Profile for Hexotericka

(6 stories) (45 posts) (karma: 28 points)

South Africa
I am a man in my 30s from South Africa. I have been interested in the paranormal for as long as I can remember. My first ghostly experience was at the age of 6, the exact same apparition my older brother saw when he was the same age. Following that I have had many more experiences, and the spirit realm still fascinates me to a very large degree.

I am a constant seeker of truth, and look at most claims with an objective eye.

I find the majority of the stories on this site fascinating, and love to read of the true accounts of the posters. However, I also find it rather sad that people have started to use this site to post fictional stories to seek attention.
Favorite Ghost Stories

Favorite stories are bookmarked with the little heart icon on the top right corner of a ghost story.

Ghost Stories from Hexotericka

Primary School Scare on 2017-03-20

Back in the early 1990s my primary school in Benoni, Gauteng province, like virtually every other school out there, had its fair share of ghost stories. Nothing really stuck around for more than six months, however, since older stories would be changed considerably or replaced by something brand new...

A Crowded Cemetery on 2013-11-26

Back in about 2002 I was the lead vocalist of a Gothic rock band, and we regularly played at an Alternative club in Pretoria's mid city. About four blocks from where the club used to be stands an old and rather large cemetery known as the Church Street Cemetery, a portion of which is the historic...

The Spider, The Girl, And A Case Of The Blues on 2011-08-17

In early 1999 my sister and I moved into a very nice duplex in Faerie Glen, Pretoria. This place was modern, good to look at and well-kept. This is also the place where I have experienced some of the most bizarre and unconventional spooky events of my life. Beneath the staircase was a little st...

The Old Businessman on 2009-07-28

Here I will give you another account of my brush with the supernatural, as it were. The account is rather lengthy, so please bear with me. During the years between 1997 and 1999 I worked as a DJ and hosted the karaoke events at a karaoke bar in Sunnyside, Pretoria. We would usually close up in th...

The Night Hag on 2009-07-15

Of my many experiences, one of the most puzzling has been from my early childhood. I was six years old, and we had been living in a house that was built for us about seven months prior to the incident. From the first few weeks that we lived in the house various oddities started happening around t...

Whispers and Tall Shadows on 2008-01-23

In my 30 years of life I have had various encounters with the paranormal. Some of them, however, are truly memorable. One story that comes to mind is the one I will relate to you now. It was early in the 1990s when we moved into a double-storey block of flats in the mid-city area of Benoni. It wa...

Last 20 posts from Hexotericka
Date: 2017-03-31
Val: It has become clear to me over the years that a prank would have been pretty unlikely, but I constantly tried to come up with alternate explanations for what four of us saw that night. Hehehe. I suppose my mind just refused to accept what we saw was anything more than something physical. I had had some other experiences as a child before this that I never questioned, but this was just something on a different level altogether.
Date: 2017-03-31
Sheld: It's a bit hard to say how tall it actually was, because of the desks, chairs and the like in the window. It was slightly wedged inbetween some of the furniture in there, giving the impression that it was lying down on the desk instead of standing upright. That's just the extent of how I remember it, however.

Melda: I definitely do not blame our music teacher for the way she reacted. She was really freaked out. Perhaps she was a bit too embarrassed to bring it up again hehehehe
Date: 2017-03-29
Tweed: Totally agreed, and good advice! I believe that gut feelings are natural warnings on a purely instinctual level. Heeding that warning is usually a pretty good idea!

Macknorton: I'm glad I could be of service (?) 😆
I wonder at times why spirits decide to show themselves to particular people. What was very unusual about this was that, of the five of us there that night, Charles was the only one who didn't see the face. So in total, four of us physically saw it before we decided to get the heck out of there. That fact is the reason why I came up with the prank theory initially, but as that become more and more unlikely, I can only wonder about this one. My thoughts on the apparition's agenda at that moment is that it simply wanted to be seen, for some reason or another, and scare the ever-loving heck out of us!
Thank you for reading and commenting.
Date: 2017-03-29
Tweed, a beautiful, amazing and wonderful experience. As always, so well written. Wow. Sorry, I'm a bit speechless about this experience, since it's just so wonderful. Thank you for sharing this with us.
Date: 2017-03-29
Thank you all for your comments on my early creepy encounter.

Ainhoa: Yes, if it was a prank it would have taken a heck of a lot of effort to pull off, but over the years I have been trying to think of possible alternative explanations for what we saw that night. As for our teacher, I don't really blame her for reacting the way she did, because, as I recall, she looked even more freaked out than we did when we told her what we saw. When no evidence was forthcoming, she naturally believed we just wanted to scare her.

AugustaM: I fully agree with your observation on my prank theory. There are just too many variables to consider to pull off something that elaborate.
As for your Yellow Fever observation, I did some quick research on it, and I do believe the symptoms described match what we saw that night. However, this part of Southern Africa is known as a low risk area for Yellow Fever, and falls outside the Yellow Fever Belt, since the carrier mosquito is not indigenous to these parts. However, anything is possible, and it fits. I'll have to do some more research! Thank you for your insights.

Sheld999: As far as I know, the prefabs were brand new when the school acquired them. But that is definitely a good theory you have.

Tweed: It definitely was horrifying at the time! The clutter, to me, was the strangest part of the experience. At the time I couldn't make much sense of why it would even be there. However, you bring up a very interesting point, about it actually being there to draw a person in..."Notice me!"
Date: 2017-03-22
You are very welcome, lady-glow. I honestly believe that we need more people like you on this site to expose some of the more questionable stories on here.
The reactions of these people just lend credence to the fact that they have been caught out and they are trying to defend their fictional stories.
Date: 2017-03-21
I completely agree, Tweed. With the amount of fictional stories popping up on here, people like lady-glow are rather essential to a site like this to get to the bottom of things. LawitInam, in this case it was simply a misunderstanding in language usage that seemed to lead to what seemed to be an inconsistency in the story.
No harm has been done here.
Date: 2017-03-20
You're welcome, Lady-glow 😁
But I totally agree, it would be wonderful to skip those terribly awkward teen years hehehe
Date: 2017-03-20
It sounds like a very frightening experience indeed, MickyB.
It's also so very frustrating when you know that something is very wrong, but people close to you refuse to believe it. I'm just glad your father finally realised that something was up.
Thank you for sharing.

Lady-glow, 'a couple of years' meaning several years is a rather common usage here in South Africa. Though not grammatically correct, (couple meaning two, of course), it's something that's quite commonplace.
Also, 'My dog would bark and chunk...', the 'chunk' is from the Afrikaans 'tjank', which means whine. I hope that clears things up a bit.
Date: 2017-03-20
Greetings, fellow South African.
I'm sure that was a pretty creepy experience!
Just a theory: perhaps the person in front of you was just a normal, living human being, and the reflection may, for some strange reason, have been a 'recording' of someone who sat there before, leaving some kind of imprint that you and your cousin were just (un) fortunately able to see at that moment. I know it may seem a bit out there, but this was what popped into my head the first time I read your account. There have been several stories of people seeing past events replay in mirrors, so I wonder if that wouldn't also count for other reflective surfaces? Just a thought. I could be very wrong indeed. A very interesting account nonetheless.
Hi KikiGirl,
As a Pretoria native myself I know that area pretty well.
I honestly do not know how I would have reacted if I were in the same position as you. Very intriguing account indeed!
I returned to this site after several years of absence, trying to catch up with all the stories I missed.
So far I can safely say that your accounts are the most entertaining, engaging and well-written stories I have read in ages!
The image of your grandmother chasing off the boogeyman with a broom had me in stitches.

Another fav!
Date: 2017-03-18
Now this was an entertaining read!
You described everything so well, and you wrote about this undeniably creepy encounter with a lighthearted air that actually had me chuckling at a few points.
Date: 2013-12-06
girlie, I am glad you liked the story. As for the band, we split up in 2004. We never got the full album recorded, due to a rather stupid disagreement with the recording studio. I am, however, in a new Darkwave band called Hexotericka, just like my YGS name.

Valkricry, I know what dolls you are talking about, and now that you mention it, it does kind of remind me of one of those! Thank you for the comment.

Lady-glow, the story would not have been complete without the inclusion of the picture. I should have changed my email address before posting the story, then it would have been included in the story itself, but at least I am still able to share it with everyone.
Date: 2013-12-06
Sorry for the double post, folks, but I just want to add a comment on the photograph itself. The photo was taken with black and white film and a lens filter (hence the dark areas around the picture), and at first I thought that some of the strange things in the picture were due to the combination of these. Who knows, it may still be, but something about that picture just feels a little "off" to me. Especially the doll-thing.
Date: 2013-12-06
[at] Swimsinfire:
The thing that creeped me out the most was the doll-like figure, slightly above and behind the 7th or 8th headstone to my right, since it just looks so...unnatural, for the lack of a better word. The other anomalies in the photograph I found a bit puzzling, but not as creepy.

[at] RomanzQ:
It's good to meet yet another fellow South African on here.

Well, the only time I ever entered the cemetery grounds was for that photo shoot, and never again. I doubt I would visit it again. The atmosphere there just does not agree with me, hehehe.

I am glad you enjoyed reading this account of mine.
Date: 2013-12-05
Hi everyone. Since my old email address no longer exists, I have been unable to send the picture along with the story, but I can paste a link to it.

You can see the picture here:

Date: 2013-11-01
Hi Shlain.

I have just read all your other stories. I always love to read the ghostly accounts of fellow South Africans, and yours are definitely some of my favourites.

I have had many strange and sometimes frightening experiences since I was a child, but some of your stories sent quite the shudder through me.
(Actually sitting here right now suffering a slight case of ghostly paranoia) 😆

Wonderfully written and oh so descriptive.

I am looking forward to reading more!

Date: 2011-08-26
I have to agree with many of the other posters that this sounds like a doppelganger. What their motives are, I really cannot tell, but in almost every account I have read about them they have been mostly harmless.
On the subject, my good friend Allen also awoke one night to find me loudly singing Billy Joel's 'Piano Man', even though I wasn't around at all. 😕
Date: 2011-08-24
Old_Dude, once again, wonderfully written. Have you ever thought of taking up writing professionally?