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16 Signs That Your House is Haunted
How do you know if that persistent rapping on your walls is bad plumbing or a mischievous spirit? Here are some of the signs of a haunting - and what you can do about it. 

Adonai's Minions
Police officers are witnesses to many tragic and extraordinary events. But Elliot, an officer in Port Richey, Florida, was not prepared for the strange and unexplained things he saw on a February night in 2003. This is Elliot's story.

Animals and Ghosts
Cats, dogs, birds and other animals might have as much of a link to the unseen world as we do. Here are some stories of the incredible connection between animals and the spirit world.

The Berini Haunting
In one of the most shocking cases of recent times, a New England family was surprised, disturbed and ultimately terrified by a series of apparitions that seemed intent on driving them from their home.

The Best Ghost Photos Ever Taken - Part 1
If seeing is believing, then these photos will convince you of the existence of ghosts. Here are some incredible ghost pictures and the equally remarkable stories behind them.

The Best Ghost Photos Ever Taken - Part 2
More astonishing images that will haunt your memory for years to come - photographic evidence for ghost phenomena and the chilling stories behind them.

The Best Ghost Photos Ever Taken - Part 3
More astonishing photos that lend evidence for the existence of ghosts.

Camping Tales of Terror
The telling of supernatural tales around the campfire is a long-held tradition. Yet unexplained things sometimes really do occur out there in the woods at night. Here are some true tales of the paranormal reported by campers.

Children's Encounters with the Unknown
They see and experience extraordinary things that many adults cannot, from ghosts and "imaginary" friends to startling premonitions and toys that come to life.

The Christmas Ghost
It began as a relaxing if curious holiday vacation at a bed and breakfast with a reputation for being haunted. What Kathy Moll encountered there that Christmas season, however, would stay with her forever.

The Cicero Haunting
A disturbing presence enters the lives of a young family - an entity that taught them to fear the darkness and the shadows. This is the true story of their nightmare.

The DOPler Effect
Do objects disappear around your home, then inexplicably reappear? You might be a victim of DOP, or Disappearing Object Phenomena. What could be the cause?

The Duplex Poltergeist
Like many young couples with a new baby, Sheri and her husband just wanted a nice home for their growing family. They thought they found it... until a series of terrifying events drove them away and they learned of the building’s horrible secret. This is Sheri’s story.

What You Need to Know About... Electronic Voice Phenomena
Otherwise known as EVP, electronic voice phenomena is the recording of mysterious voices from "beyond." Here's what it is, how it works and how you can experiment with it.

Encountering the Shadow People
Readers report their own unnerving experiences with the mysterious shadow people phenomenon, and also offer some additional theories to explain them.

Eye on the Unexplained
Even if you don't live in or near a haunted house, these webcams provide your chance to see a ghost - or some other paranormal apparition - with your own eyes.

EVP: Beyond White Noise
If electronic voice phenomena are the voices of dead people, what are the implications of the things they are saying – and the possible fate of some of us?

The Farmhouse Haunting
It was a picture-perfect life for Debbie D. and her boyfriend in the scenic mountains of Virginia... until their dream was shattered by a haunting that would escalate until they were driven with fear from their beautiful home. Read Debbie's true story.

The Fishing Trip Encounter
What could have been a fun weekend of fishing and relaxation for four teenage boys turned into a confusing and frightening episode of unreality, bizarre sightings and missing time.

Freaky Phone Calls
Telephones are little more than plastic, wiring and electronic circuitry... but do they sometimes connect with other worlds, other dimensions in a way we cannot explain?

Ghost Hunters' Quiz
Do you think you have what it takes to rout out pesky ghosts and poltergeists? Take the quiz and find out if you've got the fright stuff.

The Ghost in the Barn
The true story of a troubled spirit, a remarkable coincidence and a mysterious connection between the living and the dead.

The Ghost of The Pink Lady
While some ghosts seem to be lost and confused in their altered state of existence, others - like this one - seem to be watching us, and perhaps even destined to deliver an important message.

Ghost of the Seven Gables
The ghostly image of a small boy appears at the birthplace of author Nathaniel Hawthorne. Is it the author's son Julian, or the author himself? It's one of the best ghost photos we've ever seen. 

Ghosts All Around Us
There's nothing like a good ghost story -- all the better when it's true. On these pages are some fascinating stories -- some are warm, positive experiences, some are benign, and others are truly scary. Be warned: they get scarier toward the end. Dim the lights, steel your nerves and start reading.

Ghosts at Sea
Tales of phantom ships that sail long after sinking, ships that vanish into thin air, haunted ships and ships that have mysteriously lost their crew.

The Ghosts of Edinburgh Castle
One of the largest ghost hunts ever conducted results in dozens of strange experiences, unexplained photos... and perhaps more questions than answers.

Ghosts of Christmas
Many people, besides Ebenezer Scrooge, have encountered ghosts at the Christmas season. Some of those spirits, like the eerie Ghost of Christmas Future, are dark and foreboding, while others, like angels, seem to embody the joy and hopefulness of the holiday. Light a yuletide candle and consider these true stories. 

Ghosts of Hollywood
Ghosts and other tales of the paranormal have always been great movie material, but Hollywood also has its own real-life ghost stories. There are many stars who are ghosts and many stars who have seen ghosts. Here are their stories.

Ghosts of Christmas
Many people, besides Ebenezer Scrooge, have encountered ghosts at the Christmas season. Some of those spirits, like the eerie Ghost of Christmas Future, are dark and foreboding, while others, like angels, seem to embody the joy and hopefulness of the holiday. Light a yuletide candle and consider these true stories.

Ghosts: What Are They?
Do you believe in ghosts? The many thousands of reports from all over the world leave little doubt that haunting experiences are quite real. But what causes them and why?

The Ghost That Solved Its Own Murder
The true story of The Greenbriar Ghost - a remarkable case in which the victim's spirit testified about its own violent death, and named the murderer!

Ghost Walks and Tours
Take a candlelit tour through the spookiest, most haunted areas of your town, county or state.

Ghost Writers
Critically acclaimed novels and compositions of classical music... said to be written by ghosts! Or strangely gifted people?

The Grieving Ghost of Mary Jo
These high school drama students always suspected their theater was haunted - a fear confirmed by a Ouija board, a bizarre discovery and the shocking secret of a despondent spirit.

Haunted Lighthouses
Spectral lights, fleeting apparitions and phantom footsteps suggest that the dedicated residents of these historic lighthouses are there to stay.

The Haunted Painting
As soon as Laura finished her painting - a painting that featured the image of a ghost - bizarre events began to take place around her home.

The Haunted Railroad Crossing
The story behind this legendary haunted spot may not be true, but there are still many unexplained events surrounding this eerie intersection. See our exclusive photos of the railroad crossing ghost.

The Haunting at Harvey Woods
The woods are a place of mystery, where danger and the unknown lurk in the thick dark. Wandering into it can only lead to adventure and the unexpected. Liz R. found that out in a way that will stay with her forever. It began as a prank, but it was the woods that reversed the trick - and turned the trick to terror. This her true story.

The Houdini Séance
Every Halloween since 1927, a séance has been held to see if legendary magician Harry Houdini would try to contact the living from the world beyond death.

House of Shadows
Something strange once happened in the upstairs bedroom, and it may be the cause of the terrifying haunting in this house.

How To Be a Ghost Hunter
The tools, techniques, information and forms you need to investigate hauntings in your area. A review of Richard Southall's book.

How To Create a Ghost
In the 1970s, a psychical research group "invented" a spirit named Philip. To their astonishment, Philip actually made contact with them through a host of incredible psychokinetic phenomena.

How To Hear and See a Ghost
Yes, they're out there... waiting to be heard and seen. And there are several ways you can make it happen, on the web or in your own home!

How to Know If Your House is Haunted
How do you know if that persistent rapping on your walls is bad plumbing or a mischievous spirit? Here are some of the signs of a haunting - and what you can do about it.

Incubus
For centuries, women and men have reported sexual attacks by unseen entities as they lie in their beds. Are they victims of demonic, psychological, or medical disturbances?

Interview: Loyd Auerbach on Ghosts
One of the world's foremost authorities and researchers on ghosts and hauntings offers a fascinating, often surprising view of these perplexing phenomena.

The Malevolent Ghost
A family tolerates a house full of spirits - until one of them turns violent and even threatens the children.

More Phantom Phone Calls
Here's further evidence that devices such as telephones could  be connections to realms we have not even begun to understand.

The Most Mysterious House Ever Built
The Winchester House began with a curse, was built under the guidance of "spirits" and has the creepiest architecture of any American home.

Night of the Shadow Creature
Consider the story told to us by Ted who, with his friend, drifted off to sleep after watching a horror movie, only to have something more sinister invade their consciousness. Was it just a dream... or was there evidence that the nightmare they shared was quite real?

The "Old Hag" Syndrome
You wake up unable to move, barely able to breathe... you feel an oppressive weight on your chest... and you sense some evil presence in the room... The old hag strikes!

Paranormal Focus: Salt Lake City
This peaceful, scenic city - site of the Winter Olympics - is also a hotbed of paranormal activity: ghosts, monsters, crop circles and UFOs.

Phantom Hitchhikers
Some of the most enduring - and unnerving - ghost stories are of hitchhikers who vanish into thin air.

Phantom Phone Calls 3
Can the dead manipulate our telephones? These stories suggest that the dead can reach back through the fabric of time and space, from wherever they are, to leave one last message... to say one last goodbye.

Poltergeists: Three Famous Cases
Some of the best-documented, frightening, and controversial poltergeist cases of the last 30 years.

Presidents and the Paranormal
The paranormal has even surrounded the highest office in the U.S. - the presidency. From Washington to Lincoln to Kennedy, Reagan, and Clinton, the unexplained has taken its place in the lives and fates of these powerful men.

Ramic - The Horned Entity
For this normal family, the sightings of a strange creature began as mere shadows, then became a threatening playmate for their children - culminating in a bizarre confrontation with a thing not of this world.

Readers' Stories of the Paranormal - 1
Readers' true tales of ghostly visitations, weird clairvoyant dreams, frightening entities, and séances gone wrong.

Readers' Stories of the Paranormal - 2
Readers' true tales of ghostly visitations, weird clairvoyant dreams, frightening entities, and séances gone wrong.

Readers' Stories of the Paranormal - 3
The paranormal surrounds us. Ominous premonitions, terrifying hauntings and, perhaps, contact with the dead. Here's the latest batch of letters from readers.

Readers' Stories of the Paranormal - 4
True accounts of the unexplained from readers, including "The haunted ambulance building," "Archangel Michael makes a housecall," and "The perfumed ghost."

Readers' Stories of the Paranormal - 5
Readers relate their true, chilling tales of loved ones who make their presence known from beyond the grave.

Readers' Stories of the Paranormal - 6
Readers submit their own true - sometimes petrifying - tales of ghosts, visions, hauntings, and paranormal encounters.

Readers' Stories of the Paranormal - 7
Encounters with the paranormal can take place anywhere, any time. Readers tell of their haunting experiences with Bigfoot, ghosts, and evil spirits.

Readers' Stories of the Paranormal - 8
Haunted apartments, assistance from angels, poltergeists, thieving ghosts, and close encounters are just some of the unexplained experiences reported by readers.

Readers' Stories of the Paranormal - 9
Psychic experiences, contact with the dead, and other unexplained events are among the remarkable stories that these readers swear are true.

Readers' Stories of the Paranormal - 10
Visions of ghosts, meetings with mysterious creatures, messages from the dead and even encounters with evil are all part of the paranormal experience. Here are true tales of the unknown from readers.

Readers' Stories of the Paranormal - 11
Whistling ghosts, bone-chilling apparitions, startling psychic visions and stubborn house-bound spirits are just some of the unexplained experiences readers report.

Readers' Stories of the Paranormal - 12
True tales of the unexplained that lend further proof to the reality of ghosts, premonitions, twilight creatures and events that would seem to be impossible.

Book Review: Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Places
If a person can say he or she does not believe in ghosts after reading Brad Steiger's Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Places, he or she is in serious denial. It is the best, most complete collection of believable evidence for the reality of these phenomena.

Real House of Horrors
Take a tour of some of the scariest, true paranormal and unexplained events in recent history.

The REAL Monsters of Halloween
Few really believe in vampires, monsters and witches, but these enduring characters of Halloween and the movies have a basis in real life that is often more interesting than the fantasy.

The Red Zone
Will K. was skeptical about matters such as ghosts and precognition, but a strange experience one night at work - which forewarned of a deadly disaster - made him a believer. This is Will's story.

The Scariest Hauntings of All Time
Halloween can be a time of fun frights... but those ghost costumes are a feeble mockery of the real thing. Here are some true and terrifying ghost stories that will leave you shaking in your bed sheet.

Shadow People
Did you see that dark, fleeting shape out of the corner of your eye? Perhaps you caught a glimpse of a strange entity that is being seen with greater regularity around the world.

Strange Tales 1: Which One is False?
Four stories of the unexplained... but only three of them are true. See if you can figure out which one of the four is complete fiction.

Strange Tales 2: Which Story is False?
Is truth stranger than fiction? Read these four accounts of the unexplained, then see if you can guess which one is completely made up.

Strange Tales 3: Which Story is False?
How good are you at knowing when someone is telling you a tall tale? When it comes to the paranormal, it's not always easy. Here's another in our series of "spot the false story" games!

Strange Tales 4: Which Story is False?
Here's the fourth in our series of paranormal puzzlers in which you have to guess which of the four stories presented is completely made up by your About Guide. All of the stories are incredible, but only three of them are true. Which is the fictitious story?

Strange Tales 5: Which Story is False?
Here is installment 5 in our popular series of paranormal games. Guess which of the 4 stories presented is false. All of the tales are amazing, but only three of them are true. Which is the fictitious story? Read them all, then cast your vote for the phony story. See if you can spot a tall tale when you see it.

Strange Tales 6: Which Story is False?
Presented here and on following pages are four stories of the unexplained. But only three of them are true; one was invented by your About.com Guide. Your job is to read all four of the stories and then vote for the one you think is false.

Strange Tales 7: Which Story is False?
Presented here are four stories of the unexplained. But only three of them are true; one was invented by your About.com Guide. Your job is to read all four of the stories and then vote for the one you think is false.

Strange Tales 8: Which Story is False?
Presented here are four stories of the unexplained. But only three of them are true; one was invented by your About.com Guide. Your job is to read all four of the stories and then vote for the one you think is false.

Superman's Ghost and the Comic
Jeff DeHart is a comedian who has had a life-long passion for The Adventures of Superman TV show and its star George Reeves. Little did he know that it would lead to a series of remarkable coincidences and supernatural events connected to Reeves – including contact with the ghost of the Superman star himself. This is Jeff's story.

The Terrifying Amherst Poltergeist
For months it tormented a 19-year-old girl and her family with deafening noises, horrifying threats and unspeakable violence in one of the most famous poltergeist cases in Canadian history.

Voices from the Grave
Our 1998 Halloween celebration concludes with what are purported to be actual recordings of the voices of ghosts, collected through a technique known as electronic voice phenomenon. Chilling!

Weird Ghost Photos
For some unknown reason, cameras can capture images our eyes alone cannot detect. Here are some of the strangest photos you'll ever see.

The World's Most Haunted Houses
When it comes to the number and frequency of ghost sightings and unexplained events, these real haunted houses can't be beat.

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