‘In the Deep Dark Hills’


Courtesy photo The Harlan County Arts Council hosted an evening of Appalachian ghost stories, folklore, legends and even some actual historical dramatic murders that took place in the area. The evening, “In the Deep Dark Hills” featured local writers Thelma Lawson Haley and Darla Saylor Jackson, who co-authored the book “Mystical Mountains.” Haley and Jackson entertained, yet informed guests, who came to the Harlan Depot to hear them, with stories from their book about unexplained happenings in these hills as well as Appalachian death and mourning customs. The evening concluded with a presentation by local paranormal investigator Tony Felosi, who led gusts on a tour of the Harlan Courthouse and told about the 1942 Christian and Manzo murders that took place on top of Black Mountain and inside the courthouse. Mountain storyteller Pam Holcomb also performed, telling scary stories to those who attended.


Darla Saylor Jackson showed the gathering an authentic witch’s broom that was once given to her.


Thelma Haley displayed a framed human hair wreath to the gathering, which she said was part of her and Saylor’s “unusual” collection.


Tony Felosi described in great detail some of the paranormal activity he had encountered while being an investigator.


Pam Holcomb was an event pleaser with her colorful ghost stories.


Courtesy photo

The Harlan County Arts Council hosted an evening of Appalachian ghost stories, folklore, legends and even some actual historical dramatic murders that took place in the area. The evening, “In the Deep Dark Hills” featured local writers Thelma Lawson Haley and Darla Saylor Jackson, who co-authored the book “Mystical Mountains.” Haley and Jackson entertained, yet informed guests, who came to the Harlan Depot to hear them, with stories from their book about unexplained happenings in these hills as well as Appalachian death and mourning customs. The evening concluded with a presentation by local paranormal investigator Tony Felosi, who led gusts on a tour of the Harlan Courthouse and told about the 1942 Christian and Manzo murders that took place on top of Black Mountain and inside the courthouse. Mountain storyteller Pam Holcomb also performed, telling scary stories to those who attended.

Darla Saylor Jackson showed the gathering an authentic witch’s broom that was once given to her.

Thelma Haley displayed a framed human hair wreath to the gathering, which she said was part of her and Saylor’s “unusual” collection.

Tony Felosi described in great detail some of the paranormal activity he had encountered while being an investigator.

Pam Holcomb was an event pleaser with her colorful ghost stories.

Courtesy photo The Harlan County Arts Council hosted an evening of Appalachian ghost stories, folklore, legends and even some actual historical dramatic murders that took place in the area. The evening, “In the Deep Dark Hills” featured local writers Thelma Lawson Haley and Darla Saylor Jackson, who co-authored the book “Mystical Mountains.” Haley and Jackson entertained, yet informed guests, who came to the Harlan Depot to hear them, with stories from their book about unexplained happenings in these hills as well as Appalachian death and mourning customs. The evening concluded with a presentation by local paranormal investigator Tony Felosi, who led gusts on a tour of the Harlan Courthouse and told about the 1942 Christian and Manzo murders that took place on top of Black Mountain and inside the courthouse. Mountain storyteller Pam Holcomb also performed, telling scary stories to those who attended.
http://harlandaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Deep-Dark-Hills-1.jpgCourtesy photo The Harlan County Arts Council hosted an evening of Appalachian ghost stories, folklore, legends and even some actual historical dramatic murders that took place in the area. The evening, “In the Deep Dark Hills” featured local writers Thelma Lawson Haley and Darla Saylor Jackson, who co-authored the book “Mystical Mountains.” Haley and Jackson entertained, yet informed guests, who came to the Harlan Depot to hear them, with stories from their book about unexplained happenings in these hills as well as Appalachian death and mourning customs. The evening concluded with a presentation by local paranormal investigator Tony Felosi, who led gusts on a tour of the Harlan Courthouse and told about the 1942 Christian and Manzo murders that took place on top of Black Mountain and inside the courthouse. Mountain storyteller Pam Holcomb also performed, telling scary stories to those who attended.

Darla Saylor Jackson showed the gathering an authentic witch’s broom that was once given to her.
http://harlandaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Deep-Dark-Hills-2.jpgDarla Saylor Jackson showed the gathering an authentic witch’s broom that was once given to her.

Thelma Haley displayed a framed human hair wreath to the gathering, which she said was part of her and Saylor’s “unusual” collection.
http://harlandaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Deep-Dark-Hills-3.jpgThelma Haley displayed a framed human hair wreath to the gathering, which she said was part of her and Saylor’s “unusual” collection.

Tony Felosi described in great detail some of the paranormal activity he had encountered while being an investigator.
http://harlandaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Deep-Dark-Hills-4.jpgTony Felosi described in great detail some of the paranormal activity he had encountered while being an investigator.

Pam Holcomb was an event pleaser with her colorful ghost stories.
http://harlandaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Deep-Dark-Hills-5.jpgPam Holcomb was an event pleaser with her colorful ghost stories.
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