Here at George Mason
University, I teach several folklore
courses, including one on ghost tales.
Several of my students have told me their stories about Walney Road's
ghostly hitchhiker and recorded copies for our Northern Virginia Folklife
Archive. The version that I tell here comes from those tales.
I'd love to hear your stories about Walney Road or about other uncanny,
ghostly events you've heard of here in the Northern Virginia area. Just
email us. Tell us your story and how you heard about it. Let us know
if we can include it in our web-based archive.
Many folklorists and others who write down stories look for ways to keep
oral words alive on a page. Web-based
language helps me find new ways to translate spoken words onto a flat
We use ethnopoetic arrangements, like the ones you'd find in William McCarthy's
Jack in Two Worlds: Contemporary North American Tales & Their Tellers.
our next issue of ://English Matters, look for the next step in
digital ethnopoetics with our Flash animation of this story.
Here is my telling of Walney Road.