Spooky Series

Spooky Southwest

Spooky SouthwestTales of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, and other Local Lore    

by S.E. Schlosser

Once there was a widow who wished to marry a rich nobleman. However, the nobleman did not want to raise another man's children and he dismissed her. The widow was determined to have the nobleman for her own, so the widow drowned her children to be free of them. When she told the nobleman what she had done, he was horrified and would have nothing more to do with her.

Meet La Lorona, a spirit condemned to wander the waterways, weeping and searching for her drowned children until the end of time. The Weeping Woman is just one of 30 spooky Southwestern characters found in these expertly retold folktales by master storyteller S. E. Schlosser.

You will also encounter:

  • Pecos Bill, who takes on the most Haunted House in the West
  • Johnny, a dead soldier who comes to waltz at the wedding of his false beloved
  • The Lonely Caballero, who loses his head - literally - over a girl
  • Old Granny Tucker, an evil witch who is thwarted by her grandchildren
  • Plus many more Southwestern ghosts and spooks ranging from a group of black cats looking for Aunt Kan to two Comstock miners who wreck havoc in Heaven when they find out the streets are made of gold!



Part One: Ghost Stories

Chapter 1. The Ghost on the Tracks
Chapter 2. The Half-Clad Ghost
Chapter 3. The Death Waltz   
Chapter 4. Going Courting
Chapter 5. The Ghost of Jean Baptiste
Chapter 6. The Phantom Train
Chapter 7. The Posthole Digger
Chapter 8. Stampede Mesa
Chapter 9. Pecos Bill and the Haunted House   
Chapter 10. La Llorona
Chapter 11. The House of the Candle
Chapter 12. The Sandstorm
Chapter 13. The Lonely Caballero
Chapter 14. Lafitte's Ghost
Chapter 15. The Lantern

Part Two: The Powers of Darkness

Chapter 16. The Dance
Chapter 17. The Bear Lake Monster
Chapter 18. Divvying Up souls
Chapter 19. The Ultimate Stakes
Chapter 20. Juan's Last Drink
Chapter 21. The Bucca
Chapter 22. The Singing Sands
Chapter 23. Old Granny Tucker
Chapter 24. The Spirit on the Mountain
Chapter 25. Death and the Doctor
Chapter 26. The Skeleton
Chapter 27. The Black Cats' Message   
Chapter 28. Pedro de Urdemalas
Chapter 29. The Lady in Blue
Chapter 30. Uncle Bob's Miracle

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.

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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