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Spooky South Carolina

All at once, the moon came sliding out from behind a cloud, lighting the scene in front of me.  And I screamed.  I couldn’t help it.  The skeleton of a horse was rising out of the water, dripping mud and dead leaves and gunk of all sorts.  First came its skull, then the bones of its neck, and then its shoulder girdle and its back.  I hadn’t seen the figure on its back at first because its torso was hidden by the horse’s skull.  Now I could see a uniformed body which ended obscenely at the throat…

“The Horseman” from Spooky South Carolina
Spooky South Carolina by S.E. Schlosser
Spooky South Carolina by S.E. Schlosser

Pull up a chair or gather ’round the campfire and get ready for twenty-five creepy tales of ghostly hauntings, eerie happenings, and other strange occurrences in South Carolina. From the Gray Lady of Camden to the treasure chests of Folly Island, and from the Lizard Man of Lee County to the Third Eye Man of Columbia, the stories in this entertaining and compelling collection will have you looking over your shoulder again and again.

South Carolina folklore traditions are kept alive in these expert retellings by master storyteller S. E. Schlosser and through artist Paul Hoffman’s evocative illustrations. You’ll meet ghosts, boo hags, and evil spirits; hear things that go bump in the night; and feel an icy wind on the back of your neck on a warm summer evening. Whether read around the campfire on a dark and dreary night or from the backseat of the family van on the way to Grandma’s, this is a collection to treasure.


Spooky South Carolina by S.E. Schlosser
Spooky South Carolina by S.E. Schlosser

Part One:  Ghost Stories 

1.      The White Dog – Sumner National Forest
2.      Lavinia – Charleston
3.      The Passenger – Colleton County
4.      The Thirteenth Step – Edisto Island
5.       Tony – Johns Island
6.        The Sentry – Georgetown
7.        Gray Lady – Camden
8.        Crybaby Bridge – Union County
9.        The Horseman – Camden
10.     Treasure Chests – Folly Island
11.    Funeral Procession – Hilton Head
12.    The Miner – Spartanburg County

Part Two:  Powers of Darkness and Light

13.  Boo Hag – Beaufort
14.  The Black Chevy – Cherokee County
15.  Hexed – Edisto Island
16.  The Bridal Party – Hagley Landing
17.  The Sleeping Preacher – Newberry County
18.  Storm Warning – Pawley’s Island
19.  Dispatched – Greenville
20.  Devil on a Tombstone – York County
21.  Lizard Man – Lee County
22.  Mermaid – Charleston
23.  Third Eye Man – Columbia
24.    Dr. Buzzard – St. Helena
25.  Plat-eye – Myrtle Beach