December 16


Mountain Mysteries: The Mystic Traditions of Appalachia in The Laurel Of Asheville Magazine as a December 2010 Book Feature

Unraveling the mysteries of the mountains in what author Larry Thacker calls his own particular brand of “cultural therapy,” Mountain Mysteries explores the supernatural, seeking to dispel urban myths and the attitudes that create them. The book delves into the folklore of the people who live here, who produce “stale lists” of herbal remedies, conjure up ghost stories, and keep alive generations-old legends.

The author also examines more modern phenomena as well, such as incidents involving encounters with UFOs, along with paranormal activity and widespread belief in the supernatural. “It is no accident,” says Larry, “that newly flourishing paranormal research societies thrive in Appalachia today alongside established communities of Wiccans, psychics, and tarot card readers.” It’s only natural, he says, that people having grown up in the old traditions would naturally want to pass along Old Word beliefs to future generations. “Always there is some souvenir of the spirit world in a nook in the mountaineer’s brain,” he adds.

Mountain Mysteries is attempts to answer the ultimate question: What does the existence of our stories (on everything from folk cures to our unique view on death and dying) tell us about ourselves? The book is a “well-researched and very entertaining look at Appalachian life,” says Silas House, author of Eli the Good.

Mountain Mysteries: The Mystic Traditions of Appalachia, nonfiction, softcover, $14.95, by Larry Thacker, is published by The Overmountain Press.

Somebody Stole the Cornbread is the Talk of the South

Elizabeth Heiskell's Delta Roasted Turkey is currently featured on Garden & Gun Magazine's Talk of the South newsletter! Learn how to roast your holiday bird in a pillowcase!

Elizabeth is co-author of Somebody Stole the Cornbread from My Dressing along with Susanne Reed.

Marketing From the Author's Point of View

Overmountain Press author, Larry Thacker, has a guest blog on Julie Lomoe's website, Musings Mysterioso. Larry discusses tried and true marketing strategies to help promote your book/s, and what promotional efforts you can reasonably expect from your publisher. Read his blog at

Larry Thacker is the author of Mountain Mysteries: The Mystic Traditions of Appalachia.

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