"Spookiness is, after all, the real purpose of the ghost story. It should give you the creeps and disturb your thoughts." – Roald Dahl Why, we might ask, are we so fond of stories that give us the … [Read More...] about Why Do We Love Spooky Stories?
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Some of you may recall reading about a boggart in the Harry Potter books. Better still, you may have read the book The Boggart by Susan Cooper. In British folklore, a boggart was a house spirit, a … [Read More...] about The Boggart – aka Tomte or Kobold
(From The Dress-Up Mirror, by Raymond Bial.) “I know it’s a lovely mirror, Liddy,” her father chuckled. “But I can’t believe you paid two hundred dollars for it!” “It was for a good cause,” her … [Read More...] about The Dress-Up Mirror – A Time-Travel Adventure (Excerpt)
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(From Shadow Island: A Spooky Tale of Lake Superior by Raymond Bial.) Standing alone on the cabin porch overlooking Lake Superior, Amanda was certain that someone was staring back at her across the … [Read More...] about Shadow Island – A Spooky Tale of Lake Superior (Excerpt)
(From the title story of the book Dripping Blood Cave and Other Ghostly Stories by Raymond Bial.) “So you’re curious about Dripping Blood Cave?” Mr. Satterly asked, sighing deeply, as he eased his … [Read More...] about “Dripping Blood Cave” – A Spooky Story (Excerpt)
(Title story from the book The Fresh Grave and Other Ghostly Stories by Raymond Bial.) Out on the side porch, Hank Cantrell was easing back and forth on the wooden swing in the black of a moonless … [Read More...] about “The Fresh Grave” – A Spooky Story
Here's a Japanese folk tale about a duel between a giant centipede and a warrior. This story has everything you'd want in a spooky tale: dancing carp, a huge marauding insect, human saliva, and a … [Read More...] about The Giant Centipede – A Japanese Tale
While we wait for the flying cars we were promised, here's a 19th-century French Canadian story of a flying canoe. The story begins on New Year's Eve. A group of voyageurs (or loggers in some … [Read More...] about The Flying Canoe – A French Canadian Tale
Praise for The Fresh Grave
“Teenagers Hank Cantrell and his friend Cliff meet a ghostly cast of characters in this collection of stories set in a small Midwestern town. Bial tells these stories in a straightforward manner and often with a touch of humor. A worthy purchase for those who have read Alvin Schwartz's and Daniel Cohen's books and are ready to move on to something else.” – School Library Journal
My ideas for ghost stories and mystery novels come from fragments of stories or memories of incidents from own childhood — or from an interest or experience of my own children as they were growing up. For example, I got the idea for Dripping Blood Cave, the lead story of my new collection of ghost stories, many years ago at Spring Mill State Park, a magical place hidden deep in the woods of Southern Indiana. Originally, all of these stories were written for our three children. As it turned out, other children have enjoyed all these ghost stories. Although our children are now grown, they still like the stories, as does a new generation of “young‘uns,” as Mr. Satterly, deacon of the liars’ bench in mythical Myrtleville, would call them.
Raymond Bial, Children's Book Author