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Guy Watching The Conjuring 2 Dies, Then Disappears

65-year-old man in India suffered chest pains

(Newser) - A man's death at a screening of The Conjuring 2—and the subsequent disappearance of his body—didn't go unnoticed in southern India last week, the Times of India reports. The 65-year-old was watching the film at a movie house in the town of Tiruvannamalai on Thursday night... More »

'Hungry Ghosts' Roam Hong Kong

Festival involves appeasing ghosts with everything from food to iPhones

(Newser) - Countless hungry and restless ghosts are roaming Hong Kong, and the world, to visit their living descendants, at least according to Chinese convention. In traditional Chinese belief, the seventh month of the lunar year is reserved for the Hungry Ghost festival, or Yu Lan , a raucous celebration marked by feasts... More »

Bizarre Tsunami Ghost Stories Haunt Japan

But is the country's cult of ancestors behind it all?

(Newser) - An unusual outbreak has struck Japan in the wake of the 2011 tsunami that killed nearly 20,000 people—of ghosts, possessions, and exorcisms. Reverend Kaneda, the top priest at a Zen temple, says he personally exorcised several people who had been invaded by the spirits of tsunami victims, writes... More »

Garage-Sale Polaroid Shocks Family Like a Ghost

Little Addison Logan buys pic of dead family member by chance

(Newser) - A boy's visit to a local garage sale has nearly brought back a lost family member from the dead, the Wichita Eagle reports. Addison Logan went garage-sale shopping last week because he'd broken his arm and couldn't ride his dirt bike as usual. He picked up a... More »

Bucking Trend, 2nd Novel Gets $5M Advance

Niffenegger wrote surprise 2003 hit The Time Traveler's Wife

(Newser) - Defying reports that publishers are in the poorhouse, Audrey Niffenegger, author of the huge bestseller, The Time Traveler’s Wife, has received a nearly $5 million advance for a new novel, Her Fearful Symmetry, the New York Times reports. Her agent said the whopping payout from Scribner, a unit of... More »

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