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I have had some unusual experiences throughout my life and am curious about the experiences of others. I was born in Louisiana and raised overseas in Norway, the Ivory Coast and England.
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Never Really Alone on 2016-02-23

I have hesitated to write about this for a few reasons. One, it will be a long story, so I'll break it up into two parts. Two, it becomes intensely personal. Three, well you never know how things will be received. The part of Central Texas where all these encounters take place is close to the De...

Helpful Or Just Plain Creepy? on 2015-12-29

Several years ago my roommate (Claire) and I rented a small three bedroom, one bath old frame house in Austin, Texas. If memory serves correctly the house was built in 1936. It was one story with living room, dining room and kitchen basically on the left side, and my bedroom, the bathroom, and her b...

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What a wonderful account. I have very little to add that hasn't already been said, except maybe that I don't believe it to be a residual haunting necessarily. The simple act of flicking your back as you went down the stairs to the basement shows a purposeful intelligence. Now, I am open to the idea that more than one type of haunting could be occurring, so perhaps some of the phenomena were (was?) residual. However, if you are foreshadowing a move of the haunt to your sister's house next door, that would certainly be an intelligent spirit.

In any case, I enjoy your writing so much, and this post in particular, that this account is going into my favorites.

Calamity 😁
Date: 2016-05-22
Hey ulvenNixie,

I think after I made sure the doors were locked (never trust unsolicited advice from a disembodied radio voice 😆) I would have hauled it out of there! I think there is probably a logical explanation for what happened but what an odd sentence to hear.

I'm glad you shared. I always enjoy reading your posts.

Date: 2016-05-01

I was so happy to see you had written another post, then so sad when I started reading that you're going through this break up. I know it must be a really confusing time for you right now, but keep in mind that sometimes people (read: ex-boyfriends!) say things that aren't true. Usually the intention is to cause pain, and usually it's very effective. I'm just really glad that you have such good friends. It sounds like they're keeping you busy which is the best way for you to be right now. Keep trying new things, going to new places and making new memories. Soon enough you'll gain a new perspective on all of this.

I have always wanted to go to the Baker Hotel. It was really something in it's time, opulent, healing and all sorts of famous people visited. It put Mineral Wells, Texas on the map. Both the hotel and the town have a long history of being haunted. That's just icing on the cake if you ask me! 😆

I'm sending lots of positive thoughts your way.

Calamity ❤
Date: 2016-05-01

I too would have been very frightened had I seen a dark shadow of a woman in the middle of the night. I can imagine it only frightened you more to see the way she moved.

When you wrote, "My aunt did not seem at all thrilled by my proclamation and convinced my mom to let me spend the night with her in the room my uncle lent her.", I am guessing that you were alluding to the idea that maybe your aunt didn't want to sleep in her room alone with her children. Do you know if your aunt has actually experienced anything in the house or her room?

I spent years in Texas and am familiar with much of the "myths and legends" of Hispanic culture, not to mention that my late father-in-law was from Mexico. When he and my late mother-in-law (she was not Mexican) took their first son to visit relatives in Mexico the child became very ill. It was eventually decided that two women in a market had put the evil eye on the baby. He was taken to a curandera and she removed the curse and their son quickly healed. It was all new to my mother-in-law but she accepted the differences in her husband's culture and use to love to tell that story. I can certainly respect your belief that all "magic", white or black, is bad, but I believe things may not be so cut and dried. Maybe what ever your aunt was doing helped her feel as of she had some control over her situation.

I do wonder though if there is perhaps something in the house however. It sounds as if it could be trying to get their attention by making noises, turning on the tap and pulling hair. It doesn't sound particularly negative. I will say though that the little girl that has been seen running up to roof sounds a bit disturbing. Maybe there is more than one entity. Are you certain that things were not already happening in the house before your aunt moved in?

Sometimes we are scared simply because something is unknown and it really doesn't need to be feared.

Thanks for sharing your experience, and I hope things are going well for your aunt and her children now.


Strange experience. It's possible something was letting you know it was there with you.

Although intention is everything, it never hurts to be aware of what we're saying. You never know just who may be listening!

Calamity 😆

Woah! What an experience! I like the calm way you both watched the man walk through your room and then through (literally!) the door. I know all too well the feeling of WTF... Did I really just see that?!

So interesting that, to your knowledge, the apparition has not been back. It makes me wonder if he was just passing through (no pun intended) and really had no particular connection to your house.

I also have to admit I was quite amused by your wife's refusal to go back into the room for the remaining 6 - 7 years she lived in your home. I know that feeling too!

Thanks so much for writing,

Date: 2016-03-30

I would like to answer your question but I know very little about your condition. That being said, if I could ask you some questions about it I may be able to make a more educated guess.

With your disease, are your experiences ever tactile? You felt the cold hand on your back so I'm wondering if you've ever perceived a touch that was a function of your illness and not real?

Does your illness ever cause physical reactions like your knees buckling? That clearly actually happened because your friends had to grab you to prevent you falling. What about your nausea and headache? Does that often happen in conjunction with your disease?

Does the psychotic depression make you very suggestible?

What were your symptoms at the age of eighteen? I know you were diagnosed at nineteen but I'm thinking that you may have already been having some symptoms.

And, since you had already had paranormal experiences growing up, did the what happened in Edinburgh have the same kind of feel? I mean in that kind-of-hair-raising-on-the-back-of-your-neck sort of feeling.

Now please don't think you are obligated to answer any of my questions. If I'm crossing any boundaries please excuse me. My questions are only so I can get a clearer idea of your illness and then give you a better answer.

Whether or not I can be of any help, I did enjoy reading your post.

Date: 2016-03-30

What a great story. I can only imagine how frightening it would have been living in that house. Two months is two months more than I would have lasted! How creepy that the curtains, rings and rods had already been packed. You have to wonder what the spirit was trying to communicate with the noise of them being opened and closed. Maybe he wanted Rob and "L" to hang them back up and leave them for him!

I enjoyed reading your post and hope you have more of Rob's stories to share.


Please be careful about sending a picture of your daughter's name and medication over the internet. You have to remember that you are in essence giving very private information to a bunch of strangers.

To everyone else,

Finally...I couldn't figure out what everyone was reading that I wasn't, but I hesitated to voice my misgivings again on another popular story. I was feeling a little like I had entered the Twilight Zone! 😉

Date: 2016-03-18

First let me say that I really enjoyed your account. I also appreciate your description of window wells. We didn't have anything like that in the places I've lived so I didn't know what they were. The first thought I had was that you saw a prowler. I'm wondering if window wells were common in the area in general? If so, then you would think that a prowler would know to avoid them. I'm envisioning someone that was attracted to the fact a girl your age was living in the house, not so much a burglar. Someone with something much more nefarious in mind than theft.

I'm also curious about how it seemed to you that the figure would at times disappear, or as you say "fade into the foliage". I think it would be difficult for a prowler to manage that. Although the woods seem to be fairly dense, what you describe is different from it just being blocked from view. I know you heard it walking across the gravel, but did you also hear it moving through the woods?

I don't know. I admit I'm stumped. If what you saw was just a prowler then it stands to reason he might have been noticed by other people in your neighborhood. Or, since it seems he was aware of your presence, he might have made other visits back to your house. I'm guessing neither of those things happened.

I'm more inclined to go with your "gut" on this one. If it's telling you what you saw was no prowler I'd have to agree. You've had enough experiences to know not to ignore that sixth sense when it starts tingling!

Thanks for sharing and I'm looking forward to more.

Date: 2016-03-18

I enjoyed reading your post. It does indeed seem like your father was hanging around and making his presence known. I can imagine how terrified your son was though to have him sit on the bed! It's nice to think of him at peace once you scattered his ashes.

Thanks for writing. By the way, your English is very good and your grammar is better than mine! 😊

This was fun to read but the questions abound. I will be waiting with Manafon, Rook and babygoatpuller until further notice.

Jane 😉
Date: 2016-03-17
Hi ulvenNixie,

Your post brought memories of high school flooding back to me. I moved to Texas at the start of my junior year after living in the U.K... It was awful!

I'm way behind on my reading so I haven't read any of your other posts... Aside from your first one. I'm looking forward to catching up.

Jane 😊
Date: 2016-03-07
Hi ulvenNixie!

I really like Central Texas. I have to agree with you about the D.F.W. Area. It's not my favorite either. It's not the worst either though!

When you were in San Antonio you were actually close to the area I wrote about... You were probably only 45 minutes to an hour south of Steve's property, and a little more to the devil's backbone. The best way to see it is to travel between Wimberley and Blanco on hwy. 32. That takes you right along the top of it. That area is also part of the Texas Hillcountry. I lived there for long time and I do love it.

We always thought that his grandfather was keeping an eye on the land. Steve used to say that nothing bad could ever happen to us out there thanks to his grandfather. To answer your question though I don't know what his motivation was in showing himself to me that night. He was solid, and I'm guessing he looked just like he did when alive. I did think maybe it was because he accepted me or maybe he just wanted to let me know he was there.

Thanks so much for reading and commenting. 😊


It's taken me four days to see your reply to my question...Sorry!

What a creepy and frightening thing to hear. I can't imagine the feelings you must have had. But, I can't wait to read your post about it!

I'm looking on the bright side. 😆


Just want to extend my condolences to you and your family. I've recently marked the first anniversary of my father's passing as well. This is a tough thing to go through.

It's lovely that your step-father has been able to communicate to your mother, and by extension to you. I definitely hope to be reading about more signs from him in the future!

Jane 😊
Date: 2016-03-06

Thanks for reading. I am no longer with my boyfriend, you're right. What happened will be in part two which I have yet to write and submit. I debated with myself whether or not I was ready to put all of it in writing, or maybe leave part of the story out. I finally decided if I was going to write about my experiences I needed to include them all. Full disclosure or nothing. I suppose it will be clear what I'm talking about once I submit and it's accepted.

Anyway, thanks again for reading and commenting!

Date: 2016-03-06

Thanks for your reply. I figured you had considered that the voice may have come from outside and that you would know the thump wasn't the dog. Those were the only thoughts I had. Not much I know!

I am enjoying the community. I have been steadily coming here to read the shared posts since 2012 and finally decided recently to join. My user name is Calamity. I probably should sign my comments with that name. This is the first time I've ever joined a community so I'm still feeling my way. I have two posts published so far with a few more to write.

I do look forward to reading more from you!

Calamity 😊

I know that we all do things a little differently, but if my child started having bad headaches, getting sick and weak, and then got so weak and dizzy she couldn't stand for almost two days I think I would have taken her to a doctor. What made your non-religious mother call a church for help? How did she choose which church to call? I'm not religious either and I wouldn't have the faintest idea of which church to pick. Maybe I'd just open the phone book, close my eyes, point and hope for the best. Good thing none of those things ever happened to my child!

Anyway, I'm glad you're feeling better now.

Date: 2016-03-05
Hi ulvenNixie,

Do you think the deep man's voice you heard could have come from outside of the house? I know normally it's easy to tell the difference between outside and inside, but you had really been concentrating hard on your dialogue and were in the "zone". Could the earlier heavy thump maybe have come from the dog?

These are just a few thoughts I had and in any case I hope you post more of your experiences.

Thanks for writing,