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I was crazy. While she was out of the country I felt ''held down'' numerous times. I could hear 27 steps creaking before I would get a jarring sense of cold and paralysis. I know 27 because that happened often.

I saw shadow figures look around the corner after coming up the stairs when my girlfriend was home one evening. I listened to the creaking steps come all the way into our bedroom. Then they exploded out of our bed to tackle the figure I watched
    come into our room only to slam into furniture. I saw a 6-foot shadow shrink to nothing instantly. They never messed with me when she was home again.
However, there were still times I felt held down in bed and unable to talk or move. We are long separated.
Submitted by SGM

       Categories: condo, college, dogs, noises, figures

When I was younger I wrote a paper for school about Spartanburg area ghost stories. As part of my research, I toured Foster's Tavern (on Cedar Springs Road) and interviewed the owner at the time, a twenty-something year old Converse College student, who was in the line of the Foster family. Although a non-believer herself, she told me some of the popular stories about the early 19th-century inn: the sound of horse hooves galloping on the roof, voices in the attic and footsteps coming down the stairs (heard many times by her parents. ) It supposedly started when a lodger had to sleep in the attic because all the other rooms were filled. In the morning, when he had not come down for breakfast, they opened the door to find he had hanged himself and left a suicide note saying disembodied voices convinced him to do it.

Another more recent story was that her mother was in the back room giving a child a piano lesson. In the backyard there is a family burial plot with about two dozen graves. The creaking sound of the back door opening caused them both to look. Grasping the side of the door was a decomposed or at least sickly looking hand. When she got up to investigate the hand receded, and no one was seen when she looked out the door. Luckily I took notes because when I went to listen to the recording of the interview, the cassette tape was blank except for me saying ''test, test'' right before my first question. It had advanced a half hour or so, but nothing could be heard. I tried to record again on the other side, and it worked fine. I found it strange. Recent rumor has it that that girl (now in her 40s or 50s) recently was found dead in the home of natural causes.

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