The Freakiest Thing That Ever Happened at Work

Image of field with a dark shadow figure

I was working outside in a park where sounds dissipate rather than echo off walls like inside a building. The nearest person was my boss on my left side, about six yards away. What I thought was a tall teenage boy leaned over my right shoulder and, half-giggling, yelled, “Boo!” He then let out an airy haaa sound as his voice sped away.

I startled and spun around to say, “Hoho, you got me!” But there was no one there. I had turned around immediately, so there’s no way someone could have run away so fast. I asked my boss if he had said anything to me. No, he hadn’t said anything, hadn’t moved, hadn’t seen anyone approach me.

My skin was tingling, and I was sweating.

To answer the obvious question, yes, people have passed away in that park, but I couldn’t find any news of teenagers who had passed away there. My skin was tingling, and I was sweating. In short, I was freaked out.

But my experience was nothing like what a young man, related to me by marriage, experienced out in the oil field where he and his partner were working. One day a dark figure started following them around, darting closer then dashing off. The figure was so dark they couldn’t make out any details, so incredibly dark it was like a hole in space. The two men got the impression the figure was male even though they couldn’t see the face. And this guy was fast. They chased him a few times, but he would suddenly be way off to the left, then behind them, then way off to the right.

The next day, back at the same field, they saw the dark figure again. This time they chased him with the truck and a camera. The figure was just as fast and impossible to catch. Still, they got a few photos from different angles and locations. With permission, I used the best picture for the feature image of today’s post. (The dark figure is on the horizon, a little off center.)

The figure looks cartoon-like with square shoulders, a big head, and a hat (if you blow it up, it looks like the figure is wearing a hat). Did either man go back to that field a third time? Noooo, and one of them quit soon after.

Experiences that energize a horror author’s creativity.

Whether or not there are logical audio and visual causes for these freaky work place occurrences, in other words whether these are paranormal events or natural events, doesn’t matter. These are the sorts of real-life experiences that energize a horror author’s creativity. You can bet disembodied, giggly voices and hat-man shadow figures will show up in my future writing!

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53 thoughts on “The Freakiest Thing That Ever Happened at Work

  1. Sounds like perfect experiences to channel you, horror writer, I was there experiences. They sound frightful but wonderful to the proper atmospherics in some future tale. Glad you survived. Years ago when we were in high school, my sister, her boyfriend, one of my girlfriends and I held a seance in our basement. We all thought we saw the devil’s head starting to materialize in the flames of the fireplace so we ceased the seance immediately and didn’t have the nerve to try another one.

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  2. This is so creepy. As soon as I saw the photo, even before I started reading, I knew I was in for a shiver-fest. Both your experience and that of the two men are bizarre. I don’t know what to make of either of them, except to say I’d have second thoughts about going back to either of those places—at least alone.
    Great fodder for a horror author!

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  3. As a hospice nurse, I saw, heard and felt many strange things. Most of them were loving experiences and not frightening at all…..but a couple! Whew! Heart palpitations!!

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  4. Your experience was freaky and so was theirs. VERY interesting they had the presence of mind to snap photos. And what a chilling photo, now that there’s this backstory to go with it. Great post! I can totally see how this could inspire your muse!!!

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  5. I have never had experiences like this, Priscilla. I have to make them up but I try to imagine the creepiness and fear. Of course, I also remember reading Stephen King as a 10 year old and how scared I was. I couldn’t tell my mother as I wasn’t supposed to be reading her books.

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  6. There is nothing like an eerie experience (with or without a ghost) to stoke those horror-writing fires! Ironic though, that we love ghost stories, can’t wait to see a ghost… yet the experience poses more questions than not-seeing a ghost…Am I the only one laughing when the ghost hunters see one and fall all over themselves to get out? Isn’t that why they came?

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    1. I’ve had some non-ghost eerie experiences like when a wolf howled nearby (at night in the dark winter when I lived in Alaska), and I couldn’t see the wolf. What a goosebumpy sound from the darkness! Thanks for commenting, KC!

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  7. I loved reading this Pri because I always thought this kind of things didn’t happen to other people! Most of my stories are inspired by things like this that had happened to me since I was little. I grew up in a family and culture that believes in everything supernatural so I thought that ghosts, apparitions, spirits were totally normal until I was in my twenties lol! You are so right! Very inspirational!

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  8. I absolutely LOVE this! When my sons were young, we would sit around a campfire nearly every night during summer and I encouraged them to tell ‘scary stories’. I wanted them to explore their imaginations. Those were some of the best times of our lives!

    I am so glad to have found your blog! I look forward to reading through it!

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  9. Oh, the stories I could tell from my work as a 3rd shift nurse in a long term care facility! While I never felt uneasy, the experiences did make me very aware of my surroundings ~ especially as someone was nearing death.

    Very cool picture and post!

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  10. I was at a wedding last week. Some of the conversations I was involved in were situations similar to yours. Things that happened to people that shouldn’t happen but did.

    I have always felt we only know a fraction of the world around us. Some of us get a peak into that other world. Maybe you were one of them.

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