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Come explore the shadow world of supernatural Texas with William Edward Syers, one of the Southwest's premier storytellers, whose collection of the Lone Star State's fifty most intriguing tales consumed two full years of on-the-ground research. Originally published as Ghost Stories of Texas, this out-of-print regional classic has been completely revised and updated for a new generation of readers. Come encounter the "The Headless Horseman," "The Phantom on the Mountain," and "The Hounds of Orozimbo." Explore "Terror's Lake," the haunted "McDow Hole," and "Ghosty Branch." Venture within "The Gate" or "The Crypts of Old Waverly" or, for that matter, any of the other chilling tales. Supernatural Texas was the first statewide exploration of dimensions beyond normal comprehension. Its content ranges from centuries-old legends to the here-and-now. You'll encounter specters whose motivations vary as widely as those of everyday folk--to save or warn, to disclose, to prove or disprove something long past, to do penance. And, of course, to seek vengeance These last are the things to avoid . . . except, of course, within the covers of this book.
Perhaps you can shrug them off. Perhaps you can discount all fifty awaiting you here.
Perhaps. But you won't forget them.
About the Author
Author, historian, and newspaper columnist, William Edward Syers (1914-1987), was a Native Texan who lived in Austin and Kerrville. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Ed Syers served as editor of The Daily Texan while a student there. Critics have called him "a walking encyclopedia of Texas heritage." His long-running feature column about the state's history and lore, Off The Beaten Trail, appeared in most major Texas newspapers during the sixties and seventies, and was compiled into a best-selling three-volume book edition, which exhausted seven printings. To Syers, the supernatural was an inherent part of Texan heritage. "You cannot separate culture from deep-seated, unspoken beliefs," he would declare. "We are many cultures, each with our particular folklore. The supernatural is part of that. This book needed doing." Of his eight works, two of them novels, seven are devoted to Texas. While Off The Beaten Trail was acclaimed as "perhaps the most diverse and authentic collection of Texana ever assembled," his best-selling state guide, Backroads of Texas, now in its fourth edition, was cited for its "awesome knowledge of Texas in a style reserved to novelists." His historical novel, The Devil Gun, was called one of the most powerful novels to come from the American West. In search of stories, Syers traveled more than 100,000 miles in his pop-up camper van, covering virtually every road in Texas. "I want the feel of the land," he explained, "not a change of wallpaper." And when asked whether he expected his book on the supernatural to achieve acclaim, Syers said, "With the imaginative--say, the young at heart--yes. I don't know about the skeptics, but then skeptics don't have much fun. With this book, I did."