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The 5 Scariest Ghosts in Literature That Will Haunt Your Dreams

The paranormal is fascinating as hell. Face it, there’s a lot of things that happen in this world that we just can’t explain. Many things go bump in the night, and some do even worse. Of all the terrifying creatures that exist to haunt us in our nightmares, perhaps one of the most, if not THE most, recognized phenomena is the existence of spirits from the dead. Ghosts are widely believed to exist all across the world. So, in the spirit of Halloween, here are five of the scariest ghosts from literature!

 

 

 

1. The Ghost of Christmas Future

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

 

 

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In almost every adaptation of Dickens’ famous holiday story, the ghost of Christmas Future seems to portray the Grim Reaper. And, in fact, this imagery scared many of us as children. Yet, even after re-watching or reading the classic that is A Christmas Carol, this ghost is a constant reminder of how we should all be kind to each other, lest we end up in a hole in the ground, alone, and with no one to even mourn us. Yep, it gets much darker from here on out.

 

 

 

2. The Ghosts of The Overlook Hotel

The Shining by Stephen King

 

 

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There’s plenty of reasons to fear these malevolent entities. For one, they can literally drive a person crazy enough to want to murder his own family. For another, they also try to murder people just cause, you know, that’s just their job. Plus King gives us imagery of each apparition forming completely in front of all of the characters. That alone hammers on the scare factor even harder with the added fact that they can’t even leave this god-forsaken place. DO NOT book a vacation stay here!

 

 

 

3. The Headless Horseman

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

 

 

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In the original depiction by Washington Irving, the Headless Horseman was merely a practical joke meant to scare out Ichabod Crane from the town of Sleepy Hollow. But, in other stories and more recent references, there are many more menacing versions of this truly legendary spirit. Supposedly, the story is that this is the spirit of a Hessian soldier who lost his head from a cannonball. He roams the battlefield and surrounding towns, looking desperately for his head. But, I’m guessing he’ll never find it.

 

 

 

4. All of the Spirits in Dante’s Inferno

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

 

 

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Hey, it’s hell, what’d you expect? Almost all of the spirits Dante sees during Inferno are suffering in just the worst ways possible. Some are thrown around violently in a storm only nightmares could fathom. Others lay hanging in trees with pointy branches that stab at damned souls until they lose what truly made them themselves. This makes them become just another tree among the suicide fields. This classic is a truly haunting representation of what the afterlife could be like. Pray that it isn’t!

 

 

 

5. The Entire Haunting of Hill House

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

 

 

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First off, this is an instant horror classic in general, so expect some pretty scary shit to begin with. The Haunting of Hill House will not only leave you wondering about the existence of ghosts, but also wondering if you can trust what the characters are seeing is real or the symptoms of some serious mental illness issues. The book offers two main interpretations as to what this ghostly phenomena might be if they aren’t real real; hallucinations being one possibility and psychic abilities being another. This one will mess with your trust, and will most likely make you want to sleep with the light on!

 

 

 

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5 Scary Books With Even Freakier Adaptations!

I’m so excited now that we’re in the season for all things spooky and scary. Personally, I think it’s pretty hard to beat a chilly October night when you spend the evening on the couch with some snacks and a good scary movie. And I don’t care how scared you get, you have to watch at least ONE scary movie during October. It’s kind of an unspoken rule; don’t fight me on this. 

 

However, it’s a challenge to find a good scary movie. They don’t make the classics anymore and sometimes they’re just plain weird. But, as bookworms, we’re giving you a list of frightening novels that turned into even scarier movies. You can read them or you can watch them, whether you’ll be able to sleep after is a different story.

 

1. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
 

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This terrifying novel, inspired by the true events of a child’s possession in 1949, will strike a chord of fear in you. Blatty learned about a real exorcism while he was a student in Georgetown University, and this brought about the chilling book. The book was published in 1971 then Blatty adapted it in 1973, winning an Academy Award for the Best Adapted Screenplay. My parents never let me watch this movie as a kid because they thought it was “too scary”. It’s safe to say they’re not wrong.

 

2. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
 

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This is a classic and can be quite a dark read if you get creeped out easily. Published in 1818, Mary Shelley’s novel went on to become one of the most notable books in literary history. The moment the monster comes alive in the book is so beautifully yet eerily detailed that you can’t help but become wrapped up in the spooky scene. The most famous adaptation of the same name is from 1931 starring Boris Karloff. Don’t skip this one.
 

 

3. Psycho: A Novel by Robert Bloch
 

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One of those most famous horror films from 1960 (and, like, ever) was based on the 1959 novel by Bloch. The plot is the same; Norman Bates is as strange as ever in both works. Bloch was also inspired by terrifying true events from an eerie crime that happened two years before the book’s publication. The truth is scary, but any film buff will agree that nothing beats that shower scene.

 

4. The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
 

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I must say that this is one of my favorite Halloween movies and the book is just as good. In 1977 Anson published his book on the Lutz family who moved into a home where a gruesome murder took place a year before. After twenty-eight days the family got up and left, leaving behind everything. Freaky, paranormal events kept occurring and Anson shared their story in his book. However, the truth is often debated about the story, but that didn’t stop the film’s release in 1979. Take it from me, you need to watch this one ASAP.
 

 

 

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This is not for the faint of heart; this was another film my parents forbid me to watch as a kid. Then (surprise, surprise)  when I saw the whole thing years later I understood why. But you should read the 1988 novel of the same name and even its 1981 prequel called Red Dragon. Harris created Dr. Hannibal Lecter in a way that makes your skin crawl, and your heart stop. The 1991 film obviously did a fantastic job as it went on to win five Academy Awards. Well, hello Clarice.

 

 
 
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‘The Lion King’ Actress to Star as Powerful Psychic in ‘Doctor Sleep’

Do you remember how Ewan McGregor is going to star in Stephen King’s horror movie sequel Doctor Sleep? Now, we have another sparkling star who’s gonna shine in the film! Kyliegh Curran, the young actress in the musical The Lion King on Broadway and the movie I Can I Will I Did (2017), is confirmed to play Abra Stone, a powerful psychic in the Stephen King’s novel-based film Doctor Sleep.

 

 

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According to Deadline, the production of Doctor Sleep, the cinematic sequel of The Shinning (1980), is directed and screen-scripted by Mike Flanagan and will star Ewan McGregor (as Danny Torrance), Carl Lumbly, Alex Essoe, and Zahn McClarnon. Check out more info about the main character Danny and what McGregor thinks about him here.

 

There’s another important character in the story named Abra Stone. She’s a young girl who’s been emitting her superpower since she was a baby. The power, like Danny’s, is called “the shinning”. When born with this power, the gifted people can see/hear/talk to the spirits in the air. Moreover, the gift of the shinning allows people to see through the future. For instance, Abra has told her parents the premonitions she’s had about 9/11. The power continues to grow with the gifted. When Abra turns twelve, she’s strong enough to predict the cancer in her grandmother’s body. 

 

 

Kyliegh Curran was chosen to play Abra Stone out of roughly 800 girls nationwide through the casting. Curran used to play young Nala, the girlfriend of Simba, in the musical The Lion King. She’s talented in acting as the writer-director Mike Flanagan tweeted, “Very excited about our Abra… shine on, Kyliegh.”

 

 

From a Lion King girl to a powerful psychic, how’s this transformation going to amaze us? Looking forward to the horror vibes! Doctor Sleep will hit theaters on Jan. 24, 2020.

 

 

 

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Guillermo del Toro’s Adaptation of ‘Scary Stories’ Sets Cast

Ever tell scary stories on a dark and rainy night? Huddled with friends in your pajamas, trembling in fear as you guys freak each other out? If you have, you may have heard some of the stories from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz, a compilation of horrific and gruesome stories that will make you jump with fright.

 

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The Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is part of a three-book collection, narrated by Alvin Schwartz and includes haunting illustrations by Stephen Gammell. The first book is getting its own modern film adaptation which will be produced and written by Guillermo Del Toro (Shape of Water) directed by André Øvredal (The Autospy of Jane Doe) and financed by Entertainment One and CBS.

 

The premise focuses on a number of deaths inspired by the stories from the book, occurring in an unnamed town and it’s up to a group of teens to solve the mystery. The casting has started for the movie, some of the actors that have been casted are: Michael Garza (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1), Austin Abrams (The Americans), Gabrile Rush (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Natalie Ganzhorn (Wet Burn).

 

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While neither a production nor release date have been announced yet, the anticipation has got us all on our toes. We hope that the film adaptation will keep us on the edge of our seats and keep the horrific yet entertaining feel that the classic books have expressed. If you are looking for something to hold you over as Halloween approaches, try to pick up a copy of the first book Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, I promise it will be worth the fright!

 

 

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How’s the Terrifying Girl from ‘The Ring’ Doing? Very Well, Is the Answer!

According to AOL, the scary girl from The Ring (2002) looks different now.

 

Well, if you’re not familiar with the scary girl and her spooky things, let me make a short throwback for you. The thread of The Ring can be traced back to a Japanese mystery-horror novel by Koji Suzuki in 1991. With the big success the novel produced, the story was adapted into a 1995 film Ring: Kanzenban, a TV series Ring: The Final Chapter, a 1998 film Ring, a South Koran film The Ring Virus, and finally an American version The Ring.

 

No matter how the story is adapted, the soul character is never absent - Sadako Yamamura. She’s a psychopath who carries grudge via videotapes (Yes, both the books and films appeared in the age of tapes!) by which whoever watches will die in seven days. 

 

In the American version, she has a new name - Samara Morgan

 

 

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Yo yo yo, check this out! How the scary girl turns to be a pretty normal girl!

 

In real life, she is twenty-five-year-old actress Daveigh Chase, and she’s a lot less terrifying! 

 

 

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Amazing! We’re delighted to see her doing so well, and it’s always so interesting to see child actors as adults! 

 

 

 

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