Do You Believe In Ghosts? ~Beyond the Books

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It seems to be a bit more mainstream to actually believe in ghosts these days. I never thought television shows would make ghost hunting such a cool career choice. This season’s theme for American Horror Story is a haunting. I really like the interview and then reenactment style of story telling that AHS and other paranormal shows have made famous. It is nice that people are becoming more familiar with the topic of hauntings and ghosts.

I remember the first time I watched TAPS and I thought it was the best show ever. I can tell after years of watching it (now mostly because my Miguel is a bit addicted to it) that they almost never find any evidence. The camera is always looking the wrong way and we are mostly left with the hunters telling how how creepy the room feels. Ghosts are illusive and hard to catch on camera, in pictures, on recording devices, and in person. Is there strong evidence that they probably exist? Yes and no. It really comes down to your experience.


My Ghost Story

I know this is going to sound crazy, but I actually have had first hand experience with a ghost (or ghosts, I am honestly not sure). When I was growing up, we had a ghost follow us for two addresses. My friends all thought I was crazy and doubted me, until they witnessed strange things for themselves.

The weird things started when I was 8, and they ended around the time I turned 15. The strange events actually started with me and a radio I used to listen to. One night for no reason the radio came on full blast in the middle of the night. I will never forget being awoken to the noise. What played was not music, but instead sounded like rough wind through trees and an evil laugh. In the background I could hear a baby crying. I woke with a start and tried to turn off the sound, that was when I realized the radio was unplugged. I screamed so hard and my mother came running into the room. As soon as she appeared the sounds stopped. She heard the radio for herself. It never happened again.

Soon after that, our big console radio in the living room started acting up. It would turn on by itself and the volume/station was never where we left it. This wasn’t a big deal and we all sort of wrote it off as being just the old console acting up. We soon realized that this was just the beginning. Things really escalated when my mom bought her first home.

This home seemed pretty normal when we first moved in. It took a few months for things to start feeling different. Some of the things we dealt with in this home were:

  • Cold spots
  • Every room had a different personality, so you could go in a room feeling one way and come out feeling completely different.
  • It felt like someone was staring at you whenever we were in the family room.
  • The radio in the kitchen and the TV in the living room would go on and off by themselves, at the same time.
  • The garage door was always open, despite the slide lock everyone always used when closing the door.
  • In my brother’s room the dial to his radio moved all by itself.
  • Voices were heard from other rooms when no one was home.
  • Lights would go on and off by themselves.
  • Our dog would bark at spots in the house and avoided some rooms altogether no matter how we tried to coax him.

We never actually saw a ghost. No one in my family dabbled with the occult prior to our experiences. We weren’t religious growing up, so no one called anyone to bless the house. We all agreed something was happening, but no one wanted to move out. Besides, it seems to have followed us from our apartment to our house, so there was probably no running from it. It was never malicious or really terrifying except that one night with the radio in my room. Probably everything else could have some explanation, but not that. That was truly frightening and I will never forget it.

Our haunting stopped when we moved from Ft. Lauderdale to Orlando when I was 15. To be honest, I was almost hoping it would stay with us, because it became part of our family. We had a little haunting and it made us think about life beyond death. Not that anyone can prove anything, but I never doubted it was a real thing. I don’t know why it stopped when we made that last move. I mean, why wold a ghost be limited by distance? I have no idea how that all works.

Every time I move into a new place, I pay close attention to how a place feels. So far both our home here in Connecticut and my home in Florida appear to be haunt free. Dammit! I do believe in ghosts, but I also believe that a lot of things have a rational explanation if we only take time to look (or as the guys on TAPS like to say, “debunked it”).

Do you believe in ghosts?

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Mother, Lover, Writer, Reviewer, Social Media Princess. Karen has been a blogger since 2010. She is a US Army veteran, a medical professional, and the mother of four. Karen is the owner of That Book Store llc. She reviews books and shares mind vomit for this blog in her 'spare' time. Karen lives in New England.

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  1. Let's Get Beyond Tolerance September 29, 2016 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    I do believe in ghosts, though I don’t have any personal experiences. I know when I was younger, we lived in a family friend’s house for a few months and while I don’t remember experiencing anything, one of the girls that actually lived there did. She’d hear footsteps coming up the stairs and it wouldn’t be anyone else in the house. I believe someone died or even killed themselves in the house though – it was old – so it was probably something like that.

    I do hear that some ghosts are limited to where they died, or a certain place, so maybe your ghost(s) really couldn’t go from state to state. That’s spooky about the radio though!

    -Lauren
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    • Karen Blue
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      September 30, 2016 at 7:41 am - Reply

      Ya it is hard to say what the rules for them might be. Like I told Katherine, it seemed important for this ghost to follow us to another house in a different city, but maybe Orlando was just to far. I think everyone should be a skeptic, because it seems outrageous. Once you have an experience it changes your perspective.

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
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    September 29, 2016 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    We were big TAPS fans for years too but gave up because after awhile it got kind of old. Have you watched The Dead Files on Travel Channel? That’s my current favorite ghost show. They have another one called Ghost Adventures or something that’s more popular but I think The Dead Files is more interesting. Your experience sounds a lot like what happened in the house my husband’s family lived in. The only difference is their grandmother had died there and then shortly after the cold spots and the creaks and all the rest started up. J’s older brother talked to someone who said that he believed that her spirit was still there because it was familiar and she was a little confused. He said it wasn’t uncommon for a spirit like that to follow someone to another residence because the person made them feel safe. No idea what the truth is there but it makes me wonder about the history of your apartment! I don’t say I believe but I definitely don’t say I don’t believe. I’ve had my own experiences and have heard a few experiences from the most no-nonsense person I knew so I have to believe there’s something.
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    • Karen Blue
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      September 30, 2016 at 7:39 am - Reply

      Oh yes! I couldn’t think of the name of it for this post (and as you probably know I posted it really late yesterday for a BTB post) but I LOVE The Dead Files. Although we don’t get to se any evidence, it is interesting to see how he is able to confirm all her findings.
      I always assumed because our ghost could follow us to another residence, that maybe it was attached to one of us in the family, or all of us together. Who knows though.

  3. Laura Thomas
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    October 1, 2016 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    I think some experiences we have give us no choice but to believe. Though I can’t imagine how I’d feel if something like what happened to you happened to me!
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  4. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction October 1, 2016 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    I saw a ghost (or something) when I was a child. I was in my mom’s bed and watched a form that was made of light walk in the door. It was human-shaped, but it didn’t have any features. I was frozen in the bed, terrified as I watched it walk in. But when it walked behind me and I could no longer see it, I was terrified to turn around. Instead, I ran out of the room into the kitchen where my mom was. She insisted I had been asleep, but I really don’t think I was.
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    • Karen Blue
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      October 2, 2016 at 5:39 pm - Reply

      I had a similar situation happen to me in this house. I hope I was asleep, it was terrifying.

  5. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight
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    October 3, 2016 at 12:08 am - Reply

    I wish I could believe in ghosts! I want very desperately to believe in an afterlife, but my mind automatically tries to rationalize EVERYTHING. Like I can come up with a million “reasons” for something happening, just to talk myself out of it, even though I feel like I would be more at peace if I DID believe that people lived on, and there was life after death and all that jazz. Even if ghosts can be scary, I think they’d be more comfort to my panic and anxiety than they would be scary!
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    • Karen Blue
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      October 3, 2016 at 7:41 am - Reply

      Okay then, when I start doing paranormal investigations I will take you a long to debunk everything. I need a skeptic in my life. I think it is great that yu don’t automatically believe. I wouldn’t either had it not happened to me. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books October 3, 2016 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    Okay, that all sounds pretty terrifying to me. I don’t think I would have wanted to stay in the house. Overall I’m not really sure that I believe in ghosts/spirits/whatever but I also don’t disbelieve either, y’know? I think most things can be explained but it would also be foolish to think that there’s not something “more” that sometimes chooses to linger or make contact. I don’t know… but I am sure that I would’ve been wigged out by it all!
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    • Karen Blue
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      October 3, 2016 at 3:33 pm - Reply

      I was at times, so were we all. I think it is good to have an open mind, but to not believe everything you hear as well. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Silvara October 17, 2016 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    I believe there’s something, whether or not it’s ghosts, parallel universes, ripple in time, I have no set feelings. I just know odd things have happened to me and family members a number of times over the years.

    The first one I can remember, I was in my early 20’s and living with my mom and her parents while going to college. The room that was mine in that house, had the bed set up against the wall, and the doorway was basically at my feet. I woke up in the middle of the night (it was still pitch black outside the windows) because someone was calling my name. I remember being really tired and not wanting to be awake. So I squinted one eye slightly open and saw the doorway was flooded with light and a tall skinny figure stood there. (I’ve worn glasses since I was 13 for distance, so I couldn’t see the figure clearly.) Mom was very overweight, so I figured it was Nana or Claude. After a few min the light went off and I went back to sleep. When I asked them the next morning what they’d wanted, all 3 of them said it hadn’t been them. And we were the only people in the house!

    The 2nd one was after I’d lost my house and moved back in with Dad in California around 8-9 years ago. Our bedrooms were across from each other, with a hallway between leading farther into the house. Dad’s office was at the far end of the house. And one night I was sitting at my computer when I saw and heard someone (from the corner of my eye) walk into dad’s bedroom, then out again and down the hall. The person went into the living room and out the sliding glass door, slamming it closed behind them. But the outside light never came on. (My bedroom had a sliding glass door to the backyard and the outside light was right near there, so I could tell it hadn’t come on.) I got up and went to see what Dad was doing, only to find the living room sliding glass door was locked. From the inside! We never did find an intruder, and Dad had weird experiences in that house for years before I moved in.

    We also always seem to have ghost cats in every house I’ve ever lived in. We’ll hear cats jumping up or down off the counters in the kitchen, when all the cats are in sight in another room. Sometimes I feel a cat brushing up against my legs when there is no animal in sight.I’ve always chalked the cats down to the amount of them we’ve lost to cancer over the years, and that maybe they’re letting us know they’re happy or miss us or something. I’ve lost 2 of mine, and Dad’s lost 5.

    • Karen Blue
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      October 18, 2016 at 7:09 am - Reply

      That is really freaky! Ghost cats! I would probably die. Wow it seems like ghosts are drawn to you. Thanks for sharing these scary stories!

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