I’m announcing a young adult paranormal thriller. Here is the synopsis:
Fletcher, the old coal tycoon, gained notoriety for the brutality he exhibited towards his miners. He had only one love and legend says his precious Black Diamond is cursed to run the decaying tracks forever. Legend says he’s the captain for the devil in that hellish train. Josie Stapleton and the school’s mean girls learn many legends come from the truth.
Josie is not an ideal student. She is impatient, cynical and thoroughly disappointed to see her new school has the same nepotism and petty politics. After 2 months in the town of Sunnyside, the school’s superficial squad challenges her to a dare. She accepts for her own reasons. They step out onto the Devil’s Bridge and the world changes. Now, at 200 feet above ground, the girls see what happens when legend meets reality.
Josie is left the sole survivor that night and she must find solutions to impossible questions. Her autistic best friend and several new acquaintances help her discover the answers are just as impossible.
Trains were once the most used commercial transportation in America. It is no puzzle that there are countless tales and stories surrounding this part of our history.
Newark Central Station (New Jersey) has a tale surrounding a hobo that excited a group of passengers at the station one night, years ago. He continued exclaiming “it” was coming for him to everyone. The stationmaster grew tired and tried to drag him away, when, an invisible train roared into the station. The stationmaster reported hearing the screeching wheels and felt the air off the engine. Suddenly, the vagrant disappeared and the invisible train pulled out.
In 1891, a passenger train suddenly derailed in North Carolina, on its route to Asheville. The tragedy left 22 dead and is still hailed as the worst train accident in North Carolina history. Today, occasional reports surface that visitors in the area have watched a phantom portrayal of this historic event. Some are so desperate they have flagged down other cars to help them rescue the screaming passengers trapped within the wreckage. Yet, no wreckage is ever located.
Think your area has no train folklore? Ask a local historian and you’re certain to find a wealth of fascinating and seemingly new tales.