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Why are there so many English ghost stories?

Ghost stories are a quintessentially English form. It has been calculated that 98 per cent are written in English and that 70 per cent are composed by English writers. A nation half in love with its history may embrace the evidence of spirits. A country so preoccupied with its past, and with the traditions of the past, cannot help but be haunted by time. Ghosts can be seen as a bridge of light between the past and the present.
Peter Ackroyd 'This Spectred Isle' http://tiny.cc/fcrjc

You can find text and audio from adaptations of classic English ghost stories here:

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