A ghost story may be any piece of
Colloquially, the term "ghost story" can refer to any kind of scary story. In a narrower sense, the ghost story has been developed as a
While ghost stories are often explicitly meant to be scary, they have been written to serve all sorts of purposes, from comedy to
A widespread belief concerning ghosts is that they are composed of a misty, airy, or subtle material.
The campfire story, a form of oral storytelling, often involves recounting ghost stories, or other scary stories. Some of the stories are decades old, with varying versions across multiple cultures. Many schools and educational institutions encourage ghost storytelling as part of
In 1929, five key features of the
The introduction of