I’m not really sure if this story is a ghost story in the true sense of the word but it’s definitely weird and does involve darkness so it might be what your looking for.
I was about 8 or 9 years old when I had the chance to attend a Summer Cubs Camp in England. For those who don’t know Cubs is like Scouts but for younger children. Anyway, at the camp we did the usual things like building camp fires, hiking and generally behaving like hyperactive children do. There was about 10 of us in the troop and we shared a couple of tents between us. We were confined to these tents from about 9pm and as the leaders were still up until much later there was no real chance to sneak out in other tents or go exploring at night. This was probably why we ended up telling ghost stories in the tent. From what i remember most of the ghost stories were just reworking of Ghostbusters cartoons but there was one kid, who I’ll call Richard who said that when his brother had been to the camp a few years before he’s seen a strange human shaped shadow by the side of the lake. For some reason this story seemed a bit more believable than the others but it didn’t stop me getting a good night’s sleep.
A couple of days later the leaders surprised us with a late night expedition which after a walk of a couple of miles lead us to a camp fire next to a lake. We had a great time eating hot dogs and drinking pop before sitting down around the camp fire while packing our bags in preparation for the walk back to the camp. A couple of the kids and one of the leaders had walked off to the edge of the lake as it was clear night to enjoy the view. I was asked to go and tell them that it was time for us to leave. I walked to them and as it was a clear night with a full moon it was easy to see them. I walked towards them but they didn’t hear me, so i walked closer. They were standing on the edge of a small cliff and i was walking through a small group of trees. As i got closer I stopped as i could a mist or shadow near them. This seemed a bit strange as it was a clear, dry night and i don’t remember there being much wind. This mist/shadow seemed really weird as it kind of had an indistinct form and almost seemed to be glittering. I was so engrossed with it that at first i didn’t notice another shadow closer to Richard. It’s hard to describe but it scared me to the point that all i could see was the cliff, Richard and the shadows. But as soon as i saw the second shadow they both seemed to collapse upon themselves. At this point the group turned around and spotted me. I was going to tell them what i saw but it didn’t exactly sound believable as i barely believed it myself. I didn’t sleep very well that night.
I have been listening to your podcast for a while now and really enjoy it and even though you have lots of listeners sending in similar stories i thought that i’d tell you about it as i know what i saw that night, even if no-one else did.
Submitted to Weird Darkness and My Haunted Life too by Mark Wightman
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