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Encyclopedia > Haunted house
The Winchester Mystery House is allegedly haunted
The Winchester Mystery House is allegedly haunted
For a simulated haunted house, see Haunted attraction.

A haunted house is defined as building that is a center for supernatural occurrences or paranormal phenomena.[1] A haunted house may contain ghosts, poltergeists, or even malevolent entities. Download high resolution version (910x722, 96 KB)This image is from HABS/HAER, the Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record collection at the Library of Congress. ... Download high resolution version (910x722, 96 KB)This image is from HABS/HAER, the Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record collection at the Library of Congress. ... The Winchester Mystery House is a well-known California mansion that was under construction continuously for 38 years and is reputed to be haunted. ... Haunted house may refer to: A haunted house, which is a paranormal building inhabited by ghosts and/or spirits A haunted attraction, which is a simulated haunted house A Haunted House, a 1944 collection of short stories by Virginia Woolf Haunted House (video game), a video game for the Atari... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Look up Supernatural in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Paranormal is an umbrella term used to describe a wide variety of reported anomalous phenomena. ... A ghostly woman coming down the stairs. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

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Hauntings

Haunted locations are often regarded to contain the spirits of deceased beings who may have been former residents or were familiar with the property. Supernatural Activity inside homes is said to be mainly associated with violent or tragic events in the buildings past such as murder, accidental death, or suicide - sometimes in the recent or ancient past. Amongst many cultures and religions it is believed that the essence of a being such as the 'soul' continue to exist. Some philosophical and religious views argue that the 'spirts' of those who have died have not 'passed over' and are trapped inside the property where their memories and energy is strong. Entities which are said to 'haunt' homes are often known to make noises, appear as apparitions, and shift or launch physical objects. This is sometimes manifested into 'poltergeist activity'; poltergeist meaning 'noisy spirit'. Traditionally an exorcism is the method used to remove unwelcome spirits from the property. The English word spirit comes from the Latin spiritus (breath). // The English word spirit comes from the Latin spiritus, meaning breath (compare spiritus asper), but also soul, courage, vigor, ultimately from a PIE root *(s)peis- (to blow). In the Vulgate, the Latin word translates Greek (πνευμα), pneuma (Hebrew (רוח) ruah), as...


Haunting in fiction

Legends about haunted houses have long appeared in literature. Haunting is used as a plot device in gothic or horror fiction or, more lately, paranormal-based fiction. Roman-era authors Plautus, Pliny the Younger, and Lucian wrote stories about haunted houses, and more modern authors from Henry James to Stephen King have featured them in their writings. Haunted castles and mansions were common in gothic literature.[citation needed] Look up Legend in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A plot device is a person or an object introduced to a story to affect or advance the plot. ... Strawberry Hill, an English villa in the Gothic revival style, built by seminal Gothic writer Horace Walpole Gothic fiction is a genre of literature that combines elements of both horror and romance. ... Horror fiction is, broadly, fiction in any medium intended to scare, unsettle, or horrify the reader. ... Titus Macchius Plautus, generally referred to simply as Plautus, was a playwright of Ancient Rome. ... Gayus Plinius Colonoscopy Caecilius Secundus (63 - ca. ... Lucian Lucian of Samosata (Greek, Λουκιανὸς Σαμοσατεύς, Latin, Lucianus; c. ... For other uses of this name, see Henry James (disambiguation). ... Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of over 200 stories including over 50 bestselling horror novels. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Gothic novel. ...


The actual structure of a fictional haunted house can be anything from a decaying European feudal castle to a newly occupied suburban ranch-style house of fairly recent construction, though many authors and movie directors prefer that the architecture be from the 19th century or earlier.[citation needed] Pierrefonds Castle, France. ... Housing subdivision near Union, Kentucky, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. ... Ranch-style houses are also called American ranch or California rambler. ...


A popular dark ride at Disney theme parks, The Haunted Mansion, references much of the popular iconography of haunted houses.[citation needed] A dark ride or darkride is an indoor amusement ride consisting of a vehicle traveling past animated scenes. ... The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... Theme Park is a simulation computer game designed by Bullfrog Productions, released in 1994, in which the player designs and operates an amusement park. ... This article relates to the theme-park attraction. ...


Haunted houses and carbon monoxide

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include listlessness, depression, dementia, emotional disturbances, and hallucinations. Many of the phenomena generally associated with haunted houses, including strange visions and sounds, feelings of dread, illness, and the sudden, apparently inexplicable death of all the occupants, can be attributed to carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide, with the chemical formula CO, is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. ... Grieving Thai females. ... For other uses, see Dementia (disambiguation). ... A hallucination is a sensory perception experienced in the absence of an external stimulus, as distinct from an illusion, which is a misperception of an external stimulus. ... Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs after the inhalation of carbon monoxide gas. ...


In one famous case, carbon monoxide poisoning was clearly identified as the cause of an alleged haunting. Dr. William Wilmer, an ophthalmologist, described the experiences of one of his patients in a 1921 article published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology. "Mr. and Mrs. H." moved into a new home, but soon began to complain of headaches and listlessness. They began to hear bells and footsteps during the night, soon accompanied by strange physical sensations and mysterious figures. When they began to investigate, they found the previous residents had experienced similar symptoms. Upon examination, their furnace was found to be severely damaged, resulting in incomplete combustion and forcing most of the fumes into the house rather than up the chimney.[2] After the stove was fixed, the family fully recovered and did not experience any further paranormal events. Reputed ghost of a monk. ... Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine which deals with the diseases of the eye and their treatment. ... Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... A combustion reaction taking place in a igniting match Combustion or burning is a complex sequence of exothermic chemical reactions between a fuel and an oxidant accompanied by the production of heat or both heat and light in the form of either a glow or flames. ...


A report published in 2005 described a 23-year old female victim of carbon monoxide poisoning, found delirious and hyperventilating, who saw a ghost while in the shower. A new gas water heater had just been installed in her home, apparently improperly, which flooded the house with carbon monoxide when the victim closed all the exterior windows and doors and took a shower.[3]


Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in North America.[4] Thus carbon monoxide poisoning should be promptly investigated as a possible cause for "hauntings."[5] Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs after the inhalation of carbon monoxide gas. ...


Haunted houses and the law

In Stambovsky v. Ackley, the Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division ruled that a seller does not need to disclose that a house has a reputation for being haunted unless there is a fiduciary relationship or in cases of fraud or misrepresentation,[6] because such a reputation impairs the value of the house: Main Holding Seller who had undertaken to inform the public at large about the existence of poltergeists on the premises to be sold was estopped to deny existence of poltergeists on the premises, so the house was haunted as a matter of law and seller must inform the purchaser of... New York County Supreme Court building at 60 Centre Street, from across Foley Square The Supreme Court of the State of New York is one of several New York State trial courts in which cases originate. ...

In the case at bar, defendant seller deliberately fostered the public belief that her home was possessed. Having undertaken to inform the public at large, to whom she has no legal relationship, about the supernatural occurrences on her property, she may be said to owe no less a duty to her contract vendee.[7]

Haunted houses in literature

The Castle of Otranto is a 1764 novel by Horace Walpole. ... Horatio Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford, more commonly known as Horace Walpole, (September 24, 1717 – March 2, 1797), was a politician, writer and forerunner of the Gothic revival. ... The Mysteries of Udolpho, by Ann Radcliffe, was first published in 1784 by G. G. and J. Robinson of London. ... Ann Radcliffe (July 9, 1764 - February 7, 1823) was an English author, a pioneer of the gothic novel. ... The Fall of the House of Usher is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe. ... Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American poet, short story writer, editor, critic and one of the leaders of the American Romantic Movement. ... Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton (May 25, 1803 - January 18, 1873) was an English novelist, playwright, and politician. ... The Turn of the Screw is a novella written by Henry James. ... For other uses of this name, see Henry James (disambiguation). ... Jacques Heath Futrelle (April 9, 1875 - April 15, 1912), born in Pike County, Georgia, was an American writer. ... Oliver Onions (pseudonym of George Oliver) (1873 - 1961) was a significant English novelist. ... The Rats in the Walls is a short story written by H.P. Lovecraft. ... Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was an American author of fantasy, horror and science fiction, noted for combining these three genres within single narratives. ... The Haunting of Hill House is a 1959 novel by author Shirley Jackson. ... Shirley Jackson (December 14, 1916 [1]– August 8, 1965) was an influential American author. ... A hell house, also commonly known as a Doom House, is a haunted house-style attraction typically run by North American fundamentalist Christian churches or parachurch groups. ... Richard Matheson Richard Burton Matheson (born February 20, 1926) is an American author and screenwriter, typically of fantasy, horror or science fiction. ... The Shining (1977) is a horror novel by American author Stephen King. ... Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of over 200 stories including over 50 bestselling horror novels. ... House of Leaves is the debut novel by writer Mark Z. Danielewski, published by Pantheon Books (ISBN 0-375-70376-4). ... Mark Danielewski Mark Z. Danielewski is an American author, born in March 5, 1966. ... Ray Douglas Bradbury (born August 22, 1920) is an American literary, fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery writer best known for The Martian Chronicles, a 1950 book which has been described both as a short story collection and a novel, and his 1953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451. ...

Films featuring haunted houses, mansions or castles

The Haunted House is a 1921 short comedy film starring comedian Buster Keaton. ... The Cat and the Canary is the 1927 silent horror film adaptation of John Willards play of the same name. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... The Ghost Goes West is a 1935 British comedy/fantasy/romance film. ... The Cat and the Canary is a 1939 comedy horror film remake of the 1927 film The Cat and the Canary, which was based on the 1922 play by John Willard. ... Hold That Ghost is a 1941 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... The Ghost and Mrs. ... Scared Stiff is a 1953 comedy/musical horror movie directed by George Marshall and starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. ... House on Haunted Hill is a 1959 horror film. ... (Redirected from 13 Ghosts) Promotional poster for Thir13en Ghosts Thir13en Ghosts (Also known simply as Thirteen Ghosts or 13 Ghosts) is a 2001 horror / thriller movie, directed by Steve Beck. ... The Innocents is a 1961 film based on the novel The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. ... The Haunting is a 1963 horror film directed by Robert Wise and adapted by Nelson Gidding from the novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. ... The House That Dripped Blood is a 1970 British Horror film directed by Peter Duffell, distributed by Amicus Productions, and starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Joss Ackland, Denholm Elliott and Jon Pertwee. ... The Legend of Hell House is a 1973 horror film by Academy Pictures. ... Burnt Offerings is a 1976 horror film based on a novel of the same name by Robert Marasco. ... The Amityville Horror is a best-selling book by the author Jay Anson which was published in September 1977. ... The Shining is a 1980 horror film by Stanley Kubrick based on Stephen Kings novel of the same name. ... The Changeling is a 1980 Canadian film directed by Peter Medak and starring George C. Scott and Trish Van Devere. ... Laserdisc cover of the first Poltergeist film The Poltergeist movies are a trilogy of horror films produced in the 1980s. ... For the animated series based on the film, see Beetlejuice (TV series). ... Casper may mean: // Casper (name) Drew Casper, an award-winning Professor of Critical Studies in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. ... This article is about the paranormal. ... House on Haunted Hill is a 1959 horror film. ... The Haunting is a 1963 horror film directed by Robert Wise and adapted by Nelson Gidding from the novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. ... The Blair Witch Project is a low-budget American horror film released in 1999. ... Promotional poster for Thir13en Ghosts Thir13en Ghosts (Also known simply as Thirteen Ghosts or 13 Ghosts) is a 2001 horror / thriller movie, directed by Steve Beck. ... The Others is a 2001 psychological thriller film by the Spanish director Alejandro Amenábar, starring Nicole Kidman. ... Rose Red is a 2002 horror movie with mystery and thriller elements, based on a plot written by Stephen King. ... Darkness is the absence of light. ... The Haunted Mansion is a film released in November 2003 and produced and distributed by The Walt Disney Company. ... This article is about the movie. ... The Grudge 2 is the 2006 sequel to the 2004 American horror film remake The Grudge. ... For the 2003 television series, see Monster House (TV series). ... An American Haunting is a 2006 American thriller film written and directed by Courtney Solomon. ... For other uses, see Stay Alive (disambiguation). ... The Return is a popular name for works of fiction. ...

References

  1. ^ http://parapsych.org/glossary_e_k.html#h Parapsychological Association website, Glossary of Key Words Frequently Used in Parapsychology, Retrieved February 10, 2007
  2. ^ "A true tale of a truly haunted house," by Albert Denay. www.ghostvillage.com. Includes text of 1921 Journal of Ophthalmology article. [1]
  3. ^ Jiann-Ruey Ong, Sheng-Wen Hou, Hsien-Tsung Shu, Huei-Tsair Chen, and Chee-Fah Chong. Diagnostic pitfall: carbon monoxide poisoning mimicking hyperventilation syndrome. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine Volume 23, Issue 7 , November 2005, Pages 903-904
  4. ^ "Carbon Monoxide." Canada Safety Council. [2]
  5. ^ "A true tale of a truly haunted house," by Albert Denay. www.ghostvillage.com. Includes text of 1921 Journal of Ophthalmology article. [3]
  6. ^ Knauf, Allan. After New York's Property Condition Disclosure Act. Retrieved on 2007-02-15.
  7. ^ Stambovsky v. Ackley, 169 A.D.2d 254, 260, 572 N.Y.S.2d 672 N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept., 1991.

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See also

The Amityville Horror is a best-selling book by the author Jay Anson which was published in September 1977. ... The Blair Witch Project is a low-budget American horror film released in 1999. ... Built in 1863, Borley Rectory in the village of Borley, Essex, United Kingdom, had the reputation of being the most haunted house in England and possibly the world. ... Ghost hunting is the process of investigating locations said to be haunted. ... A ghost tour (also called a haunted tour, ghost walk, or haunted walk) is an activity themed around the paranormal providing an entertaining and often educational way to present history. ... Reputed ghost of a monk. ... A hell house, also commonly known as a Doom House, is a haunted house-style attraction typically run by North American fundamentalist Christian churches or parachurch groups. ... Legend tripping, in the folklore of the United States, is a name recently bestowed by folklorists and anthropologists on an adolescent rite of passage in which a usually furtive nocturnal pilgrimage is made to a site which is alleged to have been the scene of some tragic, horrific, and possibly... Haunted locations are places around the globe that are reportedly or popularly alleged to be haunted by ghosts. ... The term stigmatized property is a real estate business jargon that describes a normal house stigmatized because someone has been murdered or committed suicide in it. ... The Winchester Mystery House is a well-known California mansion that was under construction continuously for 38 years and is reputed to be haunted. ... Summerwind Mansion, formerly known as Lamont Mansion, is a now derelict mansion-house on the shores of West Bay Lake. ...

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Urban Legends Reference Pages: Unfinishable Haunted House (946 words)
Patrons of the haunted house either recover a specific dollar amount per floor completed, or they get all of their entry fees back upon completion of the entire attraction.
Common elements of the rumor are statements that the "house" has a specified number of floors or levels, and visitors are charged an exorbitant fee for entering, but get back a specified dollar amount for each floor or level completed.
These houses aren't so scary they can't be completed, however; they employ a gimmick of some sort that renders them practically unfinishable (such as mazes that befuddle the intrepid).
Haunted house - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (761 words)
Many of the phenomena generally associated with haunted houses, including strange visions and sounds, feelings of dread, illness, and the sudden, apparently inexplicable death of all the occupants, can be readily attributed to carbon monoxide poisoning.
The Haunted and the Haunters (1857) by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
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