193 – The History of Haunted House Stories

The Mythcreant Podcast

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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  1. SunlessNick

    Another film where the protagonist is a ghost is Haunter (starring Abigail Breslin), but in this case that’s not a twist – it’s meant to be obvious pretty much from the get-go. But there are other twists and several “layers” of haunting. I definitely recommend it.

  2. Julia

    Awesome podcast, guys! Another type of dwelling that gets haunted a lot (allegedly) are “total institutions”: asylums, prisons, boarding schools, etc. These can act like houses because people live there and are isolated from the outside world. Ghosts are said to haunt them because so often bad things happen there.

    Someone once said Hollywood has two kinds of ghosts: if it’s a horror movie the ghost goes around scaring everyone and won’t say what they want. If it’s a comedy, the ghost won’t shut up!

    I think you missed one of the most iconic haunted house works of the second half of the 20th Century, however: Scooby Doo.

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