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AT THE INTERSECTION OF THE UNCANNY AND THE HUMOROUS

The title of this blog is an homage to the poet John Gardiner Calkins Brainard, who contributed greatly to the preservation of folklore in the early 1800s. His poem "Salmon River" invokes several local legends and concludes:

Such are the tales they tell. ’Tis hard to rhyme 

About a little and unnoticed stream, 

That few have heard of—but it is a theme
I chance to love; 

And one day I may tune my rye-straw reed, 

And whistle to the note of many a deed 

Done on this river—which, if there be need,
I’ll try to prove.  

Salmon River 2019
Salmon River 2019
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My latest book

Take a Hike!

Spooky Trails and Tall Tales Connecticut: Hiking the State's Legends, Hauntings, and History.

Proud to support The Friends of Connecticut State Parks with a portion of the royalties!

 

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More by Stephen Gencarella

Celebrate Eccentrics!

Wicked Weird and Wily Yankees: A Celebration of New England's Eccentrics and Misfits. 

All royalties donated to youth and education programs at the Connecticut River Museum.

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