Pecos Bill

The Death of Pecos Bill

A New Mexico Tall Tale

retold by

S. E. Schlosser

Now, Pecos Bill didn't live forever. Nope, not even Bill could figure out how to do that. Here's how he died.

When Bill was gettin' on in years, a Boston man came down to New Mexico for a visit. He fancied himself a bit of a cowboy. Got himself one of them mail-order suits, don't ya know. The ones with the lizard skin boots, a shiny brass belt buckle, a new pair of blue jeans and a huge ten gallon hat with not a speck of dust on it. Well, when Pecos Bill saw him trying to swagger into a bar, he jest lay down on the sidewalk and laughed himself to death!


You can read about Pecos Bill and the Haunted House in Spooky Southwest by S.E. Schlosser.



sad story

it was a very great story i thought


I thought the story was a little bit short but very humourous

That's sad and hilarios

Now this one I can believe, but just because it makes good sense, because I don't believe everything that I hear.

thats sad but how can u die by laughing so hard loL

@anonymous...i guess a person could be laughing and not have any energy to stop for breath

so funny. i loved it

so sad and i just read the story.

I think that this story was very sad

It was weird but funny.

weird but awesome i think its kinda sad

awwww poor Bill but how could someone laugh their self to death

Very funny it would be kinda funny to die of laughing so hard

It is weird!!!!!!!

It is eerie

It is weird and cool

so.....lonely story

i just want to ask why pecos bill did not bite the cowboy?

its sad

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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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