It seems every region has its folk legends, and Central Texas is no exception. Author Bradley T. Turner and photographer Mark Burdine provide a compilation of chilling tales and legends about Waco and its surrounding areas.
A dead gambler entombed with a stack of poker chips, an open bottle of whiskey, and two aces up his sleeve. A network of abandoned, earthen tunnels from The Great War. Treasure chests full of gold buried by Spanish conquistadors. Mysterious orbs that float in the sky. A red-eyed wild man who wanders the woods of Central Texas. A skeletal specter searching for a final resting place. Deformed offspring murdered…then rejected by Heaven itself. Some of the tales carry their own variations as they are handed down generation to generation.
“This book represents an exercise in social memory, traditions and culture, not scholastic research,” said Turner. “The most important aspect of the legends is not the events, places, or people described in the tales, but the stories themselves.”.
The places Turner is referring to include Cameron Park, Lake Waco and cemeteries around the heart of Central Texas. Strange things are said to have occurred at these places, and Turner and Burdine have searched far and wide to uncover the legends and stories people still tell today.
Cotton Bales, Goatmen & Witches: Legends from the Heart of Texas is an ominous publication that will be ready for purchase in November.