The Fresh Grave

The Fresh Grave and Other Ghostly Stories, by Illinois author Raymond Bial

The Fresh Grave
And Other Ghostly Stories
by Raymond Bial

Crickhollow Books • October 2014
Juvenile Fiction / Humorous Ghost Stories
(for ages 8–12 and up)
$2.99 • Kindle edition

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Friendship • Local History
Rural & Small-town Life • Midwestern Folklore
Humorous Ghost Stories for Kids


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The Ghost of Honeymoon Creek

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“Readers will find the suspense satisfying
and the main character a sympathetic hero.”
Booklist (American Library Association)

A page-turner . . . will keep readers looking forward
to further exploits of these two ghost sleuths.”
School Library Journal


In this original collection of humorous ghost stories by noted children’s author Raymond Bial, young readers will enjoy the adventures of young teen Hank Cantrell and his fleet-of-foot, ’fraidy-cat sidekick, Clifford Hopkins. With their sweethearts Rosie and Mary Ethel, the teens stumble upon one ghost after another as they explore the environs of fictional Myrtleville, Indiana.

Together, the two ghost magnets encounter a host of ghosts caught in unhappy, haunting circumstances . . . until Hank works out a way to help them move on. In the process, the boys (well, at least Hank) will learn some valuable lessons about the history of the Midwest and the importance of doing the right thing.

The book launched the haunted escapades of Hank & Clifford, later continued in the The Ghost of Honeymoon Creek (a novel) and The Fresh Grave & Other Ghostly Stories (more short stories.)

Note: The Fresh Grave was first published in 1997 in hardcover and paper editions. A Crispin Books print edition will be forthcoming in late Fall 2014.


Raymond Bial is the acclaimed author of more than 100 books for children and adults, including Amish Home, The Underground Railroad, Where Lincoln Walked, Ellis Island, Rescuing Rover, and others. His other books of ghost stories include Dripping Blood Cave, The Ghost of Honeymoon Creek, and Shadow Island. He lives in Urbana, Illinois.