Saturday, October 18, 2008

Scary Stories From the Interwebs: Part 2

HaspIf you are easily disturbed, please skip this entry. It features a terrifying story.

Here is another scary (but true, I'm told) story I collected using Mechanical Turk. I find it quite creepy.

You can find the previous stories here. Thanks to everyone who responded to my surveys. I really enjoy reading the responses and hope to get more.

What is your gender? Male

Write two or more paragraphs about the most frightening thing to happen to you. "When I was 13 years old, I was home alone listening to music on my stereo via headphones. My mom and step-dad were out having dinner/date/movie night. It was winter, so it was dark outside even though it wasn't that late. I was sitting on the living room couch, and out of the corner of my eye I saw something in the hallway directly to my right. I turned to see what it was and froze.

There, hanging in the hallway, was an wispy ghost form of a human. I could see the head and arms and chest and then it gradually faded into the darkness of the hallway floor. I screamed and ran to the TV room at the end of the hall. To this day I do not know why I decided to run through the area where the ghost was hovering. I slammed the door to the TV room, turned on all the lights in the room, turned on the TV all the way up, and flopped on the couch with an afghan over my head.

As I lay there crying, I could hear above the noise of the TV the sound of dishes breaking in the kitchen. It sounded like someone was throwing them up against the wall. I do not know how long this lasted. The next thing I remember is my mom and step-dad coming home and pounding on the locked TV room door. They were scared for me and did not know what was going on. I told them what had happened. I was shaking all over.

My mom forced me to leave the room and come to the kitchen. I was sobbing. She showed me that all was well in the kitchen and nothing had happened. This was my first experience with the spirit world. It would not be my last."

Is there anything else we should know about the story or being scared? "Since this time, I have had multiple experiences with the spirit world. Also, after my step-dad left for the evening (we were living in two different houses at the time), my mom told me she believed me. She too had experiences with the spirit world."

Do you have any feedback for this HIT? "Fun to share my story. Thanks!"

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