Real Haunts / Real Dangers?


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Authentic "Day of the Dead" ceremonial artifacts.



Confirmed reports state the American public is under attack by haunts, and disembodied spirits. And the closer a person, group or association, credited with certifying the veracity of an authentic spirituous ghost, look into reputed poltergeists, accounts of apparitions, deceased relatives and strangers appearing as if alive, yet ethereal, and other such phenomena, the results are confirmed. Something, or some things, really are causing quasi-physical activity directed a humans. How did this come to be?


For most of us, the "classic" ghost story arose during the Victorian period, and included authors such as M. R. James, Sheridan Le Fanu, Violet Hunt, and Henry James. Classic ghost stories were influenced by a gothic fiction tradition, and contain elements of folklore and psychology. M. R. James summed up elements of a ghost story as, "Malevolence and terror, the glare of evil faces, the stony grin of unearthly malice ..." – therefrom, many of us pursue forms in darkness, possibly with a modicum of blood, shed with deliberation, and thus is the classic ghost haunting fully garbed. One influential and early appearance by ghosts in manuscript form was The Castle of Otranto, by Horace Walpole in 1764, considered to be the first gothic novel.

Another famous literary apparitions from this period are the ghosts of A Christmas Carol, in which Ebenezer Scrooge is helped to see the error of his ways by the ghost of his former colleague Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come.



Modern Era Attacks (1920 to 1970)



Brown Lady of Raynham Hall, a claimed ghost photograph by Captain Hubert C. Provand.

First published in "Country Life" magazine, 1936


Professional parapsychologists and "ghosts hunters", such as Harry Price, active in the 1920s and 1930s, and Peter Underwood, active in the 1940s and 1950s, published accounts of their experiences with ostensibly true ghost stories such as Price's The Most Haunted House in England, and Underwood's Ghosts of Borley (both recounting experiences at Borley Rectory). The writer Frank Edwards delved into ghost stories in his books, like "Stranger than Science."

Children's benevolent ghost stories became popular, such as Casper the Friendly Ghost, created in the 1930s and appearing in comics, animated cartoons, and eventually a 1995 feature film.

With the advent of motion pictures and television, screen depictions of ghosts became common, and spanned a variety of genres; the works of Shakespeare, Dickens and Wilde have all been made into cinematic versions. Novel-length tales have been difficult to adapt to cinema, although that of The Haunting of Hill House to The Haunting in 1963 is an exception.

Sentimental depictions during this period were more popular in cinema than horror, and include the 1947 film The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, which was later adapted to television with a successful 1968–70 TV series. Genuine psychological horror films from this period include 1944's The Uninvited, and 1945's Dead of Night.



Post-modern (1970–present)


The 1970s saw screen depictions of ghosts diverge into distinct genres of romance and horror. A common theme in the romantic genre from this period is the ghost as a benign guide or messenger, often with unfinished business, such as 1989's Field of Dreams, the 1990 film Ghost, and the 1993 comedy Heart and Souls.


In the horror genre, 1980's The Fog, and the A Nightmare on Elm Street series from the 1980s and 1990s are notable examples of the trend for the merging of ghost stories with scenes of physical violence.


Popular in such films as the 1984 comedy Ghostbusters, ghost hunting became a hobby for many who formed ghost hunting societies to explore reportedly haunted places. The ghost hunting theme featured reality television series, such as Ghost Adventures, Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters International, Ghost Lab, Most Haunted and A Haunting. It is also represented in children's television by such programs as The Ghost Hunter and Ghost Trackers. Ghost hunting also gave rise to multiple guidebooks to haunted locations, and ghost hunting "how-to" manuals.


The 1990s saw a return to classic "gothic" ghosts, whose dangers were more psychological than physical. Examples of films from this period include 1999's The Sixth Sense and The Others.


Asian cinema has also produced horror films about ghosts, such as the 1998 Japanese film Ringu (remade in the US as The Ring in 2002), and the Pang brothers' 2002 film The Eye. Indian ghost movies are popular not just in India, but in the Middle East, Africa, South East Asia and other parts of the world. Some Indian ghost movies such as the comedy/horror film Chandramukhi have been commercial successes, dubbed into several languages.


In fictional television programming, ghosts have been explored in series such as Supernatural, Ghost Whisperer and Medium. In animated fictional television programming, ghosts have served as the central element in series such as Casper, Danny Phantom, and Scooby-Doo. Various other television shows have depicted ghosts as well.


So it seems that the American public isn't just under attack by ghosts and noisy spirits, it's a virtual war of media attention upon the topic; suggesting the hype itself may hide the truth behind the many authenticated, confirmed, then re-confirmed real hauntings that plague Americans at home, and - for some people - at work, too. There are many haunted businesses, with haunted warehouses, offices or shops, and so on. To the point it seems like the public should be prepared to do battle with ghosts for some time to come; after all, if such ghosts are really real – they won't be leaving their cozy haunted quarters anytime too soon. Citizens ... prepare for battle.

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