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Travel, history, and folklore often come together in Lynn Michelsohn's books. Ghost stories associated with particular historical locations especially interest her, as do fascinating characters and quirky facts about places she loves--the South Carolina Lowcountry, the American Southwest, and the Galapagos Islands.
A Message from the Author:
I write for three reasons. First of all, it's fun. Secondly, it keeps my brain alive and functioning as I learn new things. Finally, and probably most importantly, it keeps me out of my sons' hair (I just know I could run their lives, if only they would let me!).
Several years ago, I closed my long-time New Mexico practice in clinical and forensic psychology to devote more time to writing--and beachcombing. My husband, a former attorney, and I now divide our time between Santa Fe and Hutchinson Island, Florida, where our two adult sons visit us regularly (but not often enough).
Wow! This writing (and beachcombing) is really great! I recommend it to all of you who have ever thought about starting that memoir or article or novel. Kindle makes publishing incredibly easy, and who knows, you might even sell a few 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!" gave me the chance to share these interests with visitors to the Land of Enchantment.
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" recounts stories from Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina's popular tourist attraction near Myrtle Beach. I am happy to see that the three shorter collections of tales from this longer work are quite popular on Kindle: "Lowcountry Ghosts," "Gullah Ghosts," and "Crab Boy's Ghost." Recently I released two new short collections, "Lowcountry Hurricanes" and "Lowcountry Confederates" in a new series called "More Tales from Brookgreen." I hope to add more lowcountry ghost stories and folktales to the series 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. I've had fun putting 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 referred to as "The Encantadas." We call the book "In the Galapagos Islands with Herman Melville" and hope this glimpse into the "Enchanted Isles," written over 150 years ago, will enrich the visits of today's travelers. I've also put two shorter ebooks from it on Kindle 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 book, "Billy the Kid's Jail," and one longer book, "Billy the Kid in Santa Fe, Book One: Young Billy." It is the first in a non-fiction trilogy exploring Santa Fe of the 1870s and 1880s and the time Billy spent there. I'm currently working on "Book Two: Outlaw Billy," describing his stay in the Santa Fe jail during the winter of 1880-1881. It's hard to avoid detouring into writing more about Santa Fe itself as I often get lost in reading local newspapers from that era. So many fascinating details!
on Feb. 12, 2017 :
This is a collection of ghost stories set in South Carolina, between Myrtle Beach and Georgetown. They are told in the fashion of a couple of hostesses (Miss Genevieve and Cousin Corrie) in a museum trying to amuse the guests.
The White Lady of Hermitage == The first story is about Alice Flagg. It is placed at Brookgreen Gardens. Typical story of forbidden love in the 1800's between a rich plantation owner's sister and a young man who is "beneath her stature". Alice dies young, and her ghost is said to still walk the plantation searching for either her true love or the ring that was lost to her.
Ghost Ships == Started out talking about ghost ships seen in Merrull's Inlet by the Methodist Church. Then turned into a history lesson about the church itself.
The Wachesaw Ghosts == When asked about a string of colorful beads, Miss Genevieve tells a story of an archeological dig for indian relics and bones. And the belief of ghosts connected to the items found.
These tales were taken from a longer book (Tales from Brookgreen: Folklore,Ghost Stories, and Gullah Folktales in the South Carolina Lowcountry). Maybe that is why I found this book just short of entertaining. It was a history lesson about the Waccassaw area and the Belin/Flagg family.
(reviewed 6 years after purchase)
on Aug. 05, 2012 :
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 7 months after purchase)
Susanna C. Mahoney
on July 08, 2012 :
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 34 days after purchase)
on March 15, 2012 :
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 37 days after purchase)
on Feb. 29, 2012 :
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 22 days after purchase)
on Feb. 28, 2012 :
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 23 days after purchase)
on Feb. 26, 2012 :
i particularly enjoyed the ghost stories in this book. i am from south carolina. well written and a great read!!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on Feb. 26, 2012 :
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 22 days after purchase)
on Feb. 18, 2012 :
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 13 days after purchase)
on Feb. 08, 2012 :
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 2 days after purchase)
on Feb. 06, 2012 :
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 2 days after purchase)
on Feb. 06, 2012 :
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)