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2019-11-01 12:16:06 AM  

Dick Hammer: I was at a party (I abhor parties but I was hungry and hoping for snacks, there were none. They invited me with the explicit plea "come have some food!", the liars). Everybody else was already drunk when I arrived. I attempted a few conversations but nobody would talk, just smirk at me. This gay dude who had always been really sweet came up to me and told me not to freak out, but he can see spirits and I am constantly followed by evil spirits screaming "KILL HER! KILL HER!" He was pretty incoherent and I tried to get more details to get an idea if he was just screwing with me, but he wouldn't say much else except that I'm really strong so it's probably nothing to worry about,then he just kind of wandered off with his boyfriend.  I wanted to call my mom because she was a believer but it was late and I didn't want to wake her. I got ahold of her the next morning and found out she'd had her first heart attack while I was at the party. The doctor installed a stent and said it probably wasn't much to worry about because she was strong. I got to talk to her a few more times but she died two days later. Afterward I asked the psychic if maybe he'd been mistaken; could the spirits have meant *my mom* was dying? Could they have meant to warn me, maybe not "kill her", but "tell her"? He just got really vague and kept refusing to talk about it and saying everything is fine. I still kinda think it's just some lame party-bit he does for attention and the whole thing with my mom was just a coincidence. Though the evil-spirit thing is kinda believable because it's kind of a joke how badly people treat me in real life for no reason; people do hate me irrationally on sight and they make no secret of it (the honest ones are all too happy to scream it at me explicitly) but that could be just because I'm not pretty.  Strangers scream at ugly people all the time, don't they? Sure they do. The entire "party" was probably just a set-up for this one creepy prank, telling me I'm pursued by demons to try to scare me. I was 35 and most of these people were in their 50s, btw. So, well past the age of "pranks".
/I am Carrie in real life//nobody has ever been nice to me unless they were planning to drop pig-blood on me///not even once


I like you though.
 
2019-11-01 12:24:12 AM  
The night my father died in a car accident and before anyone knew he passed away his old stereo in the living room turned on by itself and played the eagles or maybe it was dire straights. I can't remember. We shut it off but it came back on and starting playing radio static so she unplugged it. Then the phone rang and rang but nobody was on the line. The following week we stayed at my grandmas and my mom had a priest exorcise the house no joke.
 
2019-11-01 12:33:36 AM  

Theory Of Null: The night my father died in a car accident and before anyone knew he passed away his old stereo in the living room turned on by itself and played the eagles or maybe it was dire straights. I can't remember. We shut it off but it came back on and starting playing radio static so she unplugged it. Then the phone rang and rang but nobody was on the line. The following week we stayed at my grandmas and my mom had a priest exorcise the house no joke.


sorry dire straits.
 
2019-11-01 12:46:50 AM  
I just finished watching some creepy Halloween movies. Now that the TV is off I noticed there are children's hand prints on the screen. There has not been a child in this house in over 5 years. The TV is less than a year old....
I tried to snap a pic, but I cant get the camera to pick up the greasy hand prints on the black glass
 
2019-11-01 12:53:27 AM  

meg12279: Honest Geologist: meg12279: We've had all sorts of experiences with my son's paternal grandfather, who died before he was born.  When my son was little he used to see him-he came back from Christmas at his grandmother's house one year and told me "I saw Grandpa! No one could see him but me, but he was happy!"

We've even had a medium describe his grandfather exactly, and he's described events in my son's life where his grandfather was around-these are times I don't even know about.  The medium told my son that his grandpa wanted him to try harder to make new friends-that too often my son goes off at recess and reads, or tries to talk to the teachers more than the other kids.

But the other night we were riding in the car, and my son wanted to play music on my phone.  He's got a playlist he likes, but he picked one he'd never played before-Illegal Smile, by John Prine.  He asked me what it was, and I said "Oh, it's an old song that your grandfather used to like.  It makes me think of him."  As we're driving something in me is saying "Don't look in the mirror".  I was convinced if i glanced back, I'd see his grandfather sitting there, beside my son.  I didn't say anything to my son about it.

So the song ends and a while later we get home, and as I'm helping my son out of the car, he says "When i played that song, I think Grandpa was sitting next to me."

Ghost grandpa's got good taste in music.

Something reassuring about these tales.

It is reassuring.  The medium also told me that my son and I find pennies all the time, and that he leaves him. Without fail, every time the man is on my mind, I'll find a penny.  And not just laying around like you always do-there will be a bright shiny one on a surface I just cleaned, so I know it wasn't there before.


I do a ghost tour in Fells Point, Baltimore - and one of the ghosts leaves pennies for people who clean her house....
 
2019-11-01 1:14:18 AM  

Element65: Late to the thread and this story isn't that creepy, but I'm a scientist and an atheist so what do you expect? But it's a true story.

In my younger years I would occasionally have creepy intuitions that would come true. I mostly just chalked it up to my brain collecting data and figuring things out on some level below consciousness and then shoving the results up at me out of the blue. Because I was an atheist and wanted to be a scientist since I was like 5, and I didn't really believe in the supernatural. One incident really sticks out in my mind though as especially creepy.

I was in my early twenties, working the graveyard shift at the Walmart in my home town out in western Canada. It was the dead of night, some time between 3 and 5am. I'm unpacking stock and putting it on shelves, all alone in my section. Suddenly out of nowhere I'm overcome with this feeling of intense dread. Like the kind of feeling you would imagine you would get if some one close to you had died. It lingered for what felt like forever but was probably on the order of 30 to 60 seconds. What could I do about it? Nothing. It was the middle of the farking night. What was I going to do, start randomly calling my loved ones because of a feeling? So I shoved the fear aside and kept working. In the morning I went to campus and walked into the student center to get some breakfast before my first class. That was a very rough year btw. Working full time graveyard shifts and taking two science classes per semester. That's another story. The news was playing on the radio somewhere. I was strung out and tired and couldn't piece together what they were going on about at first. After listening for a while I finally wrapped my mind around the enormity of what they were saying and it blew my mind. It was the morning of September 11, 2001.


You know, I've never told anyone this story because I'm still a little creeped out about it. My paternal grandmother lived in Philadelphia and we used to spend weekends with her sometimes. She would walk me to a bakery called the Cookie Outlet for cookies and treats sometimes and I loved it! One night when I was a little kid in the '90s I had this bizarre dream: Grandmom and I were walking to the Cookie Outlet but it was New York City. I saw plane crashes all around me. Specifically, I saw the tail of an American Airlines in their old livery in the park we used to pass. Grandmom said this was a bad day and we needed to stay safe. The events of 9/11 happened when I was 15 and as we watched the news in school the dream came back to me. This is a subject I would never joke about. Never shared this story before and I don't know I ever will again.
 
2019-11-01 3:35:56 AM  
Keeve:

Speaking of satellite, I went to my old boss' place one time. It started out as a tony cottage and got added on by several of the owners over the years. It was a sweet cabin at this point, but it was just weird. Like the light switches, he was telling me about them and walked over to the wall "see this one? *flicks switch a few times* No one knows what it does." The weirdest thing was this very disorienting feeling when I was in the hallway to the master bedroom, it was like my perspective was twisted looking down it, and I couldn't balance very well. If you've been the the barn at the Oregon Vortex, the one where you can balance a broom on the bristles, it felt just like that.

The weirdest part? He was showing me some land adjacent to his that he wanted to buy. It was clear cut along the property line. He showed me his dirtbike trail and I saw a hill. I looked at it closer and I shiat you not, as you got to the top of the hill it was like looking through the trees from ground level. Like, on the sides and all around this hill was normal top-down, but as you looked up from either side it was like the light warped toward 90 degrees like you would see just standing there.

Very, very weird place. It's got a natural spring on the property, so it might be something to do with a strange shaped aquifer. I'm pretty sure the place has spirits, it has that feeling, but he tends to appease them with art and sculptures and stuff so they don't bother him.
 
2019-11-01 7:43:07 AM  

Stibium: Keeve:

Speaking of satellite, I went to my old boss' place one time. It started out as a tony cottage and got added on by several of the owners over the years. It was a sweet cabin at this point, but it was just weird. Like the light switches, he was telling me about them and walked over to the wall "see this one? *flicks switch a few times* No one knows what it does." The weirdest thing was this very disorienting feeling when I was in the hallway to the master bedroom, it was like my perspective was twisted looking down it, and I couldn't balance very well. If you've been the the barn at the Oregon Vortex, the one where you can balance a broom on the bristles, it felt just like that.

The weirdest part? He was showing me some land adjacent to his that he wanted to buy. It was clear cut along the property line. He showed me his dirtbike trail and I saw a hill. I looked at it closer and I shiat you not, as you got to the top of the hill it was like looking through the trees from ground level. Like, on the sides and all around this hill was normal top-down, but as you looked up from either side it was like the light warped toward 90 degrees like you would see just standing there.

Very, very weird place. It's got a natural spring on the property, so it might be something to do with a strange shaped aquifer. I'm pretty sure the place has spirits, it has that feeling, but he tends to appease them with art and sculptures and stuff so they don't bother him.


Not to be that guy, but provided its a well-made broom in good condition, they'll stand up any time at any place.
 
2019-11-01 7:45:37 AM  

Honest Geologist: Also pretty wild to see Tharkin reappear.

Every time I listen to 'The Handing Down' by Magnolia Electric Co. - itself a pretty eerie song - I think of that story when it gets to the part about:

"Scarecrow leaves an hourglass above the crossroads for me
Filled with tears and twilight from a friend's dying day
Here's a turkey feather for his favorite hat and a love letter from the ace of spades..."


One of my favorite bands. I'm wearing a songs;ohia shirt right now. Of course, my two most worn shirts are this and my Magnolia shirt, so that's pretty common.

So, so underrated.
 
2019-11-01 8:54:57 AM  

ihateallofyou: Honest Geologist: Also pretty wild to see Tharkin reappear.

Every time I listen to 'The Handing Down' by Magnolia Electric Co. - itself a pretty eerie song - I think of that story when it gets to the part about:

"Scarecrow leaves an hourglass above the crossroads for me
Filled with tears and twilight from a friend's dying day
Here's a turkey feather for his favorite hat and a love letter from the ace of spades..."

It wasn't difficult to find him. His name is in his profile.


You're absolutely right. Thank you.
 
2019-11-01 9:46:56 AM  

Tharkin: a particular individual:  Hey! I actually got worried about you after your Halloween story. You said you were going back the next day, and that was it. I even posted a thread asking after you.

Your story reminded me a lot of Stephen King, especially Dream Catcher. Which was a terrible book. But your story creeped me the fark out.

Sorry for the worry!  I did go back shortly afterward.  In fact by now I've spent quite a bit of time in the general area.  I shot a deer some years ago not too far from where I saw the guy looking up at the trees and I've spent a night in a tent with my wife and kids in a clearing nearby.  I wish I had some cool follow-up story to tell, but the truth is I've never experienced anything weird there again.  That night was definitely bizarre though.  I'll pretty much chalk the animal behavior up to the storm.  Weird weather does weird things to animals, although I've never seen that particular behavior since.  The feathers?  I dunno.  It'd be easy enough to believe that someone out for a walk in the woods was just messing around if that area hadn't been such a dense thicket.  Not many people really go up there anyway outside of snowmobiling later in the winter.  It really seems like something that had to be done with intent by a person, but who knows?  Maybe it wasn't so thick in the springtime, or something.  It's weird but I guess it's not unfathomable. The guy though...I do wish I knew what was up with that guy.

hiredgoonz:

So you unintentionally created a fark Halloween thread legend...

/much respect

Hah, I was genuinely surprised to hear that anyone but me still remembered that story at all.  It's really been a thing all this time?  That's pretty cool.


It definitely has been a thing all this time, lol. People have been talking about it every Halloween since.

Glad to see you're alive and well!
 
2019-11-01 10:05:09 AM  

Dick Hammer: people do hate me irrationally on sight and they make no secret of it (the honest ones are all too happy to scream it at me explicitly) but that could be just because I'm not pretty.


At least here at Fark you seem to come on like a bad song - with an abrasive lead (username) topped by unpleasant lyrics (what you say).

So I detect some circumstance of chicken/egg paradox:  Do you act ugly because people treat you ugly or do people treat you ugly because you act ugly?
 
2019-11-01 1:23:58 PM  
Cat-Like Typing Detected:
I'm sorry, but I don't get it---the bed moved from one room to another? Itcwasn't 2 identical beds? No offense is meant, maybe I'm reading it wrong ...
 
2019-11-01 2:09:21 PM  

Rev.K: I've been on Fark for 14 years and I'm just finding out this thread is a thing?

What is wrong with me?

/cool stories all


You'll definitely want to go back and read previous year's threads then. There are some classic stories in the early days.
 
2019-11-01 3:02:47 PM  

Keeve: Rev.K: I've been on Fark for 14 years and I'm just finding out this thread is a thing?

What is wrong with me?

/cool stories all

You'll definitely want to go back and read previous year's threads then. There are some classic stories in the early days.


100% definitely.
And welcome back, Tharkin.
:)
 
2019-11-01 3:14:20 PM  

ravenhairedmaid: Cat-Like Typing Detected:
I'm sorry, but I don't get it---the bed moved from one room to another? Itcwasn't 2 identical beds? No offense is meant, maybe I'm reading it wrong ...


The bed apparently moved from room #1 to room #4..there was only the one bed..
 
2019-11-01 3:17:06 PM  
Has anyone seen Turing_Machine?
He used to get these threads running and be the heart of it.
Many were his greenlights IIRC, and he used to give the top 5 smartest/scariest and the funniest a gift TF.
If he doesn't show up or the Mods offer, I'll be happy to step up this year. :)
My only requests are 1) bump the thread up for the weekend 2) someone help me with the tallying and let me know before the thread closes. Or just announce them in the thread and mention me.

Stay scared but also stay safe, Farkers.
 
2019-11-01 3:23:22 PM  

CAT-LIKE TYPING DETECTED: ravenhairedmaid: Cat-Like Typing Detected:
I'm sorry, but I don't get it---the bed moved from one room to another? Itcwasn't 2 identical beds? No offense is meant, maybe I'm reading it wrong ...

The bed apparently moved from room #1 to room #4..there was only the one bed..


I was almost disappointed you guys didn't get to see jumpy homeowner #1 and shotgun barrels #1 and #2.
 
2019-11-01 3:43:56 PM  
I think I was sleep paralyzed one night. When I was about 4 I woke up to, but couldn't move, seeing a ghost of a woman coming toward me and I remember it well. I started screaming for my mom and she retreated out the wall where the window was.

Found out later that house had been abandoned for about 30 or more years before we bought it because an old woman was hung in the upstairs hall closet by robbers (my dad rebuilt it almost from scratch with about all that was left was beams, a colonial house from around the 1750s - had a 4 sided fireplace with a hiding space under it in the basement to hide from indians).
 
2019-11-01 4:54:50 PM  

hiredgoonz: Keeve: hiredgoonz: This is all true, happened before the 2017 scary story thread, decided to write it down, oh, about 30 minutes ago, so forgive the quality...

And if anyone has any better explanations, I'd love to hear them.


So, two summers ago, it's hot as balls, but my then wife wants to walk the dog and we need stuff at the grocery store. Since I was not at all thrilled at the concept of walking the dog for a third time that day (did I mention that it was hot as balls?), she suggests I drop her off at the end of a street that looks like it should be the beginning of a trail (there are a LOT of trails here) but is closed to vehicle traffic, hit the grocery store, then pick her up where I dropped her off.

Worst case scenario, this road, or trail, or whatever, ends in something impassable and she walks 100 yards to a trail we know. It's not the Dark Ages, we have cell phones, we'll figure it out.

Now, we've been down this road a million times, but, well, it ends with a large gate and some rather excessive, in my opinion, signage. "Do not enter, dead end, road closed," etc.

Cool, I get to hang out in the AC'ed environment of the grocery store for about 30 minutes, then get back into the AC'ed environment of the car to pick her up.

The look on her face when she gets in the car is hard to describe...wonder, confusion, sense of mystery? Maybe all of that, plus something I couldn't put my finger on at the time. Long story made short, she insists I walk this trail with her.

Since it's hot as balls here until nearly Halloween, it's some time before I make good on my "promise." But I do, eventually, keep my word, and we take the dog for a stroll.

Just past the crazy signage is a freshly paved road. Fire hydrants with fresh, glistening orange paint line both sides of what appeared to be a nature trail, but is actually a road in better condition than the ones I'm forced to drive on every day, even just outside my driveway.

It was farking weird. Why is this road, out of all the roads ...

Have you tried looking it up on maps.google.com and go into satellite mode?

I have, but the tree cover makes it impossible to see anything useful. The regular map view displays an accurate representation of the roads on both sides of the river and even includes the "island" in the middle of the river that has ancient footings in place for the long-gone bridge.

Have gone on numerous hikes along the river and well, it also seems strange to run across fiber trunks run under this river, in the middle of the woods.[Fark user image image 425x318]


It's where they make the army of zombie robots called Zuckerbergs!
 
2019-11-01 5:27:35 PM  

SumoJeb: I just finished watching some creepy Halloween movies. Now that the TV is off I noticed there are children's hand prints on the screen. There has not been a child in this house in over 5 years. The TV is less than a year old....
I tried to snap a pic, but I cant get the camera to pick up the greasy hand prints on the black glass


Were you watching...

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2019-11-01 6:48:06 PM  

Keeve: SumoJeb: I just finished watching some creepy Halloween movies. Now that the TV is off I noticed there are children's hand prints on the screen. There has not been a child in this house in over 5 years. The TV is less than a year old....
I tried to snap a pic, but I cant get the camera to pick up the greasy hand prints on the black glass

Were you watching...

[Fark user image 850x478]


hah! no.
I actually totally forgot about them. Still there. Two tiny left hand prints and some finger marks. My TV is sitting on a shelf 4' off the ground. Kinda weird for sure.
 
2019-11-01 7:25:59 PM  
First genuine ghost/spirit/memory/fark NO thing that I couldn't chalk up to sleep/dreams happened when I was 19, at work.

It was me and the closing mgr., who was counting the drawers and safe at the grocery store we worked at. Now, Jeremy was former Army turned oil-field welder, covered with tats and was only doing the mgr job while the kids got settled before he went back out on the rigs. No bullshiat kinda guy.

We're hanging out in the office while he's doing money and we hear the most heart-wrenching, blood-curdling scream that was so full of anger that it could only be human, pulling on those primal strings to tell us somethings wrong and to GTFO from back in the Produce section. 6'3, 270lbs of a tattooed guy throwing shiat in the safe and going "Nope! Let's go!" gets you moving PDQ. We didn't even set the alarm.

[Verbatim, because I remember it bc if scared the shiat out of me] Next morning, ol Bobby Madere, the acting GM who'd been there for 30 years but refused the title goes "Robinson! C'mere!" "Why the hell did y'all run off? Didja steal some beer and drink early? Get laid? Get stoned?" (Bobby was...an oddball. My work etiquette role model, but HR would vilify him now for being a dirty old-timer). "No! Bobby, we heard someone yelling in produce and....<lost for words> just kinda freaked. It was mad and scared and we just tossed everything in the safe and figured you would figure it out today." He leaned back against the counter and grumbled "Produce? Where?" "Sounded like the loading dock."

I've never seen a 5'6" man go from red to white so fast. Mr. Time-to-lean-time-to-clean went from 100-0. "Aight Robinson. Go clock in."

Couple years later I found out that there'd been a fire in the 70's. The cardboard compactor in Produce fried and the layout only had the main entrance and loading bay, so only 2 ways out. Guy went back in looking for his wife and died in the smoke, and Bobby had heard the screams of anger himself over the years. For a good ol boy to lose his shiat and ignore a firing offense...

It's been 19 years and Jeremy and I are still Facebook friends. Every couple Halloweens one of us gets drunk and brings it up, the other reminds that we don't bring it up bc we've got different religious backgrounds and will turn into a fight.
 
2019-11-01 7:47:04 PM  
Resident Muslim:

Has anyone seen Turing_Machine?


He was unable to pass the test so they terminated his processes.  Might have him archived on tape, though.
 
2019-11-02 12:54:25 AM  

SansNeural: Resident Muslim:

Has anyone seen Turing_Machine?


He was unable to pass the test so they terminated his processes.  Might have him archived on tape, though.


Wow. Almost had me fooled. What kind of machine gives away TF?! That's illogical.
 
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