Black Cloaked Figure
I have had lots of experiences with the paranormal in my life. They have mostly been little things. More stick out in my mind than others. This one is one of the many that do. This is not my first, but it’s the earliest bigger one that comes to mind. I think this occurred over a few months when I was 11 or 12 (1998 or 1999). I would say in the summer because we were always staying up late. First a little back story.
I live in Western Massachusetts, in the same house I have lived in my whole life. When I was younger my best friend (Lulla I’ll call her as it’s a nickname of hers) Lulla lived next door to me. Literally right there. It is a duplex with thin walls. We were always over at each other’s houses. I would say she lived there from when I was 7 or 8 until I was 14, so 1994/1995-2001. We both believed in the paranormal all our lives, because we had no chance to really not I guess you could say.
Her room was is the middle room upstairs same as mine on the other side. Our rooms shared a wall. The back room on her side at the time had no door but a doorway. The light in her room would often go off by itself as the wiring was faulty. It was just a lamp that was plugged into an outlet that was wired to a switch on the wall. Also, we would often be alone in the house on weekends as her mother and mother’s boyfriend would go away on weekends at times, which we loved when they did.
One night we were there by ourselves (we were probably 11 or 12) in her room just hanging out listening to music. The light suddenly goes out and the music too, being that the radio was also plugged into the same outlet as the light. So we didn’t get too creeped out because we were used to that. We just would reach out into the stairway and jiggle the wire (it was in a casing) to get it to come back on.
This time we happened to look into the back room and saw this black cloaked figure standing there. It just looked like someone in a hooded cloak but all black, no face no eyes. Like someone wearing a faceless mask. It starts slowly walking towards us. We start screaming like scared little children needless to say. I think we were more scared because of the energy of it. It felt very negative. After awhile the light came back on and it was gone. We didn’t sleep that night, but we stayed there. Just grabbed some flashlights and candles in case the light went off again.
Now, we would see this thing on other occasions and basically the same thing would happen. As this happened, I noticed it would never come past the doorway to the back room. One of the more memorable times that we saw it we were not alone.
(Now this was not something that could have been shadow play, or things in the room that were arranged a certain way. Not every time the lights were off would we see this thing. Believe me we tried figuring out if we could “debunk” it. Also I do not know if there were any specific patterns to the events of us seeing this figure. We didn’t keep records of it.)
Lulla’s niece was with us as she was spending the night. Lulla’s dog was also up in the room with us. The light went off and again we see the figure. The dog starts growling and barking as we’re screaming. One thing I find odd is how no one would ever come up when we were screaming, like it was soundproofing the room even though she had no door on her room either.
The last time I ever saw this thing was one night when I was in my own room. I was sleeping and woke up for no reason that I could figure. I looked into the center of the room and saw it. Just standing there. Of course I was making sure I was actually awake, pinching myself under the covers. I just stared at it until I fell back asleep.
This thing did feel negative in nature but it never did anything aside from just be there really. To be honest I’m not sure what it was. Or why it was there. And I have never seen it again since that night in my bedroom many years ago.
It would be interesting to see if anyone else has experienced anything like this. Also what your thoughts are on it. I don’t need help with it as it is not something that is currently happening.
Story by Nightwish13