MARTHA K. SEAGLE, STAFF WRITER
The inspiration for Beau Kingâ€™s Eternal Tales Vol. 1 was the tales of haunted places passed down by his family.
Growing up in the Rhyne Heights neighborhood in Lincolnton, King thrived on the ghost stories told by his grandparents, as well as his parents and neighbors in the community.
â€œMy dad has now passed on,â€ King said. â€œAs my mom is aging, I became worried that the stories would be lost.â€
Eternal Tales Vol. 1 is a collection of 47 stories from Lincoln, Gaston, Catawba and Iredell counties.
Lincoln County residents will easily recognize some of the landmarks included in the tales, among them Crowell Hospital, Rhyne Mill, Winn Dixie Marketplace and the old North Brook School.
King describes the stories as â€œeasy reads.â€ â€œYou can read one in a few minutes, put the book down and come back to read another one when youâ€™re ready,â€ King said.
Creekside Publishing in Lincolnton published the book recently.
â€œIt seems like publishing took forever, but Steve Payseur at Creekside Publishing guided me through the steps and I am grateful to him,â€ King said.
A senior at Appalachian State University double majoring in history and creative writing, Kingâ€™s dream is to land a job at a museum and continue writing.
He also wants to continue developing his skills as a folk-teller, something that he put to use in writing his first book.
â€œI used two or three different styles of storytelling in writing Tales, Volume 1,â€ King said, citing favorite author Nancy Rhyne as an inspiration for his writing style.
In all, King plans to publish five volumes of tales, with the fourth volume being totally dedicated to haunted stories of Lincoln County.
Eternal Tales Volume 1 is sold on-line from Creekside Publishing for around $12. King is also talking with local merchants about selling his book in their stores.