The Book Inn on the south side of the Fayetteville square will host a book signing on Small Business Saturday this weekend with Cynthia (Cyn) Shrader Hill, whose work, “Whispers in the Dark: True Ghost Stories and Eerie Tales”, is available at the store.
The book signing will be held from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at The Book Inn, 105 Market Street East.
“Whispers in the Dark” is a collection of 23 stories told by Hill, the majority of which are set here in Lincoln County and some of which are set in neighboring Moore County. Each are written to pull the reader into the terrifying uncertainty of the supernatural – “From actual spirit encounters to that chill one feels as fear slowly crawls up the spine, you won’t want to put the book down … or turn out the light,” says Hill on the paperback’s back cover.
A native of Lincoln County, Hill graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Middle Tennessee University, where she also earned a letter as the university’s mascot, Ole Blue. In later years, she returned to school and earned a degree in physical therapy and traveled the country working in a variety of healthcare settings.
She returned to Lincoln County in 2001 when her father, Doug Shrader, passed away. A Fayetteville businessman, Shrader had been a standout high school and collegiate athlete, playing professional baseball and earning two master’s degrees before returning to his native community to start a business.
“That’s what got me into it,” recalled Hill in a recent Times’ interview, noting she had an investigative paranormal team come in to see if her dad’s presence remained in the building that once stood at the corner of College and Lincoln where he had Shrader’s Auto Parts. There was an energy there, she said, adding that she soon joined the team and then a year later, decided to found Elk Valley Paranormal.
Stories collected from friends in EVP are also among those included in “Whispers in the Dark” – “The stories are about places I’ve been and things that have happened to me or to my friends,” she said. “The majority from our team as we’ve investigated the paranormal … There’s even one that is centered on the old hospital here.”