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Spooky New York

He was nervous about passing the graveyard, remembering the rumors of a galloping ghost that he had heard at the tavern. He stumbled along, humming to himself to keep up his courage. Suddenly, his eye was caught by a light rising from the ground in the cemetery. He stopped, his heart pounding in fear. Before his startled eyes, a white mist burst forth from an unmarked grave and formed into a large horse carrying a headless rider.

Spooky New York by S.E. Schlosser
Spooky New York by S.E. Schlosser

Meet the Headless Horseman, who rises from the Sleepy Hollow graveyard many times before he encounters a man named Ichabod Crane.  The Headless Horseman is just one of 30 spooky characters found in this folklore collection by S.E. Schlosser.

You will also encounter:

  • A wizard who enslaves a young girl in Copake.
  • A ghost who likes to play Tug-of-War in Halfmoon
  • A vampire who preys on travelers in the Adirondacks
  • Plus more New York ghosts and spooks, including ice-skating ghosts in Manhattan’s Central Park  and the White Lady of the Lake in Rochester.


Part One: Ghost Stories

Spooky New York by S.E. Schlosser

1. The White Lady of the Lake – Irondequoit/Rochester
2. Party at Wild Goose Tavern – Ellis Island
3. The Gray Lady – Richmond Town, Staten Island
4. Redemption – West Seneca
5. The Central Park Skaters – Manhattan
6. Buried Treasure – Liberty Island
7. The Phantom Fire Ship – The Bronx and Long Island Sound
8. Observatory – Empire State Building, Manhattan
9. The Rising of Gouverneur Morris – Morrisiana, The Bronx
10. Tug-of-War – Halfmoon
11. Going Fishin’ – Herkimer County
12. The Poker Game – Lowville
13. The Galloping Hessian – Tarrytown
14. The Satin Dress – Flushing, Queens
15. One Last Drink – Manhattan

Part Two: Powers of Darkness and Light

16. The Gold Tooth – Albany
17. The Night-riders – Copake
18. Rival Fiddlers – Brooklyn
19. Baker’s Dozen – Albany
20. The Wizard in the Hollow – Sag Harbor, Long Island
21. Henry Hudson and the Kaatskil Gnomes – Catskill Mountains
22.The Maid of the Mist – Niagara Falls
23. The Hermit’s House – Adirondack Mountains
24. The Loup-Garou’s debt – Mooers
25. Aunty Greenleaf and the White Deer – Brookhaven, Long Island
26. Van Wemple’s Goose – Brooklyn
27. High Hat – Alleghany County
28. The Ramapo Salamander – Rockland County
29. The Flying Canoe – Lake George
30. Jan Sol and the Monster – Wall Street, Manhattan