by S.E. Schlosser
Standing just inside the gate was a hooded form, blacker than the blackest shadow. Two white-blue eyes blazed out of the cowl that covered its head, and skeletal fingers gripped a large scythe. The air around the figure seemed to crackle with the energy of a thousand bolts of lightning, its robes whipped in an unseen wind, and its skeletal feet were half-buried in swirling gray clouds that stretched back and back into eternity. Millie gasped in horror and clutched Sam's shoulder as the figure slowly raised an arm and pointed a skeletal finger at them...
Meet Millie, a young wife who faces down Death himself to save her husband. Millie is just one of 25 spooky characters found in this folklore collection by S.E. Schlosser. You will also encounter:
- Bill Quick, whose father's ghost wants him to bring him One Last Head
- A serial killer, who meets his victims after death
- Jacques, who hitches a ride on the Devil's coach.
- Plus 21 other ghosts and spooky creatures, including the ghost of an old bachelor who follows a widow home after seeing her at his funeral and the Red Dwarf of Detroit.
Part One: Ghost Stories
1. The Wraith of the Creek - Alger
2. The Engineer's Message - Ann Arbor
3. Followed Me Home - Midland
4. A Father's Revenge - Detroit
5. The Green Lantern - St. Martin's Island
6. The Ada Witch - Grand Rapids
7. The Talking Head - Sault Ste. Marie
8. The Staircase - Grand Haven
9. The Merchant - Marquette, Bay City
10. Ghost Train - Tahquamenon Falls State Park
11. The Phantom Trespasser - Saginaw
12. One Last Head - Monroe County
Part Two - Powers of Darkness and Light
13. Windigo - Isle Royal State Park
14. Paul Bunyan and the Witch - Cheboygan
15. The Werewolf - Detroit
16. The Wizard's Rope - Port Huron
17. Doppelganger - Lansing
18. The Nain Rouge - Detroit
19. The Sea Gull - Traverse City
20. Nishishin Raises the Dead - Mackinac Island
21. The Dream - Deer Park
22. The Rescuer -- Upper Peninsula
23. The Devil's Coach - Grosse Pointe Woods
24. The Coffin of Snakes - L'Anse
25. Sam Meets Death - Kalamazoo
About the 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 fifty states, some dating back to the origins of America.
About the Illustrator
Paul G. 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 Spooky series he employed a scratchboard technique and an active imagination.