Haunted

When I was a child, ghosts walked freely around the family home. They walked past doors and up creaky stairs. Despite these strong memories, I don’t now believe in ghosts. Would I if I had seen them?

The man in the chair
The man in the chair

On crisp winter nights, fresh pipe smoke would suddenly fill the air from the old reading chair in the empty room

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Ghostly footsteps in the hallway
Ghostly footsteps in the hallway

A late night walker would slam the locked door, walk along the hall and fall silent halfway up the creaking stairs

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Music from the empty room
Music from the empty room

Music would be heard playing in an empty room; when entered, the music would cease in that instant

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Hobyah in the woodland
Hobyah in the woodland

Walking home at dusk, a ten foot tall gangly slenderman in a dark suit and top hat would watch me from the trees

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Objects moving by themselves
Objects moving by themselves

Trinkets would vanish for weeks or months, only to reappear where they couldn’t have been missed for even a day

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The creature in the garden
The creature in the garden

I saw a large misshapen creature like Black Shuck with bulging eyes crawling in the leaf litter under the tree

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Spy in the back bedroom
Spy in the back bedroom

When writing at the desk, the children would complain of someone leaning over them, as is checking their work

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Late night walker
Late night walker

Hearing footsteps on the stairs, stopping midway as if vanishing into thin air

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Someone behind you
Someone behind you

When sitting in the main room, there was often a feeling of someone moving behind you

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Playful phantom
Playful phantom

Watching objects whilst buttons were being pressed and keys were hit as if played with by unseen hands

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Playful objects
Playful objects

Objects would move or vanish for days, weeks or months to then be found in everyday locations

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The face at the window
The face at the window

Seeing an old, withered face at the window despite everyone already being at home

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Animals running around
Animals running around

Small black cats would run through closing doors, vanishing on contact

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Knocking at night
Knocking at night

Doors would be knocked on for hours, with no one outside

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Noises over the bedroom
Noises over the bedroom

Hearing footsteps from the attics above, circling the room at night

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Noctural animals
Noctural animals

Animals heard scuttling around the child's bedroom at night, keeping her awake despite no pets allowed in

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Haunted house
Haunted house

Memories of growing up in a haunted house

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