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Every culture has stories of restless spirits, which stalk the earth until their murderer is exposed, or give their final message to a loved one, or see their bones laid to rest properly. Or just because they get a kick out of scaring people.
Here are a few of our favorite ghost-stories--ranging from the comic to the tragic to the utterly horrific.
- The Canterville Ghost (1887), Oscar Wilde
- "The Clothing of Ghosts" (1902), Ambrose Bierce
- Ugetsu Monogatari (1953), Kenji Mizoguchi (dir.)
- Ghostbusters (1984). And also Ray Parker Jr's music video for the Song.
- The Shining (1977; 1980). Novel by Stephen King; film by Stanley Kubrick
- "The Legend of Wooley Swamp" (1980), by the Charlie Daniels Band
- Beetlejuice (1988), Tim Burton (dir.)
- American Horror Story: Murder House (2011), created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk