An American Haunting

The Bell Witch

Brent Monahan

St. Martin's Griffin

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Known throughout Tennessee as "Old Kate," the Bell Witch took up residence with John Bell's family in 1818. It was a cruel and noisy spirit, given to rapping and gnawing sounds before it found its voices.

With these voices and its supernatural acts, the Bell Witch tormented the Bell family. This extraordinary book recounts the only documented case in U.S. history when a spirit actually caused a man's death.

The local schoolteacher, Richard Powell, witnessed the strange events and recorded them for his daughter. His astonishing manuscript fell into the hands of novelist Brent Monahan, who has prepared the book for publication. Members of the Bell family have previously provided information on this fascinating case, but this book recounts the tale with novelistic vigor and verve. It is truly chilling.

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Praise for An American Haunting

"America's greatest ghost story." -Dennis William Hauck, Haunted Places

"Too compelling to put down." -Fangoria

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Brent Monahan

Richard Powell was a Tennessee schoolteacher when he first encountered the Bell Witch. He died in 1848.

Brent Monahan is the author of half a dozen novels, the most recent of which is The Jekyl Island Club. He lives in Pennyslvania.

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An American Haunting
The Bell Witch
Brent Monahan

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
May 2006
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312363536
ISBN10: 0312363532
5 x 7 1/2 inches, 208 pages, Includes 7 black-and-white line drawings
$17.99
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