Should Shadow man be shadow banned?
The appeal of a good ghost story.
It seems that most people can't resist a good ghost story. Why exactly are they so popular?
Ghost stories have a knack for bringing folk together from all different age groups and walks of life. A good ghost story can stir up your senses and lead your imagination right to the edge of places you have never dared venture before, they take us back to the past and make us question our mortality.
Ghost stories have been around since ancient times – so there must be something we do love about them. Earlier ghost stories were often about the soul survival of death, and then about the dead haunting places they never wanted to leave behind. Various types of ghost stories have evolved throughout the ages - just like humans. It was not so long ago that tales of shadow people became popular once more. Myths of Shadow people have been passed on since ancient times. folklore says that they creep between worlds and use the darkness of our shadows, as a portal. And everybody is born with a shadow. Have you ever, perhaps when tired or alone - noticed a black speck through the corner of your eyes that can't be explained? Rumour has it that shadow people can lure their victims into the darkest of deeds – even massacre. A French nobleman called Gilles de Rais in the 1500s became so obsessed with the shadow realm that it is believed that it led him to become a serial child killer. Recently, a character called Slender man originated from a creepypasta internet meme that 2009. He is described as a taller than tall slim male, dressed in a black suit and top hat, and a white expressionless face. The Shadow man is known to lurk in the shadow of his victims, encouraging them to act out on their darkest and deepest impulses. In 2014, two girls from Waukesha led their friend into the woods and stabbed her 19 times – in an ode to a slender man.
The Victorians were passionate about ghostly tales. This makes sense as many Victorians were also obsessed with death and eternal life. Some of their stories are still well loved to this very day. Take Charles Dicken’s A Christmas carol for example with its message of morality and Christmas spirit. A lot of ghost stories have also been deemed to carry implications, such as the turn of the screw, written in 1898, by Henry James. These novels inadvertently covered topics challenging to speak of, such as child abuse and fear of death.