Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 24: Literature Derived
GALLERY OF HAINT TALES IN THE COMMUNITY
“Haint” [one who haunts] tales were a favorite in the Pine Mountain community. Tales about “haints” rapidly caught the imagination of young and old and followed the long oral traditions of the community. They were easy to re-call and to re-tell. Each teller gave the story their own twist, turn and detail. Well-known author, Richard Chase, in creating his Jack Tales relied heavily on “haint tales” and stories such as these. It is likely that Richard Chase also left traces of his own “haint tales” in the community after spending time at Pine Mountain Settlement School as teacher and teller of tall tales. The author this small group of “haint tales” is not known, but the stories clearly are clearly derived from the Pine Mountain locale.
GALLERY OF HAINT TALES (Anon.)