Lowcountry Ghosts: Stories of Alice Flagg, Confederate Blockade Runners, and Haunted Beads

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What ghosts haunt ancient rice fields and mysterious marshes along the South Carolina Coast near Myrtle Beach? . . . lovely Alice Flagg? Confederate blockade runners? long-forgotten Wachesaw braves?
vengeful pirates? Find history, mystery, and romance in these three gentle ghost stories (10,000 words, 9 illustrations, 94 pages in paperback) from the longer collection, "Tales from Brookgreen." More

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About Lynn Michelsohn

As an author and devoted traveler, I closed my long-time New Mexico practice of clinical and forensic psychology in 2008 to devote more time to writing, and beachcombing. My husband, a former attorney, and I divide our time between Santa Fe and West Palm Beach where our two adult sons visit us regularly (but not often enough).

Wow! This writing (and beachcombing) is really fun! I recommend it to all of you who have ever thought about starting that memoir or novel or article. Smashwords makes publishing incredibly easy, and who knows, you might even sell a couple of hundred thousand copies (I haven't yet)!

After years of living in Roswell with its sometimes offbeat attractions and history--the Roswell Incident, for example--writing "Roswell, Your Travel Guide to the UFO Capital of the World!" (available in paperback and as an ebook) gave me the chance to share these interests with visitors to the Land of Enchantment. I have also published a shorter selection from it, "Roswell, NM: The Ten Best Free Things To Do," as an ebook.

Next I wrote a book about a distinctly different region, one I have loved since my childhood spent knee-deep in the marshes and saltwater creeks of the South Carolina coast. "Tales from Brookgreen: Folklore, Ghost Stories, and Gullah Folktales in the South Carolina Lowcountry" (paperback and ebook) recounts stories from Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina's popular tourist attraction just south of Myrtle Beach. I am happy to see that the three shorter collections of stories from this longer work are quite popular: "Lowcountry Ghosts," "Gullah Ghosts," and "Crab Boy's Ghost." I hope to get back to work on more lowcountry ghost stories soon.

Did you know that Herman Melville, of "Moby-Dick" fame, wrote a series of articles describing the Galapagos Islands? Neither did I until recently. My latest project has been to put Melville's articles together with wonderful photographs taken by my son Moses in the Galapagos Islands, and writing introductory material to create a book for the modern visitor to the place Melville called "The Encantadas." We call the book "In the Galapagos Islands with Herman Melville" (paperback and book) and hope this glimpse into the "Enchanted Isles," written over 150 years ago, will enrich the visits of today's travelers. I've also published two short portions of it as ebooks that feature even more of Moses' great photos: "Galapagos Islands Birds" and "Galapagos Islands Landscapes."

Recently I've gotten interested in researching the famous New Mexico outlaw Billy the Kid, especially the time he spent in Santa Fe. Did you know that more movies have been made about him over the years than about ANY OTHER individual? I have already completed one short ebook, "Billy the Kid's Jail," with more to come. It's hard not to write more about Santa Fe in the 1870s and 1880s than about Billy. I get lost in reading Santa Fe newspapers from that era. So many fascinating details!

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Reviews

Review by: Amy Stilgenbauer on Aug. 05, 2012 : star star star
This set of three short interconnected folk ghost stories reads like sitting on a front porch listening to neighbors, family and friends share tales. It is ideal for a quick read, especially if you like a touch of paranormal with a hint of local lore. I recommend this to anyone with a interest in local lore, oral histories, or folk tales, which exactly why I picked it up and am very glad that I did.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Susanna C. Mahoney on July 08, 2012 : star star star star
This is a historical tour of the past about South Carolina, this author is describing folks, history, past memories by two elephants with memories of the past and are story tellers. As a reviewer below states "two sixty-ish southern ladies in sturdy shoes", Miss Genevieve and the author's Cousin Corrie Dusenbury. speak about ghost legends at the Brookgreen Gardens in Merrells Inlet, of S. Carolina. It has character and is descriptive of the old South, the elegance of sitting on a porch sipping lemonades and reminiscent about three ghost tales. This is a Historical review if the author expands into a more horror details since that is what the readers are looking for, then it would have more interest to readers who like to be chill to their bones. Otherwise it was entertaining to take a step through the time machine and observed the former glory days of the story tellers. I Apologized to author, this was lost among my emails, so I am responding now and will share book at Facebook link https://www.facebook.com/pages/Message-To-My-Children-2-Fantasy-Escapism/103661739691732 for other to review and see other books written by this author.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Avo Uvesian on March 15, 2012 : star star star star
These three stories need to be retold in a recorded book with the South Carolina drawls of sweet Miss Genevieve and Cousin Corrie. These gentile, southern ladies were once masters at ghost-story-telling at the Brookgreen Gardens in Merrells Inlet, South Carolina. Lynn Michelson does and excellent job of passing on their ghostly legends. I wonder if the spirits of Genevieve and Corrie don't pleasantly haunt those gardens still?

Each ghost story contains details from South Carolina lowcountry history. A map is provide for those who aren't familiar with that part of the country. Michelsohn does more to bring the stories alive when she concludes and personalizes the book by describing her own experiences visiting Brookstone Gardens. I enjoyed the author's writing here as much as I did in the ghost stories.

"In those simpler days, visitors to Brookgreen Gardens turned off the narrow pavement of Highway 17, the King's Highway, onto two parallel ribbons of concrete spaced far enough apart to support the wheels of a car. Visitors drove slowly along those concrete ribbons through the wooded deer park. . . . (p. 28)

"After a leisurely stroll through the Live Oak Allee, with perhaps a detour into the Palmetto Garden, a peek inside the Old Kitchen, and a dip of the fingers into the cool water of the Alligator Bender Pool,. . ." (p. 28)

"I. . . enjoyed playing hide-and seek among sun-dappled sculptures and looking for painted river turtles sleeping on logs that floated in the old rice field swamps. I loved darting from the shelter of one live oak canopy to the next during summer showers." (p. 29)

Ms. Michelsohn perceives her surroundings with the eye of a talented writer. This suggests that she has the ability to write fiction that could pull the reader right into the story and setting. It also suggests that an autobiography could provide an very appealing read.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Grizzly21 on Feb. 29, 2012 : star star
This was an ok book. Although I had a hard time getting into it. It didn't grab and keep my attention. The way the stories were told was different than I am used to also.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sam Burns on Feb. 28, 2012 : star star star star star
I absolutely loved this book, the stories were set in South Carolina with enough detail and background that you can close your eyes and see it. A must read for anyone who loves ghost stories, I won this from LibraryThing
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: dana nelms on Feb. 26, 2012 : star star star star star
i particularly enjoyed the ghost stories in this book. i am from south carolina. well written and a great read!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Donna O'Neil on Feb. 26, 2012 : star star star star star
As others have said, this is a little book with which contains 3 ghost stories: The White Lady of Hermitage, Ghost Ships and The Wachesaw Ghosts. The stories are told by "two sixty-ish southern ladies in sturdy shoes", Miss Genevieve and the author's Cousin Corrie Dusenbury.

I received this book through LibraryThing's Member Giveaway. I was not sure what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised by "Lowcountry Ghosts", and recommend it.

Reading this book was like sitting in a comfortable chair in a dimly lit room with a small group of friends, listening to two cute "old" ladies telling stories meant to excite...not necessarily frighten.

I'm from New England,and have never been to the Lowcountry. Ms. Michelsohn did an amazing job of weaving enough description into the stories to make it seem like I'd visited Brookgreen Gardens (and to make me hope I get the opportunity to visit!)

I will definitely read the author's longer work, Tales from Brookgreen, from which these stories were excerpted.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lisa on Feb. 18, 2012 : star star star
This was a very interesting book filled with historical information concerning South Carolina and ghost tales from this area. I especially enjoyed the story where the ghostly humming turned out to be something very natural rather than supernatural. The story of the Murano beads was also very intersting to me as I hear of these quite a bit. The writing was very well done and I liked how the tales were told by the two main characters.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Michele Minor on Feb. 08, 2012 : star star star
These are a short collection of three ghost stories set in Murrells Inlet, SC. Normally when you hear about the Lowcountry of South Carolina you think of Charleston, SC not necessarily Murrells Inlet which is close to Myrtle Beach. These stories come from a longer book of ghost stories that the writer had written. These stories give you a different perspective of the area before Myrtle Beach became a tourist trap. If I am in the area I would like to visit the Brookgreen Plantation. There is a historical interlude where Confederate blockade running is explained. One downside of this book is that it seems to be an advertisement for her other books. She has included excerpts from her other books that are not set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Scooby2 on Feb. 06, 2012 : star star star star
I'm so glad I won this from Library Thing. I love to read ghost stories and this is a nice set of three ghost stories set in South Carolina. This collection was well written and instantly grabbed the reader's attention. What makes the stories stand out, is that they are based on "true" accounts and have been passed down for generations. I look forward to reading more from Mrs Michelsohn. I would definitely recommend others give this a chance.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Andrea on Feb. 06, 2012 : star star star
This is a collection of 3 short stories that are ghost stories with a lot of the history also. I read this in just a couple hours. These stories weren't scary, but mostly historical taking the reader through the history behind each of these ghosts. All of these stories are set in the Carolina Lowcountry.

I found these stories to be interesting and liked the one about the Haunted Beads the most. It was nice to get some history along with the story.

I received this ebook for free through LibraryThing member giveaways in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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