Spooky Series

Spooky South

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

by S.E. Schlosser

He hadn't been sleeping long when a thumping noise awoke him.  It sounded like an animal was climbing up the side of the cabin.  He heard a scratch, scratch, scratching noise, like the claws of a cat.  And then a voice rang out: "Tailypo, Tailypo; all I want's my Tailypo."

Meet a Tennessee hermit who learns too late that he should be kind to strange animals. Tailypo is just one of 30 spooky New York characters found in these expertly retold folktales by master storyteller S. E. Schlosser. 

You will also encounter:

  • The Army of the Dead, which marches at night through the streets of Charleston
  • The Ghost of Blackbeard, who searches for his head through the inlets of North Carolina
  • General Jackson and the Bell Witch of Tennessee
  • A Jack O' Lantern that roams the swamps in Alabama, luring people to their doom
  • The Woman in Black who haunts a graveyard in Savannah
  • Plus 23 more Southern ghosts and spooks ranging from a corpse who returns from the grave to play the fiddle in a contest to a Mississippi girl who barely escapes from an evil spirit called a Plat-eye.



Part One: Ghost Stories 

Chapter 1. Wait Until Emmet Comes - Kanawha County, West Virginia
Chapter 2. The Cut-Off - Red River Landing, Louisiana
Chapter 3. I'm Coming Down - Camden, South Carolinea
Chapter 4. The Army of the Dead - Charleston, South Carolina
Chapter 5. The Death Watch - Raleigh County, West Virginia
Chapter 6. Hold Him, Tabb - Hampton, Virginia
Chapter 7. The Headless Haunt - Madison, North Carolina
Chapter 8. Jakie and the Ghost - Greenville, Mississippi
Chapter 9. The Log Cabin - Montgomery County, Arkansas
Chapter 10. The Woman in Black - Savannah, Georgia
Chapter 11. Seeing Ghosts - Sea Island, Georgia
Chapter 12. Chattanooga's Ghost - New Orleans, Louisiana
Chapter 13. Fiddler's Dram - Dukedom, Tennessee
Chapter 14. Uncle Henry and the Dog Ghost - Somewhere Down South
Chapter 15. The Headless Specter - Ocracoke Inlet, North Carolina

Part Two: The Powers of Darkness 

Chapter 16. The Wampus Cat - Knoxville, Tennessee
Chapter 17. The Devil's Marriage - Guilford County, North Carolina
Chapter 18. The Witch Woman and the Spinning Wheel - New Orleans, Louisiana
Chapter 19. Jack-O'-Lantern - Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama  
Chapter 20. Plat-Eye - Harrison County, Mississippi
Chapter 21. The Witch Bridle - Albright, West Virginia
Chapter 22. Tailypo - Montgomery County, Tennessee  
Chapter 23. The Devil's Mansion - New Orleans, Louisiana
Chapter 24. The Red Rag Under the Churn - The Kentucky Mountains
Chapter 25. Chicky-licky-chow-chow-chow - Maryville, Tennessee  
Chapter 26. A Fish Story - Farmville, Virginia
Chapter 27. Christmas Gift - Palatka, Florida
Chapter 28. Wiley and the Hairy Man - Tombigbee Region, Alabama
Chapter 29. West Hell - Jacksonville, Floriday
Chapter 30. Old Hickory and the Bell Witch - Adams, Tennessee

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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