Here is a list of member merchandise available. This list is not complete; it represents material our members have volunteered to have online. If you are interested in purchasing any of these materials, please contact the storyteller directly. If you are interested in merchandise from other tellers in our Guild, please contact them directly.

Gail Herman:
I am selling three main items at the moment:

1)      Gail N. Herman & Steve Herman, Eds. (2015).Tales of Mischievous Martha: New York City Wanderings, Foster Care, and Orphanage Life.   True stories about Martha's mother immigrating to America and then Martha's life in New York City after her father died when she was one year old.  After a brief period in foster care, Martha and her brother were sent to orphanages.  Her stories bring to like a somewhat defiant, ever resilient child standing up for herself despite bullies and institutional rules and regimentation.  Her stories echo tenderness, humor and pathos, as well as mischief.  Kids love her adventures and misadventures, and they sympathize with her struggles and setbacks.

2)      Stories and Songs of Creative Creatures. (2007). By Storyteller Gail N. Herman, and Musicians Sally Stephenson (Dhruva') and Elaine Wine.  Stories are for primary and elementary students and include live storytelling in WV of Gail's "Angie the Ant," "The Owl's Feathers,"  "Sylvester and the Grumps," and a tale about animals and the "Talent Show."  Students hear how to dump the grumps with put-ups, find your unique strengths, and share.

Songs are about creative students and include "Scamper," "Earth's Future" and "Dream on Children" (good for introducing biographical presentations).

3)      Sylvester and the Grumps is a 8 X 11 spiral bound book about a grumpy monkey and how he spreads his grumps into a cycle of put-downs.  Text by Gail N. Herman, illustrations by Joy Mewhinny. 

All of the above are $10.50 + shipping = $13.  Pay by check.

Mail to Dr. Gail N. Herman

11 Russell Lane

Easthampton, MA 01027


Gail will mail you the item in a week.

Granny Sue's Storytelling CDs 

Stories of ghosts, romance, humor, history and memories--along with old mountain ballads and even a few poems.

Buy them easily through Paypal! Some are available on Amazon too. And you can always buy directly from me. Just email me at for payment and shipping details.


Mountain Story, Mountain Song: my first CD is currently available on Amazon.  This one includes my most popular story, The Headless Woman of Brier Creek, as well my personal favorite, Gracie's Cabinwhich is a story I wrote based on the name of a road. Also includes several ballads.

Beyond the Grave: Ghost Stories and Ballads from the Mountains includes West Virginia's most famous ghost, The Greenbrier Ghost, along with several other lesser-known stories like The Holly River Ghost, and a few ballads.

Beyond the Grave II : More Ghost Stories from West Virginia. Includes 10 of my favorite stories. Includes some popular stories like The Last Public Hanging, and lesser-known tales like Ikie's Tomb. Like my first ghost stories CD, all are stories from West Virginia I've collected and researched over the past 20 years.

Idy Mae's Full Moon: and other stories and songs by Granny Sue was a fun project. It includes stories from my husband's childhood growing up in a West Virginia coal camp, a story from my childhood, and an Appalachian Jack tale, along with a couple songs. I call this CD my "family friendly" one--no scary stuff!


I am a short story writer and poet as well as a storyteller. Each of the following anthologies includes one of my stories or poems.

Easter Lilies: An Appalachia-Inspired Short Story Collection 
includes my storyThe Old Cupboard, which was inspired by an old cabinet we bought and repaired.

These Haunted Hills: A Collection of Short Stories includes one of my ghost stories.

Unity: Coming Together, Falling Apart includes my story Fruitcakes, a true story of why my sisters and I gather each year to make these luscious, old-timey cakes. The book is filled with great stories and poetry by writers from across West Virginia. A powerful read in these contentious days.

Fed From the Blade: Tales and Poems from the Mountains includes my poem Sago, about the West Virginia mine disaster of that name. This anthology includes writings by some of West Virginia's best authors. It's a pleasure to read, one of those books you have to stop and think a while as you read, just to savor the writing.

Diner Stories: Off the Menu is a fine anthology based on the theme of--you guessed it--diners! My story, Love's Old Sweet Song, is included in this excellent collection.