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Wicked witches in Joe Batt Arm, the ghost of a dead man in Glovertown, the crossing out of a single crow in Marystown, a mysterious Norsemen in Lanse aux Meadows, voices on the Labrador in Red Bay and Emily Harbour, the smell of death in Spaniard Bay and Carbonear these are just some of the stories you read in Dale Jarvis recently released book Ground Ghost Stories From the Rock (Flanker Press 2017).

Folklorist, St.

As the book notes, Jarvis stories are based on both archival sources and first hand accounts which weave together anecdote, oral tradition and history and folklore from the province capital city as well as many smaller nooks and crannies throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. in folklore from Memorial University, works as the Intangible Cultural Heritage Development Officer for the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador. He is a past president of the Newfoundland Historic Trust and has contributed as a board member and volunteer to many local arts and heritage organizations.

The creator of the popular St. John Haunted Hike tour, Jarvis said the stories he tells often remind his listeners and readers about stories they heard over the years.

think they don know stories but they do. And, that ongoing process. the more stories I tell, the more stories I hear, he said.

One particular message he received from Francis Furlong grabbed him immediately, he wrote in the book.

Furlong story was about playing cards coming to life.

Furlong told Jarvis that his mother (Leone Miller nee Etheridge) has a lot of stories from Joe Batt Arm, featuring ghosts of British redcoats, children voices in the house, people walking around all hours of the night, a local monster with only eyes on its face, a man whose hair turned white after an encounter with the fairies, and the Virgin Mary in her blue dress helping children lost in the woods.

Furlong went on to relate to Jarvis how his mother grew up in Joe Batt Arm and was walking to a friend house one day and had a decks of cards with her. As she was walking she dropped the cards and they scattered on the ground. All of a sudden, the kings, queens and jokers of all the suits came off the cards, like little people, and started dancing. then they fell back into the cards they came off of.

has told us this all our lives and swears to it to this day, Furlong told Jarvis.

Furlong story is just one of many stories in the book from Fogo Island.

There also a captivating story about the leaping witch of Joe Batt Arm and how the witch left behind her footprints in a rock.

heard similar stories from other areas about the devil or fairies leaving footprints in rocks where they would dance. But the Joe Batt (witch) story was a new one to me, Jarvis said.

While Jarvis was familiar with many of the stories he heard and written about there are some that were new to him.

fascinated by the local legends. people within the communities where those stories took place know those stories but people outside those communities don he said.
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