Table of Contents
I • The Gothic Romance, 6
II • Later Influences, 54
III • Modern Ghosts, 81
IV • The Devil and His Allies, 130
V • Supernatural Life, 174
VI • The Supernatural in Folk Tales, 242
VII • Supernatural Science, 251
VIII • Conclusion, 281
About Dr. Scarborough
Dorothy Scarborough, PhD was a professor of English, a novelist, and a respected folklorist. She called herself a “song catcher.” She believed radio threatened the survival of folk songs, and she traveled around the Appalachian Mountains recording centuries-old ballads with a hand-powered Dictaphone. She collected as many of these songs as she could before those who sang them died¹. Scarborough believed these folksongs told stories about a community’s values and its collective history.
Novelist, folklorist, a catcher of songs, this conscientious, brilliant woman has left a legacy of great literary value; but, perhaps, her most enduring and valuable work, was her work recording the oral history of songs from America’s regional cultures and, in doing so, preserving the creative expressions of ordinary people from times past.