Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A True Ghost Story...No Joke. This is Real.

Someone in The Basement

In 2006 I took a job with a company that manufactures integrated circuits (micro chips). My responsibilities require me to go into the basement of the FAB (fabrication room) on a nightly basis. I still do this to this very day.
After working in this particular department for about a year I began to feel like someone was watching me while I did my regular route in the lower level. I felt this on several occasions and it was always in the same area, a remote corner of the basement. Sometimes I’d see a shadow zip past the corner of my eye and when I’d look to see who had walked up behind me, no one would be there. This troubled me for the longest time. The feeling was strange. I knew someone was there. I could feel a frightening, cold, electrical sensation, like eyes were crawling all over me. The feeling sent shivers down my spine.
This continued for years while I did my job, biting my tongue.
But a few months back, I was chatting with one of my co-workers about spiritual matters and he asked me if I had ever had a supernatural experience. I told him about my experience with the ghost from Nashville, Indiana. When I finished telling him about Earl and the cabin (see Ghost Story From 2010), he asked if I had experienced anything odd at work.
I was stunned.
I had been wondering if I was paranoid or if I was going crazy. When he asked me, I told him that I wasn’t sure and then asked if he had experienced anything. He said yes, and proceeded to tell me that he feels like there is something or someone in the basement, watching him, standing near him in the same remote corner that I’ve experienced the entity.
Upon hearing my co-workers story, I revealed what I had been through. We went to the basement to confirm our experiences and sure enough, we were talking about the same place and the exact same sensations.
After I revealed this to my coworker, I had another experience, but I’ll reveal that in a moment.
A month or two later, a female coworker from a different shift approached me. She was new to our area and was assigned to the basement. We had never talked before but she knew I worked in the basement at night and asked if I had witnessed anything unusual. Like always, I asked her why and listened to her story before revealing what I knew.
She told me that from her first day, she felt something down there. Then as time went on, she began to get a sense of who it was. She told me that she believes that the entity is a spirit who had died during the construction of the facility or who had recently died and had worked there in the past. Her experience has been much richer than mine. She claims to have seen a full body apparition and believes that he dresses like a construction worker, and that he is not malevolent, but feels a need to watch over the basement.
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And now I’ll tell you about my other encounter with this ghost.
I was having an especially strong feeling one night that I was being watched as I traversed the basement. When I approached the area where I usually experience those creepy feelings I bent down to make an adjustment to a valve that's near floor level. I made the adjustment, but when I lifted my head, I could see a set of work boots and jeans as clear as day standing directly in front of me and I was the only employee present. As I lifted my eyes, I could see what appeared to be a full set of legs, then the apparition suddenly disappeared.
As you can imagine, this totally freaked me out. I ran around the corner and headed toward the exit. When I continued to feel the entity’s presence, I turned and rebuked whatever it was and went upstairs.
I didn’t sense anything for a couple weeks after that, but he, if it really is a he, has returned since then. I have also heard from a third employee on a different shift report that he has experienced similar disturbances in the area in question among others.
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It’s experiences like this that have confirmed my belief that there is more to this universe than we know, and that some form of life continues after we die. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, your time here on earth is short in terms of forever. 
Of all the stories I’ve heard, and from my own experience, wandering spirits aren’t always the happiest. They seem to have a longing. They seem to be lost. They seem to be ruled by regrets, pain, and unresolved words. I’ve never heard of a ghost story where the spirit in question communicates the overwhelming joys of death—mostly sorrows.
These are my questions. Perhaps you have your own. Perhaps you’ll ponder them as well. One day, we will know for sure. Until then, I’ll keep writing stories about the supernatural and I hope you’ll join me.
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If you enjoy reading frightening stories, you can check out my full-length novels, Reunion (Amazon, bestselling ghost story and one of Goodread’s Best Books of the Year), The Rumblin', Murdoch's Eyes and my forthcoming thriller, Twisted Vengeance (coming Fall 2011).
Watch for my soon to be released book, Spookify Me, a collection of scary stories - coming next week!    ~ Jeff Bennington


  1. Great post. It gave me shivers.

    Lynnette Labelle

  2. Spooky post. I too believe there is something beyond the dimension we know as, here on earth. Look forward to reading Spookify Me!

  3. I had a similar thing happen where we both ID a spot in the road where a ghost would get into the back seat of the car. Mile post 19. I guess it didn't want to be left there. Creepy how different people sense the same thing.

  4. Jeff, great story! Must be real, I got the shivers. That and your writing is authentic! ;)
    I have had many, many experiences like this, and eventually went to hear someone speak about the fact that most of these earth bound spirits are, as you say, not unhappy - unresolved. The couple who spoke at the lecture also wrote a book (naturally) and I read it. I tell you, it was riveting. It's called Soul Rescuers and if you get a chance you should read it. It basically says that if you see one, or have an experience with an earthbound spirit, recognize that they are here becasue they are unresolved and you should just gently give them the bad news (it's over, mate) and let them know they have passed on. then tell them to go look for the light. Sounds simlpistic, but I have another friend in London who is a medium and when I am withher, we have had inexplicable experiences that have scared the hell out of me. It just goes with the territory when I'm around her. She said, though, that she uses a similar approach with these spirit encounters. I say it's all good fodder for a great ghost story. Keep writing!

  5. Hi TK, Thank you. Spookify will be formatd soon.

    Hey Uva, Thanks for stopping by. That would be totally weird. I've heardvstories like that. Creepy.

    Hi Pondhopper,
    I think that's a good idea. I definitely think the spirits can hear us. Could we be distorted? Maybe. But that's worth a try. Thanks for reading!

  6. Your chilling post is setting the mood for the season early. Love the share!

    I tend to agree with thepondhopper. But sometimes these unresolved spirits need more than to be told they have passed on or shown the light. Sometimes they linger because there are unresolved issues. Help them close the book on those matters and you untether them to this world, allowing them the freedom to move on or cross back and forth as they so choose.

    I am apparently having "cookie" issues tonight so I will be playing the role of Anonymous. :(

  7. Hi Debra, I think Blogger has had some issues in the last 24 hours. Thanks for the tip!


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