ghost story


Definition of ghost story 

1 : a story about ghosts

2 : a tale based on imagination rather than fact

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When a prolonged rainy spell during an Italian villa getaway leads to Byron’s famous dare — that the company while away the time by each writing a ghost story — only Mary and the gentle amateur Dr. Polidori (Ben Hardy) actually rise to the occasion. Ty Burr,, "Mary Shelley’s monster hit," 30 May 2018 This is a Southern gothic mystery that plays out like a ghost story., "Author Gillian Flynn On Women Living In Fear & Sharp Objects' Female Rage," 6 July 2018 The six bedroom, three bath mansion, now owned by 5811 Investment Group LLC and open as an art gallery, has been the subject of ghost stories for many years. Sonia Osorio, miamiherald, "The old Cuban consulate has been the subject of ghost stories. Now it can be yours.," 30 May 2018 Attendees can also learn more about the works of local authors, including Anita Britt, DeAnn Jennings, Shervin Yousefian and Jennifer Berry, who have published books in different genres, including children’s stories, photography and ghost stories. Alejandra Reyes-velarde,, "Adams Hill to host its first free book exchange," 12 June 2018 Crave Theatre Company presents the Portland premiere of this Victorian ghost story from the acclaimed South African playwright Reza De Wet. Amy Wang | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Arts picks: A new 'Cinderella' tale, Jackson Bottom Wetlands art show, more," 31 May 2018 The story evolves into a strange and amusing suburban ghost story. Michael Berry, San Francisco Chronicle, "Science fiction and fantasy books: ‘Belly Up,’ ‘What Should Be Wild,’ ‘84K’," 7 June 2018 But my favorite movie of his remains his 2007 ghost story, The Orphanage. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "5 things to know about Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," 5 June 2018 Interested in a 1925 building with fascinating links to ghost stories and Cuba, plus lots of French neoclassical architectural elements, Moorish arches and Spanish tile? Sonia Osorio, miamiherald, "The old Cuban consulate has been the subject of ghost stories. Now it can be yours.," 30 May 2018

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1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of ghost story

: a frightening story about ghosts

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