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Knock On Window


This encounter took place in July. I'll start it off with few events before hand. 2 months earlier I was on meds for health reasons I was having bad side effects which took awhile to get rid of. Roughly a few months. At the same time my childhood friend died. At same time I was feeling sad and was getting bad thoughts to which I thought was part of the side effects.

Now back to story. I went over to the coast for a friendly match of table tennis. We stayed in a hotel that is owned by a pub in a small town called Hokitika. We stayed there 2 nights. Fri-Sun.

The hotel room descripton is this you walk in the door from outside. In front is the lounge/kitchen/bed, then there a small hallway (10steps) at end of hallway is a window. To the left is a small room with 2 more beds and to right is bathroom.

Behind unit is a small shingle pathway, and in front is the old pub and another old building. Then the police station.

Ok so on last night staying at the hotel. I was trying to get to sleep but I couldnt. I was at the point of drifting in and out, but still having knowledge of what's around me. Then all of a sudden I heard a knocked at the window behind the beds.

Now this knock was like someone throwing a pebble at the window. It couldn't be a person as you would of heard them walking on the stones. And they needed to open the gate at other end. Only one of my room mates heard it. The other person in next room was snoring away. So he wouldn't of heard a thing.

It was strange and I didn't want to open the curtains either.

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Jubeele (24 stories) (873 posts)
4 years ago (2017-10-31)
I felt like doing a bit of research, so I Googled "Hokitika history", "crime", "murder" etc. If you want to look for older tales, you can look into any disputes involving claim jumping, gold rush, hotel robberies. I've also found these links; interesting reading if you want a 'feel' for the history of the place:

The Westlands look very pretty, like so many places in NZ. My husband and I honeymooned in NZ nineteen years ago. We hired a car, got a road map and compass, and drove all over both islands for two and half weeks. Never made it to Hokitika though - we might include that in our itinerary for the next time. 😉
sheld999 (14 stories) (74 posts)
4 years ago (2017-10-31)
Jubeele couldn't find much info but the town was 1864 and it was big in gold miner. Hard to find what was around in area from olden days.

Will try to find more details
lady-glow (13 stories) (2849 posts)
4 years ago (2017-10-26)
The mysterious knocker's substance seemed to be compact and solid enough as to make the noise of a "...knock of a fist and one of kind of of a pint hitting the table after sculling back a nice cold beer."

... More like a solid body than an ethereal being... I wonder what you would had seen if you dared to look through the window. 🤔

As it is, it's hard to say if you had a paranormal encounter or if you just let your imagination get the best of you. Just my opinion. 😊
Jubeele (24 stories) (873 posts)
4 years ago (2017-10-26)
Just realized I misspelt your name the last time (sorry about that). With the pub being old, it could hold some interesting history should you wish to research into it. But if you can find no further info, your experience may just be one of those little mysteries that make life interesting.

Be well. 😊
sheld999 (14 stories) (74 posts)
4 years ago (2017-10-25)
Jubeele. Hotel is new building. But the pub is old. Its the old square 2 story pub type building. On a corner. Not sure if pub was around same time as old prison. Its very hard to explain sorry
Jubeele (24 stories) (873 posts)
4 years ago (2017-10-24)
Hi Seld999

Thanks for responding to our comments. This is like trying to fit pieces of a puzzle together.

So, no trees; bird - maybe, maybe not? Hmm, unusually warm day in winter - thermal expansion and contraction of the glass or window frame etc? Not sure about this, being no scientific expert on the properties of glass and other materials. But my stairs at home will sometimes suddenly creak loudly in protest in the evening after a warm day, as if someone very heavy (apart from me) has stepped on it.

Do you suppose there's any history connecting the prison asylum with the hotel? Escaped prisoner shot while hiding out in the hotel grounds? That could be interesting...

When I first read your account, "The Raven" immediately came to mind. It's one of the scariest works of literature I ever read; you should listen to it being read on YouTube. Makes me shiver every time: haunted man, dead woman, creepy talking bird...
sheld999 (14 stories) (74 posts)
4 years ago (2017-10-24)
Also it was a oddly warm night dispite being winter with snow on the alps
sheld999 (14 stories) (74 posts)
4 years ago (2017-10-24)
Jubeele: nope no trees around and nearest tree will be roughly 300-400meters up the road. And no winds

Lady-glow too loud to be a bug/moth the loudness would been between a knock of a fist and one of kind of of a pint hitting the table after sculling back a nice cold beer.

Little fact of town is its by the west coast of the ocean. And its had god history of mining and also up on hill is a old asylm / prison
Jubeele (24 stories) (873 posts)
4 years ago (2017-10-24)
Just had to share this from "The Raven":

Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning,
Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before.
"Surely," said I, "surely that is something at my window lattice;
Let me see, then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore -
Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore; -
'Tis the wind and nothing more!"
- Edgar Allan Poe

Couldn't resist.
It seemed to fit
- J -

Quoth the Raven "Nevermore."

I've got little pumpkin-shaped chocolates for the neighbours' little ones when they come tap-tappin' at my door. Happy Halloween, everyone! 🎃
lady-glow (13 stories) (2849 posts)
4 years ago (2017-10-24)
Jubeele has mentioned several possible explanations for the Knocking on that window, I would like to add that perhaps a moth or some other bug could have been crashing on the glass panel or a beautiful maiden was trying to get your attention by throwing pebbles at the window. 😘

Your story reminds me of one day when I heard an insisting tapping noise on the outside wall of the kitchen of my house; there's a corner window that allows a 270° view of the surroundings but I saw nothing.
I was afraid that a serial killer or some other dangerous person was trying to break into my house.

Since I saw nothing, I gather all my courage and went outside holding a baseball bat ready to hit any intruder but there was nobody there, or so I thought, until a little squirrel jumped off the mop I kept leaning against the wall. When I moved the mop I realized that the little critter had been chewing on the strands of the mop leaving it 'bald'! 😁

You see, sometimes the only thing a person needs to kill a dragon is just a bit of courage... Or opening the curtains covering a window.
Jubeele (24 stories) (873 posts)
4 years ago (2017-10-24)
What am I saying? July would still be winter... But a bird could still have dropped a seed from a fruit they were munching on in mid-flight. I sometimes get grass growing in my pot plants from seeds dropped from birds flying overhead...
Jubeele (24 stories) (873 posts)
4 years ago (2017-10-24)
Hi Sheld999, I hope you're on the mend. The loss of a close friend and the effects from the meds would've knocked you around a fair bit, emotionally and physically.

Are there any tall trees around the hotel? Could the knock be from a falling branch or seed pod/cone? There're trees that do propel winged seeds for propagation. I've experienced that on occasion and it does sound like a rap on the window pane. As July would still be Spring in NZ, maybe a night bird flying overhead could have dropped a twig or discarded a seed?

If you didn't sense anything else or felt threatened in any way, and it wasn't a persistent occurrence, then it's probably nothing to worry about. It's all good. 😊

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