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2009 Encounters:
The Banging Walls - Great Barrington, Massachusetts

The Grim Reaper at My Sister's Crib - Govan, Saskatchewan, Canada

Gliding White Specter - Singapore

Haunted by Bobby - Marinette, Wisconsin

The Entity in My Brother's Basement - Yardley, Pennsylvania

The Ouija Board's Warning - Langley in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

A Family of Angels - Huntington, West Virginia

Evil-Looking Apparition - Eagle Lake, Texas
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Monster Holding Me Down - Houston, Texas

Laugarvatn Cave Anomaly - Laugarvatn Cave, Iceland
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The Ghost Who Didn't Like Men - Brook, Indiana

Dad Standing in St. Mary's Cemetery - Tiffin, Ohio

The Hand On My Shoulder - Clinton, Indiana

The Only Yankee - Nicholas County, West Virginia

The House that Disappeared - Winton, California

My Haunted Apartment - Brampton, Ontario, Canada

The Basement Crash - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

A Screaming Ghost - Yorktown Heights, New York

The Crawling Shadow - Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan

Deering Estate Apparition - Miami, Florida
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Cemetery Ghost at a Sleepover - Laingsburg, Michigan

Ghosts at the Stanley Hotel - Estes Park, Colorado

Apparition Caught on Game Camera - Wayland, New York
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Knocks in the Attic - Sterling, Virginia

I Had No Idea She Was a Ghost - Bethany, New York

Ghosts of Yonkers - Yonkers, New York

An Evil Shadow Figure - Scott City, Kansas

The Scream in the Night - Yorkshire, England

Being Watched at a Sleepover - Manistique, Michigan

My First Demon Encounter - Weirton, West Virginia

A Ghost in Our Hotel Bathroom - Las Vegas, Nevada

The Baby's Cry - Barnesville, Ohio

Lights On Our Landing - Akron, Ohio

The Ghost of Mr. Elwin - Elkland, Missouri

Deformed Face Near the Cemetery - Kerala, India

Shadows and Weepy Voices - Grand Prairie, Texas

Three Hags Over My Bed - Neiderwald, Texas

Dad and His Friends - Tulsa, Oklahoma

A Hand in My Bed - Louisville, Kentucky

Spirit of the Wendigo - Fort Kent, Alberta, Canada

Chasing a Ghost - Houston, Texas

Colfax Cemetery Apparition - Colfax County, Minnesota
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The Cemetery Keeper Disappeared - Southern England

Haunting on East Eldon - Saint James, Missouri

Short, Black-Hooded Figures - Troy, New York

Strange Happenings at the Whaley House - San Diego, California

My Shaking Room - Saint Catharines, Ontario, Canada

A Blast from Dad - Austin, Texas and Lake Bluff, Illinois

Haunted Hotel Majestic - San Francisco, California

Ghost of Michael Jackson Caught on CNN Cameras? - Santa Barbara County, California
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Mad Spirits in the Woods - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Exploding Glasses - Grants Pass, Oregon

Toowong Cemetery Encounter - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

The Spirit of George Followed Me - Davidsville and Johnstown, Pennsylvania

The Kind Lady By the Cabinet - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

The Boy in Thornton House - Stone Mountain, Georgia

The Cloudy Figure - Seaford, East Sussex, England

Burning Our Ouija Board - Oakwood, Illinois

The Man in the Lab Coat - Giessen, Germany

Brown Palace Hotel Ghost - Denver, Colorado
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Broken Glass and Whispering Voices - Charlotte, Michigan

Shadow on the Wall - Ontario, Canada

Mom's Message From Beyond - Hartsville, South Carolina
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Premonition Dream and My Dead Pet - Avon, Indiana

Girl in Her Easter Dress - Milton, Florida
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Encounters on a Ghost Tour - New South Wales, Australia

Someone in the Attic - Temple, Texas

The Spirit In Black - Forest Park, Illinois - 1997

The Body in the Pool - Anaheim, California and Pleasant Grove, Utah

Bright Jack-O-Lanterns - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Strong Odor and Darting Shadows - Southfield, Massachusetts

The Black Mist in Our Home - Marysville, California

Ghost of a Runaway Slave in My Car - Interstate 10, Louisiana

Accident Premonition - Singapore

Attempted Possession - San Antonio, Texas

My Mischievous Faery - Rouses Point, New York

Ghostly Tricks - Marysville, California

My Cat's 9/11 Premonition - Baltimore, Maryland

The Drowning Girl - Gloucester, Massachusetts

A Civil War General - Carthage, Missouri

The Glowing Nun - Santa Margherita Ligure, Genova, Italy

Our Haunted Restaurant - Columbus, Georgia

The Voice Outside My Window - Niles, Ohio

My Protective Ghost Friend - Logansport, Indiana

The Friend in Our House - Simpsonville, South Carolina

The Witch on My Wall - Charleston, South Carolina

Contacting My Spirits - Colchester, Essex, England

Dark, Smoky Wisps - Troy, New York

Nana's Grip - England

Stock Room Ghost - Winter Haven, Florida

A Sign From Mum - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Evil Drawings in a Drawer - Valle Vista, California

A Disappearing Kitten - Suburbs of Dallas, Texas

A Crying Baby and Evil House - Salt Lake City, Utah

My Daughter's Energy - Sylacauga, Alabama
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The Kissing Ghost - Fresno, California

A Seven-Foot Shadow Figure - Trenton, New Jersey

The Grey-White Man - British Columbia, Canada

The Tall Man in Robes - Huntly, New Zealand

The Spirits of Edisto Presbyterian Church - Edisto Island, South Carolina

A Pre-Death Visit - Merrick, New York

Six Knocks - Brisbane, Australia

The Rocking Chair - Bushnell, Illinois

Hiding From a Ghost - Strongsville, Ohio

A Relentless Ghost - Littleton, Colorado

November 23, 2009

Monster Holding Me Down

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[Name Withheld Upon Request] - Houston, Texas - Fall 2003

I recently came across this Web site and have been reading many of the stories on here. So I figured I should share as well. Just to clarify, I am Catholic... not very religious, and I do try to look at proof before jumping to any conclusions. My experience happened this one night in the Fall of 2003. I was living with a couple of friends in a two-bedroom apartment. Being a broke college student, I had to share a room with my childhood buddy. The guy is funny and he loves to scare people (I guess that's how he gets his jollies). Anyhow, earlier that week he left for work in the morning and said he had seen something. He was the first of us to wake up for work and it was before dawn so there wasn't any light coming through the windows. The only light visible was from the street lights outside -- enough for you to be able to walk through the apartment without stubbing your toe on something. Well, from our room he walks through the hallway and it then enters into the living room (my buddy is the kind of guy who doesn't turn on the light in the morning because he's not a morning person and is overly sensitive). He says that morning he saw someone already awake sitting on the couch (a dark silhouette) but didn't really pay much attention thinking it was our other roommate. He asks the roommate later that evening, "Why did you wake up so early and just sit in the dark?" Our roommate gave him a confused look as to what kind of question it was. Needless to say, it freaked us out because the roommate had spent the night at his girlfriend's house.

A few days later (thinking my buddy was just trying to be funny and scare us), I shrugged it off. A following night later that week, we were sleeping. Now, I'm not sure what time it was and I am not really the type to wake up for no apparent reason (I'm usually a heavy sleeper), but that night, however, something gave me the chills in my sleep and my eyes popped open. I was sleeping on my left side facing the wall. I was trying to turn over because I felt a presence in the room. I had suddenly realized, I couldn't. Now, in my culture we have a term for it loosely translated "monster holding you down." I could not moved (just laid there on my left side facing the wall), could not speak or yell, nothing. Just laying there awake freaked out of my mind. Now, in psychology there is also a term for what was happening to me -- they call it sleep paralysis. After fighting to turn over and using all my strength to call for my friend to help I was able to turn my head a little and look over my shoulder to his bed just a few feet opposite side of the room. To my momentary relief, I saw (what I thought) was him sitting up in his bed. I kept yelling for him to help me (even though nothing more than a gasp came out) thinking he was about to use the bathroom. After about a few minutes of trying to scream and the dark figure just sitting at the edge of his bed, I realized it was not my friend. He wouldn't just sit there and contemplate going to the bathroom. Plus, it couldn't have been him because the dark figure was way too big! It was then official -- that experience I was going through could not have been "sleep paralysis." I was too coherent in thought and yet was in disbelief about what was happening. After seeing the figure at the edge of my friend's bed, I decided to just stop trying to understand, stop yelling for help, and stop trying to maneuver. I then fell back asleep (not sure how long it took to be able to) and then woke up in the morning. Later that evening, just to double check I asked my friend, "Did you wake up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom?"...he said, "No. Why?"

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