The uncanny, or feelings of hauntedness as remnants of outdated ‘primitive’ beliefs. Outdated but still existing with us, at times bubbling to the surface to fill us with uncomfortable thoughts and spooky feelings.
Unsure of our new beliefs, there is space for the shadows of the old ones.
Screenshot from the online edition of Gordon, F. A. (2008). Ghostly matters:haunting and the sociological imagination. Minnesota, MN: University of Minnesota Press.