Thursday, June 11, 2015

Howard Street Hauntings

News Flash!!

My new book, Howard Street Hauntings, has just been published.

This is a sequel to my first book, Digging up Uncle Evans, which was based on our popular "Down Point" Ghost & History Walking Tour. The current volume, Howard Street Hauntings, is based on our "Around Creek" Ghost & History Walking Tour.

Howard Street Hauntings includes the stories of Old Diver (the unfortunate sailor whose ghost prowls graveyards on British Cemetery Road), Mad Mag (a long-dead housewife whose peculiar ways continue to frighten islanders), and Frank Treat Fulcher (a salty old sailor who became a Methodist preacher). You can also read about the woman who kept her casket in her parlor for seven years, the ghost ship of the Outer Banks, the suspended casket, and the phantom freighter, as well as tales from WWII, a recipe for Ocracoke Island meal wine, dramatic accounts of rescues by the United States Life-Saving Service, and more.

Howard Street Hauntings is available at Village Craftsmen, other Ocracoke Island stores, and on line at Also, on that same page, you can order Digging up Uncle Evans, or the two-book set.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Part II of Crystal Canterbury's account of her first visit to Portsmouth Island. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous7:16 AM

    I suppose this is on the same subject, there is a Magazine called Found, which I did not know that the book I "found" while sorting books was based on the "best of" Found over the years. Anyway, I thought your readers may be interested in the pictures as the items featured in Found mainly consist of handwriting; bits of society's castaways.

  2. Anonymous2:11 PM

    Long overdue, but anything worthwhile is worth waiting for.
    Looking forward to my next good read.

  3. Kevin7:08 AM

    Congratulations, Philip!

  4. Anonymous9:50 PM

    We brought the fourth generation of our family to visit the Village Craftsmen on Wednesday. I hope one day our son can meet you, and that I have the opportunity to again as well. I was five or six years old the last time I remember meeting you.

    My wife is a relative newcomer to Ocracoke (10 years) and spotted your new book instantly. We are now proud owners of a copy signed by the author!

    I am very much looking forward to the day that she allows me the opportunity to read it. Fortunately she wont put it down so I don't think I have to wait long.

    Congratulations on the new book, and thanks!