Craig Cottage....

... once upon a time when I was about 9 years old, I saw a ghost.. I had been spending the night at my Grandpa's old place in Madisonville... he lived on Hull Road.. a tucked-away corner of old tobacco patch out behind Hiwassee College.. the land bordered a rise of hills that separated the first branch of the Tennessee Valley from the nearby Sweetwater Valley... the eastern edge of this state being a whirlwind collection of peaks and troughs until you rise up to the Cumberland plateau....

... that night long ago, I saw a horseman on a gray mule riding up to my Grandpa's house... he looked like he was dead.. slumped in the saddle.... I had been told to fetch firewood, and it was then that I saw him.. in the moonlight, I heard the sound of hooves on the gravel road.. I remember the smell of the autumn night air and smoke from the chimney.... and I stood there with my hands full of hickory logs while the rider approached... when his mule finally reached me, the rider turned his white head... he looked at me and then the house and said... "anyone home inside?.. I'm awfully cold"... I was fucking mortified.... his mount never stopped as he spoke, although it was flea-bitten and bone-tired (and likely long ago dead)... as for me? I was frozen where I stood... unable to scream or cry... unable to do anything but hang on to the split wood and gape... but the ghostly mule kept going, and it vanished as it reached the clapboard of the house.. after that night, I never laid my head on a pillow in Grandpa's house again... ever...

.... that was my first ghost.... I was 9 years old... after it, I forced myself to believe that I had imagined the whole thing.... it wasn't until much later that I realized that I truly believe in ghosts... then, I was 21 years old and serving my country as a United States Marine overseas..

... anyway, apart from the mysterious rider, I have felt I was in the presence of the spirits of the dead on three more occasions... all three of them took place at my old home in Scotland... the house had been built in 1793 and had undergone many restorations... lived in by countless peoples through war, famine, pestilence, and disease... my Wife and I lived there from 1993 to 2000... and the house was haunted... haunted in a way that was not benevolent.. but instead, in a way that was deeply, deeply threatening... three times.. always in April... we would be visited... between 10pm and 2am, something mean would come into our home... if y'all are interested, I'll share... why this sudden shedding of these stories?.... well, The Wife told me of another experience last night... one that I hadn't heard before... one that she had never told me about while we lived in that cottage... it brought back, again, all of those little memories that I had thought I had forgotten... so yes, rubberneckers.. as much as it shames me to say it... I believe in ghosts.....

by Eric on July 05, 2005 | Bullshit (17) | TrackBack (1) | SWG Stories
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Share the stories! Share the stories!

Bullshitted by zonker on July 5, 2005 09:42 PM

I'd be interested in hearing the stories.

And I'm wondering, why were you mortified when the ghost spoke to you?

Bullshitted by Suzi on July 5, 2005 10:04 PM

.. damn, Suzi.. wouldn't you?..

Bullshitted by Eric on July 5, 2005 10:12 PM

That is a helluva good story. It gave me the shivers.

Bullshitted by Jim - PRS on July 5, 2005 10:23 PM

By the age of 21, I too was a believer...but I think it takes a certain kind of person to be able to see them...

Bullshitted by Princess Cat on July 5, 2005 11:12 PM

I've never seen a ghost, but I've been places that definately gave me a "Some bad mojo' is lurking here" vibes.

Bullshitted by Graumagus on July 6, 2005 12:46 AM

I've seen two ghosts on two different occations in my life. I was scared shitless both times.
You'd better spill with the rest of the stories! I want to hear them!!

Bullshitted by Maeve on July 6, 2005 12:58 AM

Aside from a black shape, I've never seen a ghost. Never truly believed until the last few years.

Love to hear the stories, man.

Bullshitted by That 1 Guy on July 6, 2005 06:44 AM

I'd love to hear the stories, especially about a Scottish Ghost. Personally I'm a believer, but I have all kinds of funky theories on it.

Bullshitted by Contagion on July 6, 2005 09:02 AM

I believe. I've had my encounters as have all in my family. All my family has always believed... I guess I just considered it a Southern Thing. Never been any doubt in my mind.

It always scares the ever living shit out of me when I encounter them though. Some take comfort it in... not me.

Bullshitted by Bou on July 6, 2005 11:47 AM

I believe! I believe! I told this story before now I have to re-upload the archive, anyway. When a peice of furiture flies across a small room and almost hits one of several people it makes believers out of all there. there was running out of the room invovled!

Bullshitted by shelli on July 6, 2005 12:05 PM

Jeez... Just as I finished reading the post something shifted in my paper shredder can right next to the desk. :^0 I almost jumped out of my skin! And you didn't even tell all of the stories! Our house is 110y.o. but no sign of ghosties yet -- we have had ghosts in other houses though. Some friendlier than others....

Bullshitted by Richmond on July 6, 2005 12:07 PM

Definitely a believer. Please share!

Bullshitted by vw bug on July 6, 2005 12:22 PM

I'm a definite believer too. Do share!

Bullshitted by Kelly on July 6, 2005 01:36 PM

Please please please share! I love ghost stories.

Bullshitted by blondage on July 6, 2005 01:54 PM

Ah Lad, you have us hooked. Like you, my first experience was when I was around 8 at my Grandma's. I wasn't scared then because I never new it was a ghost or spirit until after.

I too lived in a haunted house. Not fun or pleasant. I'm grateful that in my present house the only spirit that has visited me in the last year has been my friend Mike. Those are the kind of visits I like from the other side.

Please sir, can you tell us more?!!!!

Bullshitted by Michele on July 7, 2005 12:54 AM

Eric,

I'm not sure why you would be ashamed of seeing, experiencing, and ultimately believing your own senses---all six of 'em.

I have always considered this kind of phenomenon related to physics or dimensionality. The whole time theory issue is really interesting...how time, in really simple terms, jumps back and forth.

"Strange attractors" are one way to explain this. I'm not a science geek, but I find some of these cool theories interesting enough to try and understand. Strangely enough, I have so latched onto some of these theories enough that I even describe my own site as "The Theory of Everything" - basically, when one thing doesn't obey the proven laws of a theory, like Newtonian Physics.

My understanding of this is that quantum (or subatomic) particles possess strange qualities, qualities other particles do not possess. Such as spinning in different directions all at once, act like waves in the ocean or particles jetisoning like small bullets or even sperm (imagery of shooting, or shooting stars). These move faster than the speed of light I'm told, contrary to Einstein's theory of relativity. And, these particles are "fuzzy" because they exist in all positions simultaneously (either that or we just can't keep up with where they are technologically, we just know they do it and act in this manner). These strange particles or "strange attractors" are what has been described as the effort to understand these paradoxes - i.e. The Theory of Everything.

Heisenberg says that "by the very act of observing a thing, you change it." The latest and greatest is that some physicist's believe our own consciousness can actually collapse these "fuzzy" states of being into one. Basically, our thoughts create our reality. On the other hand, the "fuzzy" states of these particles could illustrate dimensionality in time or layers of existence.

Many theorists, scientists, authors and thinkers have written about these and other theories, ideas and proven phenomenon. On the other hand, you could have just seen ghosts or shades. It's much more mystical that way.

I know I have seen and felt very odd vibrations and shadows all my life. I go through periods where there is nothing and then one day, I see and feel them really often. I know something odd that has happened more recently is: time jumps. I put down a glass in a certain position, the glass sweats and leaves a ring on the tables surface. From the corner of my eye, I glance something, a shift, or jump, like waking up suddenly, and the glass no longer has a ring on the table's surface and is just beginning to sweat from the heat. Or, the object has moved...very 'strange' ... guess I am 'attracted' to that phenomenon.

Bullshitted by Sinequanon on July 8, 2005 11:01 PM