I've seen a ghost once. It was my father's. He had passed away suddenly, when I was just 12 years old. And he decided to manifest himself in front of me, a few days before my SSC examinations when I was 15. I was studying late at night, solving some Navneet 10th Standard Papers, on my dining table at home, when I saw him pass the area that separated my dining room from my bedroom passage. His apparition, or whatever it was that I saw, smiled at me as it went by. I sat transfixed, a strange mix of fear and happiness accosting my senses. I dared not get up and investigate. To this day, I wished I had. But I knew that all he wanted to do was to comfort me that he was always around me. Yes, I've seen a ghost once. Maybe I will see more before I become one myself. So, I can say that there are ghosts, at least based out of the singular experience I've had. Whatever the debates for and against corporeality or the lack of it, there is no denying that ghosts, spirits and tales of the supernatural hold a sway over all of us. This is simply because 'fear' as an emotion is the purest for human beings. One can love someone out of an ulterior motive. But one gets scared without condition, without motive. It's that fear of the unknown that gives this emotion its primal essence. I present to you 15 tales of fear. Not all of them have ghosts. None of them have vampires. One of them features werewolves. And some of them are just simple tales of the supernatural that simple people have experienced at a point in their lives. But together, as a whole, they seek to delve into what we do not know, and in their collectivity, they endeavor to keep you entertained, when you are curled up in bed, with a light patter of rain on your windows and a slight shiver of fear down your spine.