193 – The History of Haunted House Stories


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Two weeks into October, we’re finally ready to start our spooky podcast topics with an episode about haunted houses – but not just any old episode about haunted houses. Today, we’re specifically talking about the subgenre’s history, from the ancient times of Pliny the Younger to the ghostly haunts of today. We may skip over a little in the middle. Listen as Wes walks us through each wave of haunted stories, Chris presses us to define what we mean by ghosts, and Oren puts up some beautiful yellow wallpaper.

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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.

Show Notes:

Pliny the Younger’s Ghost Story

The Castle of Otranto

Horace Walpole

The Goths

Ann Radcliffe

Crimson Peak

The Fall of the House of Usher

The Bronte Sisters

Jane Eyre

Wuthering Heights

Hark A Vagrant: Wuthering Heights

The Others

The Yellow Wallpaper

The Turn of the Screw

Janeway’s Holoprogram

And Then There Were None

The Haunting of Hill House

The Conjuring Lawsuit

2001: A Space Odyssey


Betrayal at the House on the Hill

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