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.

  1. The Canterville Ghost (1887), Oscar Wilde
  2. "The Clothing of Ghosts" (1902), Ambrose Bierce
  3. Ugetsu Monogatari (1953), Kenji Mizoguchi (dir.)
  4. Ghostbusters (1984). And also Ray Parker Jr's music video for the Song.
  5. The Shining (1977; 1980). Novel by Stephen King; film by Stanley Kubrick
  6. "The Legend of Wooley Swamp" (1980), by the Charlie Daniels Band
  7. Beetlejuice (1988), Tim Burton (dir.)
  8. American Horror Story: Murder House (2011), created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk