Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Roberts: N.C. ghost authority

Before Stephen King. Before Pat Conroy. And before Stuart Woods, there was Nancy Roberts.

As a small child growing up in North Carolina, Roberts' books were the absolute best; there were none better. When it came time for my class to go to the library, her books were the first ones I sought out. After all, what's more intriguing to a 12-year old than ghost stories about your backyard?

"She has heard hundreds of ghost stories and collected them in 13 books, prompting Southern Living magazine to proclaim her 'Custodian of the Twilight Zone,'" according to the Wilson Daily Times. Roberts was recently in town to speak at the Ragan Writing Center at Barton College.

And, naturally, someone asked her if she believes in ghosts.

"I believe that people have told me the truth about things that really happened to them. I believe in their veracity. ... "Let's just say that I believe enough to have a healthy respect for these stories."

The article goes on to say that Roberts "has not sought to verify stories herself" ... "but she has seen the Maco Light, a ball of fire on an island off Hilton Head, S.C., and other oddities."

More information on Roberts or her books is available at www.nrobertsbooks.com and you can read the rest of the Wilson Daily Times article here.


Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more! I used to love to read the stories about the Brown Mtn. Lights, the Maco Light and the one about the girl who died in a car crash on prom night, and men keep "bringing her home," not knowing that the girl that was in their car was a ghost the whole time!

Otis said...

It was her books that I found as a small child that lead me to my love of reading.

M. Lail said...

Otis, this comment plus the one about Cubbies -- are we the same person?