As a firm believer in the existence of ghostly presences, Dean regularly combed the press for the most haunted house, inn or abbey in order to go off for a weekend searching for spooks. On his return he regaled anyone prepared to listen with what his partner, Mandy, called his ectoplasmic claptrap.

Sadly for her the most haunted castle in the country was only a short distance away and,  as he had saved this one up for his birthday treat, she was obliged to agree to stay a night in a bedroom there and join a group of enthusiasts who were hoping for a spine-tingling evening with the paranormal.

With the equipment for the detective work set up, a nervous looking group were given a tour, which described historic sightings through the centuries of an ill-fated Jacobean lady in white. Later, all assembled in the stone staircase, they were told to take care, as spirits can attach themselves to individuals. Ridiculous, thought Mandy, just wanting to get the evening over with. A tense half hour followed as ears pricked up and goosebumps raged every time there was a creak from the Victorian heating pipes or a whisper of wind that posed as the rustle of a silk dress. Soon anticipation turned to boredom as the EMF meter failed to register a single change in electromagnetic energy.

It was hard to relax in the chilly, dismal bedroom but, with no roaming ghouls showing up in the moonlight, Mandy, and eventually even Dean, who had initially been on high alert, did manage to sleep.

Mandy was glad to leave behind the dusty tapestries and dark velvet drapes and refused to battle with the temperamental plumbing in the accommodation’s facilities. It was a relief to be back in their ultra-modern apartment, where she was looking forward to luxuriating in a warm power shower.

Entering the bathroom and switching on the bright LED lights, she looked over to the mirror and screamed. Staring back at her was the pale drawn face and dishevelled platinum blond locks of a woman in white.

0 0 votes
Post Rating
Comments without a personalized avatar will not be published.

Support our Family-Friendly Mission

Our vision of a new Internet is family-friendly, elegant and educated. 

If Voice.club has enhanced your life, if you've enjoyed the stories, the comments and the wonderful community, we ask you to help keep our vision thriving!  

Your donations keep Voice.club alive!
16 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Voice-Team
Admin
Voice-Team (@voice-team)
25 days ago

A slow, steady build to a startling conclusion. Love the English castle/paranormal elements and the contrasting modern “sensible” living (or so it may seem!). 

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
1 month ago

You’ve hit a nerve with this one, Susan; I have a real phobia about mirrors and look in them as little as possible… it’s not only my own scary face I’m afraid to see looking back at me. Great story telling.

Fuji
Fuji (@fuji)
1 month ago

Susan, this story is great. Just the right amount of old English castles and ghosts, and the end really was frightening! But best of all is the picture! I know you usually use your own photographs, so tell us the story of this one. Great work with both story and photo.

Comments without a personalized avatar will not be published.
Fuji
Fuji (@fuji)
1 month ago
Reply to  Susan Dawson

That’s not really a disappointment, Susan. Using photoshop is itself an art form, and the end result is spectacular. I also saw the broomstick picture – how cool is that! Broomstick Flying lessons at Harry Potter castle – wow. Oh to be in England.

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
1 month ago
Reply to  Fuji

There are some fantastic castles in Northumberland. We took the children to Alnwick castle when they were waiting for their Hogwarts letters to arrive. I lost count of the number of times we went to Warkworth Castle when I was growing up 🙂

Sandra James
Sandra James (@sandra-james)
1 month ago

I avoid my mirror because it is simply too honest but that is preferable to Mandy’s view! Great progression through the story and I love the expression ‘ectoplasmic claptrap’.

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof (@christer-norrlof)
1 month ago

Indeed, a spirit did attach itself to Mandy, although she didn’t believe in its existence! Or maybe it did so because she didn’t care about ghosts, as some kind of revenge. A well told story, Susan!

Comments without a personalized avatar will not be published.
Dipayan Chakrabarti
Dipayan Chakrabarti (@dipayan-chakrabarti)
1 month ago

Mandy is described as being possessed by an evil spirit at the end of the story which is shocking and scary. Awesome!

Greene M Wills
Greene M Wills (@greene-m-wills-2)
1 month ago

“Most Haunted” at its best, Susan! I loved the prep around ghost haunting expedition and the disappointment stemming from that. However, the image agnostic Mandy sees in the mirror can turn one’s blood to ice! Mirrors are also so effective when narrating a tale of terror! Great story! 😊 

Comments without a personalized avatar will not be published.
Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
1 month ago

You make my muscles tremble with fear, Susan. Awesome. Using a mirror is very effective way to make your story even more haunted. Good job.

Most Voted Comments

Avatar
8

Bait

It takes a real talent to tell a story in so few words. What was…


Avatar
6

Endure and Sing

Inspirational piece. Am glad you picked the rat to be the protagonist in your story,…


Avatar
6

Endure and Sing

Such a sweet tale - and with a good moral to the story. I thought…


Avatar
5

Endure and Sing

Wow! This is a good story! Really good to read to little kids, the moral…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

Hi Katy, it really does add an extra dimension to hear your story read aloud…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

In my neighboring country Denmark, we have the classical storyteller Hans-Christian Andersen. Your sweet story…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

A really nice one with a wonderful story line. I can see why this was…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

A beautiful story! I was reminded of seeing Paul Potts and Susan Boyle on Britain's…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

Your story inspired me to keep going no matter how discouraging it gets. At times…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

Thank you so much for the feedback! I pray that the young readers will be…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

Thank you for taking the time to comment and convey your thoughts on the story.…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

Hi Katy, don't we all feel like the rat in your story at times! We…


Avatar
4

Vows

I must admit it was the picture of the church, with its grave yard, under…


Avatar
3

In Memoriam

It's terrible to lose someone you love and accept that he is not a part…


Avatar
3

The Problem with Women

I think Carrie has said it all. We rest our collective case.  ? 


Avatar
3

The Fisherman and the Sea

A good story with a strong message. The time has come that we should do…


Avatar
3

The Fisherman and the Sea

It is giving me great joy to read such beautiful comments from you.Thank you for…


Avatar
3

Voice.club 2020 Year In Review – OPEN

The New Year has always been a time for reflection, and to focus on what…


Mary Kot
3

Endure and Sing

I wish all of us were more like this little mouse! His confidence and courage…


Avatar
3

Endure and Sing

I'm really glad to hear that! Leena Auckel did an amazing job and I'm so…


Recent Comments


Become a PatronHelp support our family-friendly mission

Contest – CLOSED – Scary

16
0
Selected Authors may submit comments (5 Credits)x
()
x
Scroll to Top

Sharing a Post

Why do my friends need to SignIn to read the post I shared?

Actually, this is a voting security feature. Only club members can read posts submitted into a contest. Since anyone reading the story is able to vote (click the Like button), we reserve these capabilities to members who SignIn. Before we implemented this security feature, people were voting multiple times and making the public voting process unfair and out of balance. To fix this, our staff finally decided to allow only members who SignIn to read the stories. Membership is free and easy, and ensures our club is safe, secure, and family-friendly!

Gems Stories are public:  On the other hand the Gem stories are different, since there is no voting on Gems. During a Gem event, your friends and fans can come on and read without a SignIn. This is one of the great advantages of the Gem events.