Reddit is a great place to find stories and info on just about every topic there is, including the supernatural. Thousands of users have shared their creepy tales over the years, discussing everything from Bigfoot and UFOs to demons and hauntings. Here are five chilling tales to recently emerge on the site. Check out the links for additional content. Sweet dreams!
The Rocking Horse
“One night when I was maybe 10 – 12 I had trouble falling asleep. My bedroom was the entire top floor of our house with my bed and such being on the left side and storage closets and a play area being on the right.
I was lying in bed when I heard a noise from the other side of the room and saw a rocking horse begin to rock. It was sitting just outside one of the storage closet doors. It proceeded to rock its way halfway across the room and stopped dead under the ceiling light. At this point I was freaking out and just buried my head under the blankets and never peeked out again until morning.
It was all confirmed to not be a dream as the rocking horse was still in the middle of my room when I woke up. Furthermore, I got a stern reprimand from my parents for being up out of bed playing with my toys well past my bedtime. Their bedroom was directly below the storage closet/play area and had heard the creaking of the rocking horse shuffling across the room.”
“The ambulance company I used to work for had a ‘haunted’ ambulance, rig 12. A lot of EMTs had their own stories about it, mostly involving weird noises coming from the patient compartment or the electronics going haywire, but I never put much stock in paranormal stuff.
My personal experience was when my partner and I were in rig 12 and posted in a rural community at 3 a.m. so it was pitch dark and dead quiet. We were both dozing up in the cab. I was in the driver seat and she was in the passenger seat.
I woke up to a muffled voice and initially thought my partner was trying to talk to me. I told her I was trying to sleep and rolled over toward the window and closed my eyes again. Then I distinctly heard a male voice say, ‘Oh my god, am I dying?’ followed by what sounded like heavy breathing for a couple seconds then complete silence. My partner and I both sat straight up and looked back into the patient compartment where it sounded like it came from. It was quiet for a couple seconds, then we heard the click of an oxygen bottle regulator and hissing like it was leaking.
I turned on the compartment lights and we both piled out of the rig. Initially I thought a transient may have climbed in the back while we were asleep and was messing with stuff, so we walked around to the back of the rig and opened up the back doors. No one was back there. I checked both oxygen bottles, neither were opened. Needless to say, we kept the lights on in the rig and didn’t sleep much after that.
I don’t know if I believe in hauntings, but I guess it would make sense for an ambulance to be haunted. Rig 12 had been in service with various agencies for over a decade and had probably seen its fair share of patients die in the back. I rode in it a couple shifts after that, but nothing else strange happened that I recall.”
From the thread: “Have You Ever Experienced Any Paranormal Activity?”
“I was babysitting my niece once while I was staying at my brother’s place, and they had the baby camera setup so I could see her on the little TV it came with. I was studying and started dozing off when I heard some whispering and realized it was coming from the monitor.
I initially thought it was some feedback or something, but when I looked at the TV there was a dark shadow near my niece’s crib. I have never been more terrified in my life, but the shadow was clearly there where it had not been before. I ran to my niece’s room and looked around and saw nothing, but I took her the hell out of there. I went back to the TV, and the shadow was clearly gone.
I told my brother what happened and he pulled me aside and told me not to mention it to my sister-in-law because she’ll freak out, but that he had seen that same thing several times now, with the same whispering.
They stayed in that house for about four more years and when my niece was just learning to talk she would tell her mom about her ‘special friend.’ To this day, it scares the shit out of me. When they moved out, my brother told me my niece had become inconsolably sad because she would miss her ‘friend.’, Her mom would tell her she could bring him along but all she would say was that he couldn’t leave the house. We have never to this day told her about that damn shadow, and she apparently never saw it.”
“My grandfather told me this story about how one time he was sitting in a chair in front of the house when he heard his wife repeatedly calling him from inside the house. The thing is, my grandmother had passed away a few years before that. But he told me that the voice was so pressing that he actually got up to look inside the house.
As soon as he got inside, he heard a loud crash behind him and turned around to see that the chair he has been sitting in moments ago had been crushed by the cast iron gutter that fell on it. If he didn’t came inside the house he would have probably been seriously injured. I don’t know if it’s paranormal or not, but every time I think about that story it sends chills down my spine.”
The Shadow Person
“I saw a ‘shadow person’ once. I didn’t know that’s what it was called until much later. I was living in a house in Laguna Beach that had been there since the 1920s. In it’s history, it had been a speakeasy, a brothel, and a house for smuggling illegal immigrants.
One day, my new wife and I were having an argument. I can’t even recall what it was about. She walked down the block to get a cup of coffee and cool off, and I was alone in the house.
The way the place was built was incredibly haphazard. There was a bedroom and living room on one side, then a bathroom with two entrances. On the other side of the bathroom was a hallway that had windows on one side and two bedrooms on the other. From my bedroom, I could look across the hall into the bathroom then through the bathroom and down the other hall.
I was standing at my dresser when I noticed movement out the corner of my eye and looked down there. There was – and honest to god, this gives me goose bumps just typing it 17 years later – a black figure. It was maybe three feet tall, and it was only vaguely humanoid. It looked like black scribbles, like someone had scribbled a human shape, but the scribbles moved, like electricity arching. That’s the best way to describe it.There was no sound that I could remember. I distinctly remember when I saw it I wasn’t afraid, just like, WTF? Then it noticed me looking at it.
I can’t say it turned around. It just, focused on me I guess. THEN I was scared. I didn’t move, didn’t scream, nothing, I was just frozen because it just fucking came at me. It RUSHED down the hall towards me. I have no idea what it intended, but as soon as it entered the bathroom the door closest to me SLAMMED shut. The I screamed. I yelled for my wife. She wasn’t home. I went the fuck outside, into the daylight, and didn’t go back in until she got home about 10 minutes later.
From the thread: “What’s the Most Mysterious/Paranormal Thing You’ve Witnessed?”
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