1. “I was alone, in a one-person tent. I slept well. At 3 a.m., I awoke to the sound of thunder and found the inner and outer tent doors wide open. That was odd.”
2. “For Covid, my spouse worked nightly. He departed at 8:15 p.m. one night. My daughter and I decided to watch movies. Around 11 a.m., I heard keys in our backdoor and my husband’s regular noises. I crept out to the kitchen to confirm it was him. “Hi” to our daughter as he passed the living room and proceeded upstairs. He returned, kissed me, and departed.
3. “I lived in Boston. My cat hopped on my bed and nestled between my calf around 3 a.m. Since I was 5, my cat did this every night. I knew it. My cat was with my parents on the West Coast, so I had no idea what I was feeling, but I knew it was my cat. I thought I was dreaming. My parents called me the next morning, telling me that my cat had died about midnight, which was three a.m. I suppose my cat came to visit me one final time in Boston.”
4.”I was with my girlfriend’s mother. My girlfriend’s room is an addition to their garage. It was a long walk to her room. I awoke one night at 1 a.m. to a reddish light in the room. When I glance up at the ceiling, I see a dark creature creeping. It moved inhumanly, as though shattering every bone. My screams awaken my girlfriend, who looks up at the ceiling and screams too. I instinctively whip my pillow at the figure. Then everything went dark, and I awoke hours later. My partner was out, so I assumed it was a strange dream. I had to go to the bathroom. So I strolled across the garage, trying to open the garage door silently.
Her mother had become tired of us staying up late and going to the bathroom via the garage door since it would noisily click and startle her. So I’m at the garage door, attempting to open it silently. As I open it, her mother screams. I believed I’d awakened her up, so I shut the door and ran back to my girlfriend’s room, telling her mother was yelling. She rose to defuse the tension. After around 20 minutes, my girlfriend returned, perfectly quiet. She inquired whether I’d previously seen the room light red or a figure in the ceiling. I respond yes, and she looks wide-eyed as if she witnessed it too. Her mother wasn’t yelling at me. When I opened the door, she noticed a dark figure standing at the foot of the bed, slowly approaching her. My girlfriend checking on her caused her to have a blackout.
5. “I slept on the sofa and woke up to use the toilet. And, I arrived and discovered I didn’t have to go. I went back to the sofa. When I arrived, I saw my corpse curled up on the couch. I have no memory of what occurred next, and I know it was all a dream, but it still scares me.”
6. “No one recalls a student in my class. We were inseparable when we were in kindergarten. He vanished a month after Christmas. Nobody knew him. Not my instructors or peers. No. It was so embarrassing that I asked the school counselor whether he had transferred. Nothing. I think about it every month.”
7. “I was approximately ten when I observed my grandma peering out the front door. She called my father. My father was turned away from her, but he was shirtless. I recognized him by his noticeable mole in the center of his back. I couldn’t comprehend his rambling. My grandma said, ‘If you love them so much, why did you do this?’ My mom wasn’t there because she had just gotten a call saying my dad had been drinking and struck a mule on the highway. He was clinging to life in the ICU.”
8. “My grandmother (great-grandma) and mum were quite close, although they lived abroad. They called each other every Sunday at 8:00 a.m. to make the expense equal. Due to a four-minute time difference, my grandmother usually called at 8:04 a.m.
Tuesday, Nana died. The next week, while having breakfast, my mother noted the time was 7:50 a.m. ‘Nana was on the phone!’ I consoled her as she cried. Then the phone rings at 8:04 a.m. A message says ‘Unknown Caller.’ Is this some twisted joke? All she gets is static and a distorted voice recording when she replies. ‘We hope you enjoy your journey to paradise!’ The phone rings. That one defies understanding. It still puzzles me.”
9. “This voicemail surprised me, and I still think about it. It was from a Texas number I didn’t know. They phoned again in the wee hours of the morning and left this message. It’s all uncomfortable. It’s an elderly lady with a coded message concerning a meeting. The oddest aspect is that there are two noises of someone hanging up at the conclusion. It’s odd and unsettling. I’ve searched the number many times with no success figuring out who or why left it.”
10. “My wallet and BlackBerry were taken in 2009. I changed my cards and went on. I acquired a new vehicle in 2014. It was a Comcast truck from another state. I drove it home, and my dad and I went through it looking for items like the spare tire jack. My license was located beneath the passenger seat. I’d forgotten to put it away at the dealership, so I opened my wallet to put it in. I already have a license. The license found beneath the seat was stolen in 2009. In a vehicle from another state that I bought five years later.”
11. “In my dreams, a dark parasite sucked my life from me. It waited for me in the dark corners of the room. When I was worried, my cats would join me in bed. The parasite was draining my life from me in my dream, and I became nauseous and felt a pea-sized lump. My doctor ordered a biopsy. At 28, I was diagnosed with male breast cancer. THE DREAM VANISHED after I woke up, and my cats returned to their customary spots, not on my bed. My cats guarding me made the dream frightening for me.”
12. On a routine Saturday night, alone with my two dogs, I heard hammering from the basement. It sounded like someone was beating on the appliances. The only way into the basement from the ground floor is via the upstairs rooms, so I knew nobody could have gotten past me. Knowing this, I was less terrified and more fascinated by the sounds.
The Meathead of the two dogs wants to attack everyone. He heard the disturbance and went down to investigate—my other dog bashing his head onto our washer and chest freezer when I went down. My meathead dog merely stared, puzzled. So I walked up to my second dog and calmed him down. This bothered me since it was unusual behavior for my dog.
Especially, after around 30 minutes, the pounding resumes. My dog is resting down, but he’s aware of the sounds downstairs. In the basement, Meathead is bashing his head between the appliances. We walk back upstairs, and I soothe Meathead.
It’s been three years, so I don’t think it’s brain tumors causing the headbanging. Nothing strange has occurred since.”
13. “One day, I came home from work wearing headphones and spoke to my mom. When I went to get a snack, I noticed my roommate (and childhood best friend) exit her room and enter mine. We shared a room and were quite trustworthy, so we could easily borrow clothing, a hairbrush, perfume, etc. She appeared saturated in a white towel as she had just come out of the shower. I recall her beautiful black hair.
I grabbed my food, called my mom, and went into my room to watch TV. After an hour, I went to wipe my plate. “Hey, what did you steal from my room earlier?” I questioned my roommate while she was preparing food. “What are you talking about?” she said, puzzled.
And also, noticing her entering my room while talking to my mother, I didn’t welcome her. She inquired whether I saw her. I said yes, 100%. She instructed me to hurry up and get into her vehicle to show me something. She took me out the front door to her vehicle, putting my phone and keys on the kitchen counter. Just five minutes before we began chatting, she said she had spent the night at her boyfriend’s place. She had no idea.
I’ll never forget her expression when she told me this: terrified and panicked. Our apartment management phoned the police. They searched and found no one. They investigated everything and found nothing. After a week of hearing sounds from her bathroom, like bottles moving, but finding nothing, my buddy informed me. Unknown people entered and exited our rooms, but they looked like my pal. This happened in 2014, and it still freaks me out.”