A Rumbling Ghost?

16 11 2006

As seems to be the NaBloPoMo craze, I was inspired to write this post after reading a post on Sarah’s blog. I love scary stories, especially if they are supposedly true. This is a true story from a very reliable source. It is one of the reasons that I think ghosts might exist.

About 30 years ago, a young newly-wed couple drove down to Cornwall for their first holiday together since their honeymoon. They rented a picturesque cottage in the country which was in an isolated but breath-taking spot. On their first day, they had good weather, even if it was a little blustery. After getting unpacked they took a long walk along the beach, and took a look around the town which was 10 miles away from where they were staying. They bought some groceries and decided to spend their first night in as they were tired from the long drive and the busy day.

After a simple but tasty meal, they sat and read in front of the fire. The wind had picked up so the warm fire was welcome in the draughty cottage. They went up to bed, shattered and sated.

The husband was a heavy and noisy sleeper and so was not all that compatible with the wife who slept lightly and woke frequently. That night, she woke a couple of times in the night to hear unfamiliar noises which she put it down to the old property and the gale blowing outside. As was usual, the husband did not wake at all.

In the morning, they woke to find that every single picture (there were several prints on each wall) and every knick-knack had been moved about. Pictures had been swapped and vases and ornaments turned over to their side, or moved from table to mantlepiece or windowsill. The cottage doors were locked and the door to the bedroom was very squeaky so the wife would have certainly been woken if anyone had come in. Neither the wife or the husband has ever been known to sleepwalk. No explanation for this can be found.

Do you know any ghost stories?

ps this story is what inspired my first novel (as yet unwritten except for a few chapters in different stages of draft).

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