Spooky Colorado

Tales of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, and Other Local Lore

Spooky Colorado by S.E. Schlosser
Spooky Colorado 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 the state of Colorado. From Lord Dunraven’s ghostly skirt-chasing and the canyon where the White Lady walks to ghosts who send telegrams and the hot springs where Doc Holliday breathed his last, the stories in this entertaining and compelling collection will have you looking over your shoulder again and again.


Colorado 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 monsters, 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.

It was getting real dark in the mountain shadow.  It would be night soon.  I wanted out of Dead Man’s Canyon before night.  I urged my horse back into our working jog.  Suddenly, he tossed up his head and froze in place.  The wind whipped down off the ridge, biting cold as it howled down from the snowline.  My teeth began to chatter, but I kept my gun hand still, finger on the trigger.   And then the phantom came for me…

“Dead Man’s Canyon” from Spooky Colorado

Part One:  Ghost Stories

Spooky Colorado
“Dead Man’s Canyon” from Spooky Colorado

1.      The Whitewashed Privy – Central City
2.      A Friendly Game of Cards – Julesburg
3.      Dunraven – Estes Park
4.      Spirit Guide – Manitou Springs
5.      Dead Man’s Canyon – Colorado Springs
6.      Rented Rooms – Denver
7.      Empty Bucket – Leadville
8.       The Piper – Telluride
9.        Man in the Derby Hat – Golden
10.    The White Lady – Grand Junction
11.    Maggie – Cripple Creek
12.   Vindicator – Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

Part Two:  Powers of Darkness and Light

13.  The Telegram – Palmer Lake
14.  Unexpected Witness – Eureka
15.  Haunted Spring – Breckenridge
16.  La Muneca – the Spanish Peaks
17.  Roller Skating – Denver
18.    Tom Barren’s Cache – Guston
19.    The Wraith – Rico
20.    The Weeper – Durango
21.    Hell Tree – Fort Collins
22.    Doc – Glenwood Springs
23.    Graven Image – Silverton
24.    Snake Totem – Gunnison County
25.  Desperado – South Park

S.E. Schlosser
S.E. Schlosserhttps://Worldfolklore.net
S.E. Schlosser is the author of the Spooky Series by Globe Pequot Press. She has been telling stories since she was a child, when games of "let's pretend" quickly built themselves into full-length tales acted out with friends. A graduate of both Houghton College and the Institute of Children's Literature, Sandy received her MLS from Rutgers University while working as a full-time music teacher and a freelance author.