In Search of the Gravesite of the Werewolf of Georgia – Part One
Any of you remember that TV show IN SEARCH OF…? It ran from the late 70s to early 80s and was hosted by Leonard Nimoy, chronicling all manner of unexplained phenomena. The show was a spinoff of the special IN SEARCH OF ANCIENT ASTRONAUTS and its sequels, and inspired a series of books of the same name. I was a wee lad when the show was on, but I remember it and the goosebumps it gave me. Consider the title of this article and its follow-up as an homage, then, to that television program. To increase your appreciation of them, try imagining Leonard Nimoy’s voice narrating as you read.
First, you need to read the original article I wrote on this subject. Click on that link, then come back here. You’re gonna need to, to make sense out of this one.
You back? You read that previous post? Okay, then. We will move on.
Before I get into the nitty-gritty of my exploration of the gravesite (and “nitty-gritty” is certainly appropriate to describe it), let me reiterate that none of this werewolf stuff is proven. It is legend, not history. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t contain some truth, or even lots of truth, only that there is no solid corroboration for it. The first appearance of the story—in print—seems to have occurred in the book GEORGIA GHOSTS written by Nancy Roberts and first published in 1997. The question then becomes, did Ms. Roberts make the story up whole-cloth? Or did she base it on some preexisting legend? Is it likely that she fabricated the entire thing? What is the true origin of the story? I don’t know. No one knows. The only things we can say for certain are that Emily Isabella Burt was a real person and that some people have alleged that she was a werewolf. That was reason enough for me to go off IN SEARCH OF her grave somewhere in rural Georgia this past week. What an experience it was. You can read all about it in the second installment of the story, right here on this site.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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