Archive for March, 2008

Haunted House

By Hank Hayseed, Esq.
BayToday.ca
Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The first house I bought was a cute little old farmhouse in the Caledon Hills, north of Toronto. The missus and I moved there a mere week after our daughter was born.

Everything was roses: I had an exciting career, we increasingly enjoyed our new place and our daughter was an absolute joy to be with.

Until…things started to … subtly change.

The neighbours had advised us to lock up when we left the house due to some recent hooliganisms in the area. Upon our return from shopping, as one of us would reach for the front door with our keys, the door would slowly open!

“Um, okay, I guess we didn’t lock it properly, eh honey?” After the second occurrence, we gave that door a thorough inspection. Yes, we could definitely hear the locking mechanism engage. Next time we came home, same thing…the door was unlocked and partially open.

Okay, we tried coming home via the back door. Same thing.
Oh boy!

I was raised in a family with several women. Guess how many times I left the toilet seat up? Right, once! In this new home, every time I went to do a stand-up procedure, the lid was up when I walked into the bathroom!

For the first few times, I just assumed that I had left it up after my previous visit. But, NO! I never leave a seat up! And there was no way that the missus would’ve.

But wait…there’s more!

I had bought a rocking chair for the nursery, for the missus and I to feed and rock our daughter. One day, the missus went upstairs to see the chair rocking! Exactly as if someone was in it! The window wasn’t open for any wind to be moving it.

We finally asked our neighbours if they knew the history of the house. Previous to the young couple we bought if from, there were two spinster sisters that had lived there for several decades. Their family had once owned several hundred acres in the area. As their parents and siblings had passed away or moved on, they sold off the property to be left with the wee house on an acre and half.

One of the sisters had died in her sleep. In my daughter’s room! After her passing the other sister moved away.

The missus and I discussed it. Outside, in case the Ghost was listening. We agreed that at least it appeared benevolent and certainly not worthy of any concerns of poltergeist-like activities.

The five of us, daughter, missus, dog, our Ghost and myself, spent a most enjoyable time living there.

Especially, as a man, to find the toilet seat already raised for me.
 

My Reality Gets Pulled Into My Nightmare

My main objective is to get out of this hell house… it’s filled with such a bad vibe and I just want to get out.   Dark,  cold, damp  and musky smells consumed my senses… my heart is pounding.  I can feel something coming.   Something bad.   Then out of nowhere a fellow coworker crashes my dream in her usual staggered limp of a walk.   She’s removing her coat ever so slowly as I watch her, all confused, she turns to me and said her usual good morning.  I shook that off and I decide to pick up the pace so I could get the hell out of there.  I managed to get outside and weave in and out of the neighborhood until I crashed into consciousness.  Then that Monday morning I read an email that the same person that I dreamed about had to take a rather long leave of absence.  I have never thought of this woman outside of work, let alone dream about her and then she ends up getting so sick she can’t work for a while… so strange! I told one of my close friends at work about it, as well as the fact that I am a Libra and very sensitive, she looked at me and said “oh boy that’s strange!”.  Isn’t it?!

If you read the following article you may believe that the fellow featured may have had some sort of sleep disorder.  It is possible.  I, however, know for a fact that my experiences are 100% because when I experienced a similar paralysis it was post my blankets being pulled down 3x!  I will never forget that for as long as I live, and beyond! 

 

For the Gray brothers, terror has turned out to be a good thing.

Two years ago in the middle of the night, Adam Gray saw a figure in a white shroud at the foot of his bed.

“I was quite terrified and I was trying to scream or move,” said the Belleville resident, now 35. “I was completely paralyzed, except for my eyes.”

The figure raised a hand, and Gray said he felt as though his soul was being pulled out of his body.

Gray’s wife, Jacqui, was alerted by muffled noise coming from her husband. She saw nothing unusual in the room, and shook him.

“As she shook me, it vanished,” said Gray, who added the experience was so frightening he was content to believe it had been a nightmare, as Jacqui had suggested.

But it became a recurring scare, and Gray was so shaken that he began researching its symptoms.

He learned about sleep paralysis, a condition experienced by an estimated 20 per cent of the world’s population.

One scientific theory says the mind and eyes wake up before the sleeping body, leaving the limbs still immobilized from sleep. In some cases, scientists say, the victim’s mind may produce some sort of ghost or creature as a way of explaining the paralysis.

Some people feel as though they’re being suffocated; others have many more symptoms.

Gray wanted to learn more, and since he was already in partnership with his brother Andrew in Graymatters Video Productions, a documentary seemed the best route.

When Andrew Gray first heard his brother’s story, he had a typical brotherly reaction: “that he was nuts.

“It took some convincing,” Andrew, 32, said this week.

But in time, the pair developed a solid proposal for The Nightmare, a film exploring the subject.

They recruited Canadian producer Paul Stephens, whose work includes Beowulf & Grendel, Ordinary Magic, and TV’s Torso: The Evelyn Dick Story. They’d met earlier when Stephens, a frequent visitor to the Quinte region, wandered into their former Pinnacle Street office out of curiosity.

The Grays made their pitch to VisionTV at Toronto’s Hot Docs film festival.

“From the first few words of their pitch, it was exactly what we were looking for,” said Joan Jenkinson, VisionTV’s director of independent productions and The Nightmare’s executive producer.

“It was a fresh perspective,” she said. “Their vision was also big. “I took a chance with them because I didn’t really know anything about them,” she told The Intelligencer.

Jenkinson said once work was underway, however, “They blew me away.” Together, VisionTV and Space: The Imagination Station gave The Nightmare the green light.

“In order to pull off such an ambitious project on the budget we had, we really had to get our hands dirty,” Adam said.

For the next two years, the Grays travelled from Japan to the African island of Zanzibar, filming interviews with people who’d had sleep paralysis and scientists who have studied it.

“I’d never left the continent before, so it was all new and strange,” said Andrew.

Every culture they visited had a different name for the nightmarish experience.

But in each, a strange creature visited victims in the night, terrorizing the person and sometimes creating the sensations of being choked or, in Zanzibar, physical signs of rape.

Newfoundlanders spoke of “the hag,” a witch who attacked sleepers. In Japan, one woman said the face of her father on the figure choking her. And in Zanzibar, a witch doctor told Gray he had been possessed by evil spirits, then performed an exorcism on him.

In California, a Hmong shaman from southeast Asia performed another ceremony on him, ending his recurring experiences.

Scientists, meanwhile, offered theories on whether or not the experience was a hallucination or something else entirely.

Some of the evidence seen in The Nightmare seems to indicate it may be much more than a bad dream, at least in some instances.

So far, Adam said, “They can’t really explain something as bizarre as this.”

And after two years of work on the project, Andrew still isn’t convinced one way or the other.

“It can’t be explained by science, but supernatural theories don’t make a lot of sense either. I think there’s a lot to the mind and body that we don’t understand.”

Adam said he was reassured by their investigation, if only because he learned just how common his experience was.

“When you talk to so many people who are obviously completely normal, healthy people who’ve had the same experience, it’s comforting.”

The brothers’ roughly 43-minute film aired on VisionTV’s Enigma March 5. It’s expected to repeat and air on Space as well, though no dates have been set.

The brothers are hoping it could lead to much more, and that may be happening.

The Nightmare was the first broadcast project written and directed by the Grays. VisionTV’s Jenkinson liked what she saw.

“They are my best find of the year,” Jenkinson said without hesitation.

“Throughout the whole process they were very, very professional and very creative, and the product we got at the end was fantastic.

“The writing was also very dramatic; they told a very good story.”

Jenkinson has already agreed to use a new half-hour cut of The Nightmare in her new series, “Do You Believe In…?” It’s a rebranding of Enigma, and aims to explain paranormal and supernatural phenomena.

The brothers from Belleville have a place in the new brand, she said.

“We have full intention on moving forward with them on at least a couple of projects.”

The Grays have pitched her ideas for four new documentaries covering everything from clairvoyance to black magic.

If they’re accepted, Andrew said dryly, “We’re going to be quite busy this year talking to a lot of strange people in foreign countries,” Andrew said dryly.

“It feels great,” he said of the prospect of more work. “It feels like everything I’ve been working for is starting to take off and I’ll be able to explore the kinds of topics I want to in film.”

They said they’re mindful of the possibility of being labelled as makers of only spooky projects, but aren’t yet concerned by it.

“I don’t think that’s our lifelong goal – to make supernatural films – but it’s a fun place to start,” Adam said.

He added regardless of whether the strange phenomena are real or imagined doesn’t matter: people are experiencing them, and whatever the cause, it’s worth investigating.

“We’d like to make films that open people’s minds to the possibility that it’s a genuine experience – this is something that’s real and happening, and people should think about it.”

lhendry@intelligencer.ca

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“I’m not actively participating in any group meets. I’m very private when it comes to my paranormal world. It’s very personal to me and I’m not ready to join a meet up group right now, if ever.”

I mean I do want to go, don’t get me wrong, but I just feel that I have to reach a certain level before I can benefit a group and/or the persons that have invited us into their home, or where ever. I take the paranormal very very seriously, not saying that no one else does, but I strongly feel that I have to know more before I can experience any meets. Too many energies maybe? Maybe we wouldn’t attract as much or maybe too much. I found out recently that I was not attacked by a human spirit in the past. What if there are demons in the mix?! I have always been prone to receiving energy, so for me that negative energy is the absolute worst feeling that I have ever encountered. Long story short, I just can’t participate in a group meet. I would, however, like very much to apprentice someday soon. I think an experienced mentor would be ideal.

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