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Wierd things you have seen in the woods.

 
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bump Perhaps we could expand for people to include stories of things that didn't occur in the woods.

When I was 16, on a weekend night, I had been out with friends and returned home. I came in and saw every light in the house was on but there was no one home. Normally there would be my parents and my older brother. Didnt know what to make of it so I just went to bed. It was about midnight. At 3 a.m. I was awoken abruptly to someone banging on the door. I went out into the well lit hallway. I heard a womans voice yelling my mother's name, Mrs. White! over and over and banging on the door. I could see the door vibrate when she banged on it. I yelled loudly, who is it?? She did not answer but continued to bang and call out. I moved to about 3 feet from the door and while she was banging and calling I yelled back very loud, WHO IS IT?? This time it stopped abruptly but did not answer. I was scared. Nevertheless I leaped to the door and flung it open. There was no one there. I stuck out my head immediately and looked down the driveway, and saw no one. I ran out to the end of the driveway and looked all around. We lived in the middle of a street in a very quiet nice neighborhood. It was very quiet, no motion or noise at all. I thought whoever it was must be still there, possibly hiding in the bushes. Even if they had ran and leaped into a running car and sped away I would have at least seen them driving down the street. They couldn't get away that fast. I stood alone on the street listening and watching for about 15 minutes, waiting to see someone who was doing all that. It was so quiet and there was nothing so I went back to bed. There was still no one else home. My family wasn't the type to go out like that. All the lights and t.v. were still on. I went back to sleep. Maybe a couple hours later my dad woke me up to tell me mom was at the hospital and had had a stroke and was in very bad shape. I never told him about the strange event. It was too weird. Mom lived about 13 more years in a terrible condition from the stroke. I never knew who or what that was knocking. I still remember the sound of the woman's voice.
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The part of her soul she lost in the stroke came back home trying to find her.
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Sorry you lost your mom.
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For mother's day this year my family went for a picnic on "Bald Mountain", part of the Appalachian Trail in Madison County, NC. It was beautiful with a 360 deg. view of all the mountains. There was a cool breeze so my husband and I laid on our backs on a blanket while our kids ran around in the open field on top of this mountain.

Two of our boys were about 50 yards away from us when they picked up a large stone together and let it drop. We felt the vibration of this stone from 50 yards away and heard a loud hollow thud sound from beneath us. I SWEAR the mountain sounded hollow!

My husband swears to this day that it must be an old missile silo or something to have sounded so hollow. Maybe it's an old capped volcano...or neither. I don't like the thought of either one but who knows!
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I grew up in upstate NY near Garrison. I was king o da woods I tells ya. App trail just cross the street . I lived in those woods man. I was the newspaper boy and hence : the king of woods porn ! All others bow down. Found mountains o da stuff. had my own trailer I found deep in the woods full o porn.Dem woods was spooky as fuck I tells ya.Most horrible:My friends tells me they wuz cruzing around the back of the mall probly puffin on the weed mind ya, and one of the lads from around the way lets say his name was RAY ,and it was, comes stumbling out o da woods covered in blood wearin only 'is skivvies. says he got jumped by some black dudes and they robbed im.They gives im a ride and gets im some pants an thats the last I heard of it.this is high school days mind ya.Some girl has gone missing for a few weeks last seen with guess who? ol' RAY. So I puts 1 an 1 together and sez to my buds hey what about dude comin out o da woods that one time. They sez STFU !Later dude admits he wuz on acid and tried to get some off her she refused an he stoved er head in with a rock.Fuckin sad shit. But if it wasn't fer my buddies saw him stumble out o da woods he would a got away with it.Aw my buddies were no angels they burned down a Shoprite I m glad I wasn't there for that party.John John offed imself, johnney smashed iz Ninja and was never the same again.(a lot less stuck up they say)Otto probly still rottin in the can fer duis galore.Tim made it out he works on trains.Me I'm still the king o woods porn damn you all. It's my only claim to fame.
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bump for an awesome thread. I just sat here and read all the way from the beginning. Wow what stories. I have a couple of hair raising tales myself which I will post when I have time.
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This story takes place in the summer of 1989.

I had recently gotten out of school and I still had not decided what I wanted to do, so I had a lot of free time on my hands. I had spent years doing my family's genealogy so I decided once again to pick up where I left off now that I had the time. Now if you have any experience with genealogy, you know that a lot of your time is going to be spent in cemeteries gathering info, collecting dates, and taking pictures of headstones. This is what I spent rest of 1989 doing; going to little towns, libraries and cemeteries.

Anyway, years ago I had ran into a brick wall with one of my ancestors. A man named Jim Clark who came to Texas in the 1870s. After 1875 he just vanished and I could never find anything else on him. After years of trying I put it aside and focused on other things in my life. So with Jim is where I started again, once I had the time.

As before, I hit a brick wall. He simply disappeared after 1875 with no trace. This time however I wasn't giving up. I had recently found evidence of a cemetery close by his last known location. A cemetery that for all intents and purposes had been long forgotten. Inspired by this new info I decided to go hunt the cemetery down and see if that was Jim's final resting place.

I didn't know then, that it would turn out to be the life changing experience that it was.

I searched for weeks for this little country cemetery. I looked at maps, talked with the old timers around my little town, and all I came up with was zilch, nothing. No one knew anything about this cemetery. I even went to the courthouse and genealogy society and even they couldn't tell me anything. This was before the days of the internet so my search pretty much came to a dead end. Again. I began to suspect that the cemetery didn't even exist, or that the 'cemetery' may have been one or two headstones in someone's field. Quite common to find down here.

Chalk it up to fate and synchronicity, but one day a few weeks later I was in town shopping, and I happened to run into this 90 something year old woman in the grocery store. Somehow or another we got to talking about family history and my genealogy research. When I mentioned the cemetery she confirmed that yes, it existed once and actually not too far from where I lived. Her memory was a little shaky and she couldn't recall the exact location, but she gave me enough to breathe life into my search.

So, the next day I set out early, determined to finally find the damn cemetery once and for all. I spent half the day driving up and down the maze of back roads here and little off the path trails. About mid afternoon I found the little rusted gate. There were no signs, no indications of there being a cemetery. Just a rusted gate opening up to a little foot path leading into the forest. I'm not one to scare easily but looking down that path made me feel uneasy in a way I could not explain. The path was framed on both sides by dense woods. The path itself was long and overgrown and barely discernible. It had a lonely feel, if not kinda sinister. I chalked these feelings up to me just being stupid and letting my imagination run wild.

Anyway, the gate was locked and I had to knock on the door of the little house next door because the man who lived there had the key. I knocked, and this little old man came out who was also probably approaching his 90s. We talked for a bit about the history of the cemetery and the surrounding area. He said that no one had been buried back there since like the 1920's and that as the people died off or moved away, knowledge of the cemetery had been lost. Likewise, he said no one had been back there since the early 50s.

As he was giving me the key to unlock the gate, I was continually staring down the path into darkness. I asked him if it was safe to go down there. He looked up at me with these bright blue eyes and he said, there ain't nothing back there but dead people. Them dead people can't hurt you boy. That set my gut off and I should have listened. But, me being the foolhardy soul I am, didn't listen.

After struggling with the rusted gate, I started down the path. I had to walk about 100 yards down this sloping overgrown path until I reached the cemetery itself. Each step I took got stranger and stranger. The woods on both sides of me became more dense and I had the growing feeling that I should turn my ass around and leave.

The closer I got, the heavier the air seemed to get and decidedly more stale and difficult to breathe. Everything just felt oppressive. I didn't realize it until much later but part of what was bugging me, was that there were no sounds. I should have been hearing birds, insects, the air etc. But I was hearing nothing. It's like I stepped across an invisible border where before there was life and activity and here, there was nothing. I never understood what Silent as the Grave meant until then.

I ignored my intuition and kept walking. At this point I was ready to forget it and walk away but I had just come to far to quit. Not now. I was committed. At some point along the path I thought I heard the brush crunch behind me. I wheeled around but there was nothing there. I kept walking, constantly looking behind me. By this time my senses were on full alert and every hair on my body was straight up. I walked faster and before I knew it, the little path opened onto a clearing in the forest and there it was. The cemetery I had searched for. Or to be more exact what was left of it. Only two headstones were remaining and the rest were broken and covered by the brush. It was obvious that this little cemetery had not been used or visited in a very long time. I had never seen such a lonely and sad place. To be buried like this and forgotten.

That is when it started to come over me. A feeling of fear and dread so strong that it went beyond the mere physical. It actually started to make me physically ill to my stomach. I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was not alone out here and whatever it was, did not want to be messed with. That was the only time in my life that I experienced that kind of fear. I didn't even bother to investigate the cemetery. I was steadily looking at the forest beyond. I really expected something to step out of the woods in front of me.

I can't really put into words what it was like. I felt emotions that weren't my own is the best way I can think to describe it. Whatever was out here wasn't happy. It was lonely. And it was pissed off. Very very pissed off. I felt it's blind unfocused rage at being forgotten.

Needless to say, I didn't stick around. I very carefully made my way out of the cemetery and got about 20 yards when I heard my name called. Yep. It called my name. A very low whispery voice but it was definitely audible. It wasn't in my head but all around me, in back of me and to the front of me. Like I was inside it. That was when I flat bolted my ass out of there and I didn't look back until I hit the car running. I didn't even knock on the guys door to give him the key back. I just put it on the door step and tore my self out of there. I imagine the old man sitting in his window laughing at me at I drove off at top speed.

As I drove off back to town I kept looking in my rear view mirror and backseat to see if anything was behind me. Funny now but it wasn't funny then. I didn't go straight home either. Instead I went to the local walmart here with the idea that if something was after me I could ditch it in the store. Let those idiots deal with the supernatural. I walked around for a good 5 or 6 hours before heading home. All the while looking in my back seat.

I had quite a few sleepless nights afterwards. You know your mind goes into overdrive and every little shadow is a ghost or a sound is the dead coming to get you. I can honestly say that experience scared the hell out of me like nothing before or since. After things calmed down and it became apparent that I wasn't going to be sucked down into hell, I started to talk about it. It was months before I even told anyone. I finally told my brother in law because he had experiences of his own and had an interest in the paranormal. He so wanted to go back out there and I told him, if he did, he was going by himself.

I guess the moral of this story if there is one, is to listen to your gut when it tells you something is off. And there are things out there beyond our understanding. If you decide to get curious, know what the hell you are doing before you go off exploring.

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C'mon people don't let this thread go to the grave! I want to read moar stories bump
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As kids, we used to build dirt ramps in the woods and jump them with our bikes. One time, when we were going along the trail, we saw a clown jerking off, with a joke catalog in his hand (whoopee cushion, x ray glasses, squirting flowers, etc.). Never took that path again.
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Back in 1992 the Red River in Southern Arkansas/ NE Texas was flooded terribly by a Core of Engineers mistake. I have an uncle and grandfather who own land and a lease near it that they use to farm pecans and hunt.

It was all heavily underwater so they were going around in a flat bottom boat with one of those old VCR video cameras filming for the fun of it, and at one point one of them says "hey get that deer up there in the bushes," so he pointed the camera in that direction not knowing if they got it on film.

Later they get home and viewed the film and it was no deer man!

I've seen the film, they had some copies made after the first place in town decline to copy it for "religious reasons"

What you see is two brown figures, the smaller one is walking on all fours with high shoulder blades while the large one in the back is bipedal. It notices them and halts behind a large oak tree.

Then you see it turn and peer at them from behind the tree for a awhile and he turns back to hide himself, and the little one on all fours just keeps walking.

They themselves are deacons at church and aren't allowed to believe in bigfoot, but that's exactly what it looks like. We have black bears but they aren't brown. The little thing on the ground walking on all fours seems too small to be a bear dragging a meal and I don't believe the larger thing in the back was vines & brush at all because you see it walking for a few yards before it gets to the tree.

I read since then that some people claim baby Sasquatch walk on all fours. The tall one walking in the back is not a bear and is not walking clumsy, it is human like.

This is very near the town Fouke Arkansas, the area that was famous for many bigfoot sightings in a small span of time. It was a permanent story in the Texarkana Gazette for two weeks of all kinds of reports that came in from a farmers to two men who ended up in the ER claiming they were attacked by it. It was given the name locally the "Boggy Creek Monster" and the film is titled: "The Legend of Boggy Creek" I recommend finding it, it caused quite a stir around here.

True Story.

Also while reading thru this thread - which is great read - I walk out of my sun room to be startled by a raccoon finishing up my cat's food. haha

Thanks to the person who posted a youtube of the mating calls and weird sounds of the red fox. That explains the horrible sound me and my father experienced one night when we were all alone fishing off a secluded dock in this same area in Redwater Texas. It was the strangest sound we had ever heard and we chalked it up as a bobcat being attacked by something. Made the hairs stand up on my arms, I always wondered what the heck we heard that night, now I know it was red foxes getting it on. Will scare anyone on a moonlight night when you hear that right close to you. God awful sounds they make when in heat!
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The film is on youtube, google "The Legend of Boggy Creek"
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pleaaase keep em coming :]
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I saw a dude taking a shit in the woods. The interesting part was the length of the turd. It ran from his ass to the ground as one long shit rope.
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That's just nasty. Now that description is going to be in my head for the rest of the weekend...

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Has anyone seen any portals?
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My sisters daughter told me she stepped out from her moms apartment one day and was in the front yard looking at traffic when all of a sudden the street and cars began to ripple like when you drop a stone into water and your reflection ripples in rings.

Reality is not as tight as humans like to think.
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I saw something similar once. I was at a campground climbing up from a creek to cross a dirt road when a ripple passed by me, traveling along the road, like a wavy piece of glass but moving. It went up from the road as far up as I could see, just a ripple in the air. There was no wind or anything, but the grass and leaves rustled as it passed by. Very strange.
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ok i have two.

i used to live along the mississippi river there was a bike/walking path that was paved but closer to the river there was just a normal walking trail. i knew all the animals in the area and as i was heading home i walked past a tree and this flying creature, i think we both kind of suprised each other it sort of darted inbetween me and the tree about a 3ft space.

sort of like how a bird flys when it soars no wing flap or anything, it was a dark orange color and it seemd to be fury'ish about the size of a small bird but had like moth/butterfly wings. i just remember how it banked the corner and its appearance. i took a few steps and i was like wtf was that trying to think of something it could have been.

i walked about 3 more feet and thought did i just see that? it was maybe going 5-10mph, i turned around my left shoulder and i saw it again, only for a second it never flapped its 'wings' it darted around another tree the same way it entered my view and from beyond that it was hidden by the trees. i really have no idea what it could have been it seemd like nothing from this world it was really quick and agile orange and fury i know it wasnt a bird. kinda flew like it had sonar or something, maybe a bat no idea.

2nd story.

i was living in georgia about 9yrs old in a very small town middle of nowhere, i was standing by a tree and for some reason i looked up. it was like this snake being you know the movie predator when it goes invisible it was sort of doing that, its body was wrapped around another animal maybe a bird or rat or something? the animal it was eating was just as strange.

anyway this snake thing bit into whatever it was eating and some part of it fell down, i think it was the head i watched it fall i remember it hitting the ground. i looked back up at the snake thing and thats when it went invisible. i lost it and went running to tell my family and the neighbors and everyone i could, it took like 30mins before anyone took me serious.

when we came back out in the yard i figured the head of the creature would be laying where it had fell, nope it was gone and i was very baffled and everyone was just like ok sure whatever. i will never forget that.

great thread btw =)
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You encountered a reptilian my friend.
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Once out in the woods in NH my bf at the time and I came across an old graveyard. It was way off the beaten track on a dirt road, in a thick wood, and had obviously been unused and untended for years and years. We decided it was a good place to relax. It was a beautiful summer day and the woods were as green and glowing as they can be on a sunny NH day. The graveyard was old and overgrown, full of worn-out granite headstones. I didn't see any past the 19th century. As a history buff and a CA native I loved this. NH is full of little abandoned graveyards, and I loved exploring them. So we had a picnic in this out of the way old graveyard, then my bf took a nap and I read for a while. I don't remember what I was reading, nothing spooky.

After a half hour or so the feeling of the place changed. Like in the story above the atmosphere began to feel heavy and strange. I thought maybe a thunderstorm was coming but the wind wasn't picking up. I started to feel uneasy and looked up and looked around. I didn't see anything but the sunny woods and the old gravestones, but I remember how the back of my neck started to prickle. Then I heard voices, very distinctly and clearly, beyond the old crumbly stone wall. I couldn't make out any words but there were two male voices, talking.

I tried to ignore them for a little while, but they went on and seemed to be getting closer, even though I couldn't hear anything moving in the woods, until finally it sounded like they were just beyond the old stone wall; but there was nothing there and there had not been any sound of anyone moving through the woods at all, just the voices gradually getting closer and closer, though at no time could I make out words. I felt less and less easy. Finally I woke my bf up and told him we had to leave. The minute I woke him up, the voices stopped.

It could easily have been two actual flesh-and-blood men who had no good intentions... I don't know. But it was pretty darn creepy.

With that same ex-bf I also watched a strange-looking cloud flash multi-colored lights from behind it, over the ocean off the coast of Maine. No thunder, and the cloud didn't move, and the lights were definitely not coming from underneath. They came from within the cloud and faded slowly in and out, green, red, and blue. Closest thing I ever saw to a UFO.
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LOLZ
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bump Perhaps we could expand for people to include stories of things that didn't occur in the woods.

When I was 16, on a weekend night, I had been out with friends and returned home. I came in and saw every light in the house was on but there was no one home. Normally there would be my parents and my older brother. Didnt know what to make of it so I just went to bed. It was about midnight. At 3 a.m. I was awoken abruptly to someone banging on the door. I went out into the well lit hallway. I heard a womans voice yelling my mother's name, Mrs. White! over and over and banging on the door. I could see the door vibrate when she banged on it. I yelled loudly, who is it?? She did not answer but continued to bang and call out. I moved to about 3 feet from the door and while she was banging and calling I yelled back very loud, WHO IS IT?? This time it stopped abruptly but did not answer. I was scared. Nevertheless I leaped to the door and flung it open. There was no one there. I stuck out my head immediately and looked down the driveway, and saw no one. I ran out to the end of the driveway and looked all around. We lived in the middle of a street in a very quiet nice neighborhood. It was very quiet, no motion or noise at all. I thought whoever it was must be still there, possibly hiding in the bushes. Even if they had ran and leaped into a running car and sped away I would have at least seen them driving down the street. They couldn't get away that fast. I stood alone on the street listening and watching for about 15 minutes, waiting to see someone who was doing all that. It was so quiet and there was nothing so I went back to bed. There was still no one else home. My family wasn't the type to go out like that. All the lights and t.v. were still on. I went back to sleep. Maybe a couple hours later my dad woke me up to tell me mom was at the hospital and had had a stroke and was in very bad shape. I never told him about the strange event. It was too weird. Mom lived about 13 more years in a terrible condition from the stroke. I never knew who or what that was knocking. I still remember the sound of the woman's voice.
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The part of her soul she lost in the stroke came back home trying to find her.
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i remember reading a commentary on effective stories of horror and the macabre. i'm not sure who wrote it, i think perhaps poe or rod serling. in any case the author stated something to the effect that really good horror stems from a sense of deepest melancholy. something so sad that there is no help for it.

the above story has this in spades . also the comment about searching for the lost piece of her soul.

well done folks.
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bump Perhaps we could expand for people to include stories of things that didn't occur in the woods.

When I was 16, on a weekend night, I had been out with friends and returned home. I came in and saw every light in the house was on but there was no one home. Normally there would be my parents and my older brother. Didnt know what to make of it so I just went to bed. It was about midnight. At 3 a.m. I was awoken abruptly to someone banging on the door. I went out into the well lit hallway. I heard a womans voice yelling my mother's name, Mrs. White! over and over and banging on the door. I could see the door vibrate when she banged on it. I yelled loudly, who is it?? She did not answer but continued to bang and call out. I moved to about 3 feet from the door and while she was banging and calling I yelled back very loud, WHO IS IT?? This time it stopped abruptly but did not answer. I was scared. Nevertheless I leaped to the door and flung it open. There was no one there. I stuck out my head immediately and looked down the driveway, and saw no one. I ran out to the end of the driveway and looked all around. We lived in the middle of a street in a very quiet nice neighborhood. It was very quiet, no motion or noise at all. I thought whoever it was must be still there, possibly hiding in the bushes. Even if they had ran and leaped into a running car and sped away I would have at least seen them driving down the street. They couldn't get away that fast. I stood alone on the street listening and watching for about 15 minutes, waiting to see someone who was doing all that. It was so quiet and there was nothing so I went back to bed. There was still no one else home. My family wasn't the type to go out like that. All the lights and t.v. were still on. I went back to sleep. Maybe a couple hours later my dad woke me up to tell me mom was at the hospital and had had a stroke and was in very bad shape. I never told him about the strange event. It was too weird. Mom lived about 13 more years in a terrible condition from the stroke. I never knew who or what that was knocking. I still remember the sound of the woman's voice.
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The part of her soul she lost in the stroke came back home trying to find her.
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i remember reading a commentary on effective stories of horror and the macabre. i'm not sure who wrote it, i think perhaps poe or rod serling. in any case the author stated something to the effect that really good horror stems from a sense of deepest melancholy. something so sad that there is no help for it.

the above story has this in spades . also the comment about searching for the lost piece of her soul.

well done folks.
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Second this. This is a great thread.... Can't stop reading it.
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I used to live in a 18th century cabin in remote southeastern West Virginia surrounded by woods. Several strange things happened in the five years I lived there. One night in the fall I started hearing an electrical charge sound from outside the cabin. Hard to describe the sound but it was sort of like the sound you hear near power stations, like a low hum of electricity. I went outside to look at the power lines connected to the house and the noise was coming from the woods. I pointed my flashlight in the direction of this sound and walked into the woods. I got about two hundred yards in and the humming sound was getting louder and I also heard a crackling sound. I started to feel a strange sense of dread and my head began to throb in pain. I leaned against a tree and looked back towards the cabin to see a group of neon green orbs about the size of basketballs weaving through the trees in a symmetrical formation towards my location. I watched these balls of light glide through the woods and stop in unison than disappear as soon as they reached my position.
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This story takes place in the summer of 1989.

I had recently gotten out of school and I still had not decided what I wanted to do, so I had a lot of free time on my hands. I had spent years doing my family's genealogy so I decided once again to pick up where I left off now that I had the time. Now if you have any experience with genealogy, you know that a lot of your time is going to be spent in cemeteries gathering info, collecting dates, and taking pictures of headstones. This is what I spent rest of 1989 doing; going to little towns, libraries and cemeteries.

Anyway, years ago I had ran into a brick wall with one of my ancestors. A man named Jim Clark who came to Texas in the 1870s. After 1875 he just vanished and I could never find anything else on him. After years of trying I put it aside and focused on other things in my life. So with Jim is where I started again, once I had the time.

As before, I hit a brick wall. He simply disappeared after 1875 with no trace. This time however I wasn't giving up. I had recently found evidence of a cemetery close by his last known location. A cemetery that for all intents and purposes had been long forgotten. Inspired by this new info I decided to go hunt the cemetery down and see if that was Jim's final resting place.

I didn't know then, that it would turn out to be the life changing experience that it was.

I searched for weeks for this little country cemetery. I looked at maps, talked with the old timers around my little town, and all I came up with was zilch, nothing. No one knew anything about this cemetery. I even went to the courthouse and genealogy society and even they couldn't tell me anything. This was before the days of the internet so my search pretty much came to a dead end. Again. I began to suspect that the cemetery didn't even exist, or that the 'cemetery' may have been one or two headstones in someone's field. Quite common to find down here.

Chalk it up to fate and synchronicity, but one day a few weeks later I was in town shopping, and I happened to run into this 90 something year old woman in the grocery store. Somehow or another we got to talking about family history and my genealogy research. When I mentioned the cemetery she confirmed that yes, it existed once and actually not too far from where I lived. Her memory was a little shaky and she couldn't recall the exact location, but she gave me enough to breathe life into my search.

So, the next day I set out early, determined to finally find the damn cemetery once and for all. I spent half the day driving up and down the maze of back roads here and little off the path trails. About mid afternoon I found the little rusted gate. There were no signs, no indications of there being a cemetery. Just a rusted gate opening up to a little foot path leading into the forest. I'm not one to scare easily but looking down that path made me feel uneasy in a way I could not explain. The path was framed on both sides by dense woods. The path itself was long and overgrown and barely discernible. It had a lonely feel, if not kinda sinister. I chalked these feelings up to me just being stupid and letting my imagination run wild.

Anyway, the gate was locked and I had to knock on the door of the little house next door because the man who lived there had the key. I knocked, and this little old man came out who was also probably approaching his 90s. We talked for a bit about the history of the cemetery and the surrounding area. He said that no one had been buried back there since like the 1920's and that as the people died off or moved away, knowledge of the cemetery had been lost. Likewise, he said no one had been back there since the early 50s.

As he was giving me the key to unlock the gate, I was continually staring down the path into darkness. I asked him if it was safe to go down there. He looked up at me with these bright blue eyes and he said, there ain't nothing back there but dead people. Them dead people can't hurt you boy. That set my gut off and I should have listened. But, me being the foolhardy soul I am, didn't listen.

After struggling with the rusted gate, I started down the path. I had to walk about 100 yards down this sloping overgrown path until I reached the cemetery itself. Each step I took got stranger and stranger. The woods on both sides of me became more dense and I had the growing feeling that I should turn my ass around and leave.

The closer I got, the heavier the air seemed to get and decidedly more stale and difficult to breathe. Everything just felt oppressive. I didn't realize it until much later but part of what was bugging me, was that there were no sounds. I should have been hearing birds, insects, the air etc. But I was hearing nothing. It's like I stepped across an invisible border where before there was life and activity and here, there was nothing. I never understood what Silent as the Grave meant until then.

I ignored my intuition and kept walking. At this point I was ready to forget it and walk away but I had just come to far to quit. Not now. I was committed. At some point along the path I thought I heard the brush crunch behind me. I wheeled around but there was nothing there. I kept walking, constantly looking behind me. By this time my senses were on full alert and every hair on my body was straight up. I walked faster and before I knew it, the little path opened onto a clearing in the forest and there it was. The cemetery I had searched for. Or to be more exact what was left of it. Only two headstones were remaining and the rest were broken and covered by the brush. It was obvious that this little cemetery had not been used or visited in a very long time. I had never seen such a lonely and sad place. To be buried like this and forgotten.

That is when it started to come over me. A feeling of fear and dread so strong that it went beyond the mere physical. It actually started to make me physically ill to my stomach. I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was not alone out here and whatever it was, did not want to be messed with. That was the only time in my life that I experienced that kind of fear. I didn't even bother to investigate the cemetery. I was steadily looking at the forest beyond. I really expected something to step out of the woods in front of me.

I can't really put into words what it was like. I felt emotions that weren't my own is the best way I can think to describe it. Whatever was out here wasn't happy. It was lonely. And it was pissed off. Very very pissed off. I felt it's blind unfocused rage at being forgotten.

Needless to say, I didn't stick around. I very carefully made my way out of the cemetery and got about 20 yards when I heard my name called. Yep. It called my name. A very low whispery voice but it was definitely audible. It wasn't in my head but all around me, in back of me and to the front of me. Like I was inside it. That was when I flat bolted my ass out of there and I didn't look back until I hit the car running. I didn't even knock on the guys door to give him the key back. I just put it on the door step and tore my self out of there. I imagine the old man sitting in his window laughing at me at I drove off at top speed.

As I drove off back to town I kept looking in my rear view mirror and backseat to see if anything was behind me. Funny now but it wasn't funny then. I didn't go straight home either. Instead I went to the local walmart here with the idea that if something was after me I could ditch it in the store. Let those idiots deal with the supernatural. I walked around for a good 5 or 6 hours before heading home. All the while looking in my back seat.

I had quite a few sleepless nights afterwards. You know your mind goes into overdrive and every little shadow is a ghost or a sound is the dead coming to get you. I can honestly say that experience scared the hell out of me like nothing before or since. After things calmed down and it became apparent that I wasn't going to be sucked down into hell, I started to talk about it. It was months before I even told anyone. I finally told my brother in law because he had experiences of his own and had an interest in the paranormal. He so wanted to go back out there and I told him, if he did, he was going by himself.

I guess the moral of this story if there is one, is to listen to your gut when it tells you something is off. And there are things out there beyond our understanding. If you decide to get curious, know what the hell you are doing before you go off exploring.
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Really great story, thanks. bump
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I saw a dude taking a shit in the woods. The interesting part was the length of the turd. It ran from his ass to the ground as one long shit rope.
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That's just nasty. Now that description is going to be in my head for the rest of the weekend...

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Oh Gawd! You make me laugh to hard!
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Saw two guys in drag sucking each other off, relatively close to a bike path

true story.
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I saw a headless man walk through a wall once. No shit.
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The weirdest part of it all is that when it finally healed the scar left a design, and that design was three numbers…999. For many years people seeing the scar would flip out saying it was a 666, and I went around for years wearing long sleeve shirts even in the summer to hide it (BTW It can only be read as 666 if I stand on my head or someone were to twist my arm totally around, basically dislocating it). Over the years since then the numbers have faded some from my repeated attempts trying to erase it with more scaring, but they are still there, even with my deep tan here in the South Pacific the numbers can still be seen.
Things even became more strange years later when one of my girl friends had someone do a numerology report on me for a B’day present. It seems my life path is a nine along with my expression number (9) and Karmic number(9). Then again it happened on my 18th (9) birthday on June the 8th 1975. (9)Weird eh!!!! My full name in all English Gematria /numerology methods I know of also reduces down to 9.
Totally weird…..
Oh the finality of it all!
Michael
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Sounds like an ancestral curse to me
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When I was a teenager in California, before it was all built up like it is now -- a friend and I were hiking in the hills east of San Diego.

We walked up a revine, along a small creek where we knew there was a swimming hole amoung these huge boulders.

There had just been a big rain storm the day before and you could tell a flash flood has swept through the revine. THats why we were going because we knew there would be water at the swimming hole.

The flash flood caused all these branches and scrub brush to be piled up in the sharp turns of the creek.

Pretty far in the trail we could smell something bad, and then when we turned the corner we saw the naked body of a woman entangled in one of these brush piles. She was all bloated, but looked hispanic. And boy did it stink.

We went back and got the sheriff.
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I've got another story about some friends using a Ouija board in the forest. Debating about whether I should post it or not. If I do I will have to change some names.
"And I looked, and behold a pale horse...“
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The dogs both jumped up and licked my face before running off across the desert toward Apple Valley.
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The dog probably licked his nuts first and the other dog was laughing at you.s226
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Actually, I didn't think about that, you're probably right but that was 28 years ago, and it doesn't matter cuz the dog probably didn't have any spit left in his mouth considering the fact he was stuck there for several days in the mojave desert with no water and 100+ degrees F during the daytime, so it was a "dry lick"...ahole
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