Living Ghosts and Mischievous Monsters: Chilling American Indian Stories by Dan SaSuWeh Jones is an anthology of spooky stories, all with Native American background. This short story collection is illustrated with some truly creepy images. Some stories are told by the author, and others he collected from credited sources.

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The summary, from Amazon:

Perfect for fans of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark! A shiver-inducing collection of short stories to read under the covers, from a breadth of American Indian nations.

Dark figures in the night. An owl’s cry on the wind. Monsters watching from the edge of the wood.

Some of the creatures in these pages might only have a message for you, but some are the stuff of nightmares. These thirty-two short stories — from tales passed down for generations to accounts that could have happened yesterday — are collected from the thriving tradition of ghost stories in American Indian cultures across North America. Prepare for stories of witches and walking dolls, hungry skeletons, La Llorona and Deer Woman, and other supernatural beings ready to chill you to the bone.

Dan SaSuWeh Jones (Ponca Nation) tells of his own encounters and selects his favorite spooky, eerie, surprising, and spine-tingling stories, all paired with haunting art by Weshoyot Alvitre (Tongva).

So dim the lights (or maybe turn them all on) and pick up a story…if you dare.

Buy Living Ghosts & Mischievous Monsters here.

I enjoyed this one! It definitely had some Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark vibes. There were stories about figures I knew of, like La Llorona who cries for the children she has drowned and goes after other children, and creepy creatures and witches I had never heard of. I learned  a lot of folklore from this book. I adore mythology and folk stories, so this was very up my alley. One quote that stuck with me was:
“Sometimes we have to open our perception to ancient beliefs because there’s a reason they are told through every generation.”
At 4 stars, this was a solid middle grade read for me. I think anyone that age or older will enjoy it while curled up under a blanket safe and sound.