Ghost Stories of Texas
by Ed Sayers
Come explore the shadow world of Texas supernatural with one of the Southwest's premier storytellers, William Edward Syers, whose collection of our state's fifty most intriguing tales consumed two years of on-the-ground search. Come encounter the "Lady in Black", the "Attic Lodger," the "Searcher." Explore "Terror Lake," the haunted "McDow Hole," "Ghosty Branch." Venture within "The Gate" or Will's House" or, for that matter, any of their intriguing companion tales. Ghost Stories of Texas is the first statewide exploration of dimensions beyond normal comrehension. Its content ranges from centuries-old legends to the baffling here-and-now.
Critics have called Kerrville's Ed Sayers "a walking encyclopedia of Texas heritage," and some fo his countless fans may question the appearance of ghost stories in the work of the novelist-historian. To Syers, a literary late-bloomer (serious writing begun at age fifty), the suprenatural is an inherent part of Texan heritage. "You cannot separate culture from deep-seated, unspoken beliefs," he declares. "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: "what distinguishes us from a mere geography."
Critics have acclaimed his Off The Beaten Trail as "classic", and "perhaps the most diverse and authentic collection of Texana ever assembled." Backroads, a state guide, was cited for "awesome knowledge of Texas in a style reserved to novelist." His Confederate Texas Novel, The Devial Gun, was called one of the most powerful novels to come from the American West. "Syers," one critic wrote, "has likely done more to stimulate interest in Texas history folklore and secenic byways than all the tourism publicists and textbook authors combined." For his stories, the autor has long traveled by company camper--some 500,000 miles behind him. "I want the feel of the land,"