The Spookiest Releases

December 2021
Written By: 
Sam Ikner
Photographs by: 
courtesy of the Publishers

Scary favorites for those that aren’t ready to give up the Halloween spirit just yet

The Old and New Legends of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina 
By Christine Vernon  
Draft2Digital, $9.99
Release Date: June 22, 2021

South Carolina has a long, interesting history—and, with that, comes ghost stories! This nonfiction exploration into the South Strand’s spookiest mysteries is a read any ghost lover will enjoy. If you’re not quite ready to let go of the Halloween season, this book is a must-read. Vernon has collected some of the most popular and intriguing legends from Murrells Inlet. From stories of the notorious Grey Man, to a more personal and haunting story from Vernon’s very own backyard, readers will delight in these crafted tales. Verrnon is somewhat of a local legend herself, acting as organizer and owner of Miss Chris’  Inlet Walking Tour—Ghosts, Pirates and Legends. From that research sprung the idea of creating a book to create a written record of some of the history. Vernon’s book can be picked up in a number of bookstores, such as Barnes and Noble, along with other retailers like Amazon and Target. If you’re in search of a slightly scary book to cozy up with this holiday season, consider picking up a copy of The Old and New Legends of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.

Sea Fog: A Folly Beach Halloween Mystery
By Bill Noel and Angelica Cruz 
Draft2Digital, $4.99
Release Date: August 23, 2021

Mystery buffs, beware: this book isn’t for the faint of heart! This Folly Beach Mystery follows Chris Landrum as he and his friend, Charles Fowler, find an actual dead body among the decorations of a haunted house. Read along as Landrum finds himself in the middle of a larger-than-life mystery that includes a whole cast of characters, including a ghost-hunting couple, an egotistical dentist, and a dog the size of a Fiat! The Folly Beach series is comprised of 19 books by Bill Noel, with Sea Fog serving as Angelica Cruz’s debut novel. Together, the pair created a spectacularly spooky book for readers to enjoy. From an unmatched attention to detail to intriguing descriptions and well-rounded characters, their novel definitely earned its way onto my must-read list. From the first sentence to the last, I was invested in the world and mystery that Landrum found himself in. Will Landrum solve the mystery of the murder, or will he and Fowler become the haunted house’s newest decorations? You’ll be on the edge of your seat with this 290-page novel, perfect for those of us who already miss Halloween season! Pick up your copy at bookstores and retailers, such as Barnes and Noble and Amazon.