PA - Penllyn Haunting
When I was a kid, we moved into an old mansion in Penllyn, PA, that my parents gutted and redid completely. So even though it was a really old house, it was new inside. My parents had an alarm system installed, something I hadn't lived with prior to that time.
For the first few months, we couldn't set the motion detector outside my bedroom because the keypad was on the other side of the motion detector. So if I had to turn the alarm off, I would set the alarm off in the process. I don't think I slept for those few months until we had a keypad installed in my bedroom.
Whenever I would wake up at night, I would focus on the red light on the alarm keypad. It would get me oriented in the room and then I would go back to sleep.
One night I woke up and immediately focused on the red light. As I did so, a woman, holding a candle on one of those metal candle holders with the loop for your finger, dressed in a flowing white sleeping gown and a white cap walked through my field of vision. And then she disappeared. Interestingly, she didn't scare me. I saw her and knew she was there, but I simply turned over and went back to sleep.
Her memory stayed with me. I've shared that memory with many people, including my own son who has had visions and is quite scared by them.
Several years later I was in
bed reading a book I had started on vacation. I couldn't put the book down. I stayed up late to finish it. Big mistake! The book ended with a detailed description of a creature that was killing all the children in the town.
I knew sleeping was going to be difficult with that picture in my head, but I decided to try it anyway. Apparently I was able to fall asleep. I woke up suddenly, scrambling to get out of bed and when I looked to my left, I swear, there in the bed with me was that creature! I screamed, turned off the alarm and ran up 3 flights to my brother's room where he had an empty single bed. I figured the further I got from the creature, the safer I'd be. I woke him up, told him I was going to sleep in his room, which, although a tad confused, he was fine with. I laid there for hours. I was so scared I couldn't close my eyes.
Eventually, in the wee hours of the morning, I went down two flights to my parents' room. I told them I couldn't sleep. I was crying. My mom set me up in her dressing room with pillows and blankets. And even though my parents were right outside the door, I couldn't close my eyes until the sun came up.
I was a sophomore in high school at the time. And I will never forget that creature. Needless to say, I don't read scary books at night anymore!!