A South Carolina writer and historian of local legends, Nancy Rhyne was intrigued by the stories of the Lizard Man returning from the swamps to make his presence known. Captivated by the resurgence of this longtime legend, she began writing a children’s adaptation of the legend entitled The South Carolina Lizard Man.
In Rhyne’s account, two young twins named Josh and Matt venture into the dangerous unknowns of the haunted Hell Hole Swamp in search of ghosts, but find themselves facing a much more frightening and real creature. Concealed among the greenery and moss, they spy the man-sized lizard with radiant green scales and an eerie, somewhat human smile. Terrified, but intrigued by their find, the brothers set off to learn more about the monster that lives on the edge of their plantation and to face the mysteries that dwell deep within the swamp.
About the Author
Set in the mid-nineteenth century, Rhyne’s version of the story relies upon the original South Carolina legends to bring to life the creature lurking in the fictitious Hell Hole Swamp. Adding several other age-old plantation myths of ghosts, murderous bandits, and ancient ruins, she utilizes the same type of dramatic South Carolina history and local lore that was presented in her other books Once Upon a Time on a Plantation, The Jack-O’-Lantern Ghost and Alice Flagg: The Ghost of the Hermitage.
About the Illustrator
Mauro Magellan achieved fame as the drummer of the Georgia Satellites.
THE SOUTH CAROLINA LIZARD MAN
Illustrated by Mauro Magellan
JUVENILE FICTION / Horror & Ghost Stories
JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / General
144 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 9780882899077 pb