The Bell Witch


Title: The Bell Witch

Author: Brent Monahan

Publication Date: 1997

Number of Pages: 192, plus 4 pages of notes.

Genre: Historical/Easy Read/Horror

Geographic Setting: Red River, TN

Time Period: early 1800s

Series: NA

Plot Summary: Known throughout Tennessee as “Old Kate,” the Bell Witch took up residence with John Bell’s family in 1818. It was a cruel and noisy spirit, given to rapping and gnawing sounds before it found its voices.
With these voices and its supernatural acts, the Bell Witch tormented the Bell family. This extraordinary book recounts the only documented case in U.S. history when a spirit actually caused a man’s death.
The local schoolteacher, Richard Powell, witnessed the strange events and recorded them for his daughter. His astonishing manuscript fell into the hands of novelist Brent Monahan, who has prepared the book for publication. Members of the Bell family have previously provided information on this fascinating case, but this book recounts the tale with novelistic vigor and verve. It is truly chilling.

Subject Headings: Bell Witch-nonfiction, True stories-nonfiction, hauntings-fiction & nonfiction, witches-fiction & nonfiction, ghosts-fiction & nonfiction

Appeal: true story, sympathetic characters, supernatural, easy read, compelling, mysterious, shocking, realistic, disturbing, thought-provoking, investigative, nightmarish

Three terms that describe this book: compelling, true, shocking

Similar Authors and Works (Fiction)

Amityville Horror by Jay Anson: The Lutz family is frightened from a house after experiencing paranormal phenomena

Infamous Bell Witch of Tennessee by Charles Edwin Price:   A well-researched account of the creepy doings of Tennessee’s most malevolent, puzzling, and notorious bugbear, this story uses old memoirs and county records to tell the story

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson: It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”

Similar Authors and Works (Nonfiction

The Bell Witch Anthology: The Essential Texts of America’s Most Famous Ghost Story by Nick Moretti

The Bell Witch: The Full Account by Pat Fitzhugh

Coast to Coast Ghosts:True Stories of Hauntings Across America by Leslie Rule and Ann Rule

Name: Elizabeth Towns-Law


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