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The Inhuman Shriek In The Night A True Tale
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The Inhuman Shriek In the Night A True Tale

Summer is coming to a close and fall is just around the corner. Soon all the kids will be back to school and the holiday season will be upon us. I admit I love this time of year. The rainy cool days of fall put me in the mood for home baked cookies and a cup of hot chocolate.

Halloween is the first holiday of fall. I love decorating the yard, carving jack o'lanterns and preparing for the trick or treaters. I try to outdo myself every year by coming up with a new twist on decorating.

Halloween also brings to mind tales of things that go bump in the night. I love a good creepy scare. Curling up on a cold night with a scary book or movie is a perfect fall night to me.

While a scary book or movie is always tantalizing, a good old fashioned shared story is the best. A group of friends or family gathered and the conversation turns to ghosts or scary events. Almost everyone has a story to tell on the subject. Some share it willingly others have to be coaxed, but when the tales are told everyone leaves just a little uncomfortable.

I too have a few tales of the weird and scary variety. I will submit one such tale to you now. It is an absolutely true story and I believe the scariest thing that has ever happened to me in my life. Believe me or not, you can choose, but here is my story.

I grew up on the family farm in rural Oklahoma. After college I moved back to the farm and started a new job at the local bank. That same year my parents bought a house in town. My sister and I remained on the farm and shared the house.

Anyone who has ever lived in the country can attest to the fact that at times it can be eerie. Your nearest neighbor is miles away. There are no street lights lighting the landscape. The darkness is indeed dark. There are lots of noises that you don't hear in town. But after living in the country for years, we were used to the animal noises and were not afraid of being alone.

One Saturday night in the early fall we went to bed after watching a movie. It was around midnight when we decided to turn in. I was tired and soon fell asleep.

I was sleeping soundly when I was jarred awake by a noise. I was instantly wide awake. I could hear a loud screaming shriek coming from outside. Now this was no ordinary scream, it was LOUD. My first thought was some maniac is outside the house. Then I realized no human could make a noise that loud. I was frozen with fear. I literally could not move.

My sister joined me, having been awakened by the noise. We huddled together in the middle of the bed listening. The screams got even louder if that is possible. There was no pause, it was constant. It was moving around the house clockwise.

We finally worked up the courage to go into the hall and peek out the window in the door. The dogs were lying on the porch. They were not making a sound. The screaming kept progressing. Whatever was making the noise stayed just outside the light cast by the porch light.

We huddled in the hall with our two small dogs and prayed for it to stop. I seriously thought we were going to die that night.

After what seemed like hours, but was actually only about thirty minutes, the noise just stopped. We sat in the hall for awhile still afraid to move. After awhile we got the courage to peer out again. We couldn't see anything. We did not go back to bed that night. Not until the sun came up did we even think about trying to sleep.

My Dad came out after we relayed the story and brought us a gun. He dismissed it, saying it was probably a badger. Those of us who heard it however, know it was not a badger nor any other normal animal. Our old farm dog who would take on a bear, never left the porch and never made a peep.

I have never heard anything so loud in my life and I pray I never hear it again. I don't know what it was but I do know it was not human.

My sister and I moved to town not long after the incident. We miss the peace of the country but we also are glad to see the streets lit at night and enjoy having a neighbor close enough to wave to.

That is my scary tale. A great Halloween party tale to share. Do you have a tale to share? I love a good scary story!


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