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A Dark Encounter


This story is a little hard to talk about, because for so long it remained a repressed memory from a bad time in my childhood. But I feel like I should share all of my paranormal experiences here because I am curious about the feedback and if anyone else here of YGS has experienced anything similar to me and can give me some insight into why I had this encounter and what exactly I saw as a child.

This recount begins when I was 12, I was living in the small rural town of Glen Innes (NSW, Australia) with my mother and my newborn baby sister. We lived in a subdivided old doctors surgery which they had converted into duplex apartments. The ceilings were tall and the walls were white washed cement with large old blocked-off fireplaces in each of the three bedrooms. The bedrooms were cold and the fireplaces howled at night when the wind was caught in them. A long eerie hallway connected each of the rooms. It was a creepy home.

My mother had the room closest to the main living areas (lounge, kitchen, etc), whereas my room was further up the long dark hallway and was much more secluded. I specifically remember the night I stopped sleeping in my bedroom.

It was a school night and I had stayed up watching television in the loungeroom late, so when I was finally sleepy, I said goodnight to my mum and wandered back to my room. It was cold as usual, and the hallway was dark (I always felt something shadowing me everytime I made my way to my room), so I hurried back to my room.

I never had the guts to turn around.

Shutting my door with a click, I ran to my bed across the room and jumped under the covers like all kids tend to do when frightened. My bed faced the doorway so I remember trying to fall asleep with my covers wrapped around my head and my eye fixed on the door handle. Paranoia was a common feeling in this house. Then, after a long moment of silence and waiting, when I was finally drifting, I heard a set of slow, distinct footsteps on the carpet in the hallway. Heavy footfalls. At first I had thought it was my mum moving around her room, but when I could finally pinpoint the sound to the hallway, I started to see my door slowly creak open, the darkness from the hallway seeming so much darker than the pitch black of my bedroom. I shut my eyes hard, refusing to acknowledge the exposed doorway in an attempt to force myself to sleep. What I saw moments later will never leave me.

A tall, thin shadow man stood a foot before my doorway. When I opened my eyes my heart stopped, my whole body cold and paralyzed with fear. Its arms were long and the fingers were sharp. I couldn't see eyes but I felt its stare. It didn't seem clothed either, just a silhouette. Its feet dragged on the carpet as the body swayed from side to side as it came closer to my bed. I was in tears now, thinking it had come to take me. It had come to drag me from my bed and into the darkness and I was never going to see my mum again.

I blacked out before it reached my bed and I don't remember anything else from that night. I woke to the door wide open in the morning, and I ran out of that room and slept on the couch every night since. I didn't tell my mum.

I was too nervous to sleep with her because she shared a bed with my baby sister, so I began to develop an anxiety disorder which resulted in me wetting myself in my sleep every night. The second experience happened in the loungeroom. Whatever it was, it seemed, was following me room to room. I refused to sleep without the tv on during the night, and I would have all of the doors closed and fall asleep watching the darkened doorway to the kitchen anxiously. I never trusted the dark. On this night, after lightly drifting to sleep, I woke up to the sound of the TV being switched off. The hair on the back of my neck stood on end, and the air was freezing.

I nervously scanned the dark room until I faced the corner closest to me on the right. It was standing in the corner. A tall dark figure. I didn't know what to do, but I felt like I was in fight or flight. And being a timid 12-yr-old girl I don't think I had much fight in me. I was frozen with fear for a long moment, waiting for movement, for it to give some sign of life so I could make a break for it. But it just watched me, and I watched it, hoping it would just dissolve away into the wall, so I could brush it off as my eyes playing tricks in the dark.

And then I heard it. A hiss.

It leaned forward slightly and stomped it's foot hard on the carpet and began a long deep hiss, and at that point I jumped back and ran for my mother's bedroom where I cried loudly and screamed that it was going to get me.

I never saw it (directly) since, only quick movements out of the corner of my eye. My mother let me sleep with her until we finally moved away from that place a month later.

I revisited these memories on my own when I went through old photos of my newborn sister (she is 12 now) and it shocked me at how vividly I remembered it all taking place. I spoke to my mother again about what happened and she told me that she had also experienced strange things in that house, footsteps, coldspots, being watched, knocking on the doors and walls and even one case where the corner end of her bed depressed during the night as though someone were sitting there with her.

I will never forget that house and I still don't know who or what I encountered as a child, but I have not encountered anything similar since (that being said I have had many more paranormal experiences, but none that resembled shadow figures).

Thank you for reading.

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loopycute (2 posts)
8 years ago (2016-09-09)
Shadow people like to present themselves to children a lot. Also they are extremely dangerous and yes some old houses have them. Children born with the skills to feel and see things are an easy target for them. A lot of them like to hurt you physically. I know that a lot of people think that these stories are bull shiat, but most of them are not. I am a person with abilities that I inhered from my mom's site of the family and had have so many experiences with the supernatural. Do I feel good that I have that skill? Nope, but I have to deal with it. Back to your story, yes you are very lucky that it did not follow you to the new place. That means that shadow person was attached to the house. I really like to inform people that when a child tells them, I see a shadow silhouette, they better listen and get someone to help them right away. Thanks for sharing your story... 😊
Sriram (1 posts)
9 years ago (2015-04-26)
Was the house new? Or did someone live there before you.

If the house was old, then it might be that you are getting affected by the memories of the people who lived there before you.

In your case, from the way you describe it, I would say that you saw a person, alive or dead, who lived there before you moved in.
Sam222 (8 stories) (461 posts)
9 years ago (2015-03-18)
Holy smokes, this story made me jump out of all layers of my skin. That's how scary it is. And I would cry if I felt that way too. And the description of that shadow figure you saw; it was probably the scariest one I've ever heard of. It definatky wasn't anything positive, it was in fact "A Dark Encounter."
I'm glad your don't have to live through that again, and I hope that geating this off of your back helped too. 😁
lukefees (2 posts)
9 years ago (2015-03-17)
I just joined this site and I personally think that you are right, but ghosts do not stay for a reason...
rookdygin (24 stories) (4458 posts)
9 years ago (2015-03-17)

Please keep in mind you were also 12 years old... And around about that age puberty starts... This extra energy provided by your body and mind developing and changing MAY have also contributed to some of the sounds and other experiences in that particular home... When you moved did you experience the sound of footsteps... Banging on walls... Objects being moved? All of or any of these could be the sign of poltergiest activity triggered by your body going through puberty.

Thanks for sharing, please ask any questions you may have.


Ebonyk (2 stories) (1 posts)
9 years ago (2015-03-17)
Thanks everyone for your advice and theories, I really appreciate them.
This experience did happen when I was a child, so it could have very well have been electro magnetic interferences, paranoia or even some kind of over-active imagination/mental projection caused by my anxieties.
But I recount them vividly, and they felt very real to me so my fear from my experience is amplified.
I very much hope it was EMF, that would help me sleep better at night!:)
sia1234 (1 stories) (4 posts)
9 years ago (2015-03-17)
That's creepy... I've had an experience similar to this, about 20-25 years ago! I stopped seeing the creature after a while but often I wake at 2-3 am at night and I see weird shadows in the corner of my balcony and sometimes I've seen a pair of eyes, black eyes, looking right into me but not very often... I wonder what they are and what they need, I will be posting my experience soon Please look forward to it. ❤
rookdygin (24 stories) (4458 posts)
9 years ago (2015-03-16)
Awilli, close... An EMF Meter measures the level of Electro Magnetic Frequences in the area. Everything else you stated is SPOT ON. 😁

These frequencies MAY effect us because our bodies and brain process information via electric/electro magnetic impulses and being in a room with high levels MAY cause 'interference' with an individuals natural levels causing the effects you described.

Its still a working theory...but, at least to me, it makes sense.


Awilli (4 posts)
9 years ago (2015-03-16)
So a couple things. I have a lot of experience in this, I can actually sense stuff but I'm still a novice and I don't claim to be correct 100% of the time.

That being said, it sounds like a demonic presence. I would say make sure that even though you don't live in the same house, you look for help from a professional or Holy Man of some kind to cleanse you or the house because those kind of spirits can follow you, not always but they can.

Also, the intense feeling of being scared or being followed can come from a high exposure of electricity. If you've ever watched a ghost hunter show, you may have seen them use an EMF meter. That measures the electricity levels in the house. If the numbers are high, it can lead to feelings of paranoia or hallucinations. I'm not sure the scientific reasons why. I used to feel that way in many houses I've had cause I lived right under electric wires. Its not always the reason, but it may be one of the reasons for feeling like that.

I will say you are very strong and brave for sharing this story.

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