Ghost Stories, Guides, and Folk Tales

by Jannette Quackenbush


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Ghost stories and folklore of Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana.

Read the stories. Explore the ghostly area.

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Haunted Hikes of the Appalachian Hills and Hollers


Moonville Tunnel Haunted Ohio Hiking Trails 

Ghostly Trails

Hiking Trails

Hocking Hills Hiking Trails Ohio Hiking Trails


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Home to BackRoads Books and BackRoads Boo and Brew! A little shop of curiosities, books, hiking, ghost, and tourist information! Jannette Quackenbush Haunted Ohio, Appalachian, and Haunted West Virginia series. Curiosities. Ohio and Hocking Hills hiking guides. Tourist info. Creepy stuff. Crystals. Brew supplies. And more!

Find hiking trails. Find ghosts. Jannette Quackenbush is an accomplished author, folklorist, naturalist, and ghost hunter based in Ohio and West Virginia. She is known for her exploration of the Appalachian and southern regions of the United States. An avid hiker and backpacker, she delights in discovering unique and off-the-beaten-path locations along the trails. Jannette has a passion for traveling to haunted places, uncovering unique and abandoned ghost towns. Her bookstore offers a unique look into the history of the region.


Near Ash Cave in the Hocking Hills

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Whether it is following in the footsteps of ghost writer Jannette Quackenbush, exploring the places where the ghost stories arose or reading a mystery around a campfire while a storm bounces off the horizon. Find your journey. Walk the paths less taken. Hear the stories . . .   

Haunted Hikes and Ghost Hunts: Check here for Upcoming Hikes

Moonville Ghost Hike and Ghost Hunt


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Haunted Places to Visit!  

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Take a hike with Lucy and Jannette and watch "That's Mine." From Moonville.

Mysteries and Horror by Shay Lawless



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Mysteries and horror by Shay Lawless .




Moonville Tunnel

The Ghosts of Moonville Hikes: Moonville Tunnel, Zaleski, Ohio

Folklore Just Outside Your Backdoor Hiking Series

Full Moon Hike from Moonville town proper to Bear Hollow The hike is free. It is a little over a mile one way, a total of 2 miles on an easy, flat gravel railroad bed. It takes about 30 minutes to hike one way at a leisurely pace. After, I’ll bring some basic ghost hunting equipment so you can try a little ghost hunting in the tunnel.
It may be hot and runs near standing water, so wear insect-protective clothing and/or bug spray, and comfortable shoes or boots. I cannot stress enough that the land around Moonville is full of marshy areas with tons of mosquitos! Bring water and a flashlight or cell phone for light. There are no restrooms. Hikers must sign up at and bring a hiking waiver.


1) Complete the Waiver Form by Friday at 5:00 p.m. the day before the hike for EACH and every person attending. Every person must sign a separate waiver.

2) Sign up for the hike at or private message me on FB.

Registration is not complete until the 1) waiver 2) registration request has been approved/received by me or my staff.
by me or my staff.


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Books with Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories and Folk Tales of New Orleans 

Over 100 terrifying ghost stories

Walking tour map of the French Quarter
Addresses/GPS of locations.
Haunted Cemeteries of New Orleans like St Louis No 1.
Ghostly bayous.
Haunted plantations nearby.


Haunted Ohio Book Series Including: Haunted Hocking 13-Book Series

Over 55 frightening ghost stories and folk tales along with haunted places to hike.

Haunted Hikes - Addresses/GPS to find the ghosts and haunt.

Haunted Ohio



Little Book of Gettysburg Ghosts & Haunted Pennsylvania

Book includes 28 ghost stories with a walking tour and driving tour maps and info on local ghost tours so you can explore the hauntings:




Haunted West Virginia 3-Book Series

Over 80 terrifying ghost stories and old tales of the macabre passed down and packed into this book and including:

Haunted Hikes - Addresses/GPS to find the ghosts and haunt.

Haunted Rail Trails!

Spooky Cemeteries.

Headless ghosts, ghosts that walk the Rail Trail, old haunted hotels, banshees, and Civil War ghosts. 



Monsters, Cryptids, and Mysterious Wild Beasts: West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland and Beyond. and Where to Find Them

PLACES/GPS of areas you can visit TO search for THESE WILD BEASTS.  VISIT THE AREA THEY WERE SEEN!  Pictures of areas!



Children's Books

Little Field Guide to Monsters by Sam Quackenbush

Haunted Hikes of the Appalachian Hills and Hollers 1

(Ghost Stories and Haunted Tales along the trails) 





Haunted Hikes of the Appalachian Hills and Hollers 2

(Ghost Stories and Haunted Tales along the trails) 



Moonville Ghost Stories and Haunts Along the Railway




Moonville Its Past. Its Ghosts. Its Legends



Pennsylvania Ghosts

West Pennsylvania




Lost Children of the Casquette Girls: A Story of the Fille à la Cassettes 



Hocking Hills Hiking Trails: A Guide to the Hiking Trails of the Hocking Hills





Ohio Hiking Trails: The Adventurer's Guide to Ohio's Best Hiking Trails to Explore. Some little-known. A few much traveled. All unique. 



Shay Lawless Series

The Redneck Run

Brandy Alexander Devereauxs spends her Friday nights at the Crazy Kettle bar, fiddling with her wedding band and staring at the empty seat next to her. She’s fending off drunk men’s advances and waiting for her maybe-dead ex-husband to return. Barring these slight eccentricities, Brandy’s life is pretty ordinary. She wants nothing more than to finish college to become a chef. Oh, and to compete in the National Fire Mountain Redneck Run and succeed in triumphing over the hometown dream team consisting of four mean girls, the upper pecking order at her job at Mister Smiley’s Grocery. And. . .Brandy never expects her life to take a strange veer when her drunk mama brings her a mysterious lock box with clues to Brandy’s ex-husband’s disappearance. A surprise romance. A love inspired suspense thriller and mystery waiting to unfold. Family secrets and romance with second chances.

Ghost Town - A Fairy Tale

No-nonsense Jericho McGovern is thrown into a nightmarish world torn apart by Irish beings, each with their own unique and terrifying powers. She is not alone; she's accompanied by her ex-boyfriend's three rebellious kids and an angry fairy who has taken up residence inside her. Along her perilous journey, Jericho must figure out why every safe haven she tries to seek refuge in crumbles into a ghost town before her world completely disappears.


The Secret Life of Rosie Mauer, Wallflower


Rosie Mauer is the high school librarian, lunchroom attendant and after-school detention monitor at Laurel Grove High School. She's got a cat for her best friend and a secret crush on her sister's boyfriend, a local fireman. She sings in the church choir and knows that even though her IQ is off the records, she blends into the world with as much flair as the wilting honeysuckle growing along the wall in her mom’s garden.
She figures her life will always be so bland. That is, until she is hired incognito to be the nanny for a rich man’s son who is a suspect in the murder of two girls whose disappearance and deaths may also mirror those of her aunt who vanished forty years earlier. As Rosie Mauer, she’s an awkward young woman who can’t seem to fit in. As her alter ego—beautiful and outgoing Violet Popovich, she finds herself lavished with gifts from admirers . . . and digging deeper into a crime surpassing the imaginations of those around her and puts her on the trail of a serial killer. Between her two worlds, she is running out of time as the bodies start to pile up. And it is getting more difficult to hide her secret life.

Lost Hollow


A small mining community museum is burglarized. A man vanishes and is assumed murdered.
Harley Davidson hasn’t always made the right choices. She’s trying to turn that around. But when an ex-boyfriend vanishes along with antiques from the local museum where she volunteers and fingers point to her, Harley’s life spins out of control while she digs into the past to find clues to the mystery behind the town—and perhaps, find the missing man and solve a crime.
Old treasures never unearthed. Dark secrets undiscovered and better left alone. An old mining town with a mysterious past and perhaps, a doomed future. And, of course, a bit of romance in this thriller.
Harley’s not looking for romance. But while she’s discovering the dark secrets of her town and trying to convince her grandpa she can be a part of his ragtag baseball team dreaming of competing in the local Brandy Mountain Big Ball Tournament, she has a chance encounter with not only her ex-boyfriend’s best friend, but a man who certainly isn’t her type, but shares her love of the mystery in which she is unwillingly entangled.

Dead Broke Hearts


She’s heavy metal music, piercings, and tattoos. She’s never settling on one town before heading to the next. And she’s way out of his comfort zone.

He’s country music, chaps and cowboy hats. He’s the arrogant son of a wealthy landowner in a small town in Tennessee fifty miles from Nashville. And he’s everything she doesn’t like in a man.
The one thing they do have in common, though, are hearts that are as beaten down as the dead broke horses for sale in an old farm outside his town. But when rock singer Waylon Ryder’s boyfriend dumps her in the middle of farm country in Bel-Air. Tennessee, fifty miles from Nashville and pawns her guitar to pay for the hotel room, their two worlds collide whether they want them to or not.
As the dust starts to settle in the small town, Waylon inadvertently digs up quite a bit more secrets, lies, and scandals than she bargained for along with romance and the chance to start all over again. Still, she has her own secrets she must keep. Secrets that may put her life in jeopardy and she could lose it all.
Discover Bel-Air, a small town with heart in Dead Broke Hearts, another Shay Lawless contemporary romance-with-a-bit-of-suspense novel where the strengths of the heroines and the men who love them lead them down paths they may not have expected and fates they never thought possible. And second chances do happen.

The Dance Card


Journey Bacon has grown up in a small town. She figures she’s settled into a normal, boring life working at a bank and marrying the same controlling man she’s dated since high school. But when a friend gives her an old dance card with a mysterious past and a promise she must keep, Journey experiences an unexpected twist of fate and a second chance at changing her life. A gift of singing country music. A secret romance with a cowboy. A mystery unfolding. And secrets, so many of them. And that is just the beginning—A small town romance with heart. And a country music romance to boot!

Whiskey Tango

A young woman is found brutally murdered in the close-knit college town of Hensley Grove, Kentucky. But she wasn’t the first in a series of shockingly similar killings occurring over a span of nearly sixty years. The main suspect is the father of college student and graffiti artist, Tango Baldwin. Her dad is notorious for breaking into houses, and he has seemed to vanish into thin air. But could he be a cold-blooded murderer too?
Desperate to clear her family name, Tango begins investigating the murders while secretly trying to redeem her dream of dancing and staying one step ahead of the local police painting her town in graffiti. As she digs deeper into the mystery, she finds herself torn between two loves-a mysterious stranger and a man whose motives for being in Hensley Grove may be deadly for Tango and her friends. Ultimately, Tango begins to uncover more town secrets than she bargained for and secrets that lead her right on to the trail of the killer.

Monster Collector

Austin Jackson had come to accept her life is simply going to be less ordinary. She collects monsters, mutants and freaks for her rich, eccentric boss. She’s got ADHD and a powerful urge to protect. But when destiny knocks at her door and she receives a cryptic message for help, she returns to her small town along with her collection of peculiarities and confronts an old love. She finds out there is more that has drawn her back and it isn’t just the boy she once fell in love with and the daughter she left behind. The town is slowly being taken over by a man with evil intentions. Small town romance with a sci fi twist. Monsters and mutants and mayhem --a skinwalker, a fairy, a rougarou, a golem, and descendants of gods, deities, and goddesses form a motley team of superheroes not so dead-set on stopping evil from conquering the world. Join the adventure as Austin uses the abilities of friends to overcome evil and finds her own special abilities that come from her Native Indian background.

The Redneck Run II


Fifteen years ago, a young woman was brutally murdered, her dead body dumped along the lonely shore of Stone Cold Creek outside Quail Hollow, West Virginia. Her brother, Marcus Freeman, was imprisoned for the crime.Brandy Devereauxs thinks she has her life all wrapped up in a neat little bow. She has a rich fiancé, an upcoming career as a chef, and she’s running with the local dream team at the National Fire Mountain Redneck Run. Then all hell breaks loose when Marcus Freeman is released from prison and asks her to solve the murder he swears he did not commit. As the clues to the murder begin to come together, the strings to not only Brandy’s perfect life start to unravel, but the fate of her beloved hometown is in peril. Brandy must find a way to not only solve a cold case crime without getting murdered herself, but change the direction of the ill-fated path she is leading--hand-in-hand with her hometown.




Boney Dump

“Don’t go poking the damn hornet’s nest with a stick, you hear? Were you born this stupid or did you hit your head somewhere along the line?” That’s what my uncle told me a long time ago about stirring things up outside the meadow at night like ghosts, kid-eating clowns, booger men, ghouls, and beastly bugs. He just didn’t bother to tell me simply showing up in town was the same as picking up a stick from the ground, whapping the nest really hard, and releasing the nasty things dwelling inside. Every town has its secrets—horrifying, horrible secrets from its past better left to rest. Glen Estes just has a few more than most. It’s a curse that won’t rest. The town was only one stick poke away from letting things loose again. Then I showed up with the stick. I poked the nest. And I stirred things up, released what lay within. . .

Dark Pines


Part-time crime scene photographer, Piper LaRue, gets called in to take pictures of a young woman’s body found in the old coal mining ghost town of Dark Pines, Kentucky. When another dead body shows up, she begins to wonder if all that seems clear through the viewfinder of her camera, really isn’t something dark and secret the neighboring townspeople are trying to hide from outsider eyes. The trail leads cold except for hazy similarities in an old legend passed down through the ages by those who live in the small towns there. But Piper has her own past she wishes to keep secret. When she begins looking closer at the crime, she finds more than dangers from these new crimes lurking nearby, As her past catches up with her, it may become deadly for not only Piper, but also the one person who believes she might be able to solve the case.



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