Ghost Stories Within Fiction

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Ghost Stories Within Fiction

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Post by Apollo the Just » Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:03 pm

Ever read, watch, listen to, or otherwise consume a piece of fiction that has ghost stories within its own reality? I've always thought these are really interesting. A couple examples:

Persona 2: Innocent Sin - Katatsumuri Mountain

There's a story that a monk lived on this mountain, which is haunted by the spirits of children who got lost in the mountain forest and died there. He spent his life in the mountain building effigies facing toward one another to create a path leading out of the forest, with the intent of letting the spirit children escape and find peace (and preventing any further such deaths). However, the ghosts of the dead children loved the monk so much that they wanted him to stay with them forever, and because of this the monk - try as he might to follow his own effigies - was never able to leave the mountain. He died lost in the mountain forest.

How to Train Your Dragon book 8: the Beach of the Broken Heart

There's a ghost story in this book that says a "ghost-lady in a ghost-ship" is eternally searching for her lost child, and that any Vikings she encounters she will rip out their hearts and take them back to the ghost-world with her. It's said you can hear her cries of anguish at night. (The latter part of the book explores where this story originated from, which is also a cool trope in fiction.)

There are also quite a few Detective Conan episodes that delve into Japanese ghost stories, but that's not quite the same thing so I'll hold off on those for now.
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Post by I am nobody » Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:16 pm

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Post by Apollo the Just » Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:27 pm

Also, I forgot about it at the time of posting, but the literal entire plot of Catherine could also apply here. At least from the perspective of characters during the day- a paranoid epidemic of the belief "if you die in a dream, you die for real" spreading everywhere. (Turns out, it actually holds water here.)

Maybe that's why I like that game so much. Spooky modern ghost story by day, actual literal nightmare by night. Noice.
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Post by I REALLY HATE PRESENTS! » Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:48 pm

Chrono Trigger's got a side quest based on a ghost of a prominent character from another character's backstory. It's pretty good but I don't think you've played it yet so I'll skip the details.

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Post by ScottyMcGee » Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:35 am

Does the Deathly Hallows count as a ghost story?
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Post by Apollo the Just » Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:20 am

Absolutely. A damn good one too.
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Post by CaptHayfever » Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:20 am

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Post by Calamity Panfan » Fri Apr 14, 2017 2:23 pm

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Post by Marilincarnation » Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:26 am

[QUOTE="ScottyMcGee, post: 1627527, member: 31048"]Does the Deathly Hallows count as a ghost story?[/QUOTE]
Yeah, I came in here to mention the Tale of the Three Brothers from HP7. That's honestly my favorite scene in any of the movies, it's incredibly well-done.
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