Grab an eggnog, gather ’round the fireplace and get ready for twenty-five creepy tales of ghostly hauntings, eerie happenings, and other strange holiday occurrences from times past! Holiday folklore traditions from around the United States are kept alive in these expert retellings by master storyteller S. E. Schlosser and through artist Paul G. Hoffman’s evocative illustrations. Ghosts, vampires, werewolves, and witches populate the pages of this compelling holiday collection. From Hanukkah and Christmas to Three Kings Day and New Year's, these spooky stories will have you looking over your shoulder again and again.
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 www.AmericanFolklore.net, where she shares a wealth of stories from all fifty states, some dating from the origins of America.
Artist Paul G. Hoffman trained in painting and printmaking. His first extensive illustration work on assignment was in Egypt, drawing ancient wall reliefs for the University of Chicago. His work graces books of many genres—including, children’s titles, textbooks, short story collections, natural history volumes, and numerous cookbooks. For Spooky Christmas, he employed a scratchboard technique and an active imagination.