A favorite spooky tale is the Irish story of "Mary Culhane and the Dead Man" which can be found online at the late great storyteller Chuck Larkin's website. Click on Stories on his sidebar and then go down to Halloween Stories to find it. In print, it's in Betsy Bang's The Goblins Giggle, and Other Stories. Imagine my delight and fascination to find this Russian version in the works of Aleksandr Afanas'ev as collected by Leonard A. Magnus in Russian Folk-Tales.
But for now, look for something by "Aunt Lulu", Louisa May Alcott, in something very different from her Little Women et al. Until then let's all be Keeping the Public in Public Domain.
This is part of a series of bi-weekly posting of stories under the category, "Keeping the Public in
Public Domain." The idea behind Public Domain was to preserve our
cultural heritage after the authors and their immediate heirs were
compensated. I feel strongly current copyright law delays this intent
on works of the 20th century. I hope you enjoy discovering new
Currently I'm involved in projects taking me out of my usual work of
sharing stories with an audience. My own library of folklore includes
so many books within the Public Domain I decided to share stories from
them. This fall I expect to return to my normal monthly posting of a
research project here. Depending on response, I will decide at that
time if "Keeping the Public in Public Domain" should continue along with
my monthly postings.
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