Ghost Stories

Bloody Mary Whales

Excerpted from Spooky Indiana

Retold by S.E. Schlosser

Bloody Mary Whales from Spooky Indiana     Old Man Whales was an evil man who loved money more than anything in the world, except his wife.  In his lust for wealth, he supplemented his farm income by catching runaway slaves who were escaping to freedom through Indiana.  Whales would chain the ex-slaves up in his barn cellar until he could collect the reward on them.  When he couldn't find slaves, he'd capture free men and sell them into slavery. 
    When the Civil War ended slavery, it was a disaster for the evil Whales, who no longer had a profitable source of income to supplement his farm work.  And then his beloved wife died childbirth.  Overnight, Whales fell to pieces.  He hated the child – a little girl named Mary - that had killed his wife.  He neglected her, dressing her in rags, making her do all the farm choirs and half-starving her.  In spite of this cruel treatment, Mary grew into a sweet girl who loved her wicked father. 
      As Mary reached adulthood, the resemblance to her dead mother was striking.  Whales saw his dead wife every time he looked at the daughter who had caused her death.  One night, after a hefty bout of drinking, Whales lumbered into Mary's bedroom and stabbed her repeatedly.  Mary woke screaming and thrashed around in agony, trying to fight off her demonic father as blood spurted everywhere and bits of torn flesh littered the bedclothes and fell to the floor.  When she was dead, Old Man Whales carried her down to the basement, dug an indifferent grave and tossed her body into it. 
      Two nights later, when Old Man Whales came back from doing his nightly chores, he found Mary standing in the kitchen, her nearly severed head lolling against one shoulder as she stirred an empty kettle.  A pool of steaming blood lay beneath her feet, and bits of skin from her knife-slashed face were breaking off and falling into the kettle.   "Faaaaaather...." Bloody Mary hissed.  Old Man Whales screamed and leapt out the kitchen door.  When he glanced over his shoulder, the apparition was gone. 
     A week later, Old Man Whales looked up from reading the newspaper to find Bloody Mary sitting in the chair opposite him, her knife-slashed dress covered in blood.   Her tattered hands were busy knitting him a shirt.  "Faaaaaather...." she hissed through knife-scored lips.  Blood fell from her body like rain as she flew across the room toward him, knitting needles held like knives.  Old Man Whales fled from the house in panic with two deep cuts scored across his back. 
     Old Man Whales cowered in the barn for several days, afraid to go near his house.  After nearly a week of sleeping in the hay and eating raw food from the garden, he decided it was safe to return to his house.  The spirit must be gone by now. 
      Old Man Whales hurried into the kitchen, eager for a wash and a shave after sleeping so many nights in the barn.  He pumped an ewer of water and took it over to the little shaving mirror they kept on the far wall.  When he looked in the mirror, Old Man Whales saw the glowing red eyes and knife-scored face of Bloody Mary.  Her once-fair lips were split down the center and blood dripped from them as she smiled evilly.  "Faaaaaather...." she hissed, raising blood-stained fingers.  Her nails were long and sharpened like the claws of a beast.  She reached out of the mirror and slapped her father twice across the face.  Old Man Whales screamed, blood streaming from four slashes on his cheeks.  He ran from the house and leapt into the safety of the barn, his heart pounding so hard his chest ached with it. 
         "Faaaaaather...." a voice hissed softly a few paces to his right.  Old Man Whales screamed and whirled around.  Blood Mary stood smiling at him through her blood-stained, razor-sharp teeth.  Her tattered tongue was bleeding from several places as if it had been scored by a butcher's knife.   She pointed above her head, and Old Man Whales saw a noose hanging from the rafters beside the ladder to the loft.  The rope looked inviting, hanging there in a dust-speckled sunbeam.  Obediently, Old Man Whales placed his hands on the rung of the ladder and started to climb. 


Author's Note: You can read all our Bloody Mary stories on the Bloody Mary Legends page.

Spooky Indiana

Read the complete story of Bloody Mary Whales in Spooky Indiana by S.E. Schlosser.  You can also read about ... 
  • The Purple Hand of Vincennes
  • The Ghost of Ossian in Greencastle
  • The Black Widow of La Porte
  • The Hatchet Man of Bloomington 20 more spooky tales of hauntings, strange happenings and other local lore. 



i love ittt

... I peed ma pants!

It's really creepy but sad at the same time. I LOVE these ghost stories.

that was scary llloooooolllllllll


I really enjoy scary stories. I find them interesting. Ive been dealing with alot of scay things my self. I didnt believ in ghosts or anything like that but with the things that I've encountered I have to say that ghosts do exist

hahahahaha nice!



Very spooky great story though

Amazing story... Just like the original Bloody Mary!

i really like this story its is really scary .i am going to write about this stiry GO ON WITH IT.....................


it was creepy but no that creepy

That was @#$% scary!


wow! read it very spooky not going to sleep!

My class mates are scared and when they need the loo they want someone to come with them cuz we have mirrors in the bathroom!

oh my god!
that was so awesome bloody and creepy at the same time!
when i rread this i had to pause and put my back on the wall i was so scared!


That story creeps me out!! lol

this story was amazingly detailed i loved it,it be great to tell to chilrdren


so scary and sad
i <3 it

Tht was an awesome story

not that scary =P

yes ghost are real


lol its aight bro

wow that made me pee my pants i peed so much my pants were soaking wet

Amazing and creepy. Like my storys I write.

god for the 1st time i got so scared reading this story

that was cool

That was creepy!! I'm like speechless

Hahaha, that actually freaked me out! Amazing story :Dxx


i love it tell me more

Yea they do exist I have dealed with them allmy lรฎfe

nice it was creapy

LOL that's not a scary ghost story it was a funny one i love it eney way



wow so funny

it is so good i pood my panits




i like this story and its halloween to spoooooooooky

Omg I'm reading this from my classroom it's so cool


wow that was scary it was sad aswell

wow sooo creepy that i had to run back home during trick or treating...

that wasnt scary at all. nice try!!!! Hahahahaha

love it lol

This was AWSOME I read it to my bro with the effects included acted by......ME!!! And I scared him to good he won't even look in a mirror afraid I'll show up behind him like bloody mary

Wow! I like the story! I really like scary stories but i don't like scary movies especially when there are murdering and killing humans!
I have a lot of scary books! becoming 100!!!

This story is crazy

I love ittttttt

This story is crazy


I like it

creepy but cool
i like it

that wasnt scary

this is really cool

i luv the story but i dont under stand the endding

WOW O_O that was scary




How many Bloody Mary stories are there?!

creepy my mom wont let me buy these books though

good story FANTASTICK

wow that was really cool.

wow scary bout peed my pants

That was scary..... but really good! :)

It is awesome!best scary story i have ever read!read it!

it was so scary i luv itt boo


old man whales deserves it.

it was scary but i loved it!

really scaryyyyyyy.

creepy and cool

it was alright but i didn't really like the ending

omg,that was actually scary. Amazing story by the way

Wierd Indiana!!!!;)

My grandma said I was related to bloody Mary!

dis was creepy

that's amazayn yenno cuz yolo lol

oooooooooooooooooohhhh!!!that was scary.....

luvved it
serves whales right although i feel kinda sorry for him at the same time but the image of mary all torn up creeps me out i like mary

That was really creepy. I didnt get the ending

Great story keep it up bro

omg, that was really scary pooped me pants lol

I really liked it.

OMG i was reading all the comments after readin the story when my cousin suddenly snnezed which scared the fudge out of me!

that was awsome i like the clif hanger at the end i wanna know what happens

Good Storie

that was some scary shit

I encountered bloody mary!

Frikeing awesome and blood streamingly great! i loved the action and suspense in between the sentences that you pictured in our mind! although it was sad, it was a great scary story!!

mot scary

Kool Story Bro

Thanks for sharing. What a plaesrue to read!

Im writing a scary story for english in the i peed my pants

i luved it , but what does noose mean?

i dont like both characters

i peed ma pants.-_-!!

:D Cool!!

it was awesome and spooky and funny at the same time

that was a bit scary.....

How much is Spooky Indiana and where can I find it?

Father.............BUY ME MORE JEWELERY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

it was ok but i think the father was crazy to kill his daughter it wasnt her fault

what///////////// rock

it was really good
but not scary

omg what an awesome storie so telling my fiends

that was so F*****g scary i peed my pants

Ugh!!! I got a bit nauseated in the middle!!


not scared like but why would a man love gold more then his wife if i was that man i would love my wife and throw the gold out and spend time with my wife that would be i would do! like i love scary stories but i am not scared of them. like bloody mary is a myth you know it yes you do i even know it like i could read her story for days or forever and that does not creep me out at all

this story was creepy, plus my mind pictures what i read

That was scary.

whaaaaaat dats not creepy at all!


thats sad if u kill some one thats been and she ovisly dint mean to kill her mother so why kill her

vvvvvvvaaaaaaarrrrryyyyyy ssssscccccaaaaarrrrryyyyy

Give me a huggggggg or i will make you hang yourself!

oo scary ooooo

awesome not scary at alll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ok really scary. I also think it was really cool and adventures.

It was scary but not as scary as I thought by the way me and my friends once tried doing the bloody Mary thing but nothing happened so one day we decided let's go to the schools restroom and do it so we turned the lights off and did everything we opened the lights and we saw a stall with feet in them in the reflection if the mirror we turned and saw no feet we ran out the restroom yelling !

Loved it sooooooooooo much

sooooo scary

thats deep

not scary ohhhhhh!

creepy :O

holy mother of God's this is cheap scary for a 10 year old kid like me

O_O scary

that joint was craaaazzzaaaaayyyyyyy!!!!!
i was all like she wont kill, she aint ab


Best story yet _-_

that was so scary you should really carry it on i would be so popula at school and im very rich you losers.

Wow...I'm kinda scared now :/

it was allright pretty descryptive

This is a good stroy

Faaaather How dare you tell my story! I will find you... J.K. This book kept me up all night for months. I can barely sleep alone! SO SCARY!

lil' bro:OMG!
lil' bro:read this
me:*reads* why does this remind me of Elfin Lied?
lil' bro:1. its about as gorey 2. you watch to much anime

it wasnt all that :|

At first I thought it was a good story but once Bloody Mary screeched faaaaatherrr I lost it but at the end I think there's a part 2?

i am so parionoid. so why am i reading theese?... THEY ARE AMAZING

i always wondered and searched for the story of Bloody Mary, my brother scared me with it when i was a child, but i never found it. I don't think it's exactly the same, his version was turning out the lights, lighting a candle and chanting "bloody mary" in a mirror, then her ravaged face would appear and she'd drag you to hell. But this is still pretty cool!

That was so scary


Don't like it as much...but its alright.


Guess who's not sleeping to tonight?

I nearly wet my pants that was scary. I almost never freak like that cuz alot of things don't scare me. ( besides my room at night for no paticular reason) -o-

This was the best ghost story I have ever read I loved it I read it over and over and over and over again haha me awesome by the way Bloody Mary is not real every body so if anyone thinks she is post right under this comment ok



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this one frecked me out more than bloody mary returnes

Holy CRAP!!!! I was reading this and my teacher started talking and it scared the CRAP out of me....

That was so scary!! Don't want to read this book when you r about to go to bed!!!

could have been better it sounds like ive heard it

Was not scary enough for me is this real?or are these stories just made up?It was a good story. Though

i that was amazing and i wasn't even scared


that was so awesome! I will re-tell this one to my friends and watch them pee s***

i was with my friend in the car and she saw a shadow she was driving so i said stop the car elisha so she did and i told her to open the window and there she was when i looke d bamaryck at my friend she was the shadow standing outside and shed turned to bloody


I love your storie.i had collected scary story books since kindergarden!!

super scary

Holy shit was this story messed up! Faaather! i hope me and selenas kid doesn't end up like this!!!!

omg peeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed my pamts

Was she trying to hang him???!!! Anyway I loved it!! It was really ! Creepy and didn't violate any rules!!

quite spooky an ma friend were reading this and we thought it twas amazing...stupid father btw

Is this true interesting

this is a really scary story like the maze game and I love the titil bloody mary it's so spooky

:( you didn't give us the whole story.

this scary book is off the chain this is so fake sike but my brother looks like that sorry but I just peed in my thongs see you later



this was an amazing story it had me on the edge of my seat the entire time!!!!!!!!!!

i think u must not call this woman bloody mary cause actually mary is the name of bibi mariam, the first woman in this world we cannot call her bloody. if ur cristians then excuse me cos i am a muslim,maashallah


omg i love this storie when i was a lil girl i was so scared to look in the mirror cause of this storie

What happened when he climbed up the latter???

i loved it i love creepy stuff and ive been haveing ghost exspirences at my school

Very interesting,bone chilling,heart pounding, hand gripping kind of story in other words loved it !

omg i lovee thesse books there soooo scary

Sad, scary story. Loved it!

Best storie I've ever read quinea pigs rockkkk I wish aw was the barn so the dad would go inside me ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

I read that to my daughter and she was so scared she started crying!

Bloddy Mary was a witch in the witch trials of Massechusetts in 1692.

O.o i peed lol and im not going to sleep without my TV and my night light and im 11 !

this isn't a scary storie this is an oTopsy report lol

Now this is a scary story...looovee it

Oh my goodness I think I justs peed a little

Very scary. I loved it! Find more stories like this one. Whoever wrote it is sick, but these stories are supposed to be scary.

i didn't understand the ending but so creepy and scary i was watching my favorite shoe (the voice) i coudnt even look at it and watch it

love it

this is not scary !!1!!1


i peed my pants

That was so cool can i get a copy of that i have heard of ghost stories but that was amazing!!!


i loved your story it was so spooky and u never knew what was going to happen next.

i passed out so scary i am never going to sleep again

it was the scariest storie i ever heard

Im not saying it was not scary (i watch alot of horror movies) but it did not scare me 1 bit. i laughed

nice story, however, it lacked realism...

More More!


I peed my pants!

I seriously just wetted my pants!

im so scared i almost pooped my pants

Good story.Is this story related with the "Bloody Mary?"I thought the origin of her originated in Britain.Either way the story was great,I enjoyed how such a cruel person got his "Just Desserts" as it were.It's a wonder that such a man ever got the opportunity to procreate and recieve a miracle through such a tough loss.

i love it so did kenzie (my friend)good job on writing it good luck on the rest of ur AMAZING stories. /)_T
() i need a hug. *'.'* woohoo!!:):):):):)

whish it had the wole thing

really cool it scared me really it did!!!!!!!

that was scary!!!!!

That was f$@king stupid

I want more

haha it is scary and i had never heard of this version before but next time make it more scary

you will all die


heallllla scary

that was mean what the dad do i would not love my dad if he did that she should of not loved him


Loooooooooved it. This story is the best.

Makes "I" very sad. :(

Realy good story

Love it

Scary but sad

that wus awesome I never got the whole story of her but now I know that wus awesome and if u have not u should check out the movie!=]

I couldn't sleep for nights after I read the story!!

so scary

nice one.

It wasn't scary srry

it was so scary i peed my pants lol and when my phone rang it scared the shit out of me i'm related to bloody mary too. cool story bro kepp em comen

u described mary way to much description,but other than that is was good!


I love this story! Its very well made :-)

There goes my sleep for the night

did he hang himself or what


Sorry, I suck at understanding stuff. Did he hang himself?

i love scary stories!! :D

omg! that one of the best bloody mary stories my BFF obsessed with scary stories (like me ;D)

Now that was kind of scary...

That was awsome

I love bloody mary storys ! :-)
:-) :-) :-) :-)

Ah I saw her once

Wrong thing to read in a dark room when I can't sleep.

Luvd it

This story is awesome.Its doesn't creep me out at all because I watch&read horror stories everyday.:D

so scary i dont want to got to sleep

..i may have peed my pants lol..


not scary at all.

Cool but Mary,did she hang her father or did her father just climb?

I luv a gud scare but this was so frickin' scary!


Wow, all these comments make me want to read it. Is it really that scary. By the way, that guy that peed his pants should probably wear diapers!...


i like it.

It left me hanging

it is a cool story

That was awesome, but I don't see what's so scary about it. You should try doing Bloody Mary on hollows eve... It's even scarier and more dangerous

wow so scary jk i did not want to read it all but it sounds scary not

this was awesome


I like the story but i read a different story and it was she was a witch not a woman name marry

Spooked out I was spooked out

bloody mary is not scary

it is soooooooooooooooooo coooooooooooooooooooooool


i read it one thousend time's i dont care i loveit

weird that was sooooooo not scary

Wow It was cool and scary I love it


I love this story.

I'm never getting off of this couch again! I'm now too afraid of the ghost of bloody mary

that was gr8 it was the scariest story yet . plz give me more nd i'm, 12 so make the next one so scary i'll run from my room sreaming '' mommy bloody mary is coming''

Hmm I think he deserved it knowing that she loved her father...... ^.^

This is an awesome site

i have seen her in mexico she is called "LA YORONA" in mexico/

I love it

Not so scary since she was talking her father and not anyone else.........................................................................................................................................................................................

This story is pretty scary. Have you ever felt that, the more you read scary stories, the more you belive in them? I'm probably going to get nightmares!


LOL LOL LOL My sis and bro cried all night and i screamed!!!!! SCARY!!!!!

i like it i am the ghost of the old master john johnsson

Awlsome not scary๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿ’€

so scary almost scarier than The white lady

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Schlosser, author of the Spooky Series

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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