UMM Professor Publishes New Book of Ghost Stories
Ghosts of Acadia explores hauntings in Downeast Maine and Mount Desert Island
MACHIAS, Maine – Dr. Marcus LiBrizzi, professor of English at the University of Maine at Machias, has released his new book, Ghosts of Acadia.
Ghosts of Acadia explores twenty-one ghost stories notable for their terrifying elements and legendary qualities. Fifteen of these tales come from Mount Desert Island, and six stories come from other parts of the Acadia region. Settings include Bar Harbor, Schooner Head, Seal Harbor, Southwest Harbor, Hull’s Cove, Tremont, Bass Harbor, Seal Cove, Compass Harbor, Winter Harbor, Bucksport, Cherryfield, Jonesboro, and Machiasport. Subjects of the tales include fatal mansions, death caves, ghost ships, a haunted object, a cursed lighthouse, and lots of vengeful phantoms.
The collection is the first of its kind to collect ghost stories from Mount Desert Island. The book is also notable in that it provides a gothic tour, recounting stories in settings and places that readers can visit and experience themselves.
“In writing this book, I drew on history, folklore, eye-witness accounts, and photographs,” said LiBrizzi. “Some of the interviews I included were conducted by my former students in my world literature courses. As part of their fieldwork collection projects, they collected ghost stories from local residents.”
Regarding ghost stories from Maine, LiBrizzi claims that these tales are some of the oldest in the world and some of the most horrifying he has encountered.
LiBrizzi has previously published Dark Woods, Chill Waters: Ghost Tales from Down East Maine, the book that inspired an ABC Extreme Makeover—Home Edition episode in Milbridge, Maine. His other books include Lost Atusville: A Black Settlement from the American Revolution and The Nelly Butler Hauntings: A Documentary History.
Ghosts of Acadia is published by Down East Books and is available for purchase online, at booksellers everywhere, and at the Murdock Bookstore on the UMM campus.