Listen up butter cups and let me share with you my paranormal experience, an experience which has stuck with me for the past 20 years like it happened just yesterday. I will start by describing my living conditions at the time, which may better give you a feel for the surroundings during these events.
The year was 1990, I was a lance corporal in the US Marine Corps stationed at Camp Lejeune North Carolina, I was living in the barracks on base and contrary to many depictions seen in the movies our rooms were not open squad bays with 30 Marines each to a cot but rather decent three man rooms with their own bathrooms and actual single sized beds that we referred to as a rack.
Now that I have set the stage for my story let me begin.
I shared a barracks room with one other Marine, at that time no other Marine was yet assigned to our 3 man room so it was myself and a fellow Marine named Lance Corporal Grey. Our racks (Beds) were on opposites sides of the room with about 12 feet between us, headboards or where a headboard would be if our racks had them were facing the outside wall with the exit door to the outside between the two racks.
It was sometime during the peak winter months at Camp Lejeune, snow covered and very cold outside, the time was approximately 02:00 in the morning when I awoke from a very odd dream, I can't recall anything about that dream but I awoke lying on my side to find my arm stretched upward as if I was reaching for the heavens, I know what you're thinking, weird right? Not so much, since there were times in my life at a young age when I have slept walked and talked in my sleep, I think most people would admit to much stranger things.
So there I was, lying on my side with one arm stretched out to the heavens, I then rolled over to my stomach to get back to the job of a good night's rest but as I rolled over my mind quickly became aware that something was standing right next to me, something so dark that it was very visible in our darkened room, since the room only had the benefit of a single window which provided no more than a faint moonlit glow, further subdued by heavy curtains making it barely possible to identify objects in the room all except for this obvious presence standing next to me, this entity can only be described as a Grim Reaper minus the bladed staff, so black I cannot fully emphasize the unnatural darkness it possessed complete with hooded cloak standing at what may have been just over 6 feet in height and eerily thin in stature.
I quickly flipped to my back and yelled "What the Frig!" or a similar version of that phrase, it was there standing right beside me. I attempted to sit up and the Reaper reached out to me, reaching out as if to motion me to go back to sleep, keep in mind, at this point I can see and feel the very thin arms of this entity touching me and giving way as I was trying to force myself to sit up against its wishes, it was at that instance I was hit with what I can only describe as electricity, not like being shocked but more like hit with a hard jolt of electricity that continued to disrupt my senses but the affects fades after about 30 or 40 seconds. The first jolt I was able to shake off quickly and yell to my roommate... Grey! Grey! I could hear that my yells to my fellow Marine woke him quickly since he started yelling WHAT? HEY!...HEY! I was then given another jolt which set me back a few inches to what had to be the most difficult sit-up of my life; I didn't hear Grey for about 30 seconds but was again fighting to get myself to a sitting position, I was able to force my body up and at this point was sitting on the side of my rack but soon rewarded with a third jolted, this time jolted stronger than the previous times, so I am now sitting upright on the side of my rack in a heavy daze which I am fighting to clear, my head is leaning down staring at the dark cloaked entity at would be around its knees, it is now standing inches in front of me with its hand on my back between my shoulders.
A few more seconds go by until Grey went for the light switch, that effort was certainly past due and since the switch was only three feet away only requiring him to stand up and reach out for the switch. Finally! Grey hit the light switch but in my dazed state it appeared to me as if the light travelled through the room not like your normal turn on the lights but as if it took a second or two to fill the room with the light, the entity had to get out and get out fast before being exposed to the light and that it did, by jumping over me into the wall behind me, knocking me back down on the rack scrapping its body over my face in doing so.
At this point my senses were clearing up and I looked to see Lance Corporal Grey standing at the light switch staring at me, then in a panic he ran over to the heaving wall lockers which we kept our gear in, throwing them open as if he expected something to jump out, then he ran into the bathroom, I simply sat there processing what had just happened. Grey slowly walks out of the bathroom and sits down at the end of his rack, for a moment we just looked at each other, I then said to Grey... What did you see? To that he responded, I seen something with two limbs stretched out at you. He also told me that when he tried to jump for the lights he was jolted just as I had been three times during the entire ordeal; this slowed his ability to make that desperate lunge for the light switch.
There are a few thoughts I want to share.
The entity did not seem to be aggressive; I got the feeling it was simply watching my odd behaviour during my sleep but when I awoke so quickly it was caught up in a situation it had to react to. I can tell you that I felt no evil here; I would even go as far as saying it seemed gentle in its movements with no apparent negative vibe, if it wasn't for the mind scrambling jolts which left me no worst for the wear I may have considered this a positive experience.
There was also something strange with the air in the room I noticed immediately after this incident, the air seemed to be extremely dry, like the moisture in the air was somehow sucked out, I felt like if I didn't open the door and let some fresh air in my nose was going to start to bleed.
A few months later I was deployed to Desert Storm and never experienced any further activity, though I was hoping to catch another glimpse of this mysterious entity I expect it has moved on to the nearest Navy base where it no longer has to worry about light sleeping Marines not to mention it would only take a fraction of its energy to knock those squids to the ground. Sorry! I couldn't resist taking a shot at my Navy brothers.
This entity had two abilities worth making note of:
1) The ability to Shock or Jolt you with energy and completely disrupts your senses for a limited amount of time and can do so from at least a distance of 10 feet away, this we know since Lance Corporal Grey was jolted from that distance.
2) The ability to fly and travel through walls, when the entity jumped through the wall I was hit with substantial force, as if it had a running start but in reality it jumped over me from a standing position which knocked me back down on the rack, this leads me to believe flight is certainly an ability it has.
Now you can go ahead and say it, two Marines got their asses kicked by the Grim Reaper.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story. I have shared this story of my paranormal experience over the years with many of my friends and to this day I am asked to tell it time and time again just to see if they get the same amount of goose bumps each time and to those sceptics out there I can only say, I hope that if you are ever awakened to the reality that there are things out there which cannot be explained I truly hope your introduction does not leave you feeling like you have experienced something you need to keep hidden for fear of being seen as a kook as you may currently view those of us who have had such experiences.