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Spooky North Carolina

“My riiiiiinnngg!  I want my ring!” the ghost of Kate wailed, its voice rising so high only hound dogs could hear the top notes.  The pressure on Mary’s ears was something awful.  She clapped both hands over her ears and shouted:  “I ain’t got it!”   “Yes You DO!”  roared the ghost.

-Spooky North Carolina
Spooky North Carolina by S.E. Schlosser
Spooky North Carolina by S.E. Schlosser

Pull up a chair or gather round the campfire and get ready for twenty-five creepy tales of ghostly hauntings, eerie happenings, and other strange occurrences in North Carolina. From the phantom railroad conductor who shines his lantern along the tracks near Maco to the grisly mass hanging re-created on dark nights by a swamp near Smithfield, the stories in this entertaining and compelling collection will have you looking over your shoulder again and again.

North Carolina folklore traditions are kept alive in these expert retellings by master storyteller S. E. Schlosser and through artist Paul Hoffman’s evocative illustrations. You’ll meet ghosts and witches, hear 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 dreary night or from the backseat of the family van on the way to Grandma’s, this is a collection to treasure.


From Spooky North Carolina by S.E. Schlosser

Part One:  Ghost Stories
1.      Fetch — Boone
2.      Daddy’s Visit – Raleigh
3.      The Nightmare – Ocracoke
4.      Ghost Light – Maco
5.      Little Red Man – Winston Salem
6.      Phantom Horseman – Greensboro
7.      I’m So Cold – Dare County
8.      Handshake – Goldsboro
9.      Robah – Winston-Salem
10.  Busted! – Asheville
11.  The Rescue – Wilmington
12.  Plucked – Murphy

Part Two:  Powers of Darkness and Light
13.  Boo Hag – Elizabeth City
14.  The Honeymoon – Smoky Mountains
15.  The Carpenter – Bat Cave
16.  Doppelganger – Watauga County
17.  Dreams & Visions – Pineola
18.  The Coffin – Fayetteville
19.  Resurrection – Charlotte
20.  The White Deer – Roanoke Island
21.  The Legend of Tsali – Smoky Mountains National Park
22.  Mercy – Johnson County
23.  Jubilee – Vandemere
24.  Raven Mockers – Cherokee
25.  The Cat — Edenton