I grew up in a home rife with superstition. It seemed as though unseen entities bent on wreaking havoc in our lives were always within earshot. Fortunately, there were ways to ward off bad luck before it happened. The following are a few examples of superstitions and how they can be interpreted.
Most of us are familiar with at least a few urban legends. Although it is assumed that these spooky tales are purely works of fiction; many have their origins in actual events. The following are two urban legends. One is well-known while the other is a captivating bit of local lore.
Anyone who has been through the process of preparing a house for sale knows that it can be stress-inducing, to say the least. I learned a few tips as a realtor that proved to be invaluable to sellers. There are any number of things one can do to make their home more appealing; here are just a few.
The dream world is one steeped in mystery. What is meant to be a period of rest can sometimes provide a window into events yet to come. The following are two instances in which dreams brought with them eerie predictions of tragedies that were just around the corner.
Anyone who has ever shared their life with dogs will tell you that they are as individual as any snowflake. Some are friendly and outgoing while others are reserved. The dogs featured in this story were the antithesis of each other. That is, until one was lost and the other assumed his persona.
Personal safety is something that we are all concerned with on some level. We would all like to think that we are safe while on the job, but that isn't always the case. The following stories detail instances in which workplace danger was hiding in plain sight.
Any tragic event that involves loss of life can have repercussions for years following the incident. In the two cases we are about to explore, untimely ends brought with them more than simply grief and sadness. In these instances, death and destruction were only the beginning of a greater mystery.
Second sight can allow one to foresee events which have not yet occurred. Those who possess this ability are usually aware of their unique gift, but that is not always the case. The following true stories involve people whose dreams foreshadowed the future, sometimes with terrifying consequences.
There are few among us who have not experienced the loss of a friend, relative, or even a beloved pet. In our grief, we long for assurances that they have found peace as their soul journeys into the next realm. These are a few examples of how those who have passed on reach out to those who remain.
This is the story of a young family and the country home that would prove to be both their greatest pride and worst nightmare. A series of terrifying events would convince them that their dream house had been claimed by spirits who could not rest in the presence of the living.
Graveyards are meant to be the final resting places for those whose souls have departed this world. Rife with sorrow, these sacred grounds tend to be plagued by paranormal activity. Let these stories act as a warning that the living are not always welcome in the gardens of the dead.
In the spirit of the upcoming Halloween holiday, some among us will desire to contact those who are no longer living. Whether it be by séance, black mirror, or Ouija board, the ultimate goal of conjuring up a ghost is the same. You will soon learn that these interactions can come with a price.
Earthbound spirits can remain dormant for years until something, or someone, awakens them. Resting souls have been known to be called to action when the places they frequented in this world are disturbed. The following story recounts an instance in which renovations, quite literally, woke the dead.
Whether or not animals have souls is a topic that is subject to debate. There are many who believe that animals have spirits that continue on after death. Unfortunately, those souls do not always find peace. This is one woman's account of an animal shelter and the lost souls who called it home.
It has been said that we come into this world alone and will leave in much the same manner. Even so, we would all like to think that someone will be there to comfort us in our final moments. This story recounts one woman's solitary death and the bizarre series of events that followed.
We have all heard the adage "There is nothing in the dark that isn't there in the light," but that is not strictly true. The following is an account of the terrifying events that befell a family in a home they were renovating. For them, nightfall brought with it a most unwelcome guest.
It is not unheard of for the spirits of the departed to remain behind in the places that they frequented in life. In some cases, these restless souls remain earthbound simply because they cannot accept their mortality. This is one woman's story of her father's death and its unexpected aftermath.
Animals, much like people, become attached to their surroundings. The story you are about to read centers around a dog who refused to leave behind the family she loved even when death came to claim her. Her name was Myra and she knew that there is truly no place like home.
The Ouija board, as we know it, has been marketed as a game for children for over a century. With that in mind, most people assume that it is a tool of harmless folly. This is the story of a group of friends who would learn the hard way that danger can lurk in the most unlikely of places.
Cinemas provide a place where everyday people can escape into a world of fantasy, comedy, romance and terror. Movie houses can also, at times, retain energies from the past that are far darker than anything that can be brought to life on a movie screen. Within their walls, horror becomes reality.
Our bodies are amazing creations that house the essence of who we are as people. Out-of-body experiences, a phenomenon in which one observes their physical form from a distance, are not uncommon. These are the stories of two traveling souls and the memories they brought back from their journeys.
We would all like to think that our homes are safe havens in which we can escape the stress and turmoil of the outside world and, for most of us, they do just that. This is the story of a married couple who would discover that sinister energies can be found anywhere, even in the most idyllic home.
When we lose someone close to us, the grief can be overwhelming—it is normal to look for signs that they have reached the other side and are content in their new surroundings. The following experiences are two instances when messages arrived, carried on the wings of the most unlikely of couriers.
Sleep is supposed to be a time when our bodies and minds rejuvenate and recover from the stress of our waking hours. However, for some among us, a restful night is made impossible by a phenomenon known as sleep paralysis. For them, the night holds only terror as their worst fears become reality.
These are the stories of two people who were born acting as hosts to parasites that threatened to destroy them. One of them spent years unaware of the cause of his affliction while the other was forced to live a life of waking nightmares. These are their stories.
As someone who has worked as a professional organizer for many years, I have come across more than my share of products that worked like charms. Unfortunately, I have also tried out many miracle solutions that failed to deliver on their promises. The following is my take on four of those gems.
Premonitions can come in many forms. Sometimes, they are simply a feeling in our gut that something dark is drawing near. We each possess the gift of intuition—whether we choose to acknowledge it or not is up to us. The following stories tell of instances in which dreams mirrored reality.
The life which follows this one is shrouded in mystery. Some don't believe that it exists while others spend their time on Earth planning for it. In the end, we will all find out the hard way. Still, there are some among us who have looked into the abyss and it's a sight they will never forget.
Traditional thinking would have us believe that gateways into other dimensions are something that exist only in the world of science fiction. The stories you are about to read are the real-life experiences of people who would challenge that notion. They know the terror a portal can bring.
In 1966, a series of unexplained events would rock the peaceful haven of Point Pleasant, West Virginia to its core. What began with a string of sightings of an unidentified nocturnal creature would culminate in a tragedy that would forever change the town and its citizens.
What exactly are dreams? Are they merely vivid fantasies played out as we sleep or is there more going on than we dare to admit? The story you are about to read begs the question: is it possible for our souls to leave their vessel and connect with others while we slumber?
I have spent years organizing the homes of both friends and strangers alike. In that time, I've picked up a few pointers that have helped me along the way. In turn, I am passing them on to you, gentle readers. You will, undoubtedly, be familiar with some while others might be news to you.
There are few things as frightening as a long stretch of deserted highway on a moonless night. That is, except for someone—or something—unexpectedly emerging from out of the darkness. These stories of the unexplained all revolve around cars and roadways. Enter if you dare.
This is the first in a series of articles chronicling my years spent de-cluttering and organizing the homes of friends and strangers alike. From the sublime to the ridiculous, I've seen it all. Included are several organizing tips that I hope you will find useful.
We can never know what energies from bygone days remain trapped within the wall of the establishments we frequent. One business, located in the heart of the entertainment industry, has seen more than its fair share of ghostly visitors from the past. Most of them are harmless, with one exception.
The vastness of the world we live in seems unfathomable. As such, we cannot begin to know the number of creatures, cloaked in mystery, that share the planet with us. New species are being discovered all of the time. It is the unidentified ones who lurk undercover of night that can give one pause.
If we live long enough, each of us will experience the heartbreaking loss of someone we love. The sudden void is made all the worse by the knowledge that we will never see that person again. That is, unless they find a way to let us know that they have made it to the other side and are at peace.
None of us ever really knows how closely death stalks us. By the same token, we can't know how many times we are spared without ever knowing that we were in danger. The hand of fate is truly fickle, but sometimes we are sent a warning of things to come. The outcome is up to us.
The special bond between humans and their pets is one that is not easily broken. For most people, these four-legged friends are cherished family members. Sadly, their time with us does not last forever. Sometimes, however, they are not quite ready to say "goodbye."
Scores of people like nothing more than shopping at tag sales and antique shops. Everyone hopes to find a treasure hidden amid the relics of the past. Along the same vein, we can never know the true history of the item we are purchasing or what secrets it may be keeping.
It is said that, at the moment of our birth, each one of us brings a guardian angel with us from the other side. This gentle spirit will remain with us throughout our lives and attempt to guide us along the way. The following accounts beg the question, "Could angels truly walk among us?"
They say that nothing is certain in life expect for death and taxes. There is one flaw in that old adage—the assumption that death is truly the end. For many, the lure of the life they once had holds them to this earth. It is when those lost souls clash with the living that the terror begins.