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A Dead Finger
I Why the National Gallery should not attract so m...

Aunt Joanna
In the Land's End district is the little church-town ...

The Death Bogle Of The Cross Roads And The Inextinguishable Candle Of The Old White House Pitlochry
Several years ago, bent on revisiting Perthshire, a l...

Banshees, And Other Death-warnings
Of all Irish ghosts, fairies, or bogles, the Banshee ...

The Woman In Green
At this time, in the Pavilion-of-the-guests, in the ...

Glamis Castle
"The Castle of Glamis, a venerable and majestic pi...

The Vigil Of Saint Mark Or Fatal Superstition
Rebecca was the fairest maid That on the Dan...

The Haunted Ale-house
'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth,' so Dona...

Then there came unto him the ghost of poor Patrokl...

The Girl In Pink
The following anecdote was told to myself, a few months...

The Creaking Stair

A lady very well known to myself, and in literary society, lived as a
girl with an antiquarian father in an old house dear to an antiquary.
It was haunted, among other things, by footsteps. The old oak
staircase had two creaking steps, numbers seventeen and eighteen from
the top. The girl would sit on the stair, stretching out her arms,
and count the steps as they passed her, one, two, three, and so on to
seventeen and eighteen, _which always creaked_. {190} In this case
rats and similar causes were excluded, though we may allow for
"expectant attention". But this does not generally work. When people
sit up on purpose to look out for the ghost, he rarely comes; in the
case of the "Lady in Black," which we give later, when purposely
waited for, she was never seen at all.

Discounting imposture, which is sometimes found, and sometimes merely
fabled (as in the Tedworth story), there remains one curious
circumstance. Specially ghostly noises are attributed to the living
but absent.

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