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Happy holidays!

Ghost stories were an integral part of Christmas Eve during Victorian times. What are some of your favorite ghost stories?


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Dec. 24th, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
Wow, I had no idea. In the book The Woman in Black they tell ghost stories on Christmas Eve. I've always thought that was kind of fun! I don't really know any good ghost stories so I hope people share!
Dec. 24th, 2011 09:45 pm (UTC)
Probably obvious, but's hard to go wrong with A Christmas Carol, although I think I prefer the book to the movies.
Dec. 24th, 2011 10:01 pm (UTC)
That the late and very much missed Edward Gorey still seems to be with us, as per your icon. ;-)
Dec. 24th, 2011 10:02 pm (UTC)
I like ghost stories with a side of revenge. My favorite is the one in which a preacher buys a house when he's assigned to a new church. He keeps hearing a rattling in the basement, and finally he sees a ghostly woman in his parlor. She beckons him with one finger and he follows her into the cellar, where she points to the floor. He digs and finds a body. Then she points to a finger bone and tells him to put it in the collection plate on Sunday. He does, and suddenly as collection is taken a man jumps up, screaming and howling, because the bone is stuck to his finger and he can't get it off. It's the man who used to own the house, and he murdered his wife and buried her in the cellar. In one version he's hanged, in another version he goes mad, and in another the bone burns him up.

A good end, I think.
Dec. 25th, 2011 01:47 am (UTC)
I don't know that I really know of any ghost stories other than the one's I've experienced... I mean there are the shows I've seen, but I don't remember ever hearing any.
Dec. 25th, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
Me too... I have personal ghost stories and stories I've seen told from a first-person perspective, but the only widely-told ghost tales I can think of are Sleepy Hollow & A Christmas Carol. And the Canterbury Ghost!
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