Spooky Southwest: Tales Of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, And Other Local Lore
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Here we have a collection of unnerving tales of events that happened—and still do happen—in the collective back yard of the Southwestern states. Accompanied by evocative illustrations, these compelling retellings of popular folktales feature supernatural occurrences and ghosts of all sorts, from cattle rustlers to runaway trains.
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 Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico, and Texas. Set in the American Southwest's historic towns and sparsely populated expanses, the stories in this entertaining and compelling collection will have you looking over your shoulder again and again.
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Publication Date: 07-01-2017
Product Dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)
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 website AmericanFolklore.net, where she shares a wealth of stories from all 50 states, some dating back to the origins of America. Artist Paul 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 Spooky Southwest, he employed a scratchboard technique and an active imagination.
Crosby County, Texas
I told Billy it was a bad idea, letting the herd overnight on Stampede Mesa. Oh I grant you that the grazing atop the 200 acres mesa is nearly always choice. But the history of the place! Well, none of the other cowboys would go near the mesa, especially at night. And no one in his right mind would take a herd there. They'd heard the same stories I had.
One cowpoke I know, a real shy fellow name of Ted, once told me in confidence that one stormy evening, while he was riding past the mesa, he had seen a herd of cattle stampeding through the clouds, driven by a terrible ghost on a blindfolded horse. The herd and its guards had fallen down a cloudy canyon and disappeared before Ted's eyes.
Now Ted is such a truthful fellow that the other cowpokes call him preacher. I believed his story, and was real angry when Billy insisted we overnight the herd there. But I was outvoted. None of the other cowboys would admit to believing in ghosts, and I was laughed to scorn when I voted we try another place for the night. So I rode a little away from the others, watching my section of cattle and remembering the story of Stampede Mesa and how it came to be haunted.