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About the Author: S.E. Schlosser

S.E. Schlosser, author of the Spooky SeriesS.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 the webmaster and writer of an award-winning, internationally-known web site called American Folklore (http://www.americanfolklore.net) that features retellings of folktales from each state. This site was created as part of a graduate study at Rutgers the State University of New Jersey in October 1997 and is used daily by teachers throughout the world in lesson plans for students of all levels. Stories from the site have also been used in college text books and in Masters level programs.

Sandy travels extensively, researching supernatural folklore all over the United States.  She also spends many hours answering questions from visitors to the American Folklore web site. Her favorite e-mails come from other folklore enthusiasts who delight in practicing the old tradition of who can tell the tallest tale.

Along with frequent media appearances, Sandy gives lectures and does storytelling programs for schools of all levels, professional conferences, storytelling events, and around the campfire. Sandy has more than a dozen available lectures and storytelling programs -- ranging from spooky stories to holiday season programs to lectures on historical folklore which she customizes for each of her audiences.



Question: Why “Spooky?”
Answer: I love the term “spooky” because it is a broader term than “scary” or “haunted”. Spooky stories range from terrifying to humorous. Within the Spooky series, there are scary tales like the White Lady in Rochester who hates men; the vampire hermit of the Adirondack Mountains; the Hairy Man who stalks a young man in the South; and a Colorado miner who keeps courting the ladies of the town long after he is dead. The books also contain funny stories like Pecos Bill and the Haunted House; Tug-of-War, in which a ghost and an unbeliever fight it out in a haunted house near Albany, New York; and the fighting Frogs of Windham who created havoc one night in a New England town. There are even a few miraculous stories in the series; tales like that of the sainted Lady in Blue who appeared to Native American tribes in the seventeenth century Southwest and that of Mary’s Flowers, in which the Virgin Mary helps a poor woman in Massachusetts. For me, anything that gives me goose-bumps or deals with the supernatural fits under the “spooky” label.

Question: How do you find the stories in your Spooky books? How do you do your research?
Answer: I have a Masters in Library Services, so by profession I am a researcher. I have used many sources for the Spooky books. Some of my major resources include out-of-print folklore collections dating back to the early 1800s, present day books about ghosts and spooks, interviews with people local to a state or region, online sites featuring ghost stories and urban legends, UseNet’s, forums, blogs, and research contacts within state and federal libraries.

Question: How long does it take you to write a book?
Answer: I wrote my first book, Spooky New England in four weeks in order to make a September 2003 publication date. That pace is a little faster than I enjoy. The other spooky books have taken about 2 months to research and 3 months to write. This is a fairly leisurely pace for me, which is essential since I work full-time during the day and have to write the Spooky books at night.

Question: Do you believe in ghosts?
Answer: I very much believe in the supernatural, but have not personally met a ghost. I have friends and relatives – very credible people – who have personally encountered apparitions, and I myself have had one supernatural experience that was down-right scary!

Question: What is your favorite “spooky” story?
Answer: There are many spooky stories that I like and I can name one or two favorites from each state or region about which I have written. But my all-time favorite spooky story – and I have no idea why I like it so much, except perhaps because when I read it aloud it scares the dickens out of people – is “Tailypo”. Tailypo is one of the 30 folktales published in Spooky South and it features a terrifying but tiny creature that comes out of the swamp to seek vengeance against a trapper. In a high-pitched, squeaky voice, it chants over and over: “Tailypo, Tailypo. All I want’s my Tailypo,” thus sealing the doom of the old man.


S.E. Schlosser participated in a Featurette called "The Devil's Road Map from Season 2 of Supernatural. Videos from the Featurette are below.


hi i was wondering if i could use on of your stories in my school project

Many years ago late 1940s or early 1950s I was in grade school and one of our readers had a series of tall tales from the Canadian prairies. Those stories few of which I still remember have played on my mind so I have been trying to find them.

One described a snow that fell more than 60 feet deep on a Saturday. People went to church the next day and tied their horses to the church steeple - the only thing sticking up. A man drove a team and sleigh out west to get a load of wood. Coming back he heard a Chinook coming behind him. Whipping up the horses it was all he could do to keep the front runners on the snow the back ones were just whipping up a dust cloud. Passing thru town he saw the horses hanging from the steeple.

Another talked of a winter where there wasn't any and by late February the winter wheat was so high they had to cut it with cross cut saws. The straw made good downspouts tho and they made good money selling it.

That's about what I remember. Obviously the stories were longer and there was more of them. If you ever hear of them I'd love to hear where I might get copies.

I love this site!!! My american literature teacher had us read some of the stories to learn more about folklore... HE only had us read about 5 stories i got so interesteed an couldnt stop!! im still reading an i LOVE the storieS!!! keep it up:)

Hey, there! I'm Julie, and I'm an Early Childhood Education major at SUNY Fredonia. I'm in a class right now where I have a project to evaluation a website, and I was assigned yours. Just wanted to let you know that it's spectacular, and, with a thorough scan, I've dubbed it a wonderful website for children, parents, and teachers alike. Great job!

im just a student at highschool but i love writing horror stories and i love ur stories they are awsom

I am from westerrn n.c. and I remember going to Asheville,N.C.at a place called the pines and asking the ghosts of a woman named Helen to appear after we flashed the lights of our car three times. Nothing happened except my cousin got out of the car to look around,which scared us all to death! I was a teenager at the time but I'm now 62 years old and a grandmother of three granddaughters, I guess kids today see so much spooky stuff in all forms of media now, but I think they would still be scared at silly spooky thing like I did then.

What is "You can't get out" is about?

It was dark when I woke. This is a ray of snsuihne.

where can i buy the books?


I'm on my second year of Illustration at University of the West of England in UK and I am starting a self-directed project where I can actually choose what I am going to illustrate. I was just wondering what is the procedure in term of copy rights and stuff if I would like to illustrate your 'Allison's Alligator' story? Or would your permission be enough? After the project will be finished I can send you all the illustrations to let you see them...

Wow! I just love your work! It's kinda spooky and the way you write it makes sound like it could actually be true!!!!!! o_o
Yikes!!!!! O~O

Hi S.E!!
Sure hope you get this note! My maiden name is Schlosser and for years I've followed your stories. I live and grew up in Connecticut we're not far from where the headless horseman spooked every kid in our neighborhood school!

My background is education elementary and middle school and every year I've done a tall tales/American folk tales unit in Guilford, where I've taught for years. I have some of your books that were given to me because of our similar names. My friends always wondered if we were related. Your books are perfect for the unit I do!

My Schlosser side of the family settled in the Syracuse, NY area in the 1800's and were founded many of the newspapers in that area. Most were journalists. I guess it's in my Schlosser blood because I've been writing as long as I can remember. I was the CT State Rep. on the Weekly Reader National Teacher Advisory Board for 12 years and was retained by NASA as an author in 2009. My great aunt on my mother's side was a co-founder of Weekly Reader!

Thank you for providing us with incredible tales...

A Schlosser Fan!

Ruth Spears

as an aspiring author i wish to write fictional horror stories that could include folklore are their any books you would recommend ?

Why did u write "Babe the Blue Ox"

Your really cool

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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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