(…) I think it is safe to say that while the South is hardly Christ-centered, it is most certainly Christ-haunted. The Southerner, who isn’t convinced of it, is very much afraid that he may have been formed in the image and likeness of God.
Flannery O’Connor, The Grotesque in Southern Fiction
These are all tales that I’ve heard from family members, mostly centering around the Appalachians in South-West VA and Northern NC. Names have been changed for obvious reasons. Gonna put these under a cut because they’re a bit depressing.