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KY Author Brings Appalachian Ghost Stories to McLib's Evenings Upstairs Series

Author and filmmaker, Jerry Deaton, presents his Appalachian ghost stories at McCracken Co. Library on October 4th.

The sprawling expanse of Appalachia has been used as the backdrop for campfire stories, scary stories, and urban legends, shared by avid story-tellers and thrill seekers, for generations. Author and filmmaker, Jerry Deaton, plans to share these Appalachian tales at the McCracken County Public Library this October. Deaton visits Sounds Good to discuss the bone-chilling stories and his upcoming presentation. 

Since 1994, the McCracken County Public Library's "Evenings Upstairs" series has been the flagship Adult Service program. "Evenings Upstairs" aims to entertain and educate the public with performances and lectures each month. Presenters include authors, professors, entertainers, local musical acts, and more. In honor of the month of Halloween, the McCracken County Public Library is hosting Jerry Deaton and his ghost tales of the Appalachian Trail. 

Deaton is an author, filmmaker, and playwright from Frankfort, Kentucky. He has published two books on his home county of Breathitt, including Appalachian Ghost Stories: Tales from Bloody Breathitt and Kentucky Boy, My Life in Twenty Words. Deaton has also produced two documentary films on eastern Kentucky, including The Feuds of Bloody Breathitt and Harry Caudill, Man of Courage. He currently lives in Frankfort, where he writes and runs a small inn in Lexington. 

Jerry Deaton will be sharing stories born in Breathitt County, eastern Kentucky, and other parts of Appalachia. The stories take the listener back in time, to a rural Eastern Kentucky community with colorful characters and rugged, mysterious places. Old tobacco barns house spirits of children who died years ago, churches are haunted by stubborn and loyal members who haven't yet moved on from the earthly realm, and man-eating witches roam the forests looking for their next victim. Deaton narrates these stories with a sincere, authentic voice that trap you in the dark scenes with hair-raising intensity. 

Deaton's presentation will take place in the 2nd floor meeting room of the McCracken County Public Library on October 4 at 7 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle at 270-442-2510,, or visit the McLib's website

Tracy started working for WKMS in 1994 while attending Murray State University. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters degrees from MSU he was hired as Operations/Web/Sports Director in 2000. Tracy hosted All Things Considered from 2004-2012 and has served as host/producer of several music shows including Cafe Jazz, and Jazz Horizons. In 2001, Tracy revived Beyond The Edge, a legacy alternative music program that had been on hiatus for several years. Tracy was named Program Director in 2011 and created the midday music and conversation program Sounds Good in 2012 which he hosts Monday-Thursday. Tracy lives in Murray with his wife, son and daughter.
Melanie Davis-McAfee graduated from Murray State University in 2018 with a BA in Music Business. She has been working for WKMS as a Music and Operations Assistant since 2017. Melanie hosts the late-night alternative show Alien Lanes, Fridays at 11 pm with co-host Tim Peyton. She also produces Rick Nance's Kitchen Sink and Datebook and writes Sounds Good stories for the web.
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