I loved the book “The Ghost next door”. I remember reading it as a child. I’m sorry to see that Ms. St. John has passed away. Thanks for posting the information on this woman who was a part of my life.
HI, I hope this isn’t too forward, but I found your post on Elizabeth’s blog and took a chance. I’m trying to get a hold of the family of Wylly Folk St. John for potential permission to adapt “The Ghost Next Door” as a stage play for community theater. The publishing company (Harper & Row) cannot find the contract from 1971 and I believe the rights will revert back to the family. Do you have any information on who in your family might know about the adaptation rights, and how I might contact them? Or do you have a suggestion as to who might be able to help me? Thanks!
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Sally, Sally, Sally…Where are you? I was so glad to see you had posted here. I’m sorry you lost your mom a few years ago. It was around the time Becky passed away as well (4 years ago or so). At least she was around some of her family at the skilled care retirement home. (I guess it’s called something like that.) Is your sister, Amy, still the administrator at the home?
Your book “The Secrets of the Pirate Inn” can now be bought as a DVD? As you know, Disney changed the name a bit by removing the “s” from “secrets” to “secret”.
Elizabeth sure has done an excellent job with her blog. I sometimes spend hours on it just reading, then, out of the blue, someone like you will pop up. I enjoying reading about her memories of the love and special things that my grandma St. John shared with everyone.
I hope you and Amy have kept in touch. Unfortunately, several members of our close family have split up for various reasons. I am sad and disappointed about it, but there doesn’t seem to be anything I can do at this point. Please let me know how you and your loved ones are doing.
Sally – this is Paulette Vardell from high school – Aiken high – we are having a reunion for 1968 on May 4th, 2013 – you probably won’t see this, but if you do – I am on facebook – please get in touch and hope to see you there.
Paulette, I hope your class reunion was a success. There’s so much work, emotion, and anticipation involved. I am Sally’s cousin, Jenny Dyer Davis, and maybe I can help you get in contact with Sally. I have the address (somewhere) for her sister, Amy. Their mother, Erika Folk, was a resident in the retirement center in which Amy was (is?) the administer. I think it’s in Texas. My Aunt Erika sent me a Christmas card just about yearly. I know I’ve seen it among my many family treasures during the last year and the return address was noted. She was so happy to be able to at least be near one of her children. I’ve been meaning to look for the card again among all my special family treasurers.
I too, loved her book “The Ghost Next Door”. I’m sorry to see that there isn’t much “Wiki-wise” Info on her and the posted obit is incomplete. I’m going to try and buy some of her books on-line (if we can’t find them in the library) to share with my daughter who’s 11-years-old (just the age I was when I first read her books). Curious as to where in Germany she lived, as we are currently living in Heidelberg, Germany.
My Grandmother lives in the house mentioned in alot of the books she also lived in the house in Social Circle, When I was growing up I remember feeling someone pulling on my leg, and trying to pull my hair. It wasn’t until on summers afternoon when I had just gotten back from the store with Two five dollar bills a ten and some change, when my grandmother when to go get the change I had left on the hall table it wasn’t there. It was only her and me in the house. Two weeks later my twin brother was mowing the lawn when he ran over a five dollar bill. A month after that we found the other five and the ten in a kitchen cabbinent when many people back in the day used to put money. That is when it occured to me that the only “person” to blame must have been Wylly Folk St. John. There are so many other “Ghost” Stories from that house. Pn her tomb stone in Social Cirle it says ” May she never rest in peace til her work is done”
When I was a child and was always writing stories my father (Perry D. St. John) would tell me of a wonderful relitive that also wrote. My Grandfather, Aundus, was a editor for the the Atlanta paper, so it is in my blood. My major regret was I never got to meet this wonderful woman. My son and I spent many hrs. reading her books. May God bless her.
[…] Wylly Folk St. John wrote the Southern version of Nancy Drew. And when I go back and read these books, it makes me realize that there is some of Ms. St. John’s style in my writing. She even wrote one call The Secret of the Seven Crows. If you’d like to read more about her, there’s a nice post here on WordPress: Wylly Folk St. John -A Life In Words […]