Reader Submission: The Presence

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“I have a really creepy story about my house.

When I was home alone I kept hearing a weird groaning sound. It was like someone was pushing a door back and forth. I thought maybe one of my family members was home so I went to check it out. Upon searching however, I found nothing. I returned to my room and freaked out thinking I saw something. I think that time it was just me being paranoid.

I sat back on my bed and the sound started up again. Thinking I was crazy I recorded the sound on my phone. A little ways into the recording I heard a knocking. I thought maybe the radiator was knocking around so I went into the storage room next to my room to check it out. When I got in there I saw someone look at me and disappear. I walked over and there was a really cold spot next to the wall near where my head would have been on the other side! The radiator was perfectly fine.

I went to sleep that night with my dogs by my bed because I was really paranoid. Around 2 a.m. growling woke me up. Both my large hunting dogs’ fur was standing on end and they were staring straight at my closet. I looked over and saw a figure once again only for a fraction of a second. Then my music box started playing. Whatever was there wasn’t happy. I kept hearing scratches, knocks, groans, and thuds. And my dogs were just as restless growling the entire time.

Needless to say, we held a séance to try to contact the spirit that was messing around in my house to see if we could understand what it wanted. We felt a séance was safer than opening a true door with a Ouija board. It was the most terrifying experience I’ve ever had.”

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The Gray Lady

Story/photos originally posted on Reddit.com as “She Found Her Way Into My Home.”

Illustration by Stephen Gammell

There is something stalking me. I don’t know what it wants, but almost every night since I started seeing it, it has terrorized me. It doesn’t touch me, it doesn’t communicate in any sort of way, it just fills me with horror. If I seem to ramble, please forgive me… I haven’t slept in several days.

Six days ago, I was going down to the basement to bring up some laundry and I glanced out the door as I passed. There was a figure standing at the far edge of our yard. Her back was to me, and she was just standing there, looking into the woods beyond our yard. She was dressed in nothing but a light gown. It had lots of flowing material coming off of it that was whipping around in the air slowly. The whole scene creeped me out instantly, but I thought she might be a friend of our downstairs neighbor, so I continued to the basement. When I came back up, she wasn’t there.

The next night, I went down again, and as I passed the back door, I looked outside. The woman was back. She was exactly like she was the night before, facing away, not moving. The hair on my arms and neck stood up straight when I saw her. I was even more creeped out when I realized she was in the same clothes as the night before. That’s when I did something I shouldn’t have… I opened the back door. Leaning out, I called to her to see if she was okay. She didn’t respond. She didn’t make any sort of indication that she’d heard me. It was freezing cold, so I shut the door and locked it. Coming back upstairs afterward, I looked out the window and she was gone again.

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