This was no longer a place for man, I realized. Loggers had cut the big swamp trees about eighty years ago and hauled them out with steam locomotives, but young trees gradually filled in the gaps, and the Aucilla bottomlands had become wild again. I only wished the loggers could have left just a few of the original cypress, many of which were hundreds or thousands of years old. These old trees had been Florida’s version of the California redwoods—some grew as wide as dump trucks and as tall as cell phone towers.

The Ghost Orchid Ghost 9781561643790

Learn More About The Ghost Orchid Ghost: And Other Tales from the Swamp

Florida’s famous swamps—from the Everglades to Mosquito Lagoon to Tate’s Hell—serve as fitting backdrops for these chilling original stories. Maybe it’s because they are often wet, shadowy places of wild beauty where few people dare to penetrate. They are havens for snakes, alligators, black bears, wildcats, and who knows what. People on the run have often hidden in swamps, while others have gotten lost in the watery expanses; the swamp can be a refuge or a nightmare. Mysterious things just happen in swamps. Maybe it’s because they are often wet, shadowy places of wild beauty where few people dare to penetrate. They are havens for snakes, alligators, black bears, wildcats, and who knows what. People on the run have often hidden in swamps, while others have gotten lost in the watery expanses; the swamp can be a refuge or a nightmare. Where else can you find a ghost baby, or an angry specter, or a lost soul? How about a ghost who is obsessed with the ghost orchid, or an alluring snake woman? Throw in a skunk ape or two and you’ve got the ingredients for many entertaining hours sharing these stories around a campfire or reading them to yourself or out loud.
Learn More about The Ghost Orchid Ghost »