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“Hey there folks! Welcome to the American Folklore site, which features retold folktales from all 50 states. We answer those pesky folklore questions that keep you up at night, such as: “Why is a black cat bad luck?” and “Who the heck is Paul Bunyan?” So, grab a cup of coffee, pull up a comfy chair, and stay awhile.” –S.E. Schlosser, author of the Spooky Series.

Famous Fables

A fable is a short story that conveys a lesson or a moral. Here are some popular fables that are told all over America.

The Dog and his Reflection
The Dog and His Reflection

A Dog, to whom the butcher had thrown a bone, was hurrying home with his prize as fast as he could g…

The Lark and her Chicks
The Lark and her Chicks

A Lark made her nest in a field of young wheat. As the days passed, the wheat stalks grew tall and t…

The Crow and the Pitcher

In a spell of dry weather, when the Birds could find very little to drink, a thirsty Crow found a pi…

New Folklore Stories

The Goose that Laid Golden Eggs
The Goose That Laid Golden Eggs

There was once a countryman who possessed the most wonderful goose you can imagine, for every day wh…

The Fox and the Grapes
The Fox and the Grapes

A Fox one day spied a beautiful bunch of ripe grapes hanging from a vine trained along the branches …

The Lion and the Mouse

A Lion lay asleep in the forest, his great head resting on his paws. A timid little Mouse came upon …

The Spooky Series

The Spooky Series is a 30-book ghost stories series by author S.E. Schlosser, illustrated by Paul Hoffman and published by Globe Pequot Press. The books feature tales of hauntings, strange happenings and other local folklore from various states and regions within the United States of America and Canada. S.E. Schlosser frequently travels around the country seeking out haunted places, reading pamphlets and old papers in dusty archives, and interviewing individuals about their haunted experiences. Along the way, she’s had several spooky encounters of her very own!

Scary Ghost Stories

Pull up a chair or gather round the campfire and get ready to read creepy tales of ghostly hauntings, eerie happenings, and other strange occurrences across the United States. Set in America’s big cities, historic towns, rugged lakes, and sparsely populated backwoods, the stories will have readers looking over their shoulders again and again

Haunted Christmas

The soft thud of following footsteps echoed behind him as he hurried through the snowflakes toward h…

McLoughlin’s Ghost

Dr. John McLoughlin came to the Pacific Northwest with the Hudson Bay Company and fell in love with …

Olde Fort Mifflin

There is only one word for Fort Mifflin during a reenactment. LOUD! My ears were ringing as I hurr…

Armadillo’s Song

There once lived an armadillo who loved music more than anything else in the world. After every rain…

Banshee of the Bad Lands

“Hell, with the fires out,” is what the Bad Lands of Dakota have been called. The fearless nomenclat…

Coyote and the Columbia

One day, Coyote was walking along. The sun was shining brightly, and Coyote felt very hot. "I would …

Myths & Legends

Heroes, villains, gods and devils lurk within these tales from times long past, and just yesterday… What happens when mere mortals encounter the divine?

Famous Folktales

The Goose that Laid Golden Eggs

The Goose That Laid Golden Eggs

There was once a countryman who possessed the most wonderful goose you can imagine, for every day wh…

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

A Shepherd Boy tended his master's Sheep near a dark forest not far from the village. Soon he found …

The Tortoise and the Hare

The Tortoise and the Hare

A Hare was making fun of the Tortoise one day for being so slow. "Do you ever get anywhere?" he ask…

Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

She lived deep in the forest in a tiny cottage and sold herbal remedies for a living. Folks living i…

Raw Head and Bloody Bones

Raw Head and Bloody Bones

Way back in the deep woods there lived a scrawny old woman who had a reputation for being the best c…

Wendigo

Wendigo

The storm lasted so long that they thought they would starve. Finally, when the wind and swirling sn…

Davy Crockett and the Coonskin

Well, they say that Davy Crockett, the most famous bear hunter in the U.S. of A, once ran for election in Congress. He was campaigning in town one da…

Benny the Little Blue Ox

Because he was so much younger than Babe and was brought to camp when a small calf, Benny was always called the Little Blue Ox although he was quite a…

Mrs. Crockett Saves the Day

Shortly after I got married, I went to settle on the north side of the Big Muddy with my new wife, Mrs. Davy Crockett. Now a cousin of my wife's packe…

Tall Tales

A tall tale depicts the wild adventures of extravagantly exaggerated folk heroes. Often told around the campfire, these stories are meant to entertain their audiences, who appreciate the wildly outsized claims of the storyteller.

United States Folklore

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Haunted Christmas

The soft thud of following footsteps echoed behind him as he hurried through the snowflakes toward home. They kept pace with him, quickening when he …

Pickled!

Dr. William Kiel, a radical preacher who broke from the Methodist church, formed his own church and decided to emigrate with his followers to the Paci…

Sasquatch and the Bear

Take a look over at this gravel bar on our left. It's called Bony Point, and we saw something here the other day that I thought was kind of interesti…

McLoughlin’s Ghost

Dr. John McLoughlin came to the Pacific Northwest with the Hudson Bay Company and fell in love with the area. After losing his job (he was fired for g…