Posted: July 1, 2012
The second month of our Great Summer Reads contest is off to a spooky start with another spirited chance for YOU to get in on the winning.
There have been many a ghost story told here on Canada's East Coast. Mysterious sitings, 'determined' former residents, souls lost at sea only to return when you least expect them... and on it goes. If you believe in that sort of thing...
Amherst resident Esther Cox did...trouble was - not everyone believed in her. In Haunted Girl: Esther Cox and the Great Amherst Mystery - Laurie Glenn Norris together with Barbara Thompson tell the story of one truly troubled Nova Scotian - creating a hauntingly Great Summer Read indeed!
In 1878 eighteen-year-old Esther Cox arrived in Amherst, Nova Scotia, to live with her sister’s family. Shortly after Esther moved in, the story goes, the house was plagued by unexplained occurrences—something (or someone) knocked on the walls, hid household items, moved furniture around, and set fires. Esther herself was subject to mysterious fevers, prodding and, on one occasion, stabbing. These occurrences followed her when she went to stay with other families in the area. Eventually she was charged with robbery and spent a month in jail, after which the haunting ceased. Was Esther the victim of paranormal powers or the troubled mind behind a series of elaborate hoaxes? At the time of her alleged haunting, the plausibility of Esther Cox’s claims were hotly debated in newspapers and by fellow Amherst residents. In the hundred years since her death, Esther’s story has been retold numerous times and she remains to this day the town’s most famous historical figure.
A native of Cumberland County, Laurie Glenn Norris is also the author of "Cumberland County in Facts and Folklore". She holds degrees in anthropology and education, and a master’s degree in art history. Laurie lives in Lower Kingsclear, New Brunswick, with her husband, Barry Norris, along with lots of books and cats.
Barbara Thompson has been involved in the history museum and heritage field for twelve years. She was the director/curator of the Cumberland County Museum in Amherst and is currently director of DesBrisay Museum in Bridgewater. Trained in commercial design, Thompson spends much of her time researching women’s lives and watercolour painting. She currently lives in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.
We'll be featuring another 'Great Summer Read' each week this summer - so check back often and...
If YOU would like to win the books featured all you need to do is share your 'Great Read' picks with us - click here for more details.
Good luck & happy reading! SABS
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