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Ghosts of the Carolinas Paperback – Oct 1 1988
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When packing for your next camping trip, be sure to include a few stories to tell around the campfire. Many of the tales in Ghosts are retellings of old standbys such as "The Gray Man" or "The Hound of Goshen," and sprinkled among these familiar tales are stories of past and present Carolinian hauntings which will send a satisfying chill down the spine of the ghost story aficionado. Roberts narrates her stories with a casual Southern voice reminiscent of a front porch social on a warm summer evening.
About the Author
Roberts, a journalist for many years, has worked for newspapers in New Jersey, Florida, and North Carolina. She lives with her son, David, and her husband, Jim Brown.
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All the same, my story is spooky enough to warrant retelling.
Circa 1978, I had met a pretty young woman on a trip to Nassau in the Bahamas.
My brother and I were playing backgammon on "Paradise Island" under a tiki-type shelter.
It began to rain lightly and a small group of women on their high school senior trip asked if they could join us under the shelter.
We obliged and I played backgammon with one of them and we hit it off really well.
We went on to have dinner together that night and spent a very romantic evening together.
I still remember hearing the tide "breathe in and out" as the tide rolled up on a small pier/jetty on the hotel's beach while she
went into the hotel to "freshen up". I was about to have a "coming of age moment", even if it was to be typically kind of bungled.
I went on to visit her twice at her parents gracious home and farm in South Carolina.
I remember driving one night with her and her dad and we passed a very modest home with strings of hubcaps and other things outside.
When I asked her dad what it was for, he replied "it's to keep ghosts away".
"Really?", I said.
"Do you seen any ghosts"?
"I imagine it's working!", he replied!
After my 1st visit, she mailed me a hardcover book by this name which I thought was very kind.
I know it was different because it had a story titled, "The Gray Man of Pawleys Island".
Here is where it gets weird!
I never told her but on one of the nights I spent at their home, I was getting ready to go to bed and "clear as day" saw apparitions of what appeared to be a group of rural, farming relatives of hers dressed as if from another century!
I wasn't scared and they were not malevolent, perhaps merely curious.
I got goosebumps now just thinking of it!
Imagine my surprise when she mailed me a similar book after that trip!
After my 2nd trip, she became engaged and we never spoke again.
I will never forget her, her family's hospitality or that evening!
(I will try to forget the anti-Semitic vibe I got from one of the guys I met at the tobacco auction she had a summer job at but, hey, that was some people's attitude at the time. I let it drop and moved the conversation along.)
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