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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 11:41 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: ghost stories!
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We had an experience last night! To prelude, my cat passed away almost a month ago. My husband and I were in bed, about to fall asleep, when we both felt a "cat" come between us and lie down. "It" started kneeding my legs as cats are wont to do, and then I swear, for all the world, I saw my sweet black cat dart across the bed. My other cats weren't in the bedroom last night, so I've no other explanation than that I was visisted by my ghost kitty. It was really comforting and a haunting that I wouldn't mind having again.

that's like the sweetest ghost story I've ever heard.

A friend of mine experienced much the same thing when one of her cats died. She recognized the cat by its weight and behaviour, and none of the other cats were in the room.
In my old flat, my cat Neko would always watch invisible things running around in my bedroom. Only in the bedroom. She'd sit there, following something around with her eyes, ears, body movements. Sometimes she'd run after it and jump to a spot on the carpet that was empty to my eyes, as if she was trying to catch something. Once she ran up to the wall and jumped up with all four paws. There was no spot, no reflection, nothing. People have been suggesting she could have been hunting the ghosts of my pet rats.

I have a couple more stories, and one of them is really terrifying. Maybe later.


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I have another, slightly more menacing ghost story to share [although I'm positive that I'd already told it on the old boards]. When I was a teenager, three of my friends and I were playing on the computer in my friend's bedroom. Her mother had gone to get groceries, so we were utterly alone in the house. After a bit, we heard footsteps coming up the stairs and we turned in unison to greet what we thought was my friend's mother. Instead, we were faced with a white, diaphanous mist-like substance that floated up the hallway and paused to "stare" at us for a moment [it didn't have eyes or any distinct features save for a vague head and shoulder shape, but we all had the same feeling that it was a man who had paused in front of us, as if perplexed by our existence]. It then continued on, up the stairs to the attic. The sleepover we had planned that night, changed locations to my [unhaunted] home.

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Reading all this makes me wonder if there are spirits watching me take a poop or pick my nose. It makes me feel a bit shy.


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 Post subject: Re: ghost stories!
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I have a couple more stories, and one of them is really terrifying. Maybe later.

No, now! You can't leave me hanging!

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 Post subject: Re: ghost stories!
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I have a couple more stories, and one of them is really terrifying. Maybe later.

No, now! You can't leave me hanging!


Okay, here's a less terrifying one:

One night (also at my old flat, the one with the haunted bedroom) I was somewhere between sleep and waking - you know the moment when you're aware you're waking up, but your eyes are still closed and you could maybe just slip back to sleep? Anyway, I felt something on or around my hand, some sort of pressure, but really gentle. And as I opened my eyes, I indistinctly saw something let go of my hand and quickly move away from me, ducking behind the bedside table. About the size of a small child. I looked, but there was nothing there. And my hand was tingling, although I hadn't been lying on it.


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 Post subject: Re: ghost stories!
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Reading all this makes me wonder if there are spirits watching me take a poop or pick my nose. It makes me feel a bit shy.


Ha! At this year's book fair I saw a book called "Do ghosts watch me when I take a bath?" or something like that, haha.

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 Post subject: Re: ghost stories!
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Phoenix, I'm ready for your really scary one!

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 Post subject: Re: ghost stories!
PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 2:13 pm 
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My aunt and her family used to live in the house next door to mine in the middle of nowhere. When she moved, the next owners used it as a summer house, so when they were gone in the fall, I used to sneak over and use the awesome old rope swing in the front yard. One day, when I was 9 or 10, I saw another kid out of the corner of my eye. I have 3 siblings, so I stopped swinging and turned to see which one had followed me--and it was a little boy I didn't know, only he was blue. I freaked out and ran back to my yard. In the next few years, when I snuck over and used the rope swing, I would sometimes see something blue out of the corner of my eye, but I never saw him full-on again.

Years later, in my teens, my extended family was sitting around the table after thanksgiving and we started telling ghost stories. I told that one, and my mother turned to my aunt, and said "Isn't that the one you saw?!" My aunt then told us that, when she had lived in that house, she'd woken up one night feeling like she should check on her youngest son. (She had two.) She went into the nursery, and saw a child standing next to the crib. She assumed it was her other son, and whispered, "John, you'll wake up the baby, go to bed." The little boy turned around, and she realized it was not only not John, but that this little boy was all blue. He disappeared in front of her.

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 Post subject: Re: ghost stories!
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he was blue.


This made my skin crawl. Kudos for the creepiest story so far!


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 Post subject: Re: ghost stories!
PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 9:08 pm 
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I have too many to write here as I used to be a paranormal investigator for a ghost group in South Jersey (hint: these first two words are part of the name of the group).

I give some words of advice from my 2 years of experience in that group:
1) Don't play with Quija boards -- you never know what you may bring into your home/space.
2) Like attracts like. If you are a negative person or have personal problems (i.e. alcoholism, violence, etc.) in your home, you could attract negative energy to you in the spiritual world as well.
3) Most spiritual activity is not dangerous or harmful -- but if you suspect it is, you may need to contact the proper professionals or learn how to get the activity to stop.


Good advice! I think most ghosts are harmless and many aren't really 'spirits' so to speak but possibly something else like impressions/recordings from another time. I think it is better to be safe than sorry though.

Also, I was recently thinking about tarot cards which are different than Ouija board but was wondering if somehow it would have a possible similar effect. I liken tarot cards more to something like prayer though in that you are trying to get in touch with your more spiritual self rather than 'spirits' which may be out and about.


Linanil,
I believe the type of haunting that you are referring to is called a residual haunting which is characterized by a repeating of an action or event like it was a movie reel being played over and over again. It has no "brain" if you will or intent. It is like an activity/energy was imprinted on that space and just keeps replaying itself.

As far as tarot cards go, I don't know that I would think of them in the same vein as I would Quija boards or similar devices. Essentially you'll want to avoid trying to conjure up activity on purpose that might be harmful. It is not the board itself that is bad, but the intent behind trying to will an energy to communicate in a way that could bring something negative in. I found a good link on why the use of Quija boards may be harmful here.

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 Post subject: Re: ghost stories!
PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 11:18 am 
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 Post subject: Re: ghost stories!
PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 4:29 pm 
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secure before I walked away from it a week earlier. I guess I should have stopped trying to find a logical explanation given the distance from the wall the picture was thrown while I was watching it happen.

one of my high school friends told me that her family was sitting around watching tv one night (and I'm not sure about all the details anymore, but I remember this next part) when a big framed picture that was on the mantle over the fireplace flew across most of the room and almost nailed her. I think she ducked. Anyway, this picture was of a relative that had passed away a long time ago, but was a bisque to my friend in life. The room, by the way, was large, and not in earthquake country. If someone told that story in a tiny SF/NYC apartment, I'd have been far less impressed.

The other family story she told me was that some little kid relation ages ago had been eaten by a pig. I was always kind of horrified/fascinated by that. Not vegan, I know.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 4:45 pm 
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he was blue.


This made my skin crawl. Kudos for the creepiest story so far!

I love this story, but it got combined in my brain with a painting from picasso's blue period.
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 Post subject: Re: ghost stories!
PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 2:45 am 
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The other family story she told me was that some little kid relation ages ago had been eaten by a pig. I was always kind of horrified/fascinated by that. Not vegan, I know.


congrats, this is the scariest story in the thread. D=

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 Post subject: Re: ghost stories!
PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 7:53 am 
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I used to work summercamp. As a specialist (not a councillor, but someone running an activity) I'd sometimes have to patrol the boy's village from 10 'till everyone was asleep (usually 01:00). Our camp had a resident ghost, a white see through girlish floating thing seen in one of two cabins over on the girl's side of the camp.
Further background include that last time I'd done this was the night where a whole bunch of staff had gone to watch Blair Witch project, which was supposedly shot in the next state (and at the time still "A true story"), and my night was prolonged by all the male councillors running out of the forest(direction parking lot), over the field, back across the field to their respective cabins, waking all their kids up by slamming the doors in their fright.

Anyway, one or two weeks later, with all the ghost stories in full swing I had to guard the camp again. I'm not one for ghost stories, but I was affected anyway. I made it through the night and it wasn't till I left the boy's village to go back to the head office, passing the maintenance shack that I saw it. There was a white floaty thing moving through the shack. I couldn't tell if it was female, but the details of the story of "Alice", our resident ghost, were coming back quick. After watching it for 5-10 seconds I went to the shack to investigate.
I found a light grey coat hanging just about where I saw the apparition.
Thing is, once back outside you could hardly see the coat if you knew you were looking at it. And I'd seen something quite clearly from further away than that. Something luminous.

I reckon it was a trick of the light. One of the boats touring the lake, or moonlight reflected of something. But for the rest of my time there I would tell that story to all my adopted cabin kids who claimed to be able to handle ghost stories, and none of em ever managed to pass that shack without flinching again.


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I feel like I may have shared this story on the old boards, but whatever. This happened to one of my managers when I worked in retail:

When she was eight(ish) she was having a sleepover party for her friends. They were playing with a ouija board, asking it silly questions and everyone was freaking out about how the planchette was moving, because each girl swore they weren't the one to be moving it.

So then they decided to ask if there was a spirit or anything there, and the planchette moved to "yes," which made them all freak out more and accuse the other girls of being the one to move it. Then someone decided to clear things up by asking the spirit to prove that it was there.

My manager told me that's when the planchette shot across the room into the wall, and her sister started having convulsions, stopped breathing and turned blue. When they finally resuscitated her, she couldn't remember a thing.

I should also mention that this person's mother was a police psychic and helped solve a couple missing persons cases (I'll leave it up to you to decide whether it was coincidence or actual psychic ability).

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The other family story she told me was that some little kid relation ages ago had been eaten by a pig. I was always kind of horrified/fascinated by that. Not vegan, I know.


congrats, this is the scariest story in the thread. D=


This is why, in the beginning of The Wizard of Oz, everyone freaks out when Dorothy falls into the pig pen. Pigs will forking eat you.

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The other family story she told me was that some little kid relation ages ago had been eaten by a pig. I was always kind of horrified/fascinated by that. Not vegan, I know.


congrats, this is the scariest story in the thread. D=


This is why, in the beginning of The Wizard of Oz, everyone freaks out when Dorothy falls into the pig pen. Pigs will forking eat you.

dayumn, i had no idea pigs were so badass!


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he was blue.


This made my skin crawl. Kudos for the creepiest story so far!

I love this story, but it got combined in my brain with a painting from picasso's blue period.
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The girl in this picture is much more ominous-looking than what I saw.

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dayumn, i had no idea pigs were so badass!

Hannibal.
(And, as long as embedded links don't show up, I'm talking about this one: www.imdb.com/title/tt0212985)


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Every time I see a new post, I think someone has a good story, but it's often just someone asking for more stories. Phoenix, you said you had a really terrifying one and you never posted it! Were you just trying to tease us?

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Phoenix wrote:
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dayumn, i had no idea pigs were so badass!

Hannibal.
(And, as long as embedded links don't show up, I'm talking about this one: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0212985)


The secret is you no longer have to use quotation marks around the URL. Fun times!


Oh, yeah, another story. This is honestly like third-hand and I heard it a long time ago but some friends of mine went to visit a friend whose dad had recently died and the guy had seriously lost it, mentally. There were weird things happening in the house and the guy was acting weird, too- it was like both the house was haunted and he had gone crazy. The fan in the living room was one of the last things the dad had done in the house (installed it) and it would randomly go on. After being there a few hours and getting generally freaked out by their friend's behavior, the friend suddenly bolted off in one direction of the house at the exact moment the lights went out and someone threw a stuffed animal from a completely opposite direction at my friends.

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absolutely loving this thread...

My story:
I was 9 or 10. I lived in a house where there was a full home downstairs where a little old lady lived and my mom and I lived in the upstairs. (Sidenote: there was a mutual entrance to the entire house, yet two separate ways to get to her home and ours... However to go into the basement, I had to walk thru the beginning part of her place).
So there was a movie I REALLY wanted to watch, and my mom wouldn't allow me to watch it until my room was clean. I made it gorgeous (for a 9 year old) and she specifically told me to make sure everything was off the floor, which I did. She came in and checked and said it was good... I went to the bathroom and then back into the room in the matter of minutes.. I was freaked out to see 3 things on the floor: a quarter tails up; a piece of half crumbled paper with scribble all over it, and a pin/button thing that had my picture on it with the needle part sticking straight up. All of those pins that I have EVER seen have the needle sticking out at a 45 degree angle... Then, and it may just have been my 9 year old imagination, I swear I heard a laugh.

More history: The little old lady's husband died about 10 years earlier, however I'm not sure if it was in the house. Nothing on this earth has ever given me the feeling of dread as when I had to go into that basement. Thinking about it right now is giving me goosebumps. I felt like as I walked thru her little part of the house, something followed me downstairs.... and everytime I walked back up those stairs, I heard/felt something running up behind me.


unrelated a bit,
Who here watches Ghost Hunters and/or Ghost lab? Which one do you think is better? I'm a LONG TIME Ghost Hunters fan, but recently have been giving Ghost Lab a shot and am enjoying it... Thoughts?

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