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The Story of the Ghost Story (BBC 4)

Posted in ghosts, Mystery with tags , , on January 10, 2012 by mike k

The ghost story is probably the oldest form of human entertainment. Their telling can be traced all the way back to primitive times when our ancestors huddled in caves shivering in fear  around a campfire which, they prayed, helped keep at bay the unseen things they believed waited for them; evil spirits lurking in the dark forests of the night.  Even now, in what we believe is a more scientific society, we still find ourselves fascinated with the supernatural and tales of ghosts in particular.

Ghosts are still among our favorite frights and we find them everywhere in books, in television, in film and across thousands of websites on the Internet.  Belief in ghosts seem to cling to mankind like our shadows upon the wall. No matter the scientific evidence, either pro or con, man stubbornly continues to be both awed and scared by tales of ghosts.

England’s BBC-4 has produced a very enjoyable documentary on the telling of ghost stories starting with medieval tales through the gothic writings of Edgar Allan Poe, M. R. James, Algernon Blackwood to modern ghostly tales written by Robert Aikman and the appearance of the ghost story in cinema such as Poltergeist, The Amityville Horror and Stephen King’s The Shining.

Turn out the lights and curl up beneath a blanket, so you can safely hide, while  you view the story of the ghost story.

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