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Getting Into the Spirit: Day 11 - Ghost Stories (Fictional)

Jordan Duncan

Welcome back for another day of Getting Into the Spirit. Today we're going to talk about ghost stories. Ghost stories are probably one of the most popular things about Halloween and they are my absolute favorite genre of fiction. People have been telling ghost stories for centuries. All cultures have them whether their inception is from religious doctrine, cultural folklore, mythology, or just for fun.

The Victorians were a champion of the ghost story. During the last months of the years when the nights were growing longer, a Victorian tradition was to sit around the fire and tell ghost stories. This was actually a common practice among the Christmas season as well. I mean, hey, one of the most famous ghost stories of all time took place during Christmas where a man was visited by three spirits. Most (not all, but most) of the ghosts in Victorian ghost stories were cautionary, warning the main characters of a dark fate or even at times acting as the savior of a main character.

One of my favorite stories that always gets me in the Halloween spirit is a Victorian ghost story by Amelia Edwards. It's called "The Phantom Coach" and there is a video of an amazing shadow puppet performance of the story. So turn the lights out and light a candle to set the mood! And don't worry, this won't be our only ghost story entry for the month Enjoy!

- Jordan