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Pull up a chair or gather 'round the campfire and get ready for twenty-five creepy tales of ghostly hauntings, eerie happenings, and other strange occurrences in the state of Florida. From the ghost car of Islamorada that is literally blown off a bridge along Highway 1, to the hermit of the Fort Myers swamplands who takes revenge on a pirate who murdered his son, the stories in this entertaining and compelling collection will have you looking over your shoulder again and again. Florida folklore traditions are kept alive in these expert retellings by master storyteller S. E. Schlosser and through artist Paul Hoffman's evocative illustrations. You'll meet ghosts and evil beings, 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 dreary night or from the backseat of the family van on the way to Grandma's, this is a collection to treasure.
About 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 website 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 Spooky Florida, he employed a scratchboard technique and an active imagination.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Ghost Stories
1 The Antique Car: Islamorada 2
2 Skyway: St. Petersburg 8
3 In the Elevator: Coral Gables 15
4 Might 401: The Everglades 21
5 Old Red Eyes: Jacksonville 26
6 Diamond Ring: Pensacola 37
7 The Wedding: Maitland 42
8 Shell Mound: Cedar Key 47
9 Ghost Baby: Orlando 54
10 The Phantom Coach: Tallahassee 61
11 The Cypress Tree: Pensacola 70
12 Dark Dreams: Miami 75
Part 2 Powers of Darkness and Light
13 Tailybone: Walton County 84
14 Little Lucy: Putnam County 92
15 Roses: St. Augustine 101
16 The Watermelon Thief: Gainesville 107
17 True Love: Key West 116
18 The Hermit: Fort Myers 121
19 Spook Hill: Lake Wales 138
20 Pink: Daytona Beach 144
21 Spanish Moss: The Florida Coast 152
22 Mystic Music: Manatee County 152
23 The Choking Doherman: Tampa 158
24 The Witch's Curse: Fort Lauderdale 163
25 Initiation: Miami 175
Additional Chapter 185
About the Author 191
About the Illustrator 192
What People are Saying About This
If preparations for Halloween have put you in an eerie frame of mind, S.E. Schlosser has the perfect book for you...
Donna McCrohan Rosenthal, Ridge Writers
The author lets the stories speak for themselves which is virtue not possessed by many folklore books...
Dennis Phillips, Top 1000 Reviewer, Amazon.com
If you have ever felt a chill as you walked past a Vermont graveyard, or felt an unseen hand brush against you on a mountain in Maine, you will love Spooky New England. And if you don't believe in ghosts--you will.
Michael Carlton, Editor, Yankee Magazine
The great thing about this book is that, like most folklore, it seems like you’ve read or heard most of the stories before. They exist in the periphery of our memory, and reading them again is like coming home to hear familiar stories from a favorite grandmother...
Matt Staggs, Skullring.org