Pull up a chair or gather round the campfire and get ready for 35 creepy tails of ghostly hauntings, eerie happenings, and other strange occurrences in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Set in New England's historic towns, charming old islands, and sparsely populated backwoods, the stories in this entertaining and compelling collection will have you looking over your shoulder again and again.
Yankee folklore is kept alive in these expert retellings by master storyteller S.E. Schlosser, and in artist Paul Hoffman's evocative illustrations. You'll meet seaweed-covered phantom sailors and a ghostly black dog, hear otherworldly voices and 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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"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."
"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
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
About the Author 269
About the Illustrator 270
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.