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Spooky New England

The Devil put down the glass and said: “Now, I think you have seen for yourself that I can make you the richest man in the province. So, in return for your agreement to deliver your soul to me,” he drew a thick parchment from his pocket, “I will engage, on my part, to fill your boots with gold on the first day of each month.”


Pull up a chair or gather round the campfire and get ready for 35 creepy tails of ghostly hauntings, eerie happenings, and other strange occurrences in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Set in New England’s historic towns, charming old islands, and sparsely populated backwoods, the stories in this entertaining and compelling collection will have you looking over your shoulder again and again.

Yankee folklore is kept alive in these expert retellings by master storyteller S.E. Schlosser, and in artist Paul Hoffman’s evocative illustrations. You’ll meet seaweed-covered phantom sailors and a ghostly black dog, hear otherworldly voices and things that go bump in the night, and feel an icy wind on the back of your neck on a warm summer evening. Whether read around the campfire on a dark and stormy night or from the backseat of the family van on the way to grandma’s, this is a collection to treasure.


Part One: Ghost Stories

Chapter 1. The Telltale Seaweed
Chapter 2. The Lady in Black
Chapter 3. The Blue Rock
Chapter 4. The Voyage of the Palatine
Chapter 5. The Ghost of Elvira Blood
Chapter 6. The Watcher of the Isle of Shoals
Chapter 7. The Ghosts of Georges Bank
Chapter 8. Ocean-born Mary
Chapter 9. The Wraith in the Storm
Chapter 10. Emily’s Bridge

Part Two: The Powers of Darkness

Chapter 11. The Black Dog of Hanging Hills
Chapter 12. Old Trickey
Chapter 13. The Fatal Glass Eye
Chapter 14. The Man Who Could Send Rats
Chapter 15. The Devil’s Hole
Chapter 16. Tom Dunn’s Dance
Chapter 17. Old Betty Booker
Chapter 18. The Devil and Jonathan Moulton
Chapter 19. The Loup Garou
Chapter 20. Captain Paddock and Crookjaw

Part Three: Invisible Wonders

Chapter 21. The Man Who Made Weather
Chapter 22. The White Deer
Chapter 23. At the Sign of the Sir Charles
Chapter 24. The Image of Saint Francis
Chapter 25. Whaling-boat in the Sky
Chapter 26. The Bridge
Chapter 27. Mary’s Flower
Chapter 28. The Dancing Mortar
Chapter 29. The Witch-Sheep
Chapter 30. The Frogs of Windham