The original Ghostbusters: The English Society for the Extermination of Ghosts (1908)

Let’s say you’ve got a haunted castle or cottage in Edwardian England – who ya gonna call? The “English Society for the Extermination of Ghosts,” of course, led by the owner of a small sports bar (in modern terms), who found a new way to harness the energy of his patrons. Armed with stout oaken cudgels, they set out to rid the country of haunts – read all about it in this post from “Freaky Folk Tales.”

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The original ghostbusters

In Edwardian London, if you had something strange in your neighbourhood then you would most likely call on the services of one Charles Dove. The establishment of the English Society for the Extermination of Ghosts, was borne out of several gentlemen having far too much time on their hands and a desire to find something more purposeful for their redundant athletic qualities.

Dove placed several advertisements in local papers at the time and was most surprised to be inundated with applications to join his team. However, despite the immediate allure, Dove promised each man signing up to the ‘Death on Ghosts’ brigade nothing more than an oak cudgel to lay the unsuspecting phantoms. And, although all the ghost warriors professed their disbelief in ghosts, I am reliably informed that Dove decided it wise always to send two hunters to lay away the reported miscreant spectre.

The Times, April 18…

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4 Responses to The original Ghostbusters: The English Society for the Extermination of Ghosts (1908)

  1. Rosi says:

    Great story! Thanks, Morgan, for leading me to the Freaky Folk Tales blog. Very fun stuff.

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  2. Shala Howell says:

    So much fun to read on a rainy Friday. Thanks!

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