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Tripping on Legends

Jul 28, 2017

As we wait for the Haunted Biltmore episode to be released, we present to you Christopher Balzano’s interview with Craig Payst, the creator of North Carolina Ghost Stories ( and Kentucky Ghosts and Monsters ( Payst’s research into the ghosts of the Piedmonts in North Carolina was crucial in the planning stages of our recent Tripping on Legends Road Trip as we made our way through the state. Hear the episode of our journey through North Carolina as we explore three legends he presents on his site: What was meant to be a talk on some of the background of the sites quickly turned into a discussion on the nature of folklore, the changing face of storytelling, and the role of the paranormal and race relations in the stories we know and retell. Many of these ideas make an appearance, oddly enough, on Christopher’s appearance on Binnall of America a week later ( Some of the media we discussed: Tales from the Haunted South: Dark Tourism and Memories of Slavery from the Civil War Era (The Steven and Janice Brose Lectures in the Civil War Era)by Tiya Miles The Super Natural: A New Vision of the Unexplained by Whitley Strieber and Jeffrey J. Kripal (who will be appearing on Spooky Southcoast ( in a few weeks Boondock Saints Ghosts of the Triad: Tales from the Haunted Heart of the Piedmont Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings by Jan Harold Brunvand