April 26, 2009

Episode 2: The Ghost of El Burro

Ghost in a Cave by Peter Szustka

Ah, ghosts. What would life be without them? 

It seems that U.S. law would took a few hits. Apparently, some time ago, a married couple was permitted in court to break a contract for the purchase of an old house near the Hudson River because the house was haunted. On this premise, the State of New York recognizes ghosts, or at least, that's what they say. 

Honestly, I don't believe this really happened - the sources that offer this story (and plenty others) are not that reliable. That said, there is something about the concept of ghosts that no matter how unbelievable some stories get, leaves some room for doubt. What if it wasn't just a trick of the eye? What if that chair really moved because someone pushed it? What if the reports of ghost trains and phantom ships were not made up? What if...?

Well, even Sir Arthur C. Clarke could not deny that there is a room for doubt. In 1985, the independent television network ITV broadcast Sir Clarke's World of Strange Powers, a thirteen part television series that looked at paranormal occurrences, including ghosts. Episode 2, "Things That Go Bump in the Night" talks about poltergeists and concludes that their existence is possible and needs to be additionally researched. Similarly, in episode 5, "Ghosts, Apparitions and Haunted Houses," Sir Clarke states that the titular occurrences are "very likely."

In this spirit, episode 2 of Danse Macabre focused on hauntings, banshees, poltergeists, and popular series such as Ghost Hunters. The music followed suit so we got a playlist that looks this:

Download the full playlist HERE.

We also discussed some of the best ghost movies ever and also name-dropped Patrick Swayze quite a few times. When all is said and done, however, there is no denying the spell of the Ring tape. 'Till the next post, enjoy your lives!

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