2016: Yuki-Onna, The Snow Ghost of Japan

In Japanese folklore, supernatural entities and phenomena are known as yōkai, and they come in many different shapes and sizes, good and bad. Some are monsters, some are demons. Others are shapeshifters, ghosts, or various inexplicable manifestations. You know, the sorts of things we often cover here. They’re all unique in their own strange ways, but given that we’re approaching winter, I thought we’d take a brief look at one of the coolest of this yōkai: Yuki-onna. The Snow Woman According to Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, an online collection of translated Japanese legends and ghost stories curated by Zack Davisson, the first documented Yuki-onna tale appeared in Japan during the Muromachi period, when the Japanese poet and Zen monk Sōgi shared his own alleged experience with the frosty yōkai. Often portrayed as a vengeful spirit who appears during terrible snowstorms, Yuki-onna, the Snow Woman, is also sometimes known as the Snow Hag, though this […] Read More

1873: Ghost of Tom Potter

On Groom’s Hill, Greenwich, there resides a friend of mine, Mr. H—–d, a gentleman of great respectability, of varied attainments and of considerable mental ability, a student of literature, religion, and science. His position is that of an underwriter at Lloyd’s, and in the society of his wife and children, he enjoys a wholesome domestic life. Among those persons engaged in this comfortable household in the year 1866, was a young widow named Mrs. Potter, whose services were occasionally required for various periods as a needlewoman and general assistant. She had one son named Tom, a bright, handsome, delightful boy: he could sing and play; he was clever and accomplished; he excelled in any study to which he gave his attention, and though he was wayward and restless, he was the favorite of everyone who knew him. This brave and troublesome boy was provided with a home and educated […] Read More

2015: Nurses Share Their Spooky Encounters

If there’s one place on earth which is guaranteed to be haunted, it’s got to be a hospital right? With people shuffling off the mortal coil on a daily basis, hospitals are generally pretty creepy places to visit. But what is it like to work in one? Here are 22 spooky ghost stories shared by nurses on allnurses.com, which prove you don’t just need healing hands to work in a hospital, you also need balls of steel. DON’T LET THEM TAKE ME! The best I have heard is from a nurse who said that one night she was floated to oncology at the hospital she used to work at. She was given a patient who was passing away and had been unconscious for several days. At one point during the night the nurse went into the room and the patient was at the top of the bed and looked at her […] Read More

2015: ‘Ghosts’ Most Likely to Be Males Who’ve Died Violently

Dr. Erlendur Haraldsson, a psychologist at the University of Iceland,  has a new study on the reported cases of those who have had an encounter with the undead. Out of 337 cases observed and investigated, the study finds that most of the ghostly apparitions are from males who had died in a violent manner. Dr. Erlendur Haraldsson investigated the cases in the 1980s by conducting interviews with the people who reported the encounters, as well as any other witnesses. He also checked official records to verify the details of death for the apparitions. The cases he studied were all from Iceland, but he cites other research in his study that shows encounters with the dead are reported by as many as 25 percent of Western Europeans and 30 percent of Americans. Dr. Haraldsson wrote: “Unexpectedly, the apparitions were predominantly male (67 percent). This surprising dominance of males is remarkably […] Read More

1977: Ghosts Plague The Set of The Enfield Poltergeist

Imagine how you would feel if there were men chasing you around with cameras and mics, anxious to use your latest statement as hourly news? That is probably the life of our beloved Hollywood actors, politicians, diplomats, and recently, infamous entities from the other world that made human life difficult. Take poor Enfield Poltergeist, for example. there he was, undisturbed in his dominion, ever since taking it out on the unsuspecting Hodgson’s in 1977. but if only these men with huge cameras would leave him alone. Now, Jamie Campbell set out to create the latest horror flick with Oscar-nominated Timothy Spall, which is supposed to be an inspired-by-true-events story with documentations, recorded evidence, witness statements, etc. Sadly, as the actors gathered together for their shot, they were terrified by the incident of the “Flickering Camera” “Every time our photographer came on set his camera broke. It annoyed him, but […] Read More

1948: Edison Worked on a Spirit Phone to Record Voices of the Dead

A long-lost chapter of the memoir of Thomas Edison has been found and published in France and it contains details of the great inventor’s plans to build a device to record the voices of the newly departed. Edison’s original memoir is called “Diary And Sundry Observations” and was published in 1948, 16 years after his death. The first edition of the book contained the last chapter called “Spiritualism,” a collection of essays in which Edison talks about his beliefs in an afterlife and a way to communicate with the dead. I believe, rightly or wrongly, that life is undestructable … I am inclined to believe that our personality hereafter will be able to affect matter. If this reasoning be correct, then, if we can evolve an instrument so delicate as to be affected, or moved, or manipulated – whichever term you want to use – by our personality as […] Read More

2011: The Ammons Family Poltergeist

Sometime in November of 2011, Latoya Ammons and her children moved into the small, unassumingly quaint house that sat on Carolina Street in Gary, Indiana. Within a short period of having moved in, Latoya began to feel that something strange was also in the house with them. Clunking footsteps around her house at nights. A shadowy figure pacing around their living room and ghastly swarms of flies that appeared in the dead of winter. There were also reports of mysterious and sudden bouts of rage that seemed to momentarily take control of her children, making them hurt each other. All of these unexplained occurrences brought an unknown terror to the single mother of three. However, when one of her children levitated off the bed in front of their eyes, the Ammon family knew that what they were dealing with was way beyond their control and frightfully real. The story […] Read More

2013: The Ghost Box

What are ghost boxes? How does the ghost box work? [PSN] – The argument has been made that Thomas Edison was working on a ghost communication device — a ghost box of sorts, to contact the dead. However, there are many Edison experts that would argue that it was only legend, a myth that is untrue. They will point out that he neither believed in the afterlife nor did he believe spirits and ghosts could be contacted through an electronic device. Whatever the truth behind Edison, one has to believe it makes a good story and backdrop to the ghost box. Even more intriguing, some today claim they are in contact with Thomas Edison via the ghost box, but many respected researchers of the latest ghost box technology have yet to make contact with the famous, dead inventor. That brings us to the latest development of the ghost box. […] Read More