Monthly Archives: November 2011
Goodness! November is rattling on at a furious pace, isn’t it? And no doubt few people are more aware of this than those brave souls engaged in National Novel Writing Month.
Yeah, technically I’m one of those brave souls, but I’ve had two false starts and I refuse to say I’m actively in-it-to-win-it until I hit 5000 words.
In honour of NaNoWriMo, this week’s blog is going to list off just a few of the ghosts found in pop culture and literature:
- King Hamlet –the lead character’s father from Shakespeare’s play, ‘Hamlet’, appears four times to reveal the manner of his death and to ask his son to avenge him.
- The Headless Horseman – the most iconic character of ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’, by Washington Irving, has spawned movies, cartoons, and a host of other merchandise opportunities. There has been some suggestion, however, that the horseman is not even a ghost at all, but is simply the character Abraham Van Brunt.
- Nearly Headless Nick (Sir Nicholas de Mimsy Porpington) - the Griffindor house ghost in the Harry Potter novels. A charming character, who died in a botched beheading. Nick is played by John Cleese in the HP movies.
- Loyd the bartender – aids in the mental collapse of Jack Torrance in Stephen King’s ‘The Shining’, by encouraging him to kill his family.
- Slimer – the disgusting green mascot from the Ghostbusters franchise. He’s the only known friend of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
- Casper (Casper McFadden) –created by Seymour Reit and Joe Oriolo, this friendly little ghost made his first appearance in 1939 in a children’s book, before being picked up by Famous Studios and Harvey Comics. Since then he’s been featured in comic strips, cartoons, movies, and on various merchandise. His back story, and the reason why he became friendly in the first place, have never been definitively explained.
- The Flying Dutchman – Like the Headless Horseman, this ghostly ship and all around herald of doom has been utilized in dozens of stories, movies and cartoons, most recently in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and in Spongebob Squarepants cartoons.
- Boo-Berry – the ghost in the General Mills monster-themed cereal mascot line-up. Buddies include Franken Berry, and Count Chocula.
- Sam from ‘Ghost’ – Sam. Molly. And a pottery wheel. Need I say more?
- Mary Winchester – I could do a whole blog post on the ghosts featured (and most times, gangked) on the TV series, Supernatural. Instead, I’m going to give a nod to the Winchester boys’ mother. Even in death, Mama Winchester’s soul was fierce enough to send a poltergeist packing!
Are there any other ghosts in pop culture and literature that stand out for you? As always, feel free to drop me a line. Until then, have a great week!