History Of Ghost Stories.
Since ancient times, ghost stories—tales of spirits who
return from the dead to haunt the places they left behind—have figured
prominently in the folklore of many cultures around the world. A rich subset of
these tales involve historical figures ranging from queens and politicians to
writers and gangsters, many of whom died early, violent or mysterious deaths.
The concept of a ghost, also known as a specter, is based on the ancient idea
that a person’s spirit exists separately from his or her body, and may continue
to exist after that person dies. Because of this idea, many societies began to
use funeral rituals as a way of ensuring that the dead person’s spirit would
not return to “haunt” the living.