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History of Ghost Stories
Ghost stories began as ancient lore and
told of visits to and from the other side of
the grave, whereby heroes would learn of
their destiny. The earliest of known ghost
stories is The Epic Of Gilgamesh, written
upon cuneiform tablets in the Akkadian
One of the most famous ghost stories was
written by Homer and known as the
Odyssey, while other reknown poets, such
as Ovid and Vergil, also penned classic
ghost stories. In fact, Pliny the Younger
might have told one of the first ghost
stories about a haunted house in 62 AD!
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Ghost Stories: Stories of Ghosts
Ghost stories...some classic, famous, real & true stories of ghosts
we have collected for your reading!
Ghost stories have been around for many millenniums. Stories
about ghosts and spirits have amazed us, causing us to wonder
what might lie beyond what we consider to be real. For many, the
question is, "Are ghost stories real...are such tales true?" Each
ghost story you will find on this page is unique and enlightening;
but it is up to you, the reader, to learn the lessons found within
each of our stories of ghosts. Ghost stories can, perhaps, provide us
with clues about the afterlife if we compare ghost evidence
reported from around the world in story.
Common Threads in the Tales
Ghost stories, whether modern or of old,
all seem to share similar themes about
ghosts' tragedies, unfinished business,
unrest, visitations, and hopeless
roamings among the living. Ghost stories
also sometimes share common ghostly
messages of warning to aid those still
alive, or tell of spirits with ill intentions,
seeking revenge from those who
wronged them in life. Some ghost stories
truly enlighten, while other ghost stories
paint a picture of hell to frighten!
As you might imagine, ghost stories have
been popular for thousands of years, and
people have various reasons for enjoying
them, whether it's to learn something of
the spirit world, or simply for a good
scare. Ghost stories often reflect upon
religious or spiritual beliefs concerning
death and the afterlife. People naturally
want to believe in, and thus, read about
the survival of the spirit upon the passing
of the human body. Descriptions of
ghosts in stories fascinate mankind
because one day we, too, will be like
them. So in the reading of ghost tales, we
learn of ghostly conditions and
appearances, enabling us to become
somewhat enlightened with what our
future may hold.
Ghost Stories: Origins
Many famous authors have written
stories about ghosts, such as
Shakespeare, Henry James, M.R. James,
Dickens, Wakefield, Irving, Aickman and
of course, Edgar Allen Poe. Today,
Stephen King has carried on the tradition
of ghosts, by telling stories through
books, television, and even movies!
Beyond the masters who have written
many a ghost story lies cultural traditions
and legends we share with one another.
Many stories are passed down
generations within families, never to be
told to the world; yet these ghost stories
are very personal and of greater meaning
to them. The stories seem to evolve over
time, though, as details are lost or
forgotten. Yet, it seems almost every
family, everywhere, has some sort of
good ghost story hidden somewhere in
Ghost stories can be fiction or true but
usually include a haunting or experience
with a ghost. Stories about ghosts are
found within most cultures, whether
modern or ancient. Ghost stories in
classical literature have primarily been
fictional, as they were typically used to
teach a moral lesson. Charles Dickens'
classic ghost story, A Christmas Carol,
taught not only should we be benevolant
to our fellow mankind, but that leading
an immoral life can imprison one in their
self-created hell in the afterlife.
Children also enjoy ghost stories, as
evidenced by the popular Goosebumps
books of recent years. It seems a good,
non-terrifying ghost story awakens them
to the supernatural and the unseen.
A great way to uncover ghost stories is
while on vacation. Tourists with a love
for the paranormal will want to look for
ghost lore by searching gift shops and
stores that carry books of regional
hauntings written by local writers.
Aspiring authors in many towns and
regions will diligently research ghost
tales and self-publish the stories which
sell well to not only tourists, but local
residents. One fine example of this
phenomena, are the collection of ghost
stories found within the Haunted Ohio
series of books.