Monday, April 19, 2010
The Faceless Gray Man Who Comes With the Storm
The faceless gray man of Pawley's Island is said to warn residents of impending natural disasters. Pawley's Island is off the coast of South Carolina, so he is usually warning of hurricanes and tropical storms. The faceless apparition is only sighted when dangerous storms are coming and has appeared before the hurricanes of 1822, 1893, 1916, 1954, and 1955. He has saved innumerable lives. Locals believe that if you see him, your house will be spared.
Locals aren't sure who the ghost is, but the legends are numerous. Some think he is the ghost of Percival Pawley, the first man to settle on the Island. Other's think he is the ghost of young man, scorned in love, who died running out into a terrible storm after his lover broke his heart. Whoever he is, he is terrifying to behold. He is faceless and gray but the sight of him means that you are safe and no harm will come to you.
I wonder if there is anyway to capture this ghost in a bottle. He certaintly would be useful.