Among the Swamp People

Life in Alabama’s Mobile-Tensaw River Delta

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Author: Watt Key

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

ISBN: 0817318852

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

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A collection of colorful and lively personal essays about life in the wilds of Alabama s Mobile-Tensaw River Delta, "Among the Swamp People "chronicles the beauties of the delta s unparalleled natural wonders, the difficulties of survival within it, and an extraordinary community of characters. "

American Supernatural Tales

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Author: Various

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440649400

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

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As Stephen King will attest, the popularity of the occult in American literature has only grown since the days of Edgar Allan Poe. American Supernatural Tales celebrates the richness of this tradition with chilling contributions from some of the nation’s brightest literary lights, including Poe himself, H. P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and—of course—Stephen King. By turns phantasmagoric, spectral, and demonic, this is a frighteningly good addition to Penguin Classics. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Night Hunter

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Author: David McNeece

Publisher: Page Publishing Inc

ISBN: 1628383135

Category: Fiction

Page: 298

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What if it was more than just the wind, or a simple bump in the night? When a deranged killer leaves a string of victims from coast to coast with no apparent connection or motive, those inspecting the case begin to wonder, when does the hunt become personal? From Broken Knob, Virginia, the private investigation team called Searchlight are haunted by a ghost from the past as a tip from a cold case leads inspector Jerry Dale to resurrect a murder that he could never solve, while memories of a lost sister force Darlene Michaels to face the guilt, anger and her desire for vengeance as she questions why do bad things happen to good people. Together they track a multi-personalitied serial killer who sees his work as a game of trophies and culls who need to be removed from the human heard. Without motive or pattern he ruthlessly eliminates his prey. If you, too, have wondered why bad things happen to good people, Night Hunter might help you to put some things in perspective. This adrenalin paced thriller will have you turning the pages to find out what happens next, until you come to its decidedly non-story book ending.

May Bird Among the Stars

Book Two

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Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416906088

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 272

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Still trapped in the Ever After, ten-year-old May Bird struggles to decide whether to save the world of her ghostly friends from the evil Bo Cleevil or to return to her West Virginia home.

Haunted Ohio

Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Buckeye State

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Author: Charles A. Stansfield Jr.

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 0811740757

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 112

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Dead presidents, swamp monsters, and spying spaceships in tales from the Buckeye State.

The Passing of the Aborigines: A Lifetime Spent Among the Natives of Australia

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Author: Daisy Bates

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1409224686

Category: Aboriginal Australians

Page: 210

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Bates devoted more than 35 years of her life to studying Aboriginal life, history, culture, rites, beliefs and customs. Living in a tent in small settlements from Western Australia to the edges of the Nullarbor Plain. She researched and wrote millions of words on the subject. She also worked tirelessly for Aboriginal welfare, setting up camps to feed, clothe and nurse the transient population, drawing on her own income and inheritance to meet the needs of the aged. In spite of her fascination with their way of life, Bates was convinced that the Australian Aborigines were a dying race and that her mission was to record as much as she could about them before they disappeared.Her personal life was unconventional. She was said to have worn pistols even in her old age and to have been quite prepared to use them to threaten police when she caught them mistreating 'her' Aborigines. She was also famed for her strict lifelong adherence to Edwardian fashion, including boots, gloves and a veil.

People of the Owl

A Novel of Prehistoric North America

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Author: Kathleen O'Neal Gear,W. Michael Gear

Publisher: Forge Books

ISBN: 1429992697

Category: Fiction

Page: 560

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear are famous for writing novels about prehistoric America that are fast-paced, steeped in cultural detail, and smart. In People of the Owl they combine their distinctive trademark of high action with a rich psychological drama. Four thousand years ago, in what centuries later will be the southern part of the United States, a boy is thrust into manhood long before he's ready. Young Salamander would much rather catch crickets and watch blue herons fish than dabble in the politics of his clan. But when his heroic brother is killed, Salamander becomes the leader of America's first city. He inherits his brother's two wives, who despise him, and is forced to marry his mortal enemy's daughter to forge an alliance for the trade goods his people desperately need. Cast adrift in a stark wilderness of political intrigue where assassins are everywhere, young Salamander has no choice but to become a man-and quickly. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

My People Are Rising

Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain

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Author: Aaron Dixon

Publisher: Haymarket Books

ISBN: 1608461793

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

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"This book is a moving memoir experience: a must read. The dramatic life cycle rise of a youthful sixties political revolutionary, my friend Aaron Dixon."—Bobby Seale, founding chairman and national organizer of the Black Panther Party, 1966 to 1974 "My People Are Rising: A Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain is the most authentic book ever written by a member of the Black Panther Party. Aaron Dixon does a superb job of presenting life in the party from the perspective of a foot soldier—a warrior for the cause of revolutionary change and black power in America. He pulls no punches and holds nothing back in writing honestly about those times (late 1960s and during the 1970s) as he successfully presents a visual picture of the courage, commitment, and sometimes shocking brutality of life as a Panther activist. This is an unforgettable must read book!"—Larry Gossett, chair, Metropolitan King County Council In an era of stark racial injustice and decisive action, Aaron Dixon dedicated his life to the struggle for change, founding the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1968 at age nineteen. Through his eyes, we see the courage of a generation that stood up to injustice, their political triumphs and tragedies, and the unforgettable legacy of Black Power. Aaron Dixon was co-founder and captain of the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party. He has since founded various non-profits for Seattle youth and run as a Green Party candidate in the 2006 Senate race. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

The Werewolf Book

The Encyclopedia of Shape-Shifting Beings

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Author: Brad Steiger

Publisher: Visible Ink Press

ISBN: 157859376X

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 384

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When Darkness Reigns and the Full Moon Glows, Terror Emerges to Stalk the Unsuspecting… From lycanthropic creatures found on television and film such as Teen Wolf, Twilight, and True Blood to the earliest folklore of shape-shifting creatures, The Werewolf Book: The Encyclopedia of Shapeshifting Beings is an eye-opening, blood-pounding tour through the ages of monsters with the most amazing camouflage capabilities—they hide among us! Along the way, you’ll land at the doorstep of creatures like hirsute mass-murderer Albert Fish, and Fritz Haarman, who slaughtered and ate his victims—selling the leftovers as steaks and roasts in his butcher shop—as well as visits to mythical shamans, sirens, and skin walkers. Covering 140,000 years of legend, mythology, and fact, The Werewolf Book provides hair-raising evidence of strange and obsessional behavior through the centuries. Learn the basics of becoming a werewolf and the intricacies of slaying the beast. A true homage to werewolves and other full moon beasts, it includes topics such as … • Bear, tiger, coyote, and other shape-shifting people • Classic and modern werewolf movies • Gargoyles, totem poles, and Internet depictions • Serial killers and sadistic rulers • Sorcery, spells, and talismans • Television shows, songs, and computer games

The Undead Among Us - The Figure of the Vampire as the "Unknown Other" and Its Representation in "True Blood"

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Author: Felicitas Schott

Publisher: diplom.de

ISBN: 3842821859

Category: Art

Page: 67

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Drakul. Nosferatu. Upyr. Vampyre. There have been many names for what we know today as the vampire. For over a century, literature, television, cinema and many other areas in our daily lives cannot be imagined without the appearance of this fictional character. Almost everyone is familiar with the image of the walking undead that creeps out of its coffin at night and sucks the blood out of humans. The undead has always been appealing to its audience. It is the ‘otherness’ of such monsters, their frightful darkness and exoticism that makes them so interesting. This book deals with the figure of the vampire regarded as the ‘unknown other’ and how it is fictionally represented in the American TV series True Blood (2008 - ). Considering both psychoanalytical concepts as well identity theory, the author depicts the literary and cinematographic development of the fictional figure of the vampire since the late nineteenth century, and analyzes different representations of the vampire and its “otherness” as well as their appeal to the audience in the True Blood.

The Swamp

The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise

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Author: Michael Grunwald

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743251075

Category: History

Page: 480

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A history of the Everglades traces its emergence from the sea after the last ice age to its modern role as the world's largest ecosystem restoration project, an account marked by such events as Napoleon Bonaparte Borward's 1904 gubernatorial campaign, railroad and agricultural developments by the Army Corps of Engineers, and numerous political challenges. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

Wading Through the Swamp

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Author: Dale Cathell

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 1496916425

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 378

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Wading Through the Swamp chronicles the history of the era from the time of World War II to the present, highlighting the changes in our culture over that time. The author uses his life experiences from the bad person of his early years to his times as a judge to paint a picture of the evolution of our culture. The story moves from his boyhood years growing up, his black market years in North Africa, his time as a outlaw hunter and poacher and the time spent in the sport fishing industry on the Atlantic Coast. It moves then to his years as a lawyer and a judge and the unusual and interesting incidents and cases he was involved in over the 34 year span of his time in the legal fields. A portion of the book examines the unsolved murder of Rosemary Moon McIntyre and the corruption and the abuses of a prosecutor who shielded the primary suspect from the police investigation into her murder in order to protect his own political future.

Darkness

A Novel

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Author: John Saul

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0307768015

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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Villejeune, Florida. A secluded little town at the edge of a vast, eerie swamp. Far from prying eyes. Far from the laws of civilization. Here folks live by their own rules -- dark rites of altars and infants, candles and blood. Years ago the Andersons left town with a dream. Now they are back. To live out a nightmare. Something has been waiting for them. Something unspeakably evil. It feeds on the young and the innocent. And soon it will draw their teenage daughter into its unholy embrace.... From the Paperback edition.

Layers

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Author: Mj Callaway

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1477162593

Category: Fiction

Page: 284

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Liz is a young woman and a promising painter. Beth, her aunt, is an established painter. This story is about their lives. Beth is missing near the Black Hills where she owns a large ranch. Jake, their ranch foreman, calls Liz with the news of Beths disappearance where she is studying in North Carolina. Liz is studying art at a college near the beach home and property the family owns. The familys pasts are intertwined with an old gold mine, visions, swampland, and ancient hills of South Dakota. Secrets are revealed as the story continues. Visions called mirrors guide Liz. Since childhood, both she and her aunt Beth have painted messages at the bottom of their paintings. This is the way to help Liz solve problems with their lives, past events, and the lands they own. Along the way, she meets Ben Kelly, a Native American. He is a professor at the university and does archeology research. Their lives intermingle, both learning about each others pasts, lifestyles, and ideals. Jake is not only her foreman as Liz soon discovers family secrets after Beths body is discovered in the old gold mine. Many characters keep the storyline moving in several directions.

The Dream Endures

California Enters the 1940s

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Author: Kevin Starr

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199923930

Category: History

Page: 496

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What we now call "the good life" first appeared in California during the 1930s. Motels, home trailers, drive-ins, barbecues, beach life and surfing, sports from polo and tennis and golf to mountain climbing and skiing, "sportswear" (a word coined at the time), and sun suits were all a part of the good life--perhaps California's most distinctive influence of the 1930s. In The Dream Endures, Kevin Starr shows how the good life prospered in California--in pursuits such as film, fiction, leisure, and architecture--and helped to define American culture and society then and for years to come. Starr previously chronicled how Californians absorbed the thousand natural shocks of the Great Depression--unemployment, strikes, Communist agitation, reactionary conspiracies--in Endangered Dreams, the fourth volume of his classic history of California. In The Dream Endures, Starr reveals the other side of the picture, examining the newly important places where the good life flourished, like Los Angeles (where Hollywood lived), Palm Springs (where Hollywood vacationed), San Diego (where the Navy went), the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena (where Einstein went and changed his view of the universe), and college towns like Berkeley. We read about the rich urban life of San Francisco and Los Angeles, and in newly important communities like Carmel and San Simeon, the home of William Randolph Hearst, where, each Thursday afternoon, automobiles packed with Hollywood celebrities would arrive from Southern California for the long weekend at Hearst Castle. The 1930s were the heyday of the Hollywood studios, and Starr brilliantly captures Hollywood films and the society that surrounded the studios. Starr offers an astute discussion of the European refugees who arrived in Hollywood during the period: prominent European film actors and artists and the creative refugees who were drawn to Hollywood and Southern California in these years--Igor Stravinsky, Arnold Schoenberg, Man Ray, Bertolt Brecht, Christopher Isherwood, Aldous Huxley, Thomas Mann, and Franz Werfel. Starr gives a fascinating account of how many of them attempted to recreate their European world in California and how others, like Samuel Goldwyn, provided stories and dreams for their adopted nation. Starr reserves his greatest attention and most memorable writing for San Francisco. For Starr, despite the city's beauty and commercial importance, San Francisco's most important achievement was the sense of well-being it conferred on its citizens. It was a city that "magically belonged to everyone." Whether discussing photographers like Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, "hard-boiled fiction" writers, or the new breed of female star--Marlene Dietrich, Jean Harlow, Bette Davis, Carole Lombard, and the improbable Mae West--The Dream Endures is a brilliant social and cultural history--in many ways the most far-reaching and important of Starr's California books.