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Unexplained Terror


When I was about 12, I had the scariest experience of my life. My family consisted of Mom, Dad and myself. My little bedroom was just off the kitchen at the back of the house. I was (and still am) an avid reader and would stay up late and read. My parents would be long in bed and sleeping, they watched the eleven o'clock news headlines and went straight off to bed. I'd be up for hours in the dark, quiet house. I'd never had any uneasy feelings in the house and didn't see anything unusual ever.

So one night, after I'd just finished reading, I turned out the light and just got comfy. I wasn't dozing yet, that's how soon after I laid down that the most frightening thing happened. I heard my name called in a very harsh whisper. It was incredibly clear, it was definitely my name. It wasn't a friendly sound at all, it was angry. Well the expression 'my blood ran cold' was the best way to describe it. From my head to my toes I felt as if my blood in my veins had turned to ice. The hair was standing up on the back of my neck and there was a prickling all over my scalp. These were things that I thought were only vivid descriptions of fright but discovered it described my terror absolutely. I could not move at all. There was no feeling of being held down, I was just absolutely unable to move, frozen in place. It seemed like forever that I lay there terrified but it was probably a couple of minutes, the longest minutes ever.

Finally I was able to move and I felt normal, scared out of my wits, but the icy feeling was gone and my hair relaxed. I was way too scared to get out of bed (you know in movies they always say don't go back in there and they do, only to end up dead). No way was I going anywhere. I stayed huddled in bed for a long, sleepless night. That was the end of it, nothing like it ever happened again.

I have had a lot of other experiences with the supernatural but never in that house and never that horrifying or unexplainable. For the following 8 years I lived there and there were no other events. I've never been able to come up with an explanation or a reason. No link to any family tragedy or death.

Is it odd to have such an isolated incident like that? Let me know what you think.

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The following comments are submitted by users of this site and are not official positions by Please read our guidelines and the previous posts before posting. The author, Bellissima, has the following expectation about your feedback: I will read the comments and participate in the discussion.

Sparkie (6 stories) (30 posts)
12 years ago (2008-10-20)
That's happened to me too. Just goes aliitle different. Except the voice I heard sounded depressed and worried but with alittle anger. Me and my friend both heard it so it can't be our minds. At least it never happened again in those 8 years, right?
PrincessKatie (7 stories) (420 posts)
13 years ago (2007-10-21)
Hi I experience strange things in the dark which scare me. I would say strange things happen maybe mostly at night. I've heard my name called but it was someone using my nan voice but I opened door and said to my nan have you been calling my name telling me to open door she said no I have just got hear. Do you think I received a message from my nan in my mind. Which is called telepathic cause I kept feeling people's emotions and that on holiday. I dislike going on holidays before I experience strange unusual and not nice things which upsets me in a way. I would say it was a spirit what you experienced don't let them get to you.
Abby (710 posts)
14 years ago (2007-07-11)
Dear Bellissima,

You are so welcome. Thank you very much for your kind compliment, it is truly appreciated along with your presence and story contributions. I will try not to interfere with your story page and/or other people's pages (oh, not much), even if they don't mind me mucking them up sometimes. I will still try to respect the author, the author's story page, as well as fellow posters and those who make comments. Otherwise, feel free to remind me that I am mucking up your page or another author's page. 😊 Blessings, Abby
Bellissima (12 stories) (792 posts)
14 years ago (2007-07-09)
Abby- I meant to say thanks and feel free to jump on in any old time 😉! I always find your comments intelligent and insightful, I'm pleased you read my story.
Bellissima (12 stories) (792 posts)
14 years ago (2007-07-09)
Enchantee-I don't think I said I heard voices or noises in my head, I'd be seeing a doctor rather than sharing my unexplained/unusual experiences with people who profess to understand and have an interest. I had an experience I wanted to share and it doesn't seem any crazier (as you seem to imply) than any other stories I've read here.
Abby (710 posts)
14 years ago (2007-07-09)
Pardon me Bellissima,

Dear Enchantee,

As I read these comments below and yours as well, I don't see why you would want to comment on Bellissima's response meant as a personal reply to taintedsoul.

I have read and re-read your comments, and though I can understand some of the jest of what you are saying, I frankly think you are just commenting in a sarcastic and not very nice type of "double speak" communication which makes no sense to me and perhaps not to others reading either. I think they are selfishly meant for yourself. Shame on you, now I will take my sorry behind off this page while apologizing to Bellissima and readers in advance and prior to any and all incoming returned flack.--Abby
Bellissima (12 stories) (792 posts)
14 years ago (2007-07-07)
Enchantee- taintedsoul asked me a nice straightforward question and I gave my answer. You seemed concerned with my use of the term spirit, so I choose the meaning from the dictionary as follows;1a)the life principle, esp. In human beings b)soul 2)life, will, thought, etc. Regarded as separate from matter 3)a supernatural being, as a ghost, angel etc. So when I say spirit those are the definitions I go by. There are many shades of red but in the end they're all still red. I'm glad you don't blame me for what I am and that you feel bad for me, I'll sleep better tonight knowing that. You mentioned something about bull crap... 😉
Bellissima (12 stories) (792 posts)
14 years ago (2007-07-06)
Hi taintedsoul,
Webster's Quick Reference Dictionary-
atheist(n)-a person who does not believe in god
I don't believe in god or satan, heaven or hell, but I do believe in human spirit(should say living spirit, I guess, animals too!) There's that essence of life, I don't believe it just winks out when we die. My beliefs are not spiritual but they are supernatural, beyond the physical realm. I think if you are visited by a troubled, angry, hateful spirit, whether it's residual or active, religious people will see it as a demon. My belief is that that spirit was a troubled, angry and hateful person. Why would your essence change because your body is gone?Ergo, a kind, helpful, gentle spirit, whether it's residual or active, would be called an angel by someone with religious beliefs. Once again I think it's due to the spirit having been of a person with a kind, gentle disposition. As for beyond that spirit realm, I'm not sure because I don't believe in heaven (or hell) but maybe ultimately there is a final destination of the person's own design. I wonder if a person who's religious and believes themselves to be a good soul(everybody knows in their own hearts, truly, if they are or not) will find their heaven the way they picture it or want it to be.Maybe, if I'm a good soul (but of the non-religious variety) I'll find my paradise in a giant library surrounded by millions of books or in a perfect green world of harmony and peace, because those things would be wonderful to me. What people believe in makes a difference and I never judge on what someone believes, but if they believe in nothing, I can't help but think they must be very closed minded.I've read about 'levels' but I don't know a whole lot. It makes a certain kind of sense to me. Kind of long, 😉 but you asked! I want to thank you for not being critical and I'm more than happy to give my opinion.You're a very open minded person to want to know rather than just jump on me 😳
taintedsoul (12 posts)
14 years ago (2007-07-04)
Bellissima, if you are athiest, isen't believing in the Supernatural, kind of a "conflict of interest"?
I am not being rude, just curious.
All of the athiests that I have ever known, do not believe in this sort of a thing, and always explain it off as a "trick of the Human Mind". They believe there is no G*d, therefore, when you die, you just cease to exhist.
I am very interested in what you have to say about this.
Lexiluca (8 stories) (78 posts)
14 years ago (2007-07-03)
Wow. Just... Wow. Thankfully it only occurred just that once. I wonder what it was... And I wonder why. So strange. Thank you for sharing.
unguided_traveler (9 stories) (35 posts)
14 years ago (2007-07-03)
Bellissima, I am so happy that you were not left with any physical effects. I, for one, understand how terrifying such an experience can be. It happens to me almost every night. One time it was really bad and I was left with scratches, but I'm fine now. I'm just glad that you've figured it all out for yourself and nothing tried to hurt you.
Abby (710 posts)
14 years ago (2007-07-02)
Dear Bellissima,

There are many possibilities of an explanation for this type of phenomena. The possibilities are as vast and open as one allows their mind of perception and belief system to be. It seems you have already chosen your own explanation, but wanted to share your story. Thank you for sharing. --Abby
Shane (13 stories) (1258 posts)
14 years ago (2007-07-02)
Isolated cases happen all the time. Most people just associate them with something else and move on. Thanks for sharing your story with us.

Peace, Love, and Luck be with you.
Bellissima (12 stories) (792 posts)
14 years ago (2007-06-30)
I think a lot of people will think or say that I should have prayed when this happened but I am an athiest (that doesn't mean I'm a devil worshipper because I don't believe in that either!) I wouldn't have anybody to pray to. As for sleep paralysis I don't quite buy that either because with a lot of cases there are physical happenings too, poking, holding down or sexual actions that actually leave marks (luckily not with my experience, nothing happened to me and I wasn't sleeping, in my case I think it was just a way to show me that 'something' was there). I feel bad for people who do experience physical effects.

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