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…and are they real or a fantasy?

Ghostly EncountersThis section is about real ghosts gathered from stories and sightings sent to me at my newspaper columns. I have tried in each instance to find whether the ghosts seen are real or simply a fantasy.

First up is a video we made for the BBC in which Jane and I investigate some ghosts at famous haunted locations.



Ghosts from my News Columns

Today we so much nonsense on the television, press and at the cinema. The world is full of wannabe Harry Potters! In these extracts, I check the evidence and put forward some of the popular theories about the reality – or otherwise – of ghosts.


When I was in my twenties I shared a local flat with a student. Although the place was comfortable and well decorated it was the weirdest place I have ever lived in. It all started when a large oval mirror began moving by itself. Whenever I was relaxed or let my mind drift a loud crackling sound would be heard and sometimes the sound of rustling papers. If we moved towards the noise it would stop immediately. The disturbances became so frequent that it was difficult to sleep at night!

Real GhostsEarly one evening we were relaxing in the lounge. The student was laying on the floor writing an essay. Suddenly I was aware that someone else was with us. I saw the white figure of a woman stood in the corner of the room.

My eyes must have been like saucers but I felt no fear. To this day I vividly remember what she was wearing and how she seemed to shine. But the strangest thing of all was that where she stood was an armchair. She was standing right through it!  – Linda H

You are very psychic and may see real ghosts. The occurrences seem to happen when you are in a state of deep relaxation. You may have experienced a light trance state of mind and your psychic energies were engaged to build a bridge between the worlds. I am aware that you also have premonitions that come true and that on one occasion your life was saved because of a guiding voice. Train your gifts properly and you could become an excellent medium.


I’m sure that the old, oak beamed house that I used to rent rooms at is haunted. One night I saw, stood in front of me, the ghostly figure of a man dressed in an airman’s uniform from the Second World War. It was so clear: he wore a short brown bomber jacket, a flat cap, light trousers but his collar was turned up so that I couldn’t see his face. I screamed out in terror.

The landlady knew the grey host. It was her husband who had died 18 months before. He had been an airman and continued to wear a brown bomber jacket throughout his life. In the end, he suffered from leukemia. This made him feet the cold so he would always wear his collar turned up. It obscured much of his face. – Michelle S.

Although the ghost frightened you, your experience must have brought comfort to your landlady. The detail of his visual communication provides enough proof to show to her that her loved one had survived bodily death which, of course, we all do. Your terror was her comfort.


When I was a mail carrier I had to deliver to a new block of flats that had been built for the elderly. I had done this for about four years without any problems. One morning I was delivering as usual when on the third fight of stairs I had a very strong feeling that someone was behind me. I turned around but nobody was there.

The feeling got worse as I approached the flat door. I’m a level headed bloke, but I was beginning to get very scared. Suddenly I felt something cold touch my neck. I hastily delivered the letters and was nearly running as I left the premises.

The next morning at the same flat, with the experience fresh in my mind, I delivered some more letters. A neighbor opened her door. “I wouldn’t bother if I were you,” she said, “The woman in that flat died a few days ago.” Now I knew that what happened wasn’t a figment of my imagination it was real ghosts. Neil H

You experienced Clairsentience which is the mediumistic ability to sense the presence of spirits. When you ‘see’ a spirit communicator its called clairvoyance and when you ‘hear’ their voice its called clairaudience. Most mediumship is a combination of the three. I am aware that you have also seen the spirit of your father. With your psychic abilities, you could one day perhaps deliver messages from people in the afterlife.


When I moved into my new home, which is built on an old airbase, I looked at the front room and thought “This room should be blue”.  Then, one evening while quietly watching television I saw the room change in front of my eyes. Everything was suddenly blue then instantly reverted back to normality.

A few days later I walked into the same room and saw the figure of a large man stood in the middle of the room. We walked towards each other and he passed straight through me. I screamed out “I live here now! You don’t. Go away!”

I haven’t had any more strange phenomena happen. I think that we must have frightened each other so much that the ghost hasn’t dare come back. – Carol P

Sightings of real ghosts have been reported at most of the WW2 airbases. Some mediums will clear haunted places by helping the earthbound spirits to realize that they are dead and encourage them to move into the spirit world. It sounds like you instinctively did this but I pity the poor ghost who had such a sudden awakening.



Read the story of a ghost that sits on you!


We live in a traditional farmhouse which was probably built with ancient stone from a nearby ruin. We have a pillar on each side of the sitting room fireplace. Legend has it that two brothers once lived here and jointly inherited it. They had an argument and one murdered the other.

We now occasionally have real spooky occurrences. One of the bedroom doors sometimes opens and we hear footsteps walk along the landing and down the stairs. At the end of its journey the stair door opens.

But we’re not afraid of the ghost. We say “Oh Fred we do wish you’d learn to shut the door” every time it happens.

I have 4 adult children, the two girls are now married and only one of our sons now lives at home. All of us have experienced “Fred” and it is my son’s bedroom door that opens. He is not bothered by it at all. Even our 3 dogs and 3 cats do not react to friendly ‘Fred’.  – Mrs. Jane F

Fred would probably scare the pants off most people. But I believe that you take the right attitude. Ghosts can’t hurt you so why be frightened of them. Do any other readers have stories of real ghosts?



When I was a crew member aboard the Bristol registered ship Castle Combe we went to a small quarrying creek on the Welsh coast. It was one of those places where the ebbing tide left the ship high and dry. My attention was drawn to a dilapidated vessel anchored a little distance out. It looked like it was ready for the breakers yard. One night I saw a faint light coming from a porthole so decided to walk over to it and have a look.

As I climbed aboard the deserted ship I felt unease. I opened the door to the crew’s cabins and was confronted by a man. He wore a mustard colored coat with a cloth cap pulled over his eyes. But he was floating 3 feet above the ground! I dashed back to my ship. These were real ghosts!

The next day I was worried about what I had seen. Had someone perhaps hung themselves? I had to go back and find out. I opened the same door again and in the daylight could see many glass containers. Of course, that was the answer, I consoled myself. The man must have stood on one of these which I couldn’t see in the darkness! – Jim J.

I absolutely love spooky stories about the sea. Have any more of our seafarers a strange tale to tell? Write to the address above and let us know.


It was one of those times when everything that could go wrong did go wrong. To top it all my cat died of kidney failure. I despair I sat on my settee at home, put my head in my hands and had a good cry.

I stopped when I felt a hand gently squeeze my shoulder. Looking up I saw my dead ex-husband. He was as clear as day and looked just as he did when we first met with his Trilby hat cocked to one side. When I looked again he was gone.

Do you think that he was trying to reassure me in my moment of grief? – Melinda

Even though you divorced there must still have been some love between you both. Maybe when the day comes and you meet in the afterlife you will resolve the difficulties that you had in life and share love once more? I’m sure that reassurance was being given to you.


I am 76 years old and not subject to fantasy but one night when I was staying at a friend’s house a strange thing happened. As I lay in bed the figure of a woman, dressed in long mustard-colored robes, floated into my room. She floated by the side of the bed and then lay down beside me! She spoke to me but her words were indistinct I asked her to repeat the words but still couldn’t make them out. Then she just faded away.

In the morning I asked my friends if anyone had entered my room that night and of course they hadn’t. Sometimes I do have very vivid dreams but throughout this experience, I was fully awake. – Elizabeth D

Maybe a ghost did share your bed but there is another possible explanation. Some people, particularly those who are capable of vivid dreams, can enter a state of awareness known as lucid dreaming. The dreamer ‘wakes up’ within the dream and retains the same clarity of thinking as in normal waking consciousness.

Research now reveals that these lucid dreamers can direct their dreams, much like a film director directs a film and can even alter the content of the dream at will. A technique known as ‘Creative Sleep’, based on methods used by Tibetan Yogis over 4 centuries ago, teaches the subject to solve problems and gain access to hidden stores of energy. Lucid dreaming can also open our awareness of the spirit world and real ghosts.


I arranged for a medium to visit our house because we are troubled by a ghost. While the medium was with us the rug in the living room lifted up and there was a very loud thumping on the floor as if it was being hit by a stick. The medium’s advice was to be strong and firmly tell the entity to go away. I’ve had other medium’s visit as well but the problems continue to persist.

Before the spirit activity, a sweet sickly smell fills the house. I experience numbness and coldness as if being touched by something. Often things will fall by themselves and on one occasion the ironing board nearly hit my young daughter. Also, writing appears on my windows and no matter how hard I scrub it will not disappear. It couldn’t be my daughter doing this as she can’t write yet and I am careful to keep pens out of reach. The strange smell started again when I decided to write to you today. What should I do? – Theresa S

We’ve smelt the same sweet sickly smell that occurs when an earth-bound spirit makes itself known. The spirit presence is strong so your best option would be to ask your medium friends if they can work together. A group of mediums will be able to make a strong challenge.

They would find out the identity of the spirit and convince it to go on to the spirit world. The advice given to you to be strong and firm with the entity is wise. I will contact you directly to help sort this one out.

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References and Works Cited

The above real ghosts extracts are from my series of books about ghosts and Angels:

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There are various types of phenomena that people call real ghosts: One is an intelligent manifestation of the conscious spirit of someone who once lived on earth. Ghosts may also be a residual energy of events from the past that can be clairvoyantly ‘seen’ by one or more people. The first is a real spirit, the second is a memory imprinted on the environment. Both may appear to the observer as an apparition or phantom image.

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16 comments… add one
  • Nicola Rose May 30, 2014, 4:37 pm

    I have tried to get help for the ghostly noises in my house non one has helped. Please can you get in touch to guide me to a house clearing medium?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Jun 6, 2014, 1:13 pm

      Probably best to post this question in our Community Forums where you will meet many people who may be able to point you in the right direction.

  • Lisa A May 26, 2014, 8:48 am

    When I was a young girl – I would say around 6-7 years of age – I use to ask question’s about my grandfather he passed away way before I was a twinkle in my mother’s eyes. My mother said her and my grandfather was very close I seen pictures of him when he was young up to the time he passed away in the hospital. My grandmother and myself every Sunday after Church we would go to where my grandfather was buried my grandmother would take the old flowers and put new ones as she was doing this I would talk to my grandfather and tell him I wish I would have met him and that loved him my grandmother told me he would just loved me I would have been his little princess.

    One night, as I went to bed in his room I would hear a knock on the front door I then got up turned the hall light on and answered the front door there stood my grandfather in his 20’s very handsome man he was, he had a smile on his face with his hand out reaching for me then I would wake up.

    This happened every night I went to sleep the same thing I was never scared it was loving, caring never frighting at all, until one night my mother came home and I was sleeping on the couch in the living room. My mother woke me up and put me to bed. My mother told me about 45 minutes after her putting me to bed I was having the dream again about my grandfather and my grandmother lived in a 2 story house but this night as I was sleep walking towards the front door.

    I opened it this night when my grandfather reached for me I put my hand out to grab his hand my mother said as I was walking out the door she grabbed me.

    I never have slept walked in the day in my life and after that night my mother grabbed me I never saw my grandfather again.

    I told my grandmother and my mother what happened and they laughed at me and said nobody died in my grandmother house my grandmother always teased me after that saying my grandfather was coming to get me. I didn’t think that was to funny. Now I am 45 years old and think about that all the time but never understood why I saw him and then vanished and never saw him again. Why is that?

  • tauseef Dec 7, 2013, 5:05 pm

    I study in La Martiniere College, Lucknow (India) and stay in the boarding house. One night during the winter I saw a ghost of a old white lady and a very small child in the school campus. Did they had any connection with me?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Dec 9, 2013, 6:29 pm

      There is no way to tell this remotely via a comment thread. A medium would need to properly investigate the location. It is interesting to hear about ghost stories from India though. So interesting that hauntings and ghosts are a cross-cultural phenomena. I would love to hear from other visitors from India with their paranormal experiences.

  • bailie Oct 23, 2013, 12:40 am

    I think that the ghost of my animals are haunting me.

    At night when I’ll be on my bed reading a book and my dog or cat will jump on my bed. I reach down to pet them but nothing is there so I turn on my light and there will be the sound of purring or whining and a infection on the bed were the “animal” was.

    Does anyone know what’s going on?

  • Jenny Olsson Oct 16, 2013, 2:38 pm

    Hi, I would like to hear more about lucid dreaming. I can sometime control what I want to be happening in my dreams, I also “wake up” and see things but I know I’m asleep.

    My sister tells me that I walk in my sleep and talks to her with my eyes open. She also told me that sometimes when I talk in my sleep and she comes in to check on me,my eyes are open. I never remember what I have said or done during sleep, but I do remember my dreams. Please tell me were I can read more about this! – Jenny

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Oct 17, 2013, 3:14 pm

      If you go to the front page of the site and type in ‘Lucid Dreaming’ you’ll see that I have posted a number of articles about this topic. Post a question on the appropriate thread and I’ll be pleased to answer your questions.

  • MNurusha Aug 29, 2013, 2:51 pm

    These days people don`t believe in ghosts. When I am in my room I see pale shadows. When I look fast I see someone.

  • Michelle Nov 11, 2012, 10:06 pm

    I just read about Gracie hearing a real ghost making banging noises in her house at night. I have experienced what could be real ghosts two times: once in 2008 and again in 2009 on New Years Eve. We heard banging noises outside the back of our house at about 3-30 am in the early morning.

    We thought at first (in 2008) that maybe it was somebody trying to break in. The ghostly banging had stopped suddenly. In 2009 the spooky noise happened again around the same time. I got up to use the restroom and I could hear the rain outside and also the loud banging noise. I was scared again but nobody never tried to break in our home.

    New-Years eve does mark a sad anniversary for me because it was on December 31st 2005 that I lost my unborn baby due to an very rare condition where its brain only a very small percentage developed. I took my Doctors advice at a high risk pregnancy hospital were I was going. They recommend an termination. I cried and cried because I would lose my first baby that I wanted so much.

    A year later I gave birth to a healthy baby boy and in 2010 I gave birth to another baby boy.

    Besides the banging noises in 2010 and 2011 I have not heard the ghost banging this time on December 31 but I thought I had seen the image of a ghostly presence. I have caught a glimpse of a ghost with my eyes – like something disappeared right and into thin air.

    I’m prepared and waiting to see what happens this New Years Eve. If it’s a real ghost it may come back. I think the presence of this spirit making itself known to me on this anniversary is significant.

    I just wanted to share my story. Have others experienced any type of ghostly banging noise? I believe that there is an invisible spirit world around us all the time. Not everybody can witness seeing or hearing a ghost but people like us can.

  • GRACIE GILL Nov 11, 2012, 1:45 am

    I’ve been hearing strange banging noises in my house at night and I have felt a dark presence in the room -Gracie G

  • Robert Park Aug 14, 2012, 1:41 pm

    I distinguish between ghosts and spiritual contact. As mentioned above, I have seen two apparitions in my life which, of course, are ghosts but physical rather than visual contact I do not judge as ghosts.

    With regard to physical contact I am in regular but not constant contact from the spiritual side. I do not invoke them; they come to me; and most often during the night while in bed. The contact tends to come in phases. When they do arrive they usually stay around for a few nights and it can be a few weeks or months before returning but they never abandon me. Wherever I go they follow me. They are part of my life and have been from as far back as I can recall. The following are two incidences which occurred around ten years ago, the actual years I cannot now recall.

    My wife and I were travelling south from Scotland and stopped overnight at a B&B in the Yorkshire Dales. We had dinner out and when we returned later in the evening to our room in the B&B we prepared for bed. At the time we had with us a Norfolk terrier pup of a few months (it is now 10 years old). The bed was of a modern style which was raised off the floor by about 18 inches. I followed my wife into bed, switched off the bedroom light and while lying peacefully, I felt someone move below the bed. The movements were distinct and continued and they were strong movements of someone confined to a small space presumably due to the weight of both of us depressing the mattress.

    I remained still while the movements became more frequent. I switched on the bedroom light and rolled out of bed dropping to the floor but on looking beneath the bed there was no one and nothing there. At the other side of the bed lying on its own mat was our pup who was looking at me as if to say, “What are you up to silly?” At breakfast the next morning the landlord asked if we had a comfortable night and when I related this tale he was delighted, seeing it as a good point for advertising his B&B.

    The next occurrence happened in 2002 when my wife and I were again in bed but in our own house. The bedroom was in darkness but neither of us were asleep. A cat leapt on to my side of the bed (it was not difficult to recognise that it was a cat) and it made its way across the foot of the bed over my ankles and towards my wife who exclaimed in alarm that there was a cat in the bedroom. The cat leapt off the bed at her side. My wife turned on the bedlight and searched the room but no cat. I explained to her that it was a spirit cat to which she was delighted. The interesting point here is that we both experienced the incident and we do not have a cat.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Aug 14, 2012, 1:48 pm

      Interesting real ghost story. I think I’ll make up a new section called ‘spirit contact’ as you make the important distinction between ghosts and spirts. This section is called ‘real ghosts’. Look out for my new page that I’ll upload soon called ‘spirit contact’.

  • Michelle Aug 5, 2012, 7:47 pm

    I have had ghost experiences since the age of seven years old. (I’m now 39) My mother has been dead for 9 years and on her birthday I dreamed about her. During the same week when we returned home the house was filled with the smell of rotten eggs. The smell has now gone but I have heard of stories that a bad smell in a house can mean that a evil ghost is present. I have only lived in this house for 7 years now. I just wanted to share my story with you and if you had any input on this topic.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Aug 14, 2012, 11:29 am

      The smell of rotten eggs is not a ghost experience as I would expect that with further investigation there is an earthly explanation for the bad smell. If your mother were to make a communication in this way it would be to give proof of her survival such as a familiar perfume that you would associate with her. I will be posting some ghost experiences about evil spirits on the site very soon with more detailed explanations about what are ghosts, spirits and evil spirit experiences.

  • Robert Park Aug 2, 2012, 1:58 pm

    In the autumn of 1966 (sorry, cannot recall the month) I was residing in a flat in a castle in Cumberland. In the bedroom where my wife and I slept there was a fireplace with a mantle shelf; this was situated beyond the foot of the bed. On the mantle shelf was placed my alarm clock, an old mechanical one. Whenever it rang I had to arise from bed and walk to the fireplace to switch the alarm off. About a minute prior to it ringing it would make a clicking noise which often awoke me. Our three daughters slept in another room.

    One morning as the clock clicked in preparation for the alarm to go off I awoke to find my youngest daughter, then 3 years old, standing by my side of the bed. I arose, passed her and on doing so spoke to her. On turning off the alarm and turning around she was no longer there; I knew then that what I witnessed was her apparition as she would be unable to enter our leave our bedroom without the door making a noise owing to the spring-loaded draft excluder fitted. Furthermore, the room was in darkness and had she been there in reality I would not have been able to see her. I switched on the room light and the bedroom door was ajar about two inches. I went to her room where she was asleep in bed and the bed was warm; she had not left it.

    The pyjamas she was wearing had the same pattern top and bottom but each was of a different colour; they were also a tad short for her as she had outgrown them. When I witnessed her apparition it was white and exactly as one would see of the image of a person in a mono coloured negative of the old cameras and every detail about her could be seen, even the expression in her eyes. She was life sized and wore a loose but perfectly fitted gown. My daughter is still alive today (2012). What I had witnessed was an out-of-body experience which she was evidently having.

    This was the first of two apparitions I witnessed.

    The second occurred 1967 and again at the latter part of the year. I was then living with my family at a house in Cupar, Fife. On this occasion I came straight out of a sleep in the middle of the night with the room brightly lit. My wife was asleep next to me on my right side and instinctively I knew that not only was something odd but that I was being watched. I looked to the left and an elderly man was standing at the bedside looking at me. He would be about 5’5″ tall, proportionately but strongly built, he had a beard but I cannot recall today if he was bald. He wore a heavy-weight coarse material shirt without a collar which had a striped mixture of colours, off-white, rust, and brown. His trousers were of a heavy tweed-like material, brown and coarse. He wore both braces and a thick leather belt. He was not in anyway threatening yet I became alarmed and afraid and hid beneath the blankets. I argued with myself to have another look recognising the uniqueness of the event but when I did muster the courage to look, the room was in total darkness with no one was there. Ever since, one regrets not having had the courage to face this ghost yet, paradoxically, I am not an easily frightened person (at least, I did not think I was).

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