Spooky South: Tales of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, and Other Local Lore

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Pull up a chair or gather round the campfire and get ready for thirty creepy tales of ghostly hauntings, eerie happenings, and other strange occurrences from times past. Set in small, southern towns, hard to reach islands, and sparsely populated backwoods, the stories in this entertaining and compelling collection will have you looking over your shoulder again and again. Southern folklore traditions are kept alive in these expert retellings by master storyteller S. E. Schlosser, and in artist Paul Hoffman's ...
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Overview

Pull up a chair or gather round the campfire and get ready for thirty creepy tales of ghostly hauntings, eerie happenings, and other strange occurrences from times past. Set in small, southern towns, hard to reach islands, and sparsely populated backwoods, the stories in this entertaining and compelling collection will have you looking over your shoulder again and again. Southern folklore traditions are kept alive in these expert retellings by master storyteller S. E. Schlosser, and in artist Paul Hoffman's evocative illustrations. You'll meet ghosts and witches, hear things that go bump in the night, and feel an icy wind on the back of your neck on a warm summer evening. Whether read around the campfire on a dark and stormy night or from the backseat of the family van on the way to grandma's, this is a collection to treasure.
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Praise for Spooky New England

"If you have ever felt a chill as you walked past a Vermont graveyard, or stopped by a small New Hampshire country inn for the night and knew there was something watching you, or felt an unseen hand brush against you on a mountain in Maine, you will loveSpooky New England. And if you don't believe in ghosts--you will."
--Michael Carlton, Editor, Yankee Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762730636
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Series: Spooky Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 935,758
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author


Author S.E. Schlosser has been telling stories since she was a child, when games of "let's pretend" quickly built themselves into full-length stories. A graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature and Rutgers University, she also created and maintains the Web site AmericanFolklore.net, where she shares a wealth of stories from all 50 states, some dating back to the origins of America.

Artist Paul Hoffman trained in painting and printmaking, with his first extensive illustration work on assignment in Egypt, drawing ancient wall reliefs for the University of Chicago. His work graces books of many genres--children's titles, textbooks, short story collections, natural history volumes, and numerous cookbooks. For the Globe Pequot Spooky series, he employed a scratchboard technique and an active imagination.

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Read an Excerpt

From Chapter 10
The Woman in Black
Savannah, Georgia

Suddenly the rat sprang forward and ran straight towards us. Teddy and I jumped back in terror but the woman in black did not move. For several terrible seconds, we watched that white rat coming closer, closer. Then the woman picked up her black silk skirts and ran to meet it. The white rat sprang up into her arms and then sank right through her chest. I caught a glimpse of her face through the veil. It was all sunken-in like the face of a corpse. She laughed, a horrible high pitched sound. Then the earth seemed to open below her feet and she sank down and down.

Teddy let out a shriek that was almost as terrible as the ghoul-woman's cry. He dropped his stick and started runnin' as if he'd never suffered from rheumatism a day in his life. I was right on his heels. We never stopped runnin' til we got home.

After that, we always took the long way to my aunt's house and made sure we left before dark.

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Table of Contents


Part One: Ghost Stories

1. Wait Until Emmet Comes
Kanawha County, West Virginia

2. The Cut-off
Red River Landing, Louisiana

3. I'm Coming Down
South Carolina

4. The Army of the Dead
Charleston, South Carolina

5. The Death-Watch Tick
West Virginia

6. Hold Him, Tabb
Hampton, Virginia

7. The Headless Haunt
Madison, North Carolina

8. Jakie and the Ghost
Greenville, Mississippi

9. The Log Cabin
Arkansas

10. The Woman in Black
Savannah, Georgia

11. Seeing Ghosts
Sea Island, Georgia

12. Chattanooga's Ghost
New Orleans, Louisiana

13. Fiddler's Dram
Dukedom, Tennessee

14. Uncle Henry and the Dog Ghost
Somewhere Down South

15. The Headless Specter
Ocracoke Inlet, North Carolina

Part Two: The Powers of Darkness

16. The Wampus Cat
Tennessee

17. The Devil's Marriage
Guilford County, North Carolina

18. The Witch woman and the Spinning wheel
New Orleans, Louisiana

19. Jack O' Lantern
Alabama

20. Plat-Eye
Mississippi

21. The Witch Bridle
Albright, West Virginia

22. Tailypo
Tennessee

23. The Devil's Mansion
New Orleans, Louisiana

24. The Red Rag Under the Churn
The Kentucky Mountains

25. Chicky-licky-chow-chow-chow
Maryville, Tennessee

26. A Fish Story
Farmville, Virginia

27. Christmas Gift
Palatka, Florida

28. Wiley and the Hairy Man
Tombigbee Region, Alabama

29. West Hell
Florida

30. Old Hickory and the Bell Witch
Adams, Tennessee

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2004

    A MUST READ!!!

    Has anyone in West Virginia seen Emmet. S. E. Schlosser's first story wears the title, 'Wait Until Emmet Comes' . This is the first story in a very exciting book. There is a story about a Mississippi River paddle boat. There is a Civil War story that takes place in Charleston, South Carolina. This story definitely fits into the category of spooky. The Headless Haunt is a story set in North Carolina with a very interesting turn of events. An exciting read aloud story is 'Chicky - licky - chow - chow - chow'. The book is a great read for summer, and I highly recommend it.

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