Author, Darla Saylor Jackson, has written seven books including the popular “Harlan County Haunts” series. Her first book, “Harlan County Haunts,” highlights the Mountain Jane Doe murder which sparked new interest and the final solving of the decades old cold case. Other books include “More Harlan County Haunts,” the sequel of her first. After nearly a decade, she released “Haunted Harlan County, Volume 1,” which is an expansive paranormal account book co-authored with Tony Felosi. She has written a series entitled “The Secret Chronicles of Pine Mountain,” which has to parts, with the intention of having four. She has also co-authored with Felosi “The Manzo Shepherd Story,” and “The Ghosts of Portal 31.”
Darla Jackson took part and narrated the Emmy award winning, “The Dead Unknown,” a four-part documentary featuring the journey of solving the Mountain Jane Doe mystery as well as other cold cases.
Darla is the owner of Mount Pleasant Funeral Home in Harlan, KY, Raven Rock Trading Co. in Cumberland, KY, and co-owner of Mountain Gypsy Herbs, Inc., a bath and body company focusing on herbal, all natural products using locally grown and foraged ingredients. She has a degree in psychology from Midway University in Midway, Kentucky, and in her spare time, enjoys ruby mining in NC and writing about the paranormal.
She teaches art and journaling to women inmates in Kentucky prisons, and is a certified community scholar. She has worked with Berea College’s Promise Neighborhood program and was an artist in residence with the Kentucky Arts Council for 10 years in a double genre of Folk Art and Literature.
Darla writes for two local newspapers: The Tri-City News and The Harlan Enterprise and tries to highlight human interest stories and people who contribute to the community. She has a passion for real estate and is in the process of restoring several buildings in Cumberland, Kentucky located in Harlan County.