Thursday, March 27, 2008

Newly published Bell Witch Unveiled book

Hello from DJ Lyons. Welcome to my first blog on BlogSpot.

I am so proud and excited to present my newly published book called "The Bell Witch Unveiled At Last! The True Story Of A Poltergeist", ISBN #1614744774. This is a historical fiction novel based on the most widely-documented ghost story in the state of Tennessee, if not the entire USA.

Introduction: Who Was the True Bell Witch of Tennessee?

John Bell, of Adams, Tennessee, died on December 20, 1820. Why not? He was old. He was sick. He was comatose. Yet dozens of newspaper articles, a handful of published books, movies, videos, websites, and countless amateur and professional storytellers all erroneously claim that John Bell was killed by a poltergeist.Who was this poltergeist many called the 'Bell Witch'? Newspapers, books, websites, and countless people familiar with the 1817-1821 haunting gave the finger of blame to a neighbor woman, Cate Batts. Her alleged guilt was purely circumstantial. This breakthrough publication reveals for the first time the actual identities and motives of the three poltergeists. These three male entities followed John Bell from his former home in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, to Adams, Tennessee, seeking their revenge. Within the covers of this book, the Bell Witch is unveiled at last.

About the author: DJ Lyons

DJ Lyons earned her masters degree with a specialization in storytelling from East Tennessee State University in 1989. She has been a professional storyteller and writer ever since.To make a very long story short, the storytelling professor requested that DJ research and write the story of the Bell Witch for a Halloween exclusive entitled “Special 1990 Halloween Edition: Appalachian Ghostlore.” DJ wrote the story from the point-of-view of Betsy Bell, the teenage daughter. DJ refused to perform the story at the ETSU Halloween Storyfest as she found the story way too depressing.Three years later, a Knoxville, Tennessee, high school art teacher hired DJ to tell scary stories at her school. This very insistent teacher wanted DJ to tell the story of the Tennessee Bell Witch. Initially, DJ refused. Then a whole series of events transpired that literally changed the whole course of DJ’s life. The end result? Not only did DJ perform the story of the Bell Witch at this high school in late October of 1993, she spent the next two years of her life researching and writing this book called “The Bell Witch Unveiled At Last! The True Story Of A Poltergeist.” Her goal? She wishes to empower the reader, alleviate superstition and fear, and to bring light to a story that has been shrouded in fear and mystery for far too long. Happy Reading!

Where can I order this book?

Visit my website for a listing of prices at Also, see the links below.

Thanks so much! Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Best Wishes to you all,
DJ Lyons
Author of “The Bell Witch Unveiled At Last!The True Story Of A Poltergeist”


Jeff Hockenhimer said...

I am Jeff Hockenhimer, co-author of the book The Secrets of the Bell Witch with John Howell. I have been making updates and revisions in my book and to correct some misinterpreted information. While researching I came across your website and was delighted to see that you had used my book in your research. I immediately ordered a copy of your book. Because of all the research you have done, I was expecting a historical analysis. At first I was disappointed that you had written your book as a fictional novel but once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. I read it through four times the first week. May I write to you directly? My email is I look forward to corresponding with you and to the day we can met to exchange theories. Thank you,
Jeff Hockenhiemer.
PS: Be sure to include John Howell's name as co-author of the book Secrets of the Bell Witch.

Ask DJ Lyons said...


I finally published your comment today. My apologies for the long delay. This has been a crazy couple of months. Here's the link:

I would be happy to correspond with your directly regarding this topic.

I'm glad you like my book. You must be a fast reader if you read it through four times in one week. I hope you realize that I only represented my book as fiction. In my mind, it is immutable fact. I spent two years of my life researching in courthouses and libraries. I interviewed living direct descendants of Cate, people the archives state could not exist. There was a huge cover-up by both the Bell family and the Batts family. I consulted psychics. I did everything humanly possible to get all the known facts. The book practically wrote itself after that.

Feel free to e-mail me at . Have a great day!

Best Wishes,
DJ Lyons