Cotton Bales, Goatmen & Witches Book Centers on Heart of Texas Legends

10 Aug

Extreme record-breaking hot weather in Texas makes the staff at TSTC Publishing yearn for fall to arrive along with its latest book, Cotton Bales, Goatmen & Witches: Legends from the Heart of Texas.

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.

Some believe these dancing orbs in Waco’s Cameron Park are devilish fairies.

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.”.

Legend has it, a tramp waits on this bridge, asking passersby for the time so he can catch the next train out of Waco.

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.

-Sheila

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7 Responses to “Cotton Bales, Goatmen & Witches Book Centers on Heart of Texas Legends”

  1. Jerry August 17, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    Nice post… Cool

  2. Jerry August 17, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    The post is very interesting… Nice one

    • sheilatstc August 17, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

      Thanks, Jerry. Send me your address, and I will send you an advance reader copy of the book.

  3. Ericka Capps September 5, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    I have always been interested in Waco’s folk lore … This town is filled with so much history and it’s hard to get people to talk about all this type of things … thank goodness they have been recorded in this book for the next generation

    • sheilatstc September 9, 2011 at 10:29 am #

      Thanks, Ericka! The book should be out Nov. 1, if not before.

  4. Twoton October 11, 2011 at 1:16 am #

    Texas folk lore has always fascinated me. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book.

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