Spooky Series

Spooky New York

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

by S.E. Schlosser

He was nervous about passing the graveyard, remembering the rumors of a galloping ghost that he had heard at the tavern. He stumbled along, humming to himself to keep up his courage. Suddenly, his eye was caught by a light rising from the ground in the cemetery. He stopped, his heart pounding in fear. Before his startled eyes, a white mist burst forth from an unmarked grave and formed into a large horse carrying a headless rider.

Meet the Headless Horseman, who rises from the Sleepy Hollow graveyard many times before he encounters a man named Ichabod Crane.  The Headless Horseman is just one of 30 spooky characters found in this folklore collection by S.E. Schlosser.

You will also encounter:

  • A wizard who enslaves a young girl in Copake.
  • A ghost who likes to play Tug-of-War in Halfmoon
  • A vampire who preys on travelers in the Adirondacks
  • Plus more New York ghosts and spooks, including ice-skating ghosts in Manhattan's Central Park  and the White Lady of the Lake in Rochester.



Part One: Ghost Stories

1. The White Lady of the Lake - Irondequoit/Rochester
2. Party at Wild Goose Tavern - Ellis Island
3. The Gray Lady - Richmond Town, Staten Island
4. Redemption - West Seneca
5. The Central Park Skaters - Manhattan
6. Buried Treasure - Liberty Island
7. The Phantom Fire Ship - The Bronx and Long Island Sound
8. Observatory - Empire State Building, Manhattan
9. The Rising of Gouverneur Morris - Morrisiana, The Bronx
10. Tug-of-War - Halfmoon
11. Going Fishin' - Herkimer County
12. The Poker Game - Lowville
13. The Galloping Hessian - Tarrytown
14. The Satin Dress - Flushing, Queens
15. One Last Drink - Manhattan

Part Two: Powers of Darkness and Light

16. The Gold Tooth - Albany
17. The Night-riders - Copake
18. Rival Fiddlers - Brooklyn
19. Baker's Dozen - Albany
20. The Wizard in the Hollow - Sag Harbor, Long Island
21. Henry Hudson and the Kaatskil Gnomes - Catskill Mountains
22.The Maid of the Mist - Niagara Falls
23. The Hermit's House - Adirondack Mountains
24. The Loup-Garou's debt - Mooers
25. Aunty Greenleaf and the White Deer - Brookhaven, Long Island
26. Van Wemple's Goose - Brooklyn
27. High Hat - Alleghany County
28. The Ramapo Salamander - Rockland County
29. The Flying Canoe - Lake George
30. Jan Sol and the Monster - Wall Street, Manhattan

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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