From altercations with Bloody Mary herself, to a friendly entity fond of borrowing a homeowner’s jewelry, to the restless spirits of an insane asylum, these real-life ghost stories all have one thing in common: They hint at what may lie in the world beyond this one. Below are some of The Lineup’s most spine-tingling real-life horror stories. Brave enough to read them? Then settle in for a sleepless night.
1. 10 People Share Their Eerie Encounters with ‘Shadow People’
2. Conversations with Dead People: Contacting Marilyn Monroe
3. The Restless Spirits of The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
4. The Ghost Who Followed Her Home
After experiencing intense paranormal phenomena over Halloween weekend at the Old South Pittsburg Hospital, ghost hunter Gretchen Upshaw thought she was done with spirits. But unknowingly, she brought a spooky souvenir home with her...
5. Her Touch was as Cold as Ice: A True Ghost Encounter
6. 7 People Describe the Unexplainable Out-of-Body Experience that Completely Changed Their Outlook on Life
7. Esme: The Other Friendly Ghost
When writer Katherine Neville bought her 150-year-old Gothic home in Virginia, she never imagined she would be sharing it with Esme, a ghost who steals everything from live cats to precious jewelry. But Esme also knows how to find things: including priceless historical artifacts long-hidden in the attic.
8. 15 Real-Life Paranormal Encounters That Will Keep You Awake Tonight
9. 9 Chilling “Bloody Mary” Stories
For those brave enough to try it, uttering her name three times while looking in the mirror will supposedly conjure the ghost of Bloody Mary. Here are nine stories of those who called on her … and lived to tell about it.
10. Fire, Hangings, and Death: A Paranormal Investigation at UK’s The Block
11. A Sinister Haunting in San Antonio