The author takes a lot of liberties in his storytelling and is up front about it on his websitebut the basic information conforms to the above Bell Breng site. Trying to piece things together for myself was thought provoking, especially in light of what happens in the last section of the book. Louis based horror author. Retrieved 21 May — via Newspapers. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Local historian from Port Royal, Tennessee.
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Shelves: drama Scary at the start. Then it drags on. But towards the end, it makes the homerun. I did not see it coming. Almost all the questions answered sufficiently. Then it delivers the knockout with this as the very last sentence: There is much that can and should be learned from here. That line from a horror story book? Yes, sir. This is a horror story with a heart. Not like the usual horror movie with scaring-the-hell-out-of-you as the only intent.
An American Haunting: The Bell Witch is a long letter of a father to his daughter found in an attic of a house where this "urban legend" in Robertson County, Tennessee supposedly happened in The letter was written by Richard Powell to his daughter by the Betsy Bell. Betsy is this young lady who is being protected by the witch against her father, John Bell.
This reminded me of the story my mother used to tell us, her kids. There is a story in the island where I grew up. She is the prettiest no wonder she is my relative among the single ladies in the island. She goes to the church everyday and she does not entertain suitors she is young and her parents are strict.
In the middle of the town is this big Balete tree. There used to be a church there built in the 16th century but the townfolks say the priest did not notice the tree growing in the altar and it becomes bigger and bigger until it "ate up" the church.
Even up to now, you can still see the remnants of the church wall in between the barks of the tree trunk. No typhoon or other calamities could break any part of the tree. This means, according to my mother, that the tree is a haven for wandering spirits. Living inside the Balete tree is a mysterious male giant called "kapre" in the Philippines.
He fell in love with Mina. My mother says that the kapre stays with Mina 24x7. Even when Mina goes to church, the kapre is with her. Apparently, the dude does not appreciate being showered with the holy water. Mina does not mind the friendship of the giant dude.
People see her talking by herself. Sometimes she laughs and sometimes she cries. They all say that she is losing her mind. My mother says that the giant dude wants her to go with him in his "world". Maybe getting crazy means that. Maybe she joined him in his netherworld. Then came a typhoon and the townpeople saw many branches of the Balete tree broken. Then Mina gets sick then dies. Is this true? My mother says so. She did not see Mina but my grandparents did. Is the Bell Witch true?
Google "Bell Witch" and read for yourself. The book also has all these footnotes with actual names and dates. This book is actually my way of re-introducing myself to the horror genre.
I think I made a good choice. Now, I am looking forward to reading more from this genre. I have to look for that book too.
The Bell Witch: An American Haunting
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