Shock stories emerged from London, England, yesterday that the ghost of the world famous author had returned on the 200th anniversary of his birth.
One spine-tingling story concerned the mysterious disappearance of young David Copperfield's pet goldfish.
According to the distressed youngster, the ghost of Charles Dickens had appeared in his front room and quick as a flash had plunged into his fish-tank, eaten his goldfish and then left in an instant.
It has been long known, that in life, the popular author had wandered the streets of London in the dead of night; nobody knows for certain why - until now!
According to experts familiar with the author's life, Dickens prowled the streets looking for inspiration for his novels.
It is believed that Dickens's ghost still wanders the capital trying to recapture his happier times and that when he came across young master Copperfield's house he couldn't resist popping in to see how the hero of his favourite novel was going on.
Ghost investigators were amazed at young David's story and suggested that the disappearance of his goldfish was more likely to be because it had had been eaten by the pet cat rather than by the great man himself.
Young David was unswayed by the criticism and asserted that Bill Sykes, Nancy and all the other villains in Dickens's novels regularly feasted on goldfish.
A reporter from the Sun newspaper confirmed that it was commonplace for celebrities to eat pets, citing the strange case of Feddie Starr eating his pet hamster.