"Spooks of the Valley" was written in 1947 by Louis C. Jones and illustrated by Erwin H. Austin. It's a relatively tame story about two boys who make the acquaintance of a restless spirit named George.
George tells the boys the story of his own murder and haphazard burial and requests the boys the favor of digging him up and burying him in a proper location so he can finally rest. The highlight of this book are the pen and ink drawings by Erwin Austin.
Pleased with the boys' service, George introduces them to some of his "friends".
There, the ghosts spin ghostly tales and legends from the Catskills and the Hudson Valley all wrapped within a central story line of a search for Captain Kidd's treasure.
Some of the stories probably seem familiar, such as "The Hitchhiking Dancer" and "The Most Haunted House". In fact, these appeared in the "Strangely Enough" collection by C. B. Colby I blogged about last year.
There's even a variation on the Headless Horseman legend.
Eventually, "Aunt Sally", the ghost of a former slave and the daughter of a witch doctor conjures up Captain Kidd who reveals the location of the treasure.