Byte-Size Blair | November 10

We’re back with Byte-Size Blair, our weekly wrap-up of all things social media. If you’re not already following us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest, give us a look.

Last week was pub week for our final fall season title, Badass Civil War Beards! We’ll miss you fall season, but we are so pumped for spring! (P.S.–The spring catalog is up online now!)

1.) Badass Civil War Beards tops this list of 10 Most Perfect Presents for Guys This Holiday!

2.) If you haven’t purchased your copy of Badass yet, make sure you do so you can take an awesome book face photo like the Blair staff.

3.) The Ghost Will See You Now author Randy Russell appeared on The Paranormal View radio show!

4.) Speaking of radio, the Badass Hider sisters were on Cincinnati public radio.

5.) We’ve had an amazing 60th anniversary year, but we have one more thing on our wish list.

Blair pet Carmen was back at it during a busy weekend hiking the Mountains-to-Sea trail with her owners.

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Byte-Size Blair | October 27

We’re back with Byte-Size Blair, our weekly wrap-up of all things social media. If you’re not already following us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest, give us a look.

The weather is cool, the lawn decor is spooky, and we are ready for Halloween here at Blair!

1.) Our messy desk contest ends this week! Make sure you get your entries to us for a chance to win $50. You can tweet them @blairpublisher or email them to sutton@blairpub.com!

2.) My mother always said, “When one contest closes, another contest opens.” Blair author David Joy is ready for our No Shave November Badass Civil War Beards photo contest.

3.) Speaking of badass beards, check out these beardos from SIBA and Southern Festival of Books.

4.) Don’t wait until Halloween to take advantage of our web sale on our best ghost folklore! Also make sure you snag a copy of The Ghost Will See You Now: Haunted Hospitals of the South, the new book by Randy Russell.

5.) Can you book face like we can?

This week’s pet pic is from one of our sale titles, Ghost Cats of the South. Also, proof that people were obsessed with cat photos long before the internet.

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Byte-Size Blair | October 20

We’re back with Byte-Size Blair, our weekly wrap-up of all things social media. If you’re not already following us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest, give us a look.

We had a great time at Southern Festival of Books despite the torrential rain. Distributed authors from NewSouth Books (Clifton Taulbert and John Pritchard) and Hub City Press (Jon Sealy and Lee Zacharias) were a big hit, as were new titles from Bob Garner, Randy Russell, and the minds behind Badass Civil War Beards. Here are our top five social media updates from the past few weeks.

1.) First of all, thanks again to everyone who came out for our 60th! Feel free to tag yourself in any of our photos from the event, all viewable on Facebook.

2.) Sharknado? More like Sharkicane! A rare up-close feeding frenzy was spotted on Cape Lookout last week. To be honest, we much prefer the area’s wild horses.

3.) Bob Garner is touring the state with his latest book, Foods That Make You Say Mmm-mmm, and the Herald-Sun gave it a great review!

4.) Have you entered our messy desk contest yet? The winner gets cash and two runners-up get gift certificates!

5.) Throughout October, we’re selling some of our favorite spooky titles for 30% off on our website. Plus, orders over $30 get free shipping! That’s a lot of folklore-bang for your buck!

In lieu of an adorable animal photo, we give you this scene from Southern Festival, during the most torrential wave of the weekend-long downpour. Thank goodness all the readings and panels were happening inside!

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Happy Halloween

Halloween is here – time to party!


Blair staffers got in the spirit with some great costumes. Pictures coming soon!

For a good scare or some ghostly inspiration check out Blair’s collection of folk tales and legends.

However you choose to celebrate, get lost in the spirit of the day and have a happy Halloween, from Blair!

Meet Christopher K. Coleman, author of Ghosts and Haunts of Tennessee

Ghosts and Haunts of Tennessee by Christopher K. Coleman

February might not be the scariest month, but Ghosts and Haunts of Tennessee, by Christopher K. Coleman, is sure to leave you spooked. Released today, you can get your fix of Tennessee’s famous (and not-so-famous) spirits and spooks with this collection of 28 stories, spanning from the mysterious mountains of Appalachia to the haunted banks of the Mississippi River. (You might remember this book from the sneak peek and excerpt we shared with you in October.)

Those familiar with Tennessee’s most famous apparitions will find new thrills in Ghosts and Haunts of Tennessee. Readers may have heard of the Bell Witch, but what of her sister, a vengeful spirit known to the folks on the eastern part of the Highland Rim as the Buckner Witch?

What about the phantoms of the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, a restless troupe of ghosts who perform for unwitting audiences?

And what about Hampton, the well-dressed butler of Oakslea Place in Jackson? He often greets visitors, but he’s been dead for years.

Of course, this collection wouldn’t be complete without a look at the spirits of legends like Elvis Presley and the ghosts of famous music sites like Opryland and Music Row.

Want to get your copy of the book and meet the author himself? Then you’re invited to his book launch in Franklin, Tenn., next Thursday, February 10, at 7 p.m. Chris will be signing copies of his book at Landmark Booksellers, Franklin’s haunted bookstore. We hope to see you there!

A sneak peek for ghost-story lovers

Ghosts and Haunts of Tennessee by Christopher K. ColemanWe saved something special for our Halloween blog series today: a new book of ghost stories that we’re publishing in February of next year.

Christopher K. Coleman’s Ghosts and Haunts of Tennessee is a new collection of 28 tales of the supernatural. This compilation explores never-before-published legends that span the entire state of Tennessee, from the mysterious mountains of Appalachia to the haunted banks of the Mississippi River.

Those familiar with the state’s most famous apparitions will find new thrills in Ghosts and Haunts of Tennessee. Readers may have heard of the Bell Witch, but what of her sister, a vengeful spirit known to the folks on the eastern part of the Highland Rim as the Buckner Witch?

What about the phantoms of the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, a restless troupe of ghosts who perform for unwitting audiences?

And what about Hampton, the well-dressed butler of Oakslea Place in Jackson? He often greets visitors, but he’s been dead for years.

Of course, this collection wouldn’t be complete without a look at the spirits of legends like Elvis Presley and the ghosts of famous music sites like Opryland and Music Row.

And lucky you–you don’t have to wait until February to read a story from this book. Enjoy a sneak preview right now, just in time for Halloween.

From all the Blair staff, have a happy, safe, and spooky Halloween!

Halloween isn’t just for ghosts–it’s for pirates too

Blackbeard and Other Pirates of the Atlantic Coast by Nancy RobertsIn this week’s Halloween blog series, we’ve visited spirits from Tennessee and North Carolina. This time we’re taking you to Barbados with Stede Bonnet, a not-so-ferocious pirate of the Atlantic from Nancy Roberts‘s Blackbeard and Other Pirates of the Atlantic Coast. While it’s not strictly ghost stories, this collection is filled with romance, danger, suspense, adventure—everything you’d find on board the terrifying pirate ships of the Atlantic coast. You can also find “Stede Bonnet,” along with Tuesday’s “Trick or Treat” tale in Boogers and Boo-Daddies: The Best of Blair’s Ghost Stories.