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The World’s 10 Most Appalling Haunted Places

“There is no end to the old houses, with resounding galleries, and dismal state-bedchambers, and haunted wings shut up for many years, through which we may ramble…and encounter any number of ghosts,” Charles Dickens once wrote.

It seems that one of the most enduring aspects of cultural similarity found throughout the world involves the supernatural. No matter where you go across the globe, you’re going to hear various legends and ghost stories…except some of these carry significantly more weight than your average campfire story.  People seem to be somewhat obsessed with what goes on after death, especially in regards to whether or not the spirits of the departed stick around.  It would be easy to say that such attention can be blamed on vivid, Hollywood inspired imaginations, but documented reports of supernatural disturbances go back several centuries in many places, underlining the fact that no matter the time period or society involved, the paranormal remains on people’s minds. Sure, many places in the world that are reputedly haunted seem more far-fetched than realistic, but there are those that have a tendency to make even the most hardened skeptic stop and reconsider.  Listed here are 10 such places spread out across the globe.  Many mark the site of horrific and traumatic deaths, either due to murder or the effects of imprisonment within dungeons or mental institutions.

1) The Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire, England

What could be more terrifying than the prospect of satanic sacrifices and malevolent entities?  This 12th century inn exhibits all of this and more.

The Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire, England

The Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire, England

Its owner even testifies that the first evening he spent in the house, he was snatched out of bed and dragged across the room by some invisible entity.

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