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Children's books by Brenda Z. Guiberson
Children's books by Brenda Z. Guiberson
Cactus Hotel Tales of the Haunted Deep
Written and Illustrated by Brenda Z. Guiberson
Henry Holt, 2000

"Surrounded by tragedies, lighthouses are filled with ghosts. While one ghost delivers a warning, another wanders endlessly on the beach. Still others show up just to slam a door, creak on a staircase, and perhaps move a teapot if they don't like where it is set."
Does Blackbeard's headless body actually swim in the cove where he was killed? Could one monster lurk beneath the surface of a Canadian lake and another in a Massachusetts harbor? What was the mysterious curse of the fishing boat the Charles Haskell?

Here are spine-tingling myths of the sea, from pirate lore and spooky legends to modern-day accounts of haunted lighthouses and sea monster sightings.


(These) tales of lesser-known ghosts, sea monsters, and haunted pirate treasure (are) riveting... (Guiberson) intersperses photos, old prints, and her own evocative black-and-white vignettes, and finishes with five spooky scenarios suitable for developing into new tales of terror.--Kirkus

In this small chapter book that mingles mystery with a touch of horror, Guiberson retells ghost stories of the sea - tales of pirate ghosts, lighthouse ghosts, sea monsters, and ships with a mind of their own. She concentrates on the folklore... why the best creepy stories begin with something real, and how stories "burst up from shipwrecks and spread in bellowing storms." The last section is a series of short, chilling scenarios that invite readers to imagine their own ghostly stories.--Booklist

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