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Spooky New York: Tales of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, and Other Local Lore

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Pull up a chair or gather round the campfire and get ready for thirty creepy tales of ghostly hauntings, eerie happenings, and other strange occurrences in New York. Set in the Empire State's big cities, historic towns, rugged lakes, and sparsely populated backwoods, the stories in this entertaining and compelling collection will have readers looking over their shoulders a ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Globe Pequot Press (first published January 1st 2005)
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Heather
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I picked this book up because I’m from New York State and I’ve always enjoyed ghost stories. I’ve read other books on local lore and never found them especially scary. The stories were always related like someone telling about a local legend.

This book wasn’t like that at all! They were written as if the author were telling a story. Some of them were written in the first person, while others were written in the third person. I liked that each story had characters beyond
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Emilie
Sep 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book is great! There are so many different stories. Most of them are stories I've heard before but they are more detailed. I felt that some of the really old tales were too long and contained useless information but they definitly were scary. This book makes me want to go explore some of the places, such as the Empire State building (very interesting story about a young girl who haunts the observation deck!!), and maybe see what locals think. I personally enjoyed 'The Gray Lady.' This story ...more
Michelle
Feb 24, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoyed some of the stories in this book and have heard a few before,even though i am not from america,some were long and probably by the time some were finished i would have fallen asleep if these were told round a campfire. my favourites were the night riders,the loup garous debt,the maid of the mist,bakers dozen,the gold tooth,goin fishin,tug of war,the rising of gouverneur morris and observatory. i have several others in this series and look forward to reading them
Betty
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
This could have been a pretty interesting book, if the author hadn't tried to update the actual haunting tales into modern short stories. I found the presentations to be rendered pedestrian when put in this format, which was too bad, since I'd not heard some of them before. The illustrations by Paul G. Hoffman were made to look like woodcuts, and many of those were very nice.
Elisa
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
The lore is interesting, but the writing is horrible. There is a BARE minimum of legend and historical reference for each tale framed by ridiculously trite fictionalized stories with shallow (often misogynist) characters. Not at all what I was hoping for. Where can I find a book that actually explores the legends and gives some real historical framing, not this cheap sell out?
Samantha Cheney
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
I thought the book was going to be about true hauntings in ny. I guess this was the case but turned into crumby ghost stories that I think were awful. I only finished since if is tart something I have to finish it. The first story I found quite enjoyable however.
Cheryln Bologna
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed most of the stories in this book. Most of them weren't scary, but I like reading local lore.

My favorite story was "The Knight Riders." That would be a great story to extend into a book or even a movie.
Annie
Aug 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, folktales
A great collection of spooky New York folklore!
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