Wednesday, August 29, 2012


I suppose there are things in this world that we will never fully understand or correctly diagnose.  Cable television boasts several successful ghost hunter shows.  Occasionally I watch these, but never do you actually see anything definitively.  I am a skeptic at best, which is perhaps why I incorporate a lot of conspiracy theories within my Darkness series.  So I have to wonder if a lot of what is shown on television is staged in order to up the ratings.  Maybe?  Maybe not.  But since I am not on their set to see firsthand, I cannot easily accept their findings.

However, there are instances in my own life of things I have seen and cannot fully explain, but at the same time, I cannot simply dismiss them.

My two brothers and sister were staying with us the summer I was seven years old.  Around eight o'clock in the evening I hurried inside to get something from my bedroom.  As I entered my bedroom, this ghostly figure drifted from my closet and crossed the room to sit on the edge of my bed.  It remained there several seconds before disappearing.  I told my brothers and sisters about it.  Of course, they joked about this since I was next to the youngest.  I was concerned and a bit nervous, but I never saw it again.

A more vivid and frightening time for me was when I was about three years old.  We were visiting my grandparents in Middletown, Ohio.  Since I was little, I was sleeping at the foot of the parents' bed.  I awoke and saw people sitting all around the perimeter of the room watching us.  They were seated in wooden chairs.  I remember they looked like elderly people.  They were quiet and peaceful but their eyes watched us.

Startled, I was afraid to breathe.  I wanted to wake my parents up, but I didn't know what might happen if I moved.  The bed moved as my mother shook my father's shoulder and she said, "Do you see them?"

"What?" he asked.

"The people seated around the room."

I remember chill bumps covering my body then as I do now in telling you this account.  My mother could see them, too, and then they simply disappeared.  A few years before my mother passed away, I talked to her about this.  She still remembered it.  When I asked her who she thought they might be, she said that they may have been ancestors or something.  But had they meant to do us harm, they probably could have.

One other account I will share is what happened in 1994.  My wife and I lived in an apartment in Rainsville, Alabama.  At around one a.m. I awoke to the feeling of being watched.  Our room and the apartment was pitch black.  The only light in the room was our alarm clock.  Something walked past the clock, blocking the numbers in passing.  I didn't move, but my wife gasped.

"Did you see that?" I asked.

"Yes," she replied.

I came up out of the bed and turned on every light in the house.  We searched each room.  No one was there.  At least, no physical person was there.  My wife was nervous and shaking.  An hour passed before we attempted to go back to sleep.

These are things I cannot explain, but the events are true.

Have any of you had similar experiences?  Anyone know why events like this occur?  Please share in the comments if you have.


Leonard D. Hilley II


  1. Leonard Hilley Sr.August 29, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Yes son, they do exist. We need to talk about the "OTHERS" sometime.They do not harm anyone.I do not know what their intent is.
    Strange things do happen.Did you know that I met your twin sisters before they were born?It is true.
    When I was a baby a hand appeared on my head as I was sleeping between My mother and Dad.Mother told my Dad to move his hand because he might smother the baby. He pulled his hands from under the cover and said "My hands are here". The hand on my head then drifted across the room and was gone.They told this to me as truth and I never doubted their story.Strange but true.Yes,We need to talk sometime.LOVE YOU.

    1. Never remember you telling me about this incident, Dad. Would be very interesting in knowing about other things, too. Grandpa had a lot of stories he told over the years that I wish I could remember.

  2. I have been there too. Growing up in a house full of unexplained goings on, you get used to the strangeness of it all. Then at 18 years old, middle of the day, a small figure walked through my hallway. I was not a sceptic, I was essentially a non believer but enjoy the whole idea of it....until that day.
    Waking up a rom full of them would have been quite terrifying I imagine!

    1. These are interesting events to read about. I've seen a lot of strange things over the years, too. Events that I'm not quite brave enough to share, yet, but probably will sometime in the future.

      Thanks for sharing Michelle!

  3. Very interesting stuff! I'm chronicling the personal experience that made me...less of a skeptic in my newest book. Too much to go into here, but it was, as you said, something that I can't just explain away.

  4. Can't wait to read it! There are many other things I will reveal one day, but I'm not currently comfortable sharing yet.