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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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A Skeleton is a type of physically manifested undead often found in fantasy, gothic and horror fiction, and mythical art. Most are human skeletons, but they can also be from any creature or race found on Earth or in the fantasy world.

Myth and folklore

Modern fiction

The animated skeleton featured in some Gothic fiction. One example is "Thurnley Abbey" (1908) by Perceval Landon, originally published in his short story collection Raw Edges. It is reprinted in many modern anthologies, such as The 2nd Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories and The Penguin Book of Horror Stories.

They have also been used and portrayed in fantasy role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons. The basic animated skeleton is usually a low-level form of undead, and considered suitable for use against novice players.


Undead skeletons have been portrayed in fantasy films such as The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) and Jason and the Argonauts (1963).

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