Thanks for the good reads over the past couple of months. I'm glad I've found what is undoubtedly (to me) the best forum I've been to specialising in this kind of stuff. Everyone seems to have genuine advice and the stories are great.
Incidentally, I have just read a story that is quite similar to that which I experienced myself. In the story I just read, a person woke up in the middle of the night and took a photo in the dark. There was also an angry face right beside her bed which had cornrows in. This is uncannily similar to an event that happened to me just over ten years ago now.
I was in my mid-twenties and living in an old stone farmhouse in Angus, Scotland - it was all on one level, and I would imagine that once it housed several crofts for the land workers back in the 18th / 19th century. The house itself would have dated to roughly 200-300 years old (which isn't unusual for my hometown, many are even older).
There was a master bedroom at one side of the house and a long hallway stretching from the bedroom past the stairs to the attic, past the second bedroom, through the living room, past the bathroom before reaching the kitchen which mirrored the location and size of the master bedroom, only at the opposite end of the house. Basically, you could look from one end of the house to the other if all the doors were open.
My husband and I had our 3 year old daughter with us who slept in the smaller room of the house. My husband was often away working and it was just my little girl and I much of the time. The master bedroom always made me feel very uncomfortable. I could never put my finger on it, but strange noises, sleep paralysis, the feeling of being watched and basically an overwhelming feeling of not wanting to be in that room plagued me... However, strangely, my daughter was much more drawn to the room and I'd let her play in there as it was much bigger than her room and you could always hear her talking away to herself and having a conversation with herself, bubbling about happy as Larry.
It was her favourite room in the house and she was rarely anywhere else so one day, unable to take the nervousness, I swapped rooms with her and put my double bed in the tiny room and gave her the master... However, one night I had made her go to bed early as she had been playing up, having a little tantrum and doing basic three year old naughty things. When I went to bed and fell asleep I was jolted awake suddenly not long after and when I opened my eyes there was a Afro-Caribbean looking woman staring at me in blind rage about 6 inches from my face. I literally froze but the face just disappeared. She was wearing a multi-coloured turban type headdress but I didn't see the rest of her body, just a frilly cream neckline. I will never forget her eyes, I could even see the veins in them making them seem redder than should be normal.
Now, I'm in rural Scotland and as far as I know, there have been very few Afro-Caribbean families nearby and it might be my overthinking, but I just felt she wasn't from the this century - but I can't say for certain of course, not having seen her dress but that made it even more of a mystery and so unexpected but it scared the life out of me and I'm very keen to get any ideas from anyone. Why was she so angry at me for one, was there anything I could have done to appease her?
There were several other things in the house that happened. Once the electricity went out as it often did in storms out there and I used the flash from my camera phone (an old LG flip phone with camera) to light my way to the kitchen where I stored the candles - taking pictures every few steps so the flash would go off. I got the torch and the candles and made my way back to the bedroom and fell asleep again.
Next morning, I was browsing my phone and thought to delete the pictures I'd taken the night before when I noticed a really eerie thing - in my hallway between the living room and the hallway to the bedroom was what looked like a little 7 or 8 year girl sitting cross legged on the floor with a little boy of about 3 hanging over her left shoulder - zooming in you saw that her face was very skull-like... I showed the picture to my most sceptic friends and even they were convinced, one of them changed their mind about the paranormal because he could just not explain it. Even odder is that a pair of my daughter's pink dressy-up shoes were in the middle of the hallway and it seemed like the little girl had them on her feet.
I know what you all want and I wish I could give it to you but unfortunately I don't have the picture anymore - I put it on my old home PC to store it and the PC died about a year later when I moved. I could never retrieve it and actually kept the PC in case one day I could! I think about that pic all the time and just wish we'd have had the Cloud back then or I'd sent it to someone, but it was 2003 and I didn't!
Anyway, that's my story - I moved from the house a short while after when my husband and I split up but I often think of it... I've recently moved into another very, very old house just outside of Edinburgh and a couple of odd things have happened but none as distinct as that (thankfully).