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Why the Victorians were so spookily good

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Christmas Eve was traditionally the time to tell scary stories round the hearth. And 19th-century writers were fearsomely adept at exploiting a world of creaking floorboards, creepy servants...and gas lamps that caused hallucinations.

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Now we have computer games and TV.

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I watch A Christmas Carol every year. Just watched it tonight in fact. It's one of my favorite Christmas movies.

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They didn't have television in those days and during the winter, it was a setting for ghost stories. Like today when people tell ghost stories around a campfire at night. Victorians started off with regular books and magazines getting published, and the imagination was fueled by just life.

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Same thing happening now, only this time it's an alien craze.

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People were just as gullible and superstitious then as they are today. It's nothing all that extraordinary really.

Of course rampant ignorance helps too.

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because t.v wasn't invented yet, duh!

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