Spooky Series

Spooky New Jersey

Spooky New JerseyTales of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, and other Local Lore    

by S.E. Schlosser

"North Plainfield Fire Department," I said into the phone, expecting the dispatcher's voice, calling us to a fire. Instead, a frantic woman's voice rang over the connection: "We need you to come at once. There is a terrible ghost in our house and we want you to remove it!"

Meet a fireman who is called to assist a woman living in a haunted house in "Public Assist". This intrepid fireman is just one of 30 spooky characters found in this folklore collection by S.E. Schlosser.

You will also encounter:

  • The Jersey Devil on a rampage
  • George Washington and the ghost of a little girl
  • Two rival witches who terrorize a local town
  • The ghost of Aaron Burr at Princeton University
  • Plus more New Jersey ghost stories and spooky tales, including a drifter who boards the Express Train to Hell and Dem Bones, the skeletal crew of Captain Kidd!



Part One: Ghost Stories

1. Public Assist - North Plainfield
2. The Blue Lantern - Ringwood
3. In the Fog - Jersey City
4. The Mark of the Spirit Hand - Andover
5. The Searcher - Long Beach Island
6. Haunted House - Pompton Lakes
7. The Figure in the Window - Peapack
8. Brotherly Love - Springfield
9. The Face in the Mirror - Cape May
10. The Sweet By and By - Barnegat Light
11. The Ghost in the Storm - Summit
12. Turnabout is Fair Play - Branchville
13. Apples and Oranges - Bordentown
14. Father and Son - Princeton
15. Shades of Death - Warren County

Part Two: Powers of Darkness and Light

16. The Devil on Washington Rock - Washington Rock State Park, Greenbrook
17. The Miller and the Topielec - Newark
18. The Express Train to Hell - Newark
19. The White Stag - Shamong, Burlington County
20. Blackbeard's Treasure - Burlington
21. The Devil's Duets - New Gretna
22. The Jersey Devil - Camden
23. The Grim - West Milford
24. Gully Road - Newark
25. Just One Sip - Atlantic City
26. Death of a Wizard - Hanover Furnace
27. Stolen Gold - Red Oak Grove
28. Dem Bones - Sandy Hook
29. The Treasure Trove - Schooley's Mountain
30. Rival Witches - Ringwood

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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