Spooky Virginia

Tales of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, and Other Local Lore

Spooky Virginia by S.E. Schlosser
Spooky Virginia by S.E. Schlosser

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 Virginia. You’ll meet Google-Eyed Jim, the bane of every Virginia sheriff since this notorious horse thief is really a ghost; a vampire stalking the miners around Big Stone Gap; a preacher who takes on the Jack Ma Lantern singlehanded – and loses; an Honest Wine Merchant who finds something unpleasant in his burgundy; and many others.

Virginia 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. 

As if he sensed my thoughts, Goggle-Eyed Jim turned his face toward the window.  His eyes, behind the goggles, seemed to glow with a greenish-blue light.  His face was so gray and withered, he seemed like a corpse…

“Google-Eyed Jim” from Spooky Virginia

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Part One: Ghost Stories

1 Goggle-Eyed Jim: Great Dismal Swamp

Spooky Virginia by S.E. Schlosser
Spooky Virginia by S.E. Schlosser

2 The Convert: Coeburn

3 The Finger Bone: Lee County

4 Shep: Shenandoah Valley

5 Old House Woods: Mathews County

6 A love Betrayed: Williamsburg

7 Elbow Road: Virginia Beach

8 Shower of Stones: Newport

9 Angel: Fredericksburg

10 The Horseman: Bowling Green

11 Phantasie: Jamestown

12 Old 97: Danville

Part Two: Powers of Darkness and Light

14 The Witch’s Shoulder: Big Laurel

15 The Fiddler and the Wolves: Grayson County

16 The White Dove: Danville

17 The Black Dog: Bedford County

18 Jack Ma Lantern: Front Royal

19 Kitty: Smyth County

20 Fire!: Richmond

21 Foul Smell: Alexandria

22 Trail of Blood: Gloucester

23 Rupp: Big Stone Gap

24 Devil in the Flour Barrel: Amherst County

25 Consecration: Mount Vernon

26 The Honest Wine Merchant: Richmond

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.