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Definition: A Christmas Ghost Story

 

This happened on Christmas Eve, 1961. I had returned from college in London to spend Christmas in my hometown of Scarborough, on the north-east coast of England. In the afternoon, I went into the centre of town to buy Christmas presents. At about 4 p.m., I was ready to return home. Scarborough has two bays divided by a headland on which stands a ruined castle. A road, the Marine Drive, runs round the bottom of the headland from one bay to the other.

As I had not seen the sea for some time, I decided to walk this way home to where I lived in the North Bay. In those days the Marine Drive was unlit and very dark. I had gone about two hundred yards when a car came toward me round the bend of the drive. It was traveling quite slowly and for some time the beam of the headlamps fell on the railings on the seaward side of the road. About 20 yards in front of me was a ghost standing at the railings looking down into the sea. The form was of someone dressed in a monk's cowl, hooded, drooping sleeves, a complete form, but clearly insubstantial - the kind of figure most people accept as a stereotypical ghost. I was very afraid and stood rooted to the spot.

The ghost then turned toward me and, as if it was as frightened of me as I was of it. It began to retreat backward. There were no discernible limbs, but the bottom of the figure appeared to writhe about. It then disappeared out of the beam of the headlamp into the darkness. I decided to go no further round the drive, but turned around to return to the South Bay and catch a bus. My right leg went. I found it very difficult to walk, but managed to hobble to the bus stop where I eventually caught a bus home. My leg was better by the time I got off the bus. This infirmity had never happened to me before, nor has it since.

I later made inquiries and found someone had committed suicide from somewhere near the position of the ghost. They had removed their clothes and left them neatly folded on the drive before leaping into the sea. That said, there can be no incontrovertible connection between this and the ghost I saw. - Mike B.

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Christmas Ghost Stories

 

Related Categories:

| A Call From Beyond | Automatic Drawing - A Christmas Ghost Story | Christmas Church Ghost | Christmas Eve and Ghost Stories | Christmas Ghost Caress | The Christmas Visitor | Santa Stuffs The Stockings | Santa and and Elf | Santa at the bedroom door | Poltergeist - It Started One Christmas | Haunted Christmas | Bakers Dozen | Eavesdropper | Yule Log - Used for ghost stories | St. Lukes - A Christmas Mass | Spinning a Winters Tale | Mothers Christmas Present | The Pushy Ghost | Warned by Guardian Angel | Hark the Harold Angels Sing | The Lost Ghost | Christmas Phone Call from Heaven | The Golden Feather |

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