Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Grandpa's Spirit

Mandi from Illinois sent in this story about what happened after her grandfather died.

Hi, I am Mandi. I have always believed in the paranormal (sometimes)... but now that I had a real life experience, i believe in it more...

Well this all started the day before my grandpa died. He was in the hospital. On February 3rd he died. That night, I had woken up at 3 am in a cold sweat, I started to sob uncontrollably.

That morning, my mom got a call from the hospital and had to go there. When she came back, she told me and my sisters that my grandfather had died at about 3 am! I was really creeped out, but that doesn't compare to what happened when I went to my room.

As I entered, I saw my grandpa there! He was staring at me, as I went closer, he said "I will always be looking out for you." Ok RRREEEAAALLLYYY creepy... he disappeared before I could touch him. Anyway, when I woke up in the morning the next day, I heard a cardinal. Ok nothing weird about that, but my older sister was blasting her radio and my little sister was blasting the TV. I could still hear the cardinal. It swooped down from the tree it was on and landed on a little perch on the outside of my window. IT WASN'T AFRAID OF ME!!!! Then the cardinal followed me & (in my opinion) kept me safe. The cardinal is still with me today. And, unlike most birds, the cardinal sings at night...

Some people might think that your story is for the birds...but not me! Thanks for sharing it.

Crop Circle Mystery

Paige from Michigan sent me this tale of a crop circle no one could fully explain.

The background:
In July 2003, a farmer found crop circles in his field about fifty miles south of Hemlock, in Livingston County near Howell, Michigan. There were no tracks or paths leading to the crop circles. The first circle was only four feet across, but the second circle was fifty feet in diameter and had two extensions leading off like spurs at the east and west points. An investigator said this formation was unusual in his report because there were four additional circles at the north, south, east, and west points on the larger circle, layered UNDER the circle. There was intricate weaving and braiding of the grain stalks and the director of the Independent Crop Circle Researchers' Association, said he found at least twenty stems that were exposed to a complex energy burst like what happened in your book. Two radio personalities in Howell said they created the circles but it was unlikely, the investigators said, that they could have microwaved the field somehow.

My story:
I'm 17 and I swear I'm not crazy or a hoaxer. I was visiting my sister in Howell in July, 2003 and I spent the night there. I was in bed and I was looking out the window when I saw 6 or 7 white lights in a boomerang formation. I went to sleep and when I woke up I went downstairs and my family told me some crop circles showed up that night. I would later see more UFOs and some alien incidents have happened to me which makes me wonder if it's a coincidence it happened the same night I was spending the night.

Sounds like you've found a real paranormal hot spot, Paige! Thanks for filling us in.

Demon House

Here's a story from Pennsylvania about a house rental that didn't quite work out as planned.

First off I'd like to say if you put this on your site, which I give you full permission to do, I only ask that you keep my name a secret for my own safety...

My family and I rented this house in Pennsylvania. It was fairly cheap, and at the time we thought nothing of it. Well, as we were moving in we found that the basement door was locked and we didn't have a key, so being the curious people we are, we knocked the door down.. only to find that downstairs was an area on the wall painted over with black paint. So we put all of our extra stuff down there and thought nothing of the paint on the wall... but we should have.

Things started out small and we figured it was just an old house, right? Wrong. As time went on "it" as we called it got madder and madder at us... it began to shake everything violently and flick light switches, even call out our names at night, trying to lure us to the basement. We began to get frightened but thought paranormal teams wouldn't believe us. So we got an Ouija board and began to ask "it" questions, first we asked "is there some presence in this house?" it replied "Y-E-S" so next we asked "what is your name?" and it replied "S-E-T-H" so we asked Seth when he was alive, and what we got shocked us--Seth replied "N-E-V-E-R". As it turns out, Seth was a demon... we very quickly boarded up the basement and paid our last rent payment and moved out... never to return to that house again.

Thanks for listening, and I hope you put my story up on the site.

Thank you. Sounds like moving out was the right move!

Headless Axeman

Ian from New York sent me this story of a guy with an axe who lost his head...literally!

Hey Jason,

Have I got a story for you!

So, once when I was like 7 years old, I was in my room one night in the cabin that my family owns in the Catskill mountains. I woke up in the middle of the night to a sharpening axe sound. I stared up from my bed, just to see a glowing white body holding an axe in a swinging position. But there was something weird about this guy. He was headless!

I tried to scream for help, but I was paralyzed by fear. That guy started to swing the axe. I braced for impact. But then the axe guy just disappeared, leaving a glowing residue of some kind of ectoplasm on the floor.

I did some research and it turns out there was this guy named Jacob Alexandra back in the 1800s who was a traveling lumberjack. He fell in love with a woman named Eliza Jones. Eliza moved away because she was engaged to a banker who lived out in the western United States. Jacob was never the same after that. One day, he was cutting down a tree in the forest when he accidentally missed the tree and cut his own head off with the axe.

I was totally freaked out. How about you?


I am certainly freaked out, and I'm guessing Jacob was too!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Scary States on YouTube!

Hey Scary States Fans,

Scary States author Michael Teitelbaum has posted two videos on YouTube. In each one he reads a condensed version of one of the stories from the book.

Check out:




A scary treat for the ears...but not for the faint of heart!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Footage of a UFO in Texas!

Hey Fellow Sky Watchers,

Earlier this year it was Stephenville, Texas. Now many folks in the town of Dublin, Texas have spotted unidentified lights in the sky. And one quick-thinking citizen captured it on video.

Take a look:


Do you know what those lights are? I don't. Thus the "U" in UFO.

Keep watching the sky! (At night, of course)


Thursday, October 2, 2008

Sleepwalker or Hijacked Body?

Tanner from Utah sent me this creeped-out tale about something that happened when she was 4 years old to her and her two sisters.


When I was about 4 we lived in a huge house in a small town. That house had a record of being haunted. Things would turn on and off and there would be weird noises. One night my two sisters were sleeping in the same room. My sister Cam (not quite asleep) bolted upright because she heard something on the ground. She woke up my sister Shay. Shay looked on the ground by her side of the bed, and she saw me! She said later that I was just laying there smiling up at her. She told me to go back to bed, but when she turned on the light, I had vanished! I wasn't there anymore!

Thing is, I don't think I ever left my bed! So either I have a weird power where I can move instantly to different places or a ghost or something took the form of my body and appeared there in the middle of the night. I don't know why this happened but it sure is weird!


ps. I've read your book 3 times!! It was great!

Thanks, Tanner, for sharing that story. Here's hoping that these days you stay put through the night.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Scary States and Encyclopedia Horrifica Team Up to Find the New Jersey Devil!

Hey fans of the frightful, the weird, and all things paranormal!

On Sunday September 28, Michael Teitelbaum, the children's book author who helped bring The Scary States of America to print will be teaming up with Joshua Gee, the author of the amazing Encyclopedia Horrifica for a fight-filled appearance at the Crane-Phillips House in Cranford, New Jersey. For all the details click here.

Both authors will be exploring the history of the cryptid known as the New Jersey Devil. Myth? Legend? Or real life creature? Find out at this event. For those you unfamiliar with the New Jersey Devil (and no, we're not talking about hockey here) you can check out the New Jersey story in The Scary States of America.

And be sure to check out Joshua's terrifically terrifying website, and of course his fear-filled, fact-packed book, Encyclopedia Horrifca.

Hope to scare, I mean, see you there!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Bigfoot is Watching You

Here's a story sent to me by Ryan from Tennessee about the time he saw Bigfoot in his hotel room. Talk about room service you could do without!

Hey Jason,

I was nine years old and I was with my parents and 4-year-old sister at a hotel in Tennessee. I was about to go to bed when I looked at the door and saw something that looked like Bigfoot walk through the wall and look at me. It stood there for a few minutes. Then it walked through the other wall. I tried to convince myself that it did not happen and went to sleep. At about midnight a loud noise woke me up. When I looked to see what it was I saw the creature at the end of my bed. It scared me so bad I blacked out. When I woke up I noticed something written on a piece of paper. It said "I will always try to protect you, Ryan". Since then I keep searching for whatever wrote that.

Ryan from Tennessee

While it's nice to have someone bigger than you looking out for you, I'm not sure I'd choose Bigfoot for my protector. Who's going to protect you from him!?

Monday, August 4, 2008

The Montauk Monster

Okay cryptid fans, check this out.

Last week something washed up on the beach at Montauk on Long Island in New York State. Some say it's a monster. Others have said it's nothing more than a raccoon. What do you think? Here it is--The Montauk Monster, 2008's (so far) cryptid of the year!

Stuff like this just makes my summer!


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Living in a Haunted House

I've gotten lots of stories from people who have experienced one haunted event. Here's a tale sent in by Mitchell about the time he and his family lived in a haunted house in Washington State. Check it out:

When me and my family lived in Washington, the house we lived in was haunted. We all had things happen to us there, but we never really talked about it.

One time my mom got home late from work at around 1 am. She was so tired she fell asleep on the couch and was awakened about two hours later to find every light in the house on and the front door shaking like mad! When she opened the front door nobody was there!

Another night when I was in my room, I heard a strange noise coming from my fireplace. I went to see what it was and when I got about 5 feet away from it my bedroom light turned off and a very bright light came out of the fireplace!

Lastly, every time I cleaned cobwebs out of any corner in this house, I would find them back where they had been the very next day!

Thanks for listening to my story, Jason.

Following in your footsteps,

Some truly creepy stuff there, Mitchell. Thanks for sharing it with all of us. Hey, if I had haunted cobwebs in my house, I'd never clean my room (any excuse that works, right! :)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Scary States in Central Park

For those of you in the New York City area, I wanted to let you know that Michael Teitelbaum will be doing a reading from The Scary States of America, as part of the New York Book Festival in Central Park.

The event will take place on Saturday, June 28 at the bandshell in the park. The reading will begin at 12 noon. The easiest way to get there is to enter the park at 72nd street and Fifth Avenue.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Dog Ghost

So far I've posted 2 stories about people who have seen or heard the ghosts of their cats. And these stories have gotten lots of great comments on my website. So now I'm happy to announce our first story about the ghost of a dog.

Annie and Jane from Illinois sent me this tale (tail?...ouch! Bad Pun Alert!) about Annie and her ghostly dog.

Okay... My school just got out two days ago. And yesterday was the first day of summer break! But I was not too excited about it because I had to go to my dad's work. I got home around 6:00 and my mom told me to take out my dog, Squiggle.

My mom was outside gardening. My brother, Austin, was outside riding his bike. My dad was golfing with some of his friends. After the walk I went inside to let Squiggle in. I opened the garage door and walked into the laundry room. The laundry room door was closed. I cracked open the laundry room door and I heard someone say "Come here, Charcoal!" Then I heard jingling. It sounded like Charcoal's collar. Charcoal was my other dog. But the thing is Charcoal died 2 years ago!

I opened the laundry room door and said "Mom? You there?" No answer. I looked out the window and my mom was outside. She had not moved from where she was gardening. I looked over at where we always kept Charcoal's collar--on the mantel over the fireplace. It was not there! I looked around and I saw it on the floor next to a fresh muddy paw print.

I grabbed Squiggle and ran outside. I told my mom everything. She was skeptical so I brought her in to show her. But the collar was back in its place and the paw print was gone!

I'm so scared... well... at least my house is being haunted by someone I love!

Jane and Annie

WOW! (or should I say bow-WOW! Sorry, Bad Pun Alert again) Thanks, Jane and Annie, for sharing that story.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Trinket From Beyond the Grave

Victoria from South Carolina sent me this tale about something that happened to her in her great-grandmother's house in Indiana. It has a creepy ring to it, as you'll see:

My great-grandma had just died 2 days ago and we were going through her house and getting the things she had let behind for us in her will. Now the one thing that was left to me was her turquoise ring. The only problem was that no one could find it.

I was up in her room and suddenly I got a chill. I looked around but no window was open. Then appearing in the doorway of the room stood my great-grandma dressed in the dress she had died in. She then knelt down and glided her hand under her dresser and picked out what looked to be a ring. She handed it to me and sure enough it was a turquoise ring! I gasped and when I looked up she mouthed the words "I love you" and departed.

I still have the ring 5 years later.

Hope you like the story!

I sure do. Not only did you get a ring that means a lot to you but you got a great story too! Thanks for sharing it.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Neighbor in the Window

Sadie from Indiana sent me the following e-mail:

Okay, So I read your book, and (of course) absolutely loved it!
Have you ever heard of anybody who could see spirits?
Not just sometimes, but all the time, whereever they are.
Well I can, and I have a pretty creepy story about my neighbor's house if you'd like to hear...

Of course I'd like to hear! And so Sadie sent me this chilling tale:


When I first moved into my house, my mom made me meet the neighbors (ick). And the one on our left was an elderly man who I guess didn't like kids very much. I ended up being best friends with the girl in the house past his. But being the strange person I am, I had to investigate.

I asked my friend about him, and it turned out he was really weird (and he used to be a circus clown, but that's not important). I convinced my friend to help me. After a few months of living there, I was walking home from my friend's house late one night and I happened to see out of the corner of my eye, my creepy neighbor watching me from his window.

I was a little freaked out, but I didn't think much of it. After a few more times of that happening, I got really annoyed. I asked my mom about him (not telling her about him watching me), saying he was really weird.

Turns out he had died a month before!

Somebody else lives there now, but sometimes I still see the creepy neighbor looking out his window at me.


I've heard of being a good neighbor--this is ridiculous! And beyond CREEPY!! Thanks for sharing, Sadie.

Baby's Ghost is Mad!

Dear Jason,

My name is Aaron. My BEST friend Rain and I have experienced some paranormal stuff in Rhode Island. I swear this is real. One day at Rain's house, she took out a oiuja board and we contacted the spirits and believe us, we wish we NEVER had. We talked to a dead girl named Baby and she said she was at Rain's house. So we did some tests like we put out a tootsie roll and watched it with our own eyes move back and forth. After that we were going to visit her grave but it was raining really hard, so we went through some old photos and found a picture that had Baby in the background! We asked if it was her and it was. Now as you can imagine we were freaked out. The next day Baby started throwing and moving things around. We locked ourselves in Rain's room, but Baby kept throwing things at us and screaming like a banshee. But the weirdest thing was we couldn't figure out why she was mad. Then we realized that she was mad at us because we never visited her grave!

Still, after we saw her temper that's the last place I want to be!

>'_'< Aaron

I don't blame you one bit! I don't know if I'd venture to her grave. I might also hide the ouija board! :)

"Sara Jane, I Have Your Baby!"

Allison from Texas sent me this local legend that's so popular it even has a street named after it:

My name is Allison. I'm from Texas. There is a story here that is told every year at Halloween. Nobody really knows when it was started but it has plenty of truth to it.

In the pioneer days there was a woman named Sara Jane. She was traveling back to her home town with her new born daughter when she walked into a store only to find that it was being robbed. She raced out the door and the robbers chased her over what is now officially Pure Atlantic Road, but more commonly called Sara Jane Road. Sara wanted to save her child so she threw her into a near by bush, but the infant rolled into the river. The robbers soon caught up with Sara and killed her. Meanwhile the child drowned. Now, Sara Jane haunts the road looking for her baby. Some say that if you stand in the middle of the road at midnight on Halloween and yell "Sara Jane! Sara Jane I have your baby!" you will hear a baby crying and a girl shouting "Where? Where?" I am still a chicken and have refused to try this myself but I have plenty of friends who have and all the stories are the same. First a wind colder than you can ever imagine blows. Then you hear an infant crying. And finally you see a woman running down the road. I once had a teacher who lived on Sara Jane Road and refused to believe this, but I figure this was only because he was a science teacher. He also refused to call the road Sara Jane Road.

P.S luved the book

Thanks, Allison, for this great local legend. Next time I'm in Texas I'll have visit Pure Atlan--I mean Sara Jane Road!

Grandma's Ghostly Tale

Kate from Ohio sent along this tale that her grandmother told her about her own ghostly encounter years ago in Alabama:


Hi my name is Kate and I'm from Ohio, but I have a story from Alabama to tell you. My grandma told me this:

I was staying with your father's cousin Ruthie and she had a cat called
Boo. Well, Boo liked to hang out in Ruthie's closet. She said I could pet him while she got ready for dinner. I went to the closet to say hi to Boo and when I did I felt someone tap me. I turned around and there was this little boy dressed in a little shirt and short pants. I turned to ask Ruthie about him, but when I turned back he was gone.

I later found out that a young boy by the name of Samuel Morriss Gregory had lived in that house about 80 years before Ruthie. He was 4 when one day he went outside and played in a pond. Well, the pond led to the river and he was swept away and later found. When he was found, his body was bloody and torn, and he was wearing a little shirt and short pants.

Hope you liked the story, Jason.


I'm still shivering, Kate! Thank you and please thank your grandmother for sharing!

White Lights and Black Shapes

Max from California sent me two tales of his encounters with the weird and unexplained. Here they are:

Hi, I'm Max, I live in California. I'm a HUGE fan of your site, and I have scary stories of my own, both of which happened to me. People say that I can see ghosts.

Here is the first one:

My mom and I live in this recently rebuilt house. It was all we could have hoped for. Nothing really unusual happened until about our eighth month living there. It was about 9:00 and I was watching tv when all of a sudden I saw what looked like a glowing hand shoot through the closed kitchen door. At first I was really scared but then I realized that it was probably just a trick of the light. About three minutes later I saw a big ball of white light come from the bedroom, pause in front of me, turn, and go through the kitchen door. At that point I was very scared. So I turned off the tv and was about to turn off my bedroom light when a freezing cold air engulfed me. It swirled around my body for about a minute then just dissapeared. We moved out two months later.

Here is my other story:

I lived with my dad in a 1950's house. Things started happening right after we moved in. All of them seemed to happen to me and my friends when we played video games. The buttons started getting pushed all by themselves. Knocks would come at the door but nobody would be there. But the scariest thing happened to me and my friend Liam. He was sleeping over when at about 4:00 in the morning we were awakened by the sounds of pots and pans being hit together. When we went into the kitchen the fridge door was open and pots and pans were on the ground. We ran into the living room only to be confronted by the tv rotating on its stand (it could spin). We were about to turn and go into my room when we saw a black mass crouching in the fire place. Nobody else believes us but we know what we saw.

Thanks, Max. The fact that both you and Liam saw this shape is very creepy indeed!

The Legend of Crybaby Hollow

Taylor from Alabama sent me this local legend that he actually experienced himself. Check it out:

Hey, I'm Taylor from Alabama. I LOVE your blog and book. Hope you make another Scary States of America.

So here is the legend: A young woman was so angry at her infant child that she threw him off the bridge. Now when a car goes across the bridge, it shakes back and forth or is pushed forward. Also tiny hand prints are seen on the car afterwards. If you leave candy on the bridge, the ghost will take it. If you pour baby powder on the bridge, footprints of a baby can be seen. The bridge is now called the bridge of crybaby hollow.

Okay, so here's what happened to me:

I was driving back to where I was camping out. On the way I drove my grandparents' car across the bridge of crybaby hollow. Then, the car starting shaking all over! The baby's cries filled the air. The ghost went inside my car! It grabbed my candy bar! Jason, I was so freaked out! The baby followed me as I went across the bridge until finally I sped off out of sight. People think I'm making this up. Do you believe me?

Your #1 fan,

Wow, thanks for sending this along. Of course I believe you. I always trust that the people who send me stories are telling the truth. Thanks again for sharing!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Phoenix Lights

Austin from Arizona sent me this tale of his UFO sighting. Check it out!

My name is Austin and I'm from Arizona. I read your book. It was awesome!!! Keep posting stuff on your blog!

Well anyway, I was sleeping in my room when I heard a low humming noise. When I looked out my window I saw a giant cylinder shape with a red light on it! I thought my mind was playing games with me so I went back to bed. When I woke up I turned on the news and found out several other people saw it too! It was called the "The Phoenix Lights". The government tried to cover it up by saying it was flares. Other stories said that it was the government testing a top secret plane. But if it was that, then why would they fly it over a large city? I believe it was aliens. What do you think?

Well, Austin, I can't tell you for sure since I wasn't there to see it. But the fact that other people saw the same thing on the same night tells me that it was not in your head! Thanks for sending this to me!!

The Driverless Car

Bella from Minnesota sent me this tale of her close encounter with a car...that just happened to have no driver!

Dear Jason,

Hi, my name is Bella. I live in Minnesota. Anyway, there is an old railroad bridge outside of town by a park called the Thunder Valley Park. The bridge's name is the Black Bridge. Legend has it that in early summer, a ghost train passes through, carrying dead bodies and you can hear a funeral march playing. My friends Anne, Jodie and I love to bike by the bridge. One day, in early summer, we were biking down by the bridge, and we heard gravel churning behind us. We looked behind us, and we saw a really, really old white car. It caught our attention immediately, because it was so old. But here comes the scary part. We looked into the car, and in the right-hand passenger seat, was an old lady dressed entirely in white. She looked to be about eighty years old. She was sitting very stiffly with her hands in her lap, making it impossible to drive. We looked to see who was driving, BUT THERE WASN'T ANYONE IN THE DRIVERS SEAT!!!! At first, I thought my mind was playing tricks on me, but when I looked again, I still didn't see anyone!!!! We looked at each other and then started to scream and freak out! We hopped on our bikes and looked back at the car, and it was totally gone, and we were on a one lane gravel road, so we would have heard it if it passed us. We sure got out of there as quick as we could!!!!!! I still am scared to this day! We haven't been back to the bridge since! Thanks for reading this Jason.


Thank YOU, Bella for sharing!

The Bride of Cumberland Falls

Jessalyn and her sister Taylor sent me this bit of lore from their home state of Kentucky. I love local legends and this is a great one:


My name is Jessalyn. My sister, Taylor, and I have a great story for you. We know of a legend called "The Bride of Cumberland Falls". There are many different versions of it. Here is the most well known version:

A little over sixty years ago, a man and woman were to be married at the lodge of Cumberland Falls. On the night they had planned to get married, the groom called to say he was running late. Hours passed and the man never showed up. They were getting ready to go searching for him when the news came that the man had been killed in a car crash. The woman was so upset over her fiance's death, that she went to the top of the falls and jumped off what is now called Lover's Leap. Now it is said that she roams Cumberland Falls looking for her dead fiance.

Many people have seen the bride, including myself and my sister. My dad, who used to work there, has also seen her. One night he was locking up the lodge. He had finished locking up and remembered he had left his clipboard inside. He went in to get it, and found that every door in the building was open! And he had just locked them all! That is just one of many strange things that have happened there. I hope you have enjoyed the legend of "The Bride of Cumberland Falls".

Jessalyn and Taylor

You bet I did! Thanks for sending it along!!

Monday, February 4, 2008

The Stephenville, Texas UFO

Okay, the paranormal community (you guys know who you are!) has been buzzing about the mass sighting by bunches of people of a UFO in Stephenville, Texas at sunset on January 8, 2008.

Nothing that strange about that, you might be saying (I know, I can hear you). True. But here's the unusual part of the story. The mainstream media, from ABC News to CNN has been covering this story...and taking it seriously. No smirks, rolling eyes, or condescending jabs at "those wacky folks" who see UFOs. Nope. Straight news coverage.

Check out these links:

ABC News


Fox News


CBS News

Of course the air force is dismissing this as nothing (can you say Roswell?). No big shock there. Anyway, check it out and decide for youself. And if anyone from Stephenville actually saw this I'd love to hear from you!


Eerie Radio interview

Hey everyone,

Check out the interview that Scary States of America author Michael Teitelbaum did on Eerie Radio, a radio show devoted to--what else?-- all things paranormal!

Here's the link:


Thursday, January 17, 2008

Cat Ghost II

Poltergeistgrl from Virginia sent me this tale (tail? ha-ha) about her cat who died, but continued to hang out with her. I have heard stories about cat ghosts before (check out the story from California) and this is another great one for my collection. Read on:

hey J!

Your book is awesome! i had no clue that creepy things happened in EVERY state of the US. Im not what u would call a UFO or paranormal freak, but my friends and I have had our share of creepy experiences around our little Virginia town. i have plenty to share with u about all of my friends stories but this one is by far the scariest ever!

ok, i was only six and i had been at school when my cat, Alley, who i had since i was born got run over by a car. When i got home my parents had to tell me the grisly news. i saw her put to rest in our backyard and we went on with our lives. the next Halloween (coincidentally, her birthday) i set a grave stone where we had buried her with her picture and then i went trick-or-treating. when i got back i glanced at her grave, nothing was there. No picture, no gravestone, nothing! i quickly ran inside my house to ask my family what happened but no one was there but me. later i went to bed, securely closing my door and laying down. After an hour or so, I heard MROWWWWWWW! I quicky sat up and sitting on my dresser was Alley! She had a weird blue aura around her and had stars in her eyes! i was freaked. when i moved over to touch her, she vanished! in the morning when I dragged myself out of bed i asked my parents if they heard anything weird, they said i was crazy! you believe me dont u? -Poltergeistgrl

Of course. I always trust that the people who send me stories are telling the truth. And, as I mentioned, this is not first case of a cat ghost I have heard about. Thanks!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Ghost in the Tollhouse

Emily from Maryland e-mailed me asking if she could "share her scares." So naturally I wrote back and said YEAH! as loud as I could (or as loud as anyone can using e-mail). And so she sent me back this creepy, creepy tale about the restaurant her mom works in. Here it is:


Well, first of all, this story takes place in Maryland at a restaurant called Mrs. K's Tollhouse. I've been told that there was a ghost here by most of the employees. In fact, I'm in the restaurant right now! I've never come in contact with the ghost, but my mom and many other employees have. Here's the story:

The restaurant first started off as a toll house and a residence of the Kreuzberg family. A while later they turned it into a tavern and had many visitors. They lived and worked here for a while until Mrs. Mary Kreuzberg died of old age in one of the rooms on the upstairs floor. Her husband was so sad that he re-named the tavern "Mrs. K's Tollhouse". Soon, the current owners [my mom's bosses; husband and wife] bought the restaurant.

They were getting ready to close the restaurant one night when the husband left his office. He deadbolted the door and went downstairs. There was no else in the restaurant. The next day [before anyone arrived], he went back up to the office and the deadbolt had been un-screwed from the door.

He went downstairs to ask his wife if she had un-screwed it but she said she hadn't. At closing time that night, he went upstairs and re-screwed it on. The next day it happened again. He decided to just leave it off.

Things were quiet for a while after that. And then came the restroom construction...

The men's restroom, across the way from my mom's office, was being reconstructed. One of the workers had finished for the day so he started to close the door. But, out of the corner of his eye, he saw an old woman in a rocking chair. This was in the heirloom corner where there are breakables and mirrors everywhere. "The woman was wearing old-fashioned clothing and was just watching me work," he said. Then again, a few years went by without any incidents or sighting.

Then, my mom started her job here as catering director. The restaurant started to close on Mondays. My mom was the only one at the restaurant on Mondays and soon the strangest thing happened. She was sitting at her desk working and listening to the radio when she heard a strange noise. It was a bell like from a trolley or something. She climbed up the stairs and it got louder. She thought it was coming from above the staircase. But when she got there she found no bell and no one.

I believe that the ghost of Mrs. K was trying to get someone's attention. Then I found out that the day my mom heard the bell, was the anniversary of the day Mrs. K had died!


Thanks for sharing, Emily. This, like so many stories I have encountered goes to show that not all ghosts are evil. Some just want to make sure they are not forgotten. And it doesn't sound like anyone in the Tollhouse will soon forget Mrs. K!