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Dylan Inskeep

Dylan Inskeep

Dylan Inskeep has starred as Little Pete in the Shepherd of the Hills outdoor play as well as one of the Baldknobbers, and currently works as sound and light technician for the Doug Gabriel Show, and as a bar tender in the historic Downing Street Pour House.

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Dylan cares deeply for our culture, community and heritage and works hard to support the local Ozarks community. In his spare time he hikes, canoes, and orders quad shot espressos at Vintage Paris.

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Laurie Matzke

Laurie Matzke

“I am very passionate about the massage therapy and am looking forward to educating my clients about the many benefits of massage to help heal your body and soul,” says Laurie Matzke. “I care about every patient.”

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Laurie’s 10 years of experience includes Swedish/relaxation trigger point, deep tissue, reflexology, lymphatic, lomi lomi (great for fibromyalgia) and cranial / sacral massage. Massage therapy is a holistic natural alternative to drugs for pain relief based on your body’s natural ability to heal.

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Chris Wilson

Author, elementary school teacher, and kilt aficionado, Chris Wilson is best-known at regional conventions for his series The Wards of Iasos. “The book is about youthful outcasts who cannot fulfill the requirements at The Iasos Unified Preparatory Abbey.

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“For the lucky ones there is an alternate monastery — a last chance in the age of dwarves and dragons.” Jennifer Brady of Goodreads.com calls the book, “An amazing tribute to the influence of friendship and the opportunities second changes provide.”

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Blue Rock Print Co.

Blue Rock Print Co.

Welcome to Blue Rock Print Company!  The same great quality products, customer care, and attention to detail you have come to expect from Take It To The Press will continue under our new name Blue Rock Print Company.

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Why change the name? It’s easier to remember and say and it describes us better.  We’re a full service print shop helping your business grow using paper, apparel, and signage to boost your credibility and sales. Call us with any questions.

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Haunted Crescent Hotel, Eureka Springs

The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is rumored to be one of the most haunted locations in the nation. April 7, 2016, Photo by Joshua Heston

Strange Things Sighted in the Dark MTNS

Since men first made their way into the dark mountains of the Ozarks, there have been tales of strange creatures lurking in the shadows. “Modern” men have dismissed such stories as silly or even primitive, told merely to frighten the young or gullible. And indeed, mountaineers have long enjoyed a good yarn, especially at the expense of outsiders. But what yet haunts these old Ozark hills? Even the plague of modernity cannot exorcise every demon from the woods.

For as long as there have been wild places, there have been wild legends. But beyond all legends, there is history. The Ozarks, though an ancient crossroads, became a place of mystery because of the rugged terrain and harsh way of life. People of many beliefs made their way there, some with ideas more dark and esoteric than others.

Booger Dog

The Booger Dog is notwhat you might first think! The Ozark word Booger comes fro m the Scottish Bogle, originally from the Old English Bogge. It means Hobgoblin. The Ozark Booger Dog is a great headless spectral hound. The creature has appeared to hunting parties deep in the mountains and is often seen as a black omen associated with the devil. Great spectral dogs have long appeared in Old Europe. In England they were said to be the souls of the unbaptized, stalking the sere dark with no home in heaven or hell. Ancient German lore says great demon hounds are the consort of the winter witch goddess Berchta. She and her spectral pack hunt when the winds turn cold and fierce. So, on a cold night in the Ozarks, beneath a clouded sky, who knows what lurks beyond the campfire?

Freshwater Mermaid

The diary of D. Hyde Abscott, explorer and Ozarks pioneer, was found in the basement of an abandoned Eureka Springs’ cottage near the Crescent Hotel. His April 22, 1867, entry reads, “We delved deep within a strange cave spring opening in the rock bluff from which issued a crystal stream into the Current River upon which we rowed. As we entered, we heard eerie and beautiful singing…”

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Gowrow

The gowrow is a beast of an ancient time; not a supernatural entity, but rather a great dinosaur-like creature from a lost world. Early pioneers encountered the gowrow (so named for the gutteral noise it makes just before it strikes) in deep caves and beneath rock ledges. The gowrow is over 20 feet long and displays enormous upturned tusks. It has short legs, webbed feet, sharp claws, and green scales. Its back is bristled with short horns and it possesses a thin, long tail with a sickle-like blade on the end. One once haunted Marvel Cave. Perhaps, far off in the Devil’s Den’s unexplored grottoes, a gowrow yet waits.

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Joplin Ghost Light

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We are a paranormal investigation team based in Joplin. We serve Missouri, southeast Kansas, northeast Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas. We assist those experiencing unexplained phenomena by using scientific / empirical analysis to identify manmade causes as well as potential paranormal causes.

We solve cold cases... Really cold cases.

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Our investigations are free of charge in exchange for the research we collect. We concentrate on historical sites but investigate any location with purported paranormal activity. We host a number of events throughout the Joplin area. Email for an investigation.

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The Woodscolt by Thames Williamson

The Society of Ozarkian Hillcrofters

The  Society of Ozarkian Hillcrofters’ purpose: To protect our Ozark wildlife, preserve the natural beauty of our historic spots, perpetuate our history, folklore and traditions, teach our people the value of our great heritage.

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Newly re-founded by Curtis Copeland, the Hillcrofters meet regularly online and in the Ozarks. Visit their Facebook page for more. Recent focus includes education of Ozarks fauna and biodiversity, support of existing land conservation, and serving as a hub of historical, genealogical and cultural efforts.

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Talking Rocks

Talking Rocks Cavern

A Missouri Show Cave since 1921, our one-hour guided cave tours lead you through one of the greatest wonders of the state! Bring your camera; there is extraordinary beauty waiting for you within our hillside!

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The cave is a welcome 62°F year-round. Original cave explorer Truman Powell called Talking Rocks Cavern “Missouri’s most beautiful cave.” Above ground, enjoy picnic areas, nature trails and lookout tower, SpeleoBox crawls, gemstone panning, and Cave Country Min-Golf!

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“Michelle had unbelievable patience with me. She was so creative and thorough. Her ideas were fresh and new. WhiteLightConcepts was an excellent business decision!” — Linda Burtin Meirick

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Smyrna Baptist Church

Smyrna Baptist

Smyrna Baptist Church has served the Parch Corn Holler community since 1874. Our “little church in the holler” was built in 1890, renovated around 1974, and yes, we have central heating and air, running water and even a PA system!

Smyrna Baptist

…the little church with the big heart.

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We are undeniably a small country church with a traditional worship style (no big screens, just a piano and the 1975 Baptist Hymnals). But it’s not boring and it is good. Sunday School is 10AM. Morning worship is 11AM. Sunday evening service is 6PM.

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Shawn Cash, Ozark potter

Shawn Cash, Potter

“My vision is to bridge the gap between art culture and the larger community. I want others realize what goes into creating art and why arts and craftsmanship are so important. It begins with knowledge.

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Shawn Cash is a Ozarkian potter in Hollister Missouri.  Though born and raised in Idaho, he moved to the Ozarks for College of the Ozarks.  Shawn found himself an Ozarkian wife and a passion for pottery while attending school. ” A CofO public relations major, he is a dedicated potter and craftsman.

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Kaitlynn Robinson Art

Kaitlynn Robinson, Artist

I love how art can tell a story, even it only a couple of shapes on a canvas.  My dream is to write and illustrate my own stories and I hope those who read them are inspired to do the same.

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I have experience in both digital and traditional art and have begun experimenting with sculpture and have also composed by own music. I have become involved in dance and I wish to continue to learn new things!

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Lindel Gore

Lindel Gore is a talented paper tole artist, veteran, and mandolin player. “Years ago,” he remembers, “I came home from work and my wife told me that my Saturdays were scheduled for weeks ahead: with a paper tole class!” His dedication paid off.

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Today, Lindel’s work is on display for sale at the Branson Mill Craft Village. When not visiting with tourists and guests at the Craft Village, Lindel can often be found deep in theological discussions or playing his mandolin.

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Confederate Leaves of Arkansas

Above, autumn leaves above the Confederate Cemetery of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The Bellsnickle

“The Pelznichols were among the first dark Christmas spirits to make it to North America…. Also present in Nova Scotia and West Virginia, the Bellsnickle was the dominant strain in the 18th-to-early-19th-century Pennsylvania Christmas. When the German Bellsnickles met up with the Celtic ritual of mumming, the two traditions merged.

“The typical Bellsnickle announced his arrival by tapping at the glass pane with his fat birch switch or slender rod. Many of them also carried whips. The Bellsnickle always knew who had been naughty.”

— pages 88-89, The Old Magic of Christmas, Linda Raedisch

Time drops in decay
Like a candle burnt out,
And the mountains and woods
Have their day, have their day;
But, kindly old rout
Of the fire-born moods,
You pass not away.
— W. B. Yeats

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Confederate Cemetery overlooking Fayetteville, Arkansas. November 16, 2016, Photo by Joshua Heston

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Chick-fil-A Branson

Chick Fil-A

“We should be about more than just selling chicken. We should be a part of our customers’ lives and the communities in which we serve.” Founder, Truett Cathy, made the decision to close on Sundays in 1946 when he opened his first restaurant in Hapeville, Georgia.

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Having worked seven days a week in restaurants open 24 hours, Truett saw the importance of closing on Sundays so his employees could rest and worship if they choose — a practice we uphold today.

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#10 Downing

No. 10 Downing is a full service salon that offers pampering for your hair, nails and skin needs. located on Hollister, Missouri’s historic Downing Street, owner Jane Ewing displays local arts and crafts for sale as well.

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Ken Sweetser

Ken Sweetser

“My grandmother’s family was from this part of the country,” shares Ken Sweetser, originally from California with a LONG layover in New Mexico. “I moved to the Ozarks in 2006. I wanted to see green grass, water, and trees!” Ken is a historian and writer.

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“I love making people laugh. I love writing about everyday life. I love history. We have historically significant places just here in Springfield: Route 66, railroads, folklore, unique culture. It’s not about fame for me. I just want to have fun.”

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More Ozark Folklore Monsters…

Jimplicute

A ghostly, bloodsucking dinosaur invented to frighten slaves.

High-Behind

A lizard as big as a bull with hind legs that are 10 times higher than its forelegs. The High-Behind laps victims up like a frog laps up flies. It also sucks in its guts to hide-behind trees, therefore, it is sometimes called the HIDE-BEHIND.

King doodle or Whangdoodle

A big lizard that makes a booming sound (like a mountain boomer or collared lizard). It’s longer than a well-rope and 14 hands high.

Gollywog

A giant mudpuppy or waterdog. It is eight-to-10 feet long and destroys fishing tackle.

Snawfus

An albino deer with supernatural powers. The snawfus leaps into treetops and hollers HALYROO in the pineries at night. Antlered head and wings like sprays of dogwood blossoms. The snawfus emits spirals of blue smoke…probably the haze in the hills seen in the early morning. The animal has flowering apple or plum tree boughs in place of antlers.

Stone County Monster

An upright standing tan-colored panther with a long tail and enormous teeth.

Wowzer or Woozer

Super-panther – bites victims head off

Gallywampus

A great amphibious panther that swims like a giant mink.

Roark Creek Wampus Cats

An Ozark Bobcat or Bay-Lynx

Whistling Wampus (or Whistler)

A smart, big black cat that “whistles-in” victims.
“Concatinated Order of the Hoo Hoo” Gordon, Ark 1892

The Whistling Whoo-Hoo

A supernatural Cyclone

Hickelsnoorus & Ring-Tailed Tooter

Any member of the Whistling Wampus Cat Family

Chaw-Green

Resembling a bear, the Chaw-Green has a long tail striped like a barber pole. It is known to steal tobacco and can be easily recognized as it chews and spits like a man.

Alien dissection by Curtis Copeland

During the winter months of 1979, a rash of strange cattle mutilations were reported across the Ozarks Plateau. Each report was eerily similar: one or more cows near the house and barn, easily within earshot, were killed. Eyeballs and genitals were surgically cut out and each animal was drained of blood, though there was little if any blood on the ground. For several days afterwards, farm dogs were reported acting strangely. There is still no conclusive answer to these happenings.

About the Artist…

Curtis Copeland

Curtis Copeland is a lifelong Ozarker with a strong background in fine arts. A longtime cartographer for the City of Branson, Copeland lives in rural Christian County with wife Crystal and son Coulter. Curtis graciously created all the original art seen on #ArcaneOzarks.

Recommended Reading

Vance Randolph

“Some say that the Devil lives in that hole, imprisoned  under a heavy fall of rock. There are stories of old men who claim to have visited the place as children. Some of these men swear that they heard the Devil’s groans and curses and smelled burning flesh and brimstone. Strange people live on the escarpments, it is said, and throw odd things into the pit at night, especially when the moon is full. There are tales of dark-visaged ‘furriners’ traveling at night, who make regular pilgrimages to the pace from distant parts of the country. I have made an effort to locate this legendary spot, without success. There is a deep canyon with high rugged walls near Mena, Arkansas, which is known as ‘Devil’s Half Acre,’ but the story of the Devil’s imprisonment is not known to the people who live there.

— page 277, Ozark Magic & Folklore, Vance Randolph (Columbia University Press, 1947)

Ozark Ghost Stories

“Booger County isn’t in the atlas. The word booger comes from ‘booger man,’ known elsewhere as ‘bogeyman,’ the creature of your darkest fears. My friend, the late Otto Loomis, told me that the pioneers inherited  the term from the Native Americans, who believed that terrible things happen to people here. The word is old. Some etymologists say it comes from the Irish bogach or bog, a swamp inhabited by evil apparitions. From it comes bogey, bogy or bogie, which became the Middle English bugge and eventually bugaboo, an imaginary terror, or bugbear, a frightening phantom, are the origins. I believe booger comes from the Scotch bogle, a specter. Scotch-Irish settlers brought the word from the old country. I spell booger with two O’s, because that’s how it is pronounced.”

— page 1, Searching for Booger County: Ozark Folk Histories, Sandy Ray Chapin, Boogeyman Books, Elder Mountain Press 2002

Booger County

“Deep in the Ozarks, folks have always known that there were conjurin’ women who knew the use of roots and herbs for medicines, and the use of ‘remedies’ and spells. But there was witches too, bad witches that had to be avoided, or laid low with good witchcraft when there was bad witchcraft afoot. One ol’ woman was a conjurer, but she wasn’t such a bad type; she often used her spells and remedies for good. She had a familiar spirit, the ghost of a dead witch man, that came to her in the body of an old, wild razorback hog, and he helped her with her spells. On October, at Halloween, the folks int he valley was holdin’ a’ early hog-scaldin’. Every October the hill people would slaughter hogs and put the meat into the smokehouse for the long winter….

— page 26, Ozark Ghost Stories, Richard & Judy Dockrey Young, August House Publishers, 1995

Louise Riotte Astrological Gardening

“Throughout the ancient world of the Babylonians, the moon goddess Ishtar, was hailed by farmers as the ‘Green One’ and the ‘All-Dewy One.’ It was to Ishtar that the Babylonians paid homage as the goddess who sent water so that plants would grow and thrive in the torrid dry desert lands of Mesopotamia. And it was her recurring movements in the sky that told them when to plant their seeds and when to harvest their crops. Primitive ideas? Yes. But basically sound. Of course we no longer believe the moon is divine, but we do know that there is a definite relationship between the cycle of the moon and the weather. Actually, moon worship cropped up all over. Not only were the Babylonians adoring the moon, but the Greeks, Egyptians, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Phoenicians, and Romans also were known to have held the moon is special veneration.”

— page 8, Astrological Gardening, Louise Riotte, A Gardenway Publishing Book, 1989