Spooky Series

Spooky California

Tales of hauntings, strange happenings and other local loreSpooky California
by S.E. Schlosser

Slowly, two eyes burned themselves into the paper, and a wide grinning mouth with the shattered remains of teeth took shape. "Vengeance," the mouth whispered. Meet the ghost of a murdered wife who returns from the grave to destroy her faithless husband. Ishi is just one of 30 spooky characters found in this folklore collection by S.E. Schlosser. You will also encounter:
  • The Lady in Lace, who walks the roads near Pebble Beach
  • The Guardian spirit of Yosemite
  • La Llorona the wailing woman, who warns an old man that death is approaching
  • A Corpse Walker, who animates the body of a dead miner
  • A Monterey Comandante with an evil eye
  • Plus 24 other California ghosts and spooks, including the headless lover in Hollywood, the Lake Tahoe Serpent, and Big Foot!



Part One: Ghost Stories

1. Milk Bottles - Yuba City
2. The Spook of Misery Hill - Pike City, Sierra County
3. Vengeance - San Francisco
4. Llorona - Riverside
5. Haunted House - Fort Bragg
6. Innocenca's Revenge - Santa Barbara
7. Lady in Lace - Pebble Beach
8. Betrayed - Hollywood
9. Joaquin's Head - San Francisco
10. Ghost Ship - Mojave Desert
11. The Bells - San Diego
12. Jake's Camels - Sierra Nevada
13. Voices of the Dead - San Jose
14. The Lady of Mugu Rock - Point Mugu State Park
15. The Lonely Grave - Nevada County


Powers of Darkness and Light


16. The Hen and Her Chicks - Carmel
17. Juan Stops Flirting - Los Angeles
18. The Princess' Curse - Death Valley National Park
19. The Corpse Walker - Sierra Nevada
20. The Serpent - Lake Tahoe
21. The Devil and the Prisoner - Los Angeles
22. The Guardian - Yosemite National Park
23. May I Carry Your Sack? - San Francisco
24. The Candle - Los Angeles
25. Tommy Knockers - Placerville
26. To Your Health - Sacramento
27. Evil Eye - Monterey
28. Big Foot - Willow Creek
29. The Devil's Pet - Elizabeth Lake, Los Angeles County
30. They Are Going to Hang You For This! - San Diego


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.


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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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