new book by authors Bob and Doris Bowman explores ghost stories that
have rattled around East Texas
graveyards, haunted houses and other places for decades.
Many of the stories in “Ghosts of the Pineywoods,” published by Best
of East Texas Publishers of Lufkin,
came from suggestions by readers of more than ninety newspapers which
carry “Bob Bowman’s East Texas,”
a weekly column about East
Texas history and folklore.
“For years, we have given consideration to writing a book about East
Texas ghosts, spirits, spooks and haunts--the apparitions that
supposedly cling to old houses, cemeteries, sites of violent and sudden
deaths and other places with ghostly reputations,” said Bob Bowman.
“The response from our newspaper readers was overwhelming. In a few
weeks, we had enough ghost story suggestions to fill a couple of books,”
“Admittedly, when we began working on this book, we approached the
task with a skepticism about ghosts. But, in talking to dozens of
people across East Texas,
we soon developed the belief that ghosts and spirits are real. There
were simply no other plausible reasons for some of the ghostly incidents,”
In “Ghosts of the Pineywoods” are more than forty stories about ghosts
and spirits throughout East
Texas, including the counties
of Angelina, Nacogdoches, Cherokee, Anderson, Harrison, Titus, Sabine,
Van Zandt, Wood, Rusk, Smith, Shelby, Trinity, Liberty, Wise, Bowie,
Jefferson. Jasper, San Augustine, Walker, Houston, Hardin, Upshur,
Hopkins, Panola and Marion. The book is the Bowmans’ 45th. Previous
books have focused on Indian massacres, historic murders, famous hangings,
forgotten towns, ghost towns, histories of famous people, music venues,
East Texas “good ol’ boy” expressions, and home remedies.
Books by the Bowmans have won prizes from state, regional and local
The ghosts book and others may be ordered by writing to Best
of East Texas Publishers
at PO Box 1647, Lufkin, Texas 75902, or by calling 936-634-7444 in
Lufkin. The price of “Ghosts of the Pineywoods” is $25.00, plus tax
and postage, for a total of $31.06.
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