Spooky New England: Tales Of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, And Other Local Lore

Spooky New England: Tales Of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, And Other Local Lore

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493027125
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/01/2017
Series: Spooky Series
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 817,205
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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 New England, he employed a scratchboard technique and an active imagination.

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"Did you have a nice hike?" asked the innkeeper, coming over to refill his cup.
"Yes indeed. I had some unexpected company," Justin said with a smile.
"Really? I thought you were the only one crazy enough to go hiking in the rain," she teased.
"It was a black dog," he said. "Cute fellow. Followed me all the way up the mountain and down again." He looked up from his coffee to see the innkeeper's face had gone pale.
"A black dog?" she asked. "That's not good."
"Why not?"
"We have a saying around here," she replied. "'And if a man shall meet the Black Dog once, it shall be for joy; and if twice, it shall be for sorrow; and the third time, he shall die.'"
He laughed. "That's just superstition."
She did not laugh with him... .

From The Black Dog of Hanging Hills

Table of Contents

Introduction viii

Part 1 Ghost Stories

1 The Telltale Seaweed: Provincetown, Massachusetts 2

2 The Lady in Black: Georges Island, Massachusetts 11

3 The Blue Rock: Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts 17

4 The Voyage of the Palatine: Block Island, Rhode Island 22

5 The Ghost of Elvira Blood: Black Rock Harbor, Connecticut 27

6 The Watcher of the Isles of Shoals: Star Island, New Hampshire, and Appledore, Maine 33

7 The Ghosts of Georges Bank: Gloucester, Massachusetts 38

8 Ocean-born Mary: Henniker, New Hampshire 47

9 The Wraith in the Storm: Boston, Massachusetts 54

10 Emily's Bridge: Stowe, Vermont 59

11 The White Deer: Lake Onota, Massachusetts 67

12 The Blank Signboard: Granville, Massachusetts 71

13 The Image of Saint Francis: Swanton, Vermont 79

14 The Whaling Boat in the Sky: Orleans, Massachusetts 85

15 The Dancing Mortar: Block Island, Rhode Island 92

16 You Can't Get Out: Hartford, Connecticut 97

17 Playin' Piano: Phippsburg, Maine 103

18 Root Beer: Waterford, Vermont 109

19 The French Paymaster: Canton, Connecticut 117

20 The Séance: Chittenden, Vermont 124

Part 2 Powers of Darkness and Light

21 The Man Who Made Weather: Hallowell, Maine 136

22 The Bridge: Montpelier, Vermont 142

23 The Witch-Sheep: Narragansett, Rhode Island 147

24 The Black Dog of Hanging Hills: Meriden, Connecticut 155

25 Old Trickey: Kittery, Maine 161

26 Mary's Flower: Provincetown, Massachusetts 166

27 The Fatal Glass Eye: Salem, Massachusetts 170

28 The Man Who Could Send Rats: New Hampshire 176

29 Old Betty Booker: Kittery, Maine 182

30 Black Magic: Springfield, Massachusetts 187

31 The Devil and Jonathan Moulton: Hampton, New Hampshire 196

32 The Frogs of Windham: Windham, Connecticut 204

33 Tom Dunn's Dance: Woburn, Massachusetts 209

34 The Loup-Garou: Woonsocket, Rhode Island 215

35 Captain Paddock and Crookjaw: Yarmouth, Massachusetts 218

36 The Brick Wall: Boston Harbor, Massachusetts 222

37 Elixir of Life: Benton, New Hampshire 227

38 The Devil's Hole: Woonsocket, Rhode Island 236

39 Death Light: Cape Elizabeth, Maine 244

40 Madness: Salem, Massachusetts 251

Resources 262

About the Author 269

About the Illustrator 270

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Spooky New England: Tales of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, and Other Local Lore 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
upstairsgirl on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is just not a good book. The stories are neither scary nor true, and the writing is inept at best. Schlosser can't decide if she wants to spin yarns or document folklore, so she fails at both, "telling" all of these "spooky" stories in absurd voices that are meant to read as different from each other but which really aren't. Hoffman's illustrations are whimsical and charming, but it's clear, for instance, that he's never been out to Fort Warren, and they certainly don't lend anything to the stories Schlosser picks. Schlosser is dismayed that these folk stories are fading from memory, but her book is Exhibit A in the argument that the reason for their fading is the fact that they're just not memorable, at least not the way she tells them.Schlosser does include a bibliography of some length at the back; you'd probably do better to track down her original sources than you would spending the time to read her book.
Whisper1 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
There is nothing in depth about this book of folk lore regarding New England haunts. None of the stories are creepy or scary. The writing is mediocre and falls flat.It was a quick and breezy -- something to read when I am weary and not wanting to concentrate on anything thought provoking.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
These short, spooky stories are like eating potato chips. One is not enough. Try to read this book when you know you have plenty of time on your hands. Otherwise the dishes won't get done, your kids will be stranded at the soccer field, and life in general will come to a halt until you've read the last word. Five stars!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just got the book and started reading it last night! I love it! Since I'm not from New England, I found the map to be very helpful. I have book club and I'll be discussing this book. We were to read ghost stories of our choosing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This great book was just what I needed to get in the mood for Halloween. Read it under the covers, next to the fire, or with a loved one. Highly recommend!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great chilling stories, with just a hint of humor, so you can still sleep at night!! It is definately something to be read around the campfire. They are all so well told that I can't figure out which is my favorite. This is one book I will be sharing with others!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Spooky New England is an enjoyable read - creepy but leavened with humor. The thirty stories in this book are filled with ghosts, witches, and other spooks. This is a perfect book for reading on Halloween or for reading around the campfire or for reading on a dark and stormy night.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My whole family enjoyed reading this book of short spooky folktales. I particularly enjoyed the stories from early centuries featuring pirates, ghosts at sea, and a fatal glass eye! The kids liked Mary's Flower and the Witch Sheep. We highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just finished reading Spooky New England and I would highly recommend this book. The first section has ten ghost stories, and there are more paranormal and just plain spooky stories throughout the rest of the book. There are famous ghosts like Ocean Born Mary and the Lady in Black who haunts Fort Warren. Other ghost stories include Old Trickey who haunts the beaches of Maine, the ghost of Elvira Blood from CT, and the Watcher of the Isle of Shoals. The book is well written and the illustrations are beautiful.