Spooky South by S.E. Schlosser

Oh book, I wish I would’ve liked you better. I went to Barnes and Noble last weekend and picked this up from my favorite table of the year…the Halloween table. The fault in this book lies entirely in the reader. I’m sure there are many other people who would love this type of book..but it’s not me. Mainly, I thought this book was going to be actual ghost stories from the south. I happen to believe in ghosts…I’ve had some strange experiences that have attributed to that belief. But this book wasn’t what I thought it would be, hence my disappointment.

What Spooky South focuses more on are folklore and urban myth type stories. Sort of like a Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark type book. Which is fine…it’s just not what *I* wanted. Add to this the cheesy endings to a lot of these stories. It’s always bugged me when people are telling a creepy story and it ends with something really stupid like “And you can bet that was the last time he ever did that!” For me, that just totally rips you out of the atmosphere of a good story.

Having said all of that…there actually were a couple of stories in this 30 story collection that did give me the creeps. And I don’t get the creeps very easily. The one’s that did so were the ones that sounded like actual ghost stories. Not the ones with made up creatures and ridiculous rendezvous with “the devil himself.”

I think what this book had going for it more than anything though were the incredible illustrations by Paul G. Hoffman! Each story had a one page illustration and I looked forward to them with each story. They were just fantastic!! Had a wonderful southern folk art vibe to them.

So while this one didn’t work for me, it may work for some others. If you’re into folklore (though I really didn’t see how this was particularly southern folklore aside from that each story said it took place in the south) or urban myths/legends, then you might like this one. If you want a real ghost story based on history though, I’m afraid you’ll have to pass this one up.

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6 Responses

  1. It is so rare not to hear you say “I love this book!” that you wouldn’t think I’d go “awwww” when there is one you finally aren’t overly thrilled about! But here I sit thinking “awwww but he always loves the books he reads!”.. lol.. Sorry this one didn’t quite do it for you :o( but I am betting the next one will !!

  2. Those lines are a bit of overkill…lol I’m glad you were able to find ~some~ good in it πŸ˜‰ And it made for a very entertaining review πŸ˜€

  3. I guess every book can’t be a winner, but still, it should be nice if they could, huh? πŸ™‚

  4. http://www.amazon.com/Ghosts-Tidewater-Nearby-Environs/dp/0962827193/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1316177101&sr=1-1

    This is the book you need to read. It’s not the whole south, but it is about southern Virginia and it’s exactly what you’re looking for. I read this and reread it when I was younger. I was obsessed with ghost stories and kind of still am, so I might need to give this one a reread. I know the cover doesn’t look like much, but I remember loving it. It was a while ago, so I hope it stands up to my more discerning tastes these days… I think this is an entire series, too. Ugh it’s out of stock! When I’m home this weekend I’m going to try and see if I can find a copy. Or find my old copy.

  5. I hate it when I go to a book expecting one thing and am given something entirely different. Even if the book is still good I find myself not necessarily enjoying it because it wasn’t what I was expecting…

  6. Aw, darn, sorry it wasn’t a good one. But, I agree with you 100%. I hate that kind of ending.

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