Dark Woods, Chill Waters
Dark Woods, Chill Waters: Ghost Tales from Down East Maine
Contains the story behind the haunted house featured on a recent episode of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition TV show
Forgotten somewhere between Bar Harbor, Maine, and New Brunswick, Canada, lies the most remote and mysterious section of the Eastern Seaboard. Sometimes called the “lost coastline” or the “lost Down East,” it is a region rich in stark beauty -- and supernatural lore. The harsh landscape, with its rocky seaside cliffs and thundering surf and miles of dark, mysterious forest farther inland, lends itself to the ghost story. The small coastal villages, isolated by a maze of inlets and peninsulas, vast tidal marshes, and sudden coastal fogs, and add to the mystery and a sense of the unknown -- the most potent cause of fear.
Overlaying the ghost tales gathered in this book are a sense of unspeakable horror and malice. A faceless figure in black appears to collect the soul of a dying man. A skeleton rises up to greet the corpse of its sister. Footsteps echo in secret rooms and hidden passageways. A wrathful specter stalks Jasper Beach, searching for its next victim. A gory spirit of a murdered peddler can be summoned at will. And a phantom light relentlessly pursues a man in one old Native American tale.
"This is a book sure to disappear if you leave it on a bedside table in your guestroom ... a Houdini among Maine books for sure. Check their luggage when they leave; make them buy their own copy." --The Courier Gazette, Rockland, Maine