Winter Ghost Stories

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On a long car ride, I had the radio blaring Christmas songs. It’s the one time of year where you can really justify listening to Christmas music and not get funny looks. (Though, I admittedly enjoy Christmas songs in July and August when it’s over a hundred degrees Fahrenheit outside because it makes me think cool thoughts.) As the radio blared, I sang loudly. My cheeks were rosy with the effort of singing, and I was having a jolly old time even if I may have been off-key at times because I knew– despite the rare glimpse of other drivers– they couldn’t hear me, and therefore could not hear me make up words to songs I didn’t know!

On the radio came “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, a 1963 song celebrating Christmas which was written by Edward Pola and George Wyle. It was performed by pop singer Andy Williams that same year. As I stopped singing to listen to the song’s lyrics, one of the lines from the song really struck me:

There’ll be scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago.

The line made me stop and think about why we might not carry out this tradition– sung about a mere half-century ago. What caused it to fall out of favor?
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True Irish Ghost Stories

True Irish Ghost StoriesOver the weekend I celebrated my birthday and one of my friends gave me this book. It’s not a book that I will read straight through, but I did start on it last night. As it’s considered non-fiction, I read the intro/preface and am pleased with the forthrightness of the author. Considering that this book was originally written in the early 1900s and by someone within the church, I find it refreshing when he states that he has no real way to test the validity of each of the stories and takes them solely on the merit that he doesn’t have any reason to doubt them. It’s nice to see stories compiled during a time before the internet made liars out of everyone.

Scary Stories List

Okay so I’m a day late and more than a dollar short, but I just found this list on the Huffington Post’s website. It’s their list of the 14 scariest ghost stories. A lot are available online and linked in the list. Enjoy!!

Feel free to review any of them for us if you dare read them!

5 Spooky Titanic Stories

Okay so this technically should’ve been posted a couple of weeks ago, but better late than never, eh? Of course we all know that this year marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic and naturally you cannot have an accident of this magnitude without there being some ghostly happenings. Though these stories may be proof that we don’t always haunt the place we die.

April 15 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. And while the story of the doomed luxury ship has been in the headlines for the past century, there are also stories of another kind: Ghost stories. Check out these spooky stories about the Titanic.

The list of 5 stories can be found on the original article.

Halloween Book List

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If you’re in an area of the country where a fire place is well used, beginning in October, and you love to read, then this list is for you. We’ve compiled a list of books that we think you might enjoy on those cold winter nights when mysterious scratching noises can be heard. Some are personal favourites and some are classics that are newly discovered.

  1. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens
  2. The Ghost That Haunted Itself by Jan Andrew Henderson
  3. The Phantom Rickshaw and Other Ghost Stories by Rudyard Kipling
  4. The Red Lamp by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  5. Footsteps in the Dark by Georgette Heyer
  6. anything by Edgar Allen Poe
  7. The Ghost that Screamed by Leslie Rule
  8. Coast to Coast Ghost by Leslie Rule
  9. anything by H.P. Lovecraft
  10. A Ghost a Day by Wood Maureen
  11. Phantom Army of the Civil War by Frank Spaeth
  12. all works of M. R. James
  13. all works of Stephen King
  14. The Banishing by Fiona Dodwell
  15. City of Masks by Daniel Hecht