Ray Parker, Junior.: Singer, songwriter … fan of Victorian times literature?
Parker’s hit 1984 song "Ghostbusters" for that film of the identical name (which held the very best slot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for 3 days) is obviously renowned for its hook "I ain’t scared of no ghosts."
However the line really has roots 96 years before "Ghostbusters."
In Ellen Cost Wood’s posthumous 1888 novel The Situation of Charles Strange (also printed within the Argosy magazine she owned), the ghost of Mr. Brightman may be wreaking some havoc. On the other hand, maybe it’s a hoax.
Only one factor was without a doubt, the bold character of Hatch declared: "I am not scared of no ghostesses, not I."
The road, which just about appears handpicked and adapted by Parker, comes courtesy Cost, noted for the novel East Lynn, who had been an worldwide bestselling and authored a substantial amount of supernatural fiction (The Ghost (1862) Reality or Delusion? (1868)).
Hold on, there’s more.
Historian Craig Conley dug up this illustration from the 1892 issue of Thrilling Existence Tales for that Masses, the main one-cent per issue magazine full of — you suspected it, "thrilling" — pulpy tales.
The illo. features the caption "’I’m not scared of no old ghostesses,’ stated Harold."
Conley does not list which issue of Thrilling Existence Tales this originates from, and that i wasn’t capable of finding it within the digital volume I own. Well, I cannot talk to the plot and plight of youthful Harold, but I love to think his surname is Spengler.
So, here’s the issue: When did Ray Parker, Junior. enter into Victorian lit? And does he owe any royalties to lengthy-dead Victorian authors for borrowing the road? (Huey Lewis might have a viewpoint about this one.)
Finally, where else has this specific line emerged? I believe two examples might be a coincidence, however it might have made an appearance elsewhere like a common phrase. If you notice it in other Victorian examples, tell me!
And also, since you are here, you may as well watch the astonishing Ghostbusters theme song video.