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The Banshee of the Badlands

Banshee of the Bad Lands

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

    Cow's Head

    Cow’s Head

      Oksana lived in a small house on the edge of town with her father, her stepmother and her stepsister. Oksana’s stepmother disliked Oksana, favoring her true daughter, Olena.
      Soon after her father’s remarriage, Oksana found that all the housework fell to her while Olena idled her days away

      Buried Treasure

      Buried Treasure

        There once was an evil priest who did not fear God or man. His duties for the church included counting the offerings and ringing the bells to summon people to Mass. But his heart was filled with greed, and he began to take advantage of the good people of his parish. The priest stole money out of the offerings to keep for himself, and when he had filled a chest full of gold, he killed a man and buried him with the chest so the murdered man’s ghost would guard it.

        The Cussing Quilt of Cades Cove

        The Cussing Quilt

          A man ignores a promise he made to his dying wife, with dire consequences.

          the Phantom Dragoon

          The Phantom Soldier

            The height that rises a mile or so to the south of Newark, Delaware, is called Iron Hill, because it is rich in hematite ore, but about the time of General Howe’s advance to the Brandywine it might well have won its name because of the panoply of war—the sullen guns, the flashing swords, and glistening bayonets—that appeared among the British tents pitched on it. After the red coats had established camp here the American… Read More »The Phantom Soldier

            Storm ship of the Hudson

            Storm Ship of the Hudson

              It was noised about New Amsterdam, two hundred years ago, that a round and bulky ghost ship flying Dutch colors from her lofty quarter was careering up the harbor in the teeth of a north wind, through the swift waters of an ebbing tide, and making for the Hudson.

              Ghost Land

              The Ghost Land

                The young wife of a chief’s son died, and the young man was so sorrowful he could not sleep. Early one morning he put on his fine clothes and started off. He walked all day and all night. He went through the woods a long distance, and then to a valley. The trees were very thick, but he could hear voices far away. At last, he saw light through the trees and then came to… Read More »The Ghost Land

                The House Accursed

                The House Accursed

                  The house was called the Isle of Pines, after a buccaneers’ rendezvous in the West Indies, and the owner made no attempt to conceal the strange plunder and curious weapons that he had brought home with him.

                  Resurrection Mary

                    There was a dance that night at the Oh Henry Ballroom, so he slicked back his hair, jumped into his red convertible and cruised down Archer Street, hoping he’d meet a pretty girl. He was a shy fellow who found it hard to talk to girls. Bolder men always danced away with the prettiest girls before he got up enough nerve to say hello. But tonight, would be different. Tonight, he would sweep one of… Read More »Resurrection Mary

                    Bloody Mary Whales

                      Old Man Whales was an evil man who loved money more than anything in the world, except his wife.

                      The Haunted Grove

                      The Haunted Grove

                        A certain man called Angus lived near the stage road that connected two large villages, which were about fourteen miles apart. His home was situated nearly midway between them, and about a mile from a grove of trees that was reputed to be haunted.

                        A Case of Blue Denim

                        Blue Denim

                          I asked my friend to come to my seaside cottage with me one weekend in early spring. I wanted to have it set in order for the summer, but I felt a trifle nervous at the idea of entering it alone.

                          A Blow in the Dark

                          Blow in the Dark

                            Farmer Manheim sat brooding in his farmhouse near Valley Forge, as his daughter, with a hectic flush on her cheek, looked out into the twilight at the falling snow. She was worn and ill with a fever brought on by exposure incurred that very day in a secret journey to the American camp, made to warn her lover of another attempt on the life of General George Washington, who must pass her father’s house on his return from a distant settlement.

                            Bloody Mary, Quite Contrary

                            Bloody Mary, Quite Contrary

                              “Mary, Mary…” the half-heard whisper woke her in the darkness before dawn. 
                              Darkness.  How appropriate.  These days, it seemed as if her whole life was in darkness. 

                              Ghost of Misery Hill

                              The Ghost of Misery Hill

                                Tom Bowers, who mined on Misery Hill, near Pike City, California, never had a partner, and he never took kindly to the rough crowd about the place. One day he was missing. They traced his steps through the snow from his cabin to the brink of a great slope where he had been prospecting, but there they vanished, for a landslide had blotted them out.

                                One Last Revel

                                One Last Revel

                                  “Young man, I’ll give you five dollars a week to be caretaker in Printz Hall,” Mr. Quidd said angrily to fiddler Peter Matthews, on an autumn evening.

                                  Mark of the Spirit Hand

                                  Mark of The Spirit Hand

                                    Andover, New Jersey, was quaint and quiet in the days before the American Revolution. It offered few social advantages there was more gathering in taprooms and more drinking of spirits than there should have been. Among those who were not averse to a cheering cup were three boon companions, Bailey, Hill, and Evans, farmers of the neighborhood. They were discussing matters of belief over their glasses that one of them proposed, in a spirit of… Read More »Mark of The Spirit Hand

                                    Tug of War

                                      Now, my cousin P. S. Woodin is a successful businessman, and he’s got a pretty solid head on his shoulders. But when he told me that he owned a haunted house, I told him that he was plumb crazy. It was a nice, redbrick house about a half-mile above the bridge, and it sat right in front of an old Indian burial ground. Woodin had rented out the house more than once, but no one ever stayed there for long.

                                      The Trapper's Revenge

                                      The Trapper’s Revenge

                                        About a mile back from the river stood the cabin of Nick Wolsey, who, in the 1800s, was known to the river settlements as a hunter and trapper of correct aim, shrewdness, endurance, and taciturn habit. For many years he lived in this cabin alone, except for the company of his dog; but while visiting a small settlement in the wilderness he was struck with the engaging manner of one of the girls. He repeated the visit; and thereafter he found cause to go to the settlement frequently. At length won the maid’s consent to be his wife.

                                        Pray for your soul!

                                        Pray for your Soul

                                          He was a jolly, round little man with a cherry red face and a button for a nose. He sat every day in the front window with a bottle of whiskey at his side, and he would beckon folks over to the windowsill, put up the pane of glass and tell them his latest riddle or story. 

                                          The Skeleton Thief

                                          The Skeleton Thief: A Halloween Treasure Hunt

                                            In this Halloween Treasure Hunt, a rascally skeleton steals a cauldron of candy right out of the hall and takes it to his Skeleton Ball. Can you find the cauldron of candy before the Skeletons eat it all up?

                                            Halloween Guessing Game

                                            Halloween Guessing Game

                                              As each party-guest arrives, pin a card with a Halloween word or phrase onto their back.  The guest must try to guess the word or phrase by asking ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions.  No peeking in a mirror or asking someone else to tell you what it says.  Correct guesses get a small prize like a miniature candy bar. 

                                              Halloween Jokes

                                                What do you call a fat Jack-O-Lantern? What’s a vampire’s favorite fast food? Why didn’t the skeleton go to the ball?

                                                More Halloween Jokes

                                                More Halloween Jokes

                                                  What do you call a skeleton who won’t work? How do witches keep their hair in place while flying?
                                                  What was the witch’s favorite subject in school? Find the spooky answers on our More Halloween Jokes page.

                                                  What is Halloween?

                                                    Halloween or “All Hallows Even” is a yearly celebration observed on October 31st which combines traditions from festivals of the dead such as the Celtic Samhain (Summer’s End) with medieval Catholic observances on the eve of All Saints Day; a day of pray which commemorates saint and martyrs.

                                                    Halloween Superstitions

                                                      Halloween is a time when common superstitions, folklore, myths and omens seem to carry more weight, due to a thinning of the wall between the physical and supernatural worlds. A superstition is a belief or way of behaving that is based on fear of the unknown and faith in magic or luck.

                                                      Bloody Mary Returns

                                                      Bloody Mary Returns

                                                        My stepmother was vile. I guess most kids think that when their father remarries. But in this case, it was true. She only married Father because he was rich, and she hated children. There were three of us – me (Marie), my middle brother Richard and my youngest brother Charles. We were the price my stepmother Gerta paid for being rich. And we were all that stood between her and inheriting Father’s money when he died. So she took steps against us.

                                                        Prison Break

                                                          Callahan was huddled in a cavern near the Pacific Ocean when the Feds closed in. There were still shreds of human flesh under his fingernails when the serial killer surrendered to the inevitable capture. They could put him behind bars, he vowed as they dragged him down the narrow path toward the waiting cars, but he would escape. And then they’d be sorry