My parents are very into antiques, and in our living room we have a portrait of a man, I believe a lawyer from the profession-related items included in the portrait, from about 1820. There's nothing strange about the portrait's appearance, it's just a man. He's not scary looking in any way, but somehow the portrait is terrifying. Whenever we have house guests, they sleep in the living room and multiple guests have said they had to put a towel or sheet over the painting when they went to bed before having been told that we thought it was frightening. The painting faces the couch.
A few years ago, my brother was napping on the couch and he dreamt that the portrait became a skeleton and came toward him.
When I was in high school, I was doing my homework on the living room couch when I saw the portrait's eyes move.
It has a very strong energy and frequently one can feel it as soon as one enters the room.
When I was little, I had to run up the stairs because I could feel it through the wall. Still, when I go upstairs at night I try to go as fast as I can and push out its energy.
The spring of my senior year, my brother James and I were standing in front of the portrait, looking at it, and talking about why it's so scary when it's literally just a guy. Because we were both uneasy about being so close to it, we were putting on a lot of bravado and saying how really it wasn't that scary at all. The face- I kid you not- began to turn black. James saw it too. Naturally, we got out of there!
The only person who does not think the portrait is even remotely creepy (and I really do mean THE ONLY PERSON who has ever seen it in the 20 years my parents have owned it) is my father. The portrait hangs over the chair he always sits in. However, he did not always sit in this chair. Until the late 1990s, there was no chair there. Since that time there has been a change in his personality- he has become increasingly nasty. This may be just old age, but I do wonder.
My dad would kill me if I got rid of the painting, but I was wondering if anyone knows a way to detach spirits from objects? Preferably a fool-proof way, because if I screw it up the spirit will be angry and it's threatening enough in its normal state!