Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Ghostly Trio of Haunted Posts for Halloween

image: West Point magazine Fall 2011 (link), with added specter from Wikimedia commons (link).

The important annual holiday of Halloween is upon us, and if you have not already done so, you may wish to go back to the post from a few days prior which discusses the spiritual meaning and symbolism of this annual autumnal festival.

Newer visitors to this blog may not know it, but there have been several ghostly posts from the past which explored the phenomenon of phantoms. Here are some links to a few of them for your All-Hallow's Eve enjoyment!

1. "Scary Ghost Story (West Point)" October 31, 2011.
Perhaps the spookiest of them all, especially because I can well remember some of the first-hand or second-hand stories I heard from other cadets while at West Point of the eerie experiences that would sometimes take place at night in "the Divisions" -- specifically the 47th Division (pictured above). Some of these included awakening in the middle of the night to the feeling of someone or something pressing down on their chest with enough force to make it difficult to breathe.

2. "The Cheltenham Ghost" December 03, 2012.
Account of the apparition seen by numerous witnesses over a period of several years during the 1880s at a house in Cheltenham, England. Guaranteed to send shivers up your spine.

I've been to this hotel myself (a couple of times), and it certainly feels haunted! There have been numerous accounts recorded over the years, which you can explore and evaluate for yourself.

This post features an amazing interview from 2011 with Sheldon Norberg, but unfortunately the public link to that interview is no longer free. However, you can still listen to it (and download it) for just $1.99 at the New Dimensions Radio website here, and if this is a subject that interests you, it is well worth the price! You can also check out a short TV feature from 2011 in which Sheldon Norberg discusses his work here.

Also, along with its discussion of the concept of houses which seem to have some supernatural presences attached to them, this same post discusses some of the other haunted locations on the old post of West Point, including an old house on "Colonels' Row" which I was told on very good authority has a very strong presence in the upper rooms of the house.