predicted their futures; she spoke in multiple human voices, sometimes even in tongues; and she inflicted a horrendous disease upon a man, which led to his slow and grueling demise. And now, almost two hundred years later, “Kate” still remains a mystery. Theories abound, but the truth eludes us. Kate’s lingering presence is still sometimes felt in northwestern Robertson County. Pleasant dreams.

The Bell Witch is the subject of the 2006 motion picture, “An American Haunting,” starring Sissy Spacek and Donald Sutherland (and in which I appear, also), and the 2003 movie, “The Bell Witch Haunting,” by Willing Hearts Productions. The Bell Witch: The Full Account was released in 2000, and updated in 2003 and 2009. The book’s Thirteenth Anniversary edition, which includes new information and a complete rewrite of the original book, is due October 13, 2013. For more information, including news and progress reports, make sure to “Like” the book’s fan page on Facebook.

Paranormal Insider Radio is an outlet of the Paranormal Research Society (PRS), from A&E’s “Paranormal State” TV show. The interview will last two hours.

Listen live at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/paranormalinsider/2013/04/23/americas-greatest-ghost-story-the-bell-witch   Also, I’ll be taking questions by phone during the show. The listener call-in line will be: (347) 324-5969.

A to Z Challenge – G is for Ghost Stories

Lori is a great author and historian. I really appreciate this opportunity!

Lori Crane

Blogging from A to Z April 2013 Challenge

G is for Ghost Stories 

I am delighted and overjoyed to announce the best collaboration in the history of publishing—well, in my little world anyway.

I am currently finishing a ghost story/Mississippi legend called “The Legend of Stuckey’s Bridge” and the foreword will be penned by none other than Mr. Ghost Story himself,Pat Fitzhugh, the author of “Ghostly Cries from Dixie” and“The Bell Witch: The Full Account.” I have been a long-time admirer of Mr. Fitzhugh and his ghost stories and am excited to share this story with you through his eyes as well as mine.

In his words, “Lori and I share a passion for Southern history and legends, and our works complement each other nicely. Lori writes about the people, places, and events that made history. I write about the spiritual residue they left behind. Our collaboration…

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The Legend of Stuckey’s Bridge

I have the honor of writing the foreword to “The Legend of Stuckey’s Bridge,” by historical fiction author Lori Crane.  And, I couldn’t be happier!  Lori and I share a passion for Southern history and legends, and our works complement each other nicely.  Lori writes about the people, places, and events that made history, and I write about the spiritual residue they left behind.  Our collaboration comes naturally.  I am looking forward to this wonderful opportunity!

What is Stuckey’s Bridge? Where is it? What happened there? Read on:

In 1901, the Virginia Bridge & Iron Company rebuilt an aging bridge over Mississippi’s Chunky River, near the hamlet of Savoy.  Amid the project, workers discovered at least twenty bodies buried beneath the river’s snaky, overgrown banks.

In earlier times, flatboaters often saw a man standing on the bridge at night, waving his lantern and offering travelers a hot meal and a soft bed for the night.  “Need a good night’s sleep? Stuckey’s Inn is right around the bend! Weary wagon traveler? Stop by Stuckey’s Inn!” he would yell.

 Rest in peace at Stuckey’s Inn.

The Legend of Stuckey’s Bridge, coming Fall 2013 to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers.