It's been a long time since I've gotten on YGS and it's good to be back! A lot has happened in that time.
While digging around in my house's attic for interesting old things (we've got 1500-year-old Indian pottery up there), I found a nice wooden mantle clock. After a short period of having it plugged in and functioning, I got tired of the deafening tones that the clock gave out every hour and unplugged the clock. A few weeks later, I was staying up late reading a book when the clock banged out its midnight tones. I almost fell out of my bed.
The clock, upon investigation, was still unplugged. I am certain I was not dreaming, as I was reading a book and remembered what I'd read when I woke up the next morning. I'm not sure which spirit to associate the clock mischief with, but I was told by my dad that my late grandfather was fond of mantle clocks and that the one I'd found in the attic belonged to him.
The Man in the Brown Jacket
While walking around in the woods near the small cemetery mentioned in my first story, I believe I encountered a new ghost. Me, my dad, and my brothers often walk around and occasionally excavate in the woods after school to find old bottles and other artifacts. I had broken off from them and was walking towards the edge of a field when I encountered a briar patch and turned around. While turning, I saw what looked like a man with a brown jacket or long-sleeved shirt standing a few feet away from me. I did a double take and looked around, but found nothing that I could have mistaken for a person. I called out to my family and they were still far away. The hair on the back of my neck stayed up for quite some time after that. I believe that this ghost was one I have not encountered before, and not the grey man, given the difference in clothing between the two. As I said, I was near the cemetery, and I am wondering if the man I saw might be buried there.
Prophesy by Newspaper?
In a bizarre turn of events, which has scared us much more than any of our ghosts, one of the houses on our farm was torched recently by an arsonist that has been burning abandoned buildings throughout our area. The entire house was destroyed, taking with it the family heirlooms that were being stored there by another family. One section of the wall was, miraculously, untouched by fire. Inside the wall there, my uncle found a newspaper from the '30s. The newspaper was dated to exactly 77 years, to the day, before the house burned down. Not sure if this counts as paranormal, but it was certainly an eerie discovery.