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The Credulous Bishop
A few years since, a memorable conference took place ...

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There was a faint sound of rattling at the brass knob, ...

Farm Barns
The farm barn, next to the farm house, is the most impo...

The Creaking Stair
A lady very well known to myself, and in literary socie...


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The Floating Wonder Or Female Spectre
The bridge over the river Usk, near Caerleon, in Wale...

In The Blackfriars Wynd
''Twill be a black day for auld Scotland when she cea...

The Specter Of Tappington
COMPILED BY RICHARD BARHAM "It is very odd, thou...

The Mysterious Sketch
ERCKMANN-CHATRIAN I Opposite the chapel of Sain...

The Wandering Jew In England
When on the weary way to Golgotha, Christ fainting...





Greek And Roman Ghost Stories






Visions Of The Dead In Sleep
In most of the Greek and Roman stories that survive, the wraiths of the dead are represented as revisiting their friends on earth in sleep. These instances I have not, as a rule, troubled to collect, for they cannot strict...

The Power Of The Dead To Return To Earth
Though there is no period at which the ancients do not seem to have believed in a future life, continual confusion prevails when they come to picture the existence led by man in the other world, as we see from the sixth bo...

The Belief In Ghosts In Greece And Rome
Ghost stories play a very subordinate part in classical literature, as is only to be expected. The religion of the hard-headed, practical Roman was essentially formal, and consisted largely in the exact performance of an e...

Stories Of Haunting
In a letter to Sura[30] the younger Pliny gives us what may be taken as a prototype of all later haunted-house stories. At one time in Athens there was a roomy old house where nobody could be induced to live. In the dead o...

Necromancy
The belief that it was possible to call up the souls of the dead by means of spells was almost universal in antiquity. We know that even Saul, who had himself cut off those that had familiar spirits and the wizards out of ...

Apparitions Of The Dead
Among the tall stories in Lucian's _Philopseudus_[79] is an amusing account of a man whose wife, whom he loved dearly, appeared to him after she had been dead for twenty days. He had given her a splendid funeral, and had b...