I love horror movies, especially the more psychological ones based on ghosts and demons. Tonight we saw a film which we bought on Queensday called White Noise. It’s based on what’s called EVP, or Electronic Voice Phenomena. In other words recordings of spirits transmitted through tapes, TV or radio.
Although not the scariest film, it left a dark presence, and I was clinging onto my husband when he decided he was tired and had to go to sleep. Ever since I was young, really young, I’ve had a fascination for the paranormal. But then again which girl didn’t? It all started with a weekly magazine my mum would get and it would feature every week some curious cases, from famous murders to hauntings. Those articles (which I would skip at once to, as soon as I would have the magazine in my hands) would act like fuel to a curious, yet frightened mind, seeking proof to a world beyond this. When I later met my beloved friend C, I had found a kindred spirit for continuing this quest. Murder and mayhem mixed with parapsychology (and often the three intertwined) became topics we’d exchange our amateur knowledge of.
There are many stories, legends, books, films and personal anecdotes that have since become historic memorabilia, always close to heart. I must profess they are of the more darker nature, but where there’s light, there is also darkness. For those, like me, fascinated by such stories, here are some, with links, I’m happy to share…
1. Faces of Belmez – still controversial to this date
2. Madame Lalaurie – The haunted house of New Orleans
3. Elizabeth Bathory – The female Dracula
4. The story of Vlad Tepes – aka Dracula himself
5. Lizzy Borden – Did a female mass murderer go free?
6. Victoria practice of Memento Mori
7. Gilles de Rais – A medieval serial killer?
8. The Borley Rectory – what’s been known as the most haunted house of England
9. The curious case of Jumping Jack
10. …and of course no list is without Jack the Ripper …which has particularily haunted me since the age of 10, thanks to an interesting book called Unbelievable but True (not sure if it’s in print anymore)
So for those whishing some Saturday night’s entertainment….have fun! As for my own paranormal experiences. Not that many, I must admit. Apart from sometimes having a feeling when visiting certain places, that something is lurking – sad, evil but also kindred presence – I have not experienced much. Well, coming to think of it, this is not entirely true, as on two occasions, both within a matter of months, and being pregnant I may add, I did see something I can’t explain.
The first occassion may in fact have been a dream. It happened during our holiday in the South of France where we stayed at a turn of the century villa. I woke up in the night, going to the toilet. I didn’t even bother to turn on the light as the toilet was just around the corner from my bed and I didn’t want to wake up Reinout. When I was ready and turned around to walk out I saw a man standing in front of me. As it was quite dark, apart from a small window behind this figure, he looked tall and quite dark to me. I screamed, I’m sure waking up half of the hotel and Reinout too. Whatever I saw vanished and during the rest of our stay everything was quiet. Having said this, Reinout (who is probably more “spiritual” than I am) always claimed to feel a presence in the hallway of the hotel.
The second “sighting” happened a few months later in late autumn. We were having dinner with friends, and I sat facing the doorway from our dining room. I see a girl, very briefly, sort of skipping past the door. It was over in less than two seconds, and I first thought it was Victoria, so I call for her. But Victoria was sitting watching TV, in fact in the adjourning part of the room. And I realized then that it couldn’t have been Victoria, as the girl was wearing a cotton dress and knee high black boots, sort of late Victorian style. A discussion errupted amongst our guests, as I was positive I had seen this girl. Whatever it was (or if it was just a optical illusion) I’ve never experienced it again. Other people have claimed feeling a presence in our house, but I can’t attest to this. Reinout felt something in the beginning of our relationship, and this often centred around the doorway to our bathroom. An old mahogny cupboard stands next to it and on a couple of occasions taking photos of it, orbs have appeared. It was someone reading my blog once that made me pay attention to it.
Talking of orbs, one derelict chateau we once visited (which Reinout refused to go into) I did take some very interesting pictures of. Some of the rooms where full of orbs. If they were dust particles or not, I cannot say. But Buddy (our Cocker Spaniel) did react very strange on a certain spot refusing to cross the room. Pictures hereunder…
Goodnight folks. And happy ghost hunting!
Multiple orbs, but could also be dust particles
This room however, was close to where our dog had enough of our visit