• Alan Brown releases ghostly Mississippi collections

    Posted: October 18, 2011

    Author: Amanda Younce

    Mississippi ghostlore fills the pages of Dr. Alan Brown’s newest books, “Ghosts Along the Mississippi River” and “Haunted Meridian,” which were released this month by the University Press of Mississippi and History Press, respectively.

    “Ghosts Along the Mississippi River” is the first book-length compilation of ghost stories from towns along the Mississippi River. The stories follow the Mississippi River from its origin at Lake Itasca in Northwestern Minnesota all the way to its mouth at the Gulf of Mexico. “Haunted Meridian” visits old haunts, such as the Temple Theatre and Stuckey’s Bridge in Meridian, Miss., revealing Brown’s ghostly findings.

    Brown’s research will continue on the coast of Florida, where the author will conduct interviews for his next book, “Ghosts of the Gulf Coast.” Research for these projects was sponsored in part by the University of West Alabama, where Brown teaches English.

    “I will be traveling all over Florida’s Gulf Coast,” Brown said, “collecting stories from waiters, maids and archivists at a number of haunted sites.” 

    Brown said his research focus is on Key West, Fla., which claims to have many ghosts, including the spirit of Ernest Hemingway.

    Those interested can meet Brown when he hosts a showing of the film “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” at the University of West Alabama in Wallace Hall Auditorium on Oct. 25 at 5 p.m.

    A book signing for "Ghosts Along the Mississippi River" hosted by UWA will be held October 26 at 6 p.m. at the Spence-Moon House in Livingston, Ala. Following the book signing, Brown will lead a free ghost tour at 7:30 p.m. Ghost tour participants should meet on the sidewalk in front of the Spence-Moon house.

    "Haunted Meridian" book signings will be held at the Meridian Public Library Oct. 28 from 3-5 p.m. and at the Bonita Lakes Books-a-Million on Oct. 31 from noon until 2 p.m.

    On October 29, Brown will be available to sign books in Hattiesburg, Miss., at Main Street Books from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and at Sage Books in Meridian, Miss., from 4 to 6 p.m.

    Brown resides in Meridian, Miss., and is the author of numerous books on ghostlore of the South, including “Ghost Hunters of the South,” “Haunted Places in the American South,” “Stories from the Haunted South,” and “Shadows and Cypress: Southern Ghost Stories.” 
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