Spooky Series

Spooky Campfire Tales

Hauntings, Strange Happenings, and Supernatural LoreSpooky Campfire Tales

retold by S.E. Schlosser

Charlie was startled awake by a familiar sound. He sat bolt upright with an oath. It sounded just like Myrtle playing on the piano. But this was impossible, since she was buried behind the woodshed... Meet Charlie, a lighthouse keeper who is driven insane by his wife's piano playing. Charlie is just one of 30 spooky characters found in this folklore collection by S.E. Schlosser. You will also encounter:
  • Raw Head and Bloody Bones, who tracks down his killer
  • The Spirit of Screaming Jenny, who burned alive on the railway tracks at Harper's Ferry
  • The dramatic events leading to the Birth of the Jersey Devil
  • The ghosts of little children, who leave their handprints on a car
  • Plus 25 other ghosts and spooky creatures, including a skeleton who roams the graveyard at night and a werewolf who is seeking a bride. Features stories for campers of all ages, from split-your-sides funny to "leave the light on" scary!




Part One: Ghost Stories
1. The Fifty-Cent Piece
2. Ghost Handprints
3. The White Lady
4. Playin' Piano
5. The Specter in the Graveyard
6. The Lady in Red
7. Vengeance
8. The Lincoln Death Train
9. Never Mind Them Watermelons
10. Screaming Jenny
11. Piece by Piece
12. Dismal Swamp
13. The Music Lesson
14. Turnabout is Fairplay
15. Don't Sell My House

Part Two - Powers of Darkness and Light

16. The Birth of the Jersey Devil
17. La Mala Hora
18. Bloody Bones
19. I Can't Get In
20. The Werewolf's Bride
21. Cow's Head
22. Tom Dunn's Dance
23. The Death Coach
24. The Hook
25. Shadow Train
26. The Black Cat's Message
27. Tailypo
28. One Last Head
29. Dark Passenger
30. Bloody Mary


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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