Archive | October, 2015

Ghost of North America

This week’s continent is North America – finally! I hope you enjoy these American ghost stories.   The Headless Horseman (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow): “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” was written by Washington Irving in 1820, and it is one of the first examples of popular American Halloween-related fiction. This short story is set […]

Origins of Halloween

With Halloween right around the corner, I thought I’d take a break from exploring continents, and instead discuss the eerie background of this October celebration!   Halloween: This holiday dates back 2000 years to Celtic villages during the time of year where the fall harvest ended and winter began to set in. People would dress […]

Ghosts of Europe

This week’s continent is Europe, and I’m going to take a look at European stories dating back far as the first century.   Pliny the Younger (Greece): Pliny the Younger recorded one of the first known ghost stories in history. In one of his letters, he described the ghost of an old man wearing chains […]

Ghosts of Australia

Welcome back! This week we’re going even farther away to look at stories from Australia!   The Fisher’s Ghost: The story of Frederick Fisher and his ghost is one of the most famous legends Australia has to offer. Fisher was born in London, but after obtaining forged bank notes, he was sentenced to prison in […]

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