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Do you believe in ghost stories told to you by your family? What about those hair raising stories you heard around the campfire? A group of teens test their grandparents stories by taking a trip down a historical river with their girlfriends, only to find out that the stories are true. Dreams and reality unfold together as they're being stalked by a legendary creature that started it all.



Year: 2004 Location: Western Middle Tennessee – Harpeth River Story Type: Folklore and Hauntings

Do you believe the stories your grandparents told you? What about the ghost stories you and your friends shared on sleepovers? Sometimes the mind can scare you more than anything else in this world. What if something happened that you were sure it had to be your mind playing tricks on you, but the evidence made it all too real. What about family folklore, can it be believed? Well sit back and listen to this story, and decide for yourself. Maybe you too will believe.

It’s 9:00 AM in the morning. The setting is near a bridge off the Harpeth River. Police are talking to a frightened group of teenagers. Paramedics are taking one of the them on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance.

You can hear a man saying: “He’s not responding to anything we say to him, ma’am. He’s in shock. We’re taking him to the hospital to be checked out”.

You overhear a parent, saying to her son, “Thomas Gerald McCabe, what were you guys doing? What were you thinking”?

Then the young man stands up and says….”Mom, they’re REAL! They’re ALL real”.

The mother replies, “What’s real?”

Thomas replies: “Mom, granddaddy’s stories are real. The creature is real but….um…he’s not real. I mean, he was there…but he wasn’t there.”

Then the teenager gets frantic. “Mom he tortured that girl. He tormented the whole family. But you can’t stop him. They couldn’t.”

The mother then turns and holds her son, saying “It’ll be okay son, I promise, it’ll be okay”.

The son sighs and looks up to his mom with tears in his eyes, “Mom, I hope so”.

The crime scene investigator came to the parent of the teen who was in shock. “Sir, my officers spotted your son’s canoe a little bit down stream. We’ll keep looking until we find what did this.”

Then another officer approaches and says “Man, whatever that was tore it into pieces. I mean, whatever it was, it was strong. Also, there are huge footprints all over the place and they’re fresh.”

The investigator says, “Then if there’s footprints, we can track it and find it”.

Then, Thomas pulls away from his mom frantically “You can’t get him…nobody can…EVER. Don’t you think somebody would have gotten him by now if it were possible? The woods, that’s his home, his stomping grounds. Nobody can find him, because he blends in. He’s a spirit, but he’s real too.”

The investigator says to him, “So you’re saying Bigfoot is a ghost?”

Thomas replies, “Yeah, maybe, but he’s not the only one. The family he tortured is haunting these woods too.” The investigating officer says, “So…you believe in ghosts and bigfoot eh?” (laughing) Thomas replied, “Yes I do, because whatever that was, he can’t be caught!”


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The "Dickson Herald" as written an article on my book. See it here as Book explores river legends.

Have you heard the legend of Caveberry Hill near Vanleer? Maybe you’ve heard the one about the White Bluff Screamer or what really happened at Werewolf Springs. If you haven’t heard about any of these and a cauldron full of other urban legends, Kelly Davidson is just the fellow who can conjure up the details. The 35-year-old Dickson County native has written a 179-page book entitled The Legends of the Harpeth and in it there are more ghost stories than vampire bats in a pitch-dark cave. Readers can follow the adventures of Thomas McCade, his girlfriend Angela, his best friend Robert and Robert’s girlfriend Kisha as they, like so many 17-year-olds do, decide to go camping and canoeing along the Harpeth River to find out if all of the stories they’ve heard about the comings and goings of spirits and other beings that haunt the area near the Harpeth River are really true. They encounter a Big-Foot-like creature and a ghostly girl named Lynn whose eyes appear to have been gouged out, according to legend, and has haunted the woods by the river since the early 1900s. Flashbacks weave in and out of the pages to carry the reader back to where the legends were born. Davidson is the grandson of the late “Fiddlin Earl” McCollum of the Dixie Ramblers and son of Linda Rye of Linda D’s Income Tax Service. The stories in his book are ones that he heard from his granddaddy and his daddy as well as stories he heard as a child from friends. The book was born last year after a conversation with an old friend. “Around October of 2004, me and a friend of mine, Tim Denning of Gallatin were discussing all the latest horror movies and books and recalled all the local ghost stories and folklore we heard as children,” Davidson said. “They weren’t the cut up and slashing stories we see in the movies today. Our stories where what our family and friends told us around campfires and sleepovers. It was then I decided to share some of the things that scared me as a child with others through my imagination. What better way than in a book? My mother always told me I had a vivid imagination, but I needed to put it to use.” Davidson said he tried tailoring his writing toward a younger generation, though adults will enjoy the story telling. The characters “come alive as they seem to be typical teenagers that are next door to you,” he said. Although the book involves the Harpeth River, everything else, from the ghost story to the Big-Foot-like creature came from things like the White Bluff Screamer, Werewolf Springs and local ghost stories both his grandfather and his father told him when he was a child, he said. “For example, my dad told me about ghosts of Caveberry Hill not far from Vanleer,” he said. He finished the book mid-summer and tried having it published before Halloween of this year. “I used a self-publishing company called Their Web site prints and mails your book without any up-front fees. When a user logs on and purchases the book, it is printed on an individual basis with my ISBN number (International Standard Book Number). I also copyrighted my book with the US Copyright office,” he said. Davidson said he’s been a Unix administrator for over 15 years, where his work involves administrating servers involved with E-commerce. He is married and has two girls ages five and eight. “I’ve developed writing skills through my career, as I wrote technical documentation in simplicity for others to understand more complex computer questions,” he said. You can purchase the book by visiting or “So far, everyone who has read my book has told me that once they start reading it they can’t put it down,” he said. “Everyone has goals in life. Mine was to do something that I thought I never could do, where my children can say in pride, ‘My daddy did that.’”
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