This happened to me when I first moved out of my parent’s place into an apartment in an older part of Chicago. I was looking for a job and took whatever I could get. I often felt as though I wasn’t alone in that house — from my first night there, I knew there was something wrong with the place. A few weeks after I moved in I started waking in the middle of the night and found that I was paralyzed. I now know this to be “sleep paralysis,” but at the time thought I was going crazy. I would be awake for hours without being able to move, sleep or sleep. All I could feel was a tingling sensation in my body.
A few weeks after this started—it stopped. Everything was fine until my sister stayed over one night. She went to bed early and stayed in my bedroom. I stayed on the couch. I slept well—but the following morning she came out of my bedroom crying. I asked her what had happened and she told me that she had woken up suddenly and found that she couldn’t move—exactly as I explained. But she said a man was standing over her talking to her in a strange language. She said the man had told her never to return to the apartment again. She was really freaked out and wouldn’t stay in my apartment again.
I thought she was probably exaggerating until a few months after that incident. I was lying on my bed asleep when I was shaken awake by someone. I found myself lying on the bed paralysed and couldn’t move. It was the same as it had been a few months prior. But this time was different. A man was sitting on the edge of my bed. In the darkness, I could make out his shape. He just seemed to be an outline—but he was certainly there. I could hear him mumbling away as though in prayer. Suddenly he turned and faced me and that’s all I remember. Was this a bad dream, or did it happen? Has anyone else been paralysed by a spirit? I would like to hear from anyone else who has had a similar experience.
I moved out of that apartment soon after that experience. I’ve never had anything like it happen since. I still wonder if I dreamed the whole thing?
Submitted by Tyrone Howard
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