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Spooky Washington

A huge wind swept through the bedroom, bringing with it the damp, salty smell of the sea.  The tempest tore the blankets right off Billy’s shaking body.  He sat bolt upright, heart thundering against his ribs, as a bloated, red-haired figure stepped down from the vastness of the eternal horizon and down into the bedroom…

“Sailor’s Revenge” from Spooky Washington

Pull up a chair or gather round the campfire and get ready for creepy tales of ghostly hauntings, eerie happenings, and other strange occurrences in Washington state. You’ll meet a crimper who sells a newcomer to a ship captain heading for Shanghai without realizing he just doomed his own nephew to bondage; a dead grocer who feeds a starving woman in Spokane; a group of students that descend a mysterious staircase in a cemetery and find themselves at the gates of hell; a young boy that finds himself caught between his murderous step-father and a flesh-eating monster called the Bone Cleaner; and many more.

Washington folklore traditions are kept alive in these expert retellings by master storyteller S. E. Schlosser and through artist Paul G. Hoffman’s evocative illustrations. 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.


“Sailor’s Revenge” from Spooky Washington by S.E. Schlosser

Part One:  Ghost Stories

1 The Phantom Grocer: Spokane

2 At the Market: Seattle

3 The Warning: Cascade Mountains

4 I Am your Brother: Leavenworth

5 The Final Ride: Kent

6 The Extra Student: Vancouver

7 The Last Vigilante: Rockford

8 The Rocking Chair: Bellingham

9 Sailor’s Revenge: Port Townsend

10 Steak and Eggs: Spokane

11 Has Anyone Seen My Cow?: Steilacoomb

12 The Mausoleum: San Juan Islands

13 Get Out!: Bremerton

Part Two: Powers of Darkness and Light

14 Thirteen Steps: Maltby

15 Tree Octopus: Olympic Peninsula

16 The Draug: Poulsbo

17 Flying Saucers: Mount Rainier

18 The Miser: Tacoma

19 Mountain Devils: Mount St. Helens

20 Bone Cleaner: Douglas County

21 The Message: Richland

22 Demon Man: Yakima

23 Soap: Lake Crescent

24 The Wax Doll: Walla Walla

25 Beloved Woman: Mount St. Helens

26 Totem: Seattle