Storytelling, Folklore Lectures & Other Folklore Programs
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.
Sandy is a frequent guest on radio/TV shows and at schools, conferences, and storytelling events all across the United States. The list below is just a sample of the many talks she has given to various venues.
Hear ghost stories, spooky tales, and things that go bump in the night retold by author S.E. Schlosser. This presentation features famous and not-so-famous folklore from all over the United States. Pecos Bill takes on a haunted house; a vampire stalks a couple in the Adirondacks; Tailypo haunts the woods of Tennessee; the witch known as Bloody Mary casts her spells in Pennsylvania; and many more! Program may be customized to feature a particular state or region upon request. Based on the Spooky Series by S.E. Schlosser.
- Hysterical Hauntings and Funny Supernatural Tales
A look on the lighter side of the supernatural! A ghost plays tug-of-war with a sceptic in NY; black cats talk to a woodsmen in Texas; Pecos Bill takes on a haunted house; Paul Bunyan turns matchmaker for a witch; a man visits a haunted house in order to win a cartload of watermelons; and many more. Not every ghost story is a scary one!
- American Tall Tales
What in tarnation is a tall tale anyway, and how do you write one? Learn what it takes to tell a really TALL tale, then listen to some of American's best stories, including stories the Birth of Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill Rides a Tornado, Davy Crockett and the Frozen Dawn, Brer Rabbit Meets a Tar Baby, and more!
- The Devil Made Me Do It
He is called by many names; Satan, the Prince of Darkness, Lucifer, Old Nick. In these folktales, you will learn about that rascally fallen angel Lucifer, who is up to the same old tricks in the New World. Meet a girl who learns the hard way that you should never dance with the Devil, some lonely lumberjacks who make a deal with Satan, and a horse that is called Old Nick because he really is!
- Supernatural Tales
Hear are the best of the best supernatural folktales from the darker side of American life. The Devil, sea serpents, monsters, witches like Bloody Mary, the Jersey devil, and other dark powers work and play and cast their spells in this collection of stories from all over the United States. Make sure you leave the light on!
- Historical Folklore
George Washington, John Henry, Johnny Appleseed, Kate Shelley, Jesse James and many other famous American figures all feature in the folklore of America. Learn how history influences folklore and the impact folklore can have on history. Not all folklore is fiction!
- Women in Folklore
What role have women had in American folklore? We discuss folktales about strong women, witches, legendary heroines, female ghosts, miraculous tales, and some curious girls who get themselves into (and out of) trouble! Stories include Bloody Mary, Kate Shelley, Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett, Annie Oakley, the Blue Lady of the Southwest, and more.
- Campfire Tales
Haul up a log and set awhile while S.E. Schlosser spins some of the spookiest Campfire tales in the country. You'll laugh, you'll sigh with relief, you'll get goosebumps, and you may just jump out of your skin in fright! Remember to leave the light on, or you'll end up sleeping in your car!
- American Myths & Legends
From Native American lore to tales exported from Europe, Asia, Africa, and beyond, America the Melting pot has developed a rich collection of myths and legends that have a special American twist to them that is unique. Legendary heroes like Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett, creation myths from many tribes, funny tricksters like Brer Rabbit, and old-world characters like Saint Nicholas take on a new dimension when seen through the eyes of America.
- Happy Holidays!
Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza and New Years come to American in these holiday tales! Meet a poor family who give up their last meal to a stranger; a baker who learns to be generous; and the people of Chelm, who have a very special way to celebrate Hanukkah. You will also hear some African folklore come to America in celebration of Kwanzaa.
- The Jersey Devil & Pine Barrens Folklore!
What is the Jersey Devil and where did it come from? Can it still be seen in the Pine Barrens? Learn about the myths and legends surrounding this famous figure in New Jersey folkore, plus many other stories coming from the mysterious Pine Barrens.
- Customize your own program!
From weatherlore to children's folktales, railroad stories to ethnic folklore, Sandy can customize a storytelling program or lecture to fit the needs of your group, society, conference or classroom. Try listening to some tongue-twister tales and get your students laughing out loud as they try out their own tongue twisters! Or learn about the folklore of Mexico, Canada and beyond as we look beyond our own borders. Whatever folklore topic is of interest to your group, Sandy would be more than happy to tailor a presentation to your specifications!