I'm a very new member of this site, and I'd like to say that I'm very grateful for the kindness and empathy from the members of this community.
I am a 22 year old male from northern Iowa. I was born in Minnesota, went to college in Florida and currently live in New York City, but all of my experiences with the paranormal happened while I lived in Iowa from about age 6 to 18. I will continue to post them.
The specific experiences that I will outline in this story weighed on me quite a bit; and it's been very difficult for me to talk about. So here we go:
I worked at a movie theatre for all four years during high school as a projectionist. I also cleaned every Sunday morning. My most harrowing experiences happened on consecutive Sundays while I was cleaning the theatre alone. There were three showing theatres at our small venue in rural Iowa.
Like any normal Sunday, I had cleaned the lobby, bathrooms and concession stand and had moved on to the theatres. I turned the service lights on in theatre one and began cleaning. Listening to music on my iPod when I happened to look up. What I saw is very difficult to describe.
I looked up towards the top left of the movie screen and saw what I would call a human-like figure floating in mid-air. I didn't see it for long- it sort of flashed in my peripheral vision. But after it happened, I could see it very clearly when I closed my eyes, like seeing a camera flash after a photo. I might have spent more than a half hour in the theatre collecting my thoughts afterward- in a complete state of shock. To the best of my ability, I would describe it as a very tall and lanky figure of bright white light. It had no eyes, no face, no fingers or toes. Just an incredibly bright white 'person.' I would estimate it being at least ten feet tall with limbs about 6-8 feet in length. I can still "see" it very clearly when I think about the experience. Also, I had an overwhelming feeling that the figure was male, even though it had no features.
For some reason, even though it was just a moment, I felt that this particular being was angry with me, or had ill intent. I couldn't continue my job and left the theatre immediately.
I didn't tell anyone about this, and resumed my job; projecting on Tuesday night, and showing up to clean on Sunday again.
This time I was wary of entering the theatre. I started with the manager's office to try and get my mind straight. I unravelled the cord on the vacuum behind the door and cracked open the door to the lobby. As I did this, I saw the same figure walk right by the doorway. I was looking down at the floor, and so I only saw what I would call the legs. It walked by very quickly.
As this was the second week in a row that I had experienced this thing, I was obviously disturbed. Not usually one to tell people, I actually called my mother to come and help me finish the job. She did, and nothing else happened for the duration.
For some days, I thought I might be crazy. I even thought my mom might think I was a little weird. But I knew what I saw, and I saw it on multiple occasions. Each time I felt extreme chills down my whole body and felt an indescribable sense of dread. I didn't like it.
After the experience with the doorway, I never saw this entity at the theatre again. But I was still very scared of cleaning the theatre; which I actually continued to do for another year before college. But I firmly believe I saw the same thing at my house some time later.
It was late one night and I was alone watching television. All the lights in the house were off besides the TV, so it was very dark. Pitch black, even. Again, I happened to look away- this time at the hallway leading to my bedroom. As I watched, I saw a very tall figure walk past the doorway. My doorway is eight feet tall, and I only saw up to its shoulders. But even though I was looking at complete darkness, it seemed to be even darker than pitch black. It actually stood out as being darker than complete darkness. It walked by very quickly, and I'm happy to say that this was the last time I saw this apparition.
To this day, I'm not really sure what I saw. And I've never heard a story quite like it. But I'm so thankful I've not seen it since. It appeared both as an incredibly bright light and also as blacker than pitch black. Obviously, it's very tough to describe, but it was very unsettling to see something so out of proportion and with no human features; no face, no eyes, no nothing. I think the most unsettling part was the length of the limbs (especially the arms- which seemed to be longer than I am tall) and its overall height.
I believe I experienced some sort of demon, or malevolent entity. I can still feel the negative thoughts from the initial sighting, and I have tears in my eyes reliving the experience. I haven't told anyone besides my parents and a VERY close friend or two, but I would love to hear what this wonderful community thinks.
Thank you for your patience with this long story. I so look forward to your comments.