Spooky Series

Spooky Florida

Spooky FloridaTales of Hauntings, Strange Happenings and Other Local Lore
Retold by S. E. Schlosser

“Take it down!” the captain roared.  "Take it down and bury it!"  He staggered away from the head on the pike, which reappeared before him, the woman's dead eyes gazing defiantly into his own, her long gray hair blowing wildly in the wind.  

Meet the Captain, an officer whose casual execution of a native woman goes awry when her spirit starts following his regiment up the coast of Florida.  The Captain is just one of many spooky characters who haunt this collection.  A retired man follows a ghost car down Highway 1 in Islamorada, a German expatriate marries a dead woman in Key West, and a ghost baby haunts a cemetery in Orlando. All this and much more!

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Part One:  Ghost Stories
1.  The Antique Car - Islamorada     
2.      Skyway – St. Petersburg
3.      In the Elevator – Coral Gables
4.      Flight 401– The Everglades
5.      Old Red Eyes– Jacksonville
6.      Diamond Ring – Pensacola
7.      The Wedding – Maitland
8.      Shell Mound – Cedar Key
9.      Ghost Baby – Orlando
10.    The Phantom Coach - Tallahassee
11.    The Cyprus Tree – Pensacola
12.    Dark Dreams – Miami

Part Two:  Powers of Darkness and Light

13.  Tailybone – Walton County
14.  Little Lucy – Putnam County
15.  Roses – St. Augustine
16.  The Watermelon Thief – Gainsville
17.  True Love – Key West
18.  The Hermit – Fort Meyers
19.  Spook Hill – Lake Wales
20.  Pink – Daytona Beach
21.  Spanish Moss – The Florida Coast
22.  Mystic Music – Manatee County
23.  The Choking Doberman – Tampa
24.  The Witch's Curse – Fort Lauderdale
25.  Initiation -- Miami


I love your books! I have every single one as of today. Spooky Florida, I must say, is one of your best. Thank you, Sandy, for taking storetelling to the next level!!!

My favorite story in Spooky Florida has to be "Spanish Moss." It has a definite spook factor to it and it made good reading for ten glorious minutes.

I had opened Spooky Florida as an early birthday present, and I knew that Spooky Virginia and Spooky Washington were wrapped. I just couldn't wait any longer and today I opened the final two. I just HAD to see them all together in one, grand collection!

Also, "Ghost Baby" had to be one of my favorites in Spooky Florida, too. It had that same definite creepy factor to it.

The only critical thing I have to say is that you probably shouldn't have included "The Choking Doberman" in there, because it really wasn't a ghost story. I don't know your situation, however, maybe time ran out. I know you do trips to a certain state(s) each year, and maybe you just couldn't find another ghost story in time to add it to Spooky Florida.

Still, it was a great book, one of my favorites of all the Spooky Series! Also, I would like to complement Paul Hoffman on his extraordinary work with the scratchboard. I purchased one just to see how hard it is, and I found out (to my dismay!) that it is not easy to carve so intricately on a scratchboard. However, I didn't manage a crude copy of the cover from Spooky Montana, another one of my favorites in the series.


Never heard of his stories but they sound great, advise you to buy them. Now!!! go on, BUY THEM!!!

cool! i love florida.

good story

i want this book!

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Schlosser, author of the Spooky Series

About the Author: S.E. Schlosser

S.E. Schlosser is the author of the Spooky Series by Globe Pequot Press, as well as the Ghost Stories deck by Random House.  She has been telling stories since she was a child, when games of "let's pretend" quickly built themselves into full-length tales acted out with friends. A graduate of both Houghton College and the Institute of Children's Literature, Sandy received her MLS from Rutgers University while working as a full-time music teacher and a freelance author. Read more

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