Beware Of Ghosts And Hobgoblins That Do More Than Go Bump in the Night!
By Sean Casteel
Some spirit entities are more dangerous than others, according to a new book from Timothy Green Beckley’s publishing house Global Communications. The book is called “Knife-Wielding Demons and Murderous Ghosts – Uncovering the Truth About Terrifying Homicidal Poltergeists.” Beckley kindly warns potential readers that the book is not for the faint of heart.
In his introductory chapter, Beckley lays out the book’s theme:
“Most of us think of ghosts as frightening entities,” he begins, “but I’m really not sure why. I mean, the majority of ghostly entities and spirits are like will-o-the-wisps. They may drift out of the cobwebs of your attic or a damp cellar corner, but, for the most part, they don’t really do anything dramatic or harmful – except perhaps throw a chair in the air, or shake a bed till it rocks, or step heavily on the floorboards in your house alerting you to their presence. Now I’ve seen doors open and close by themselves, lights go on and off and dishes drop to the floor without breaking. But after watching hours upon hours of your favorite ghost hunters’ show, I really can’t get as excited as I was at age four when I thought I saw a full body apparition in my room surrounded by a brilliant aura.
“TV and the movies portray ghosts and the esoteric in general in a more aggressive light,” Beckley continues. “You have ‘Ghostbusters’ with its slime and ‘The Exorcist’s’ star Linda Blair spitting pea soup and defaming her mother with a reference to oral sex and what she can do while in hell. Nothing like a good nail biting horror story like ‘Pet Semetary’ to prompt us to hide under the covers and leave on the night light next to the bed. It doesn’t matter in these instances if we are five or fifty, a good scare is a good scare!”
But what about fearsome ghosts away from the fictionalized world of horror movies?
“Good scares in real life,” Beckley writes, “as far as ghosts go, are pretty much a rarity, except for those occasional cases which are guaranteed to make you wet your pants and scare the bejesus out of you. For purposes of this work we naturally decided not to include your average, mundane ghost story. What we are concerned with at the moment are incidents which can be categorized as the most diabolic of poltergeist experiences, as well as skirmishes with the most gruesome and alarming phantoms you are ever likely to deal with.”
A HORRIFYING RESIDUAL HAUNTING CRIME SCENE
And, true to his word, “Knife-Wielding Demons and Murderous Ghosts” delivers on that promise as it recounts some of the most frightening encounters with evil entities in recorded occult lore. As I was researching for my own contribution to the book, I ran across the following story, which can be found online at: https://backpackerverse.com/ghost-serial-killer-story/
The article is headlined “The Ghost of a Serial Killer Lurks Within this Farmhouse.” The author identifies himself as a ghost hunter who normally takes his cue from other paranormal investigators. But this case seemed to fall right into his lap. As he drove along to another location he had been told was haunted, his “spidey senses” alerted him to a rundown farmhouse somewhere in California.
“When I stopped in front of the property,” the unnamed writer writes, “I could almost hear screams and growls in my head. Strangely enough, there were no signs blocking the entrance to the property, so I grabbed my equipment and went in. I found it odd that the majority of the trees and plants surrounding the old house were either dead or dying.”
The house itself was decaying from the inside out. There were boards nailed across the door, which the ghost hunter said were flimsy and easy to tear down.
“The door opened on its own,” he writes. “Creepy enough. But I had to remember that the dangers were more than structural. The familiar pricking up of my hairs and the chills hit me fast.”
When he walked into the kitchen what he saw made him freeze in his tracks.
“A woman was slumped on the floor under the sink,” he recounts, “with a large knife in her chest and trickling blood. I was able to see through her and I realized I was in the middle of a residual haunting, but then she looked up. The pain in her face was horrible, but she managed to raise her hand and point upwards. Then she screamed. I looked up, but no one was there, so I turned back as I trembled in fear to see the woman standing up.
“Still screaming,” he continues, “she pointed up again. Her head began to twitch and shake uncontrollably with her mouth wide open. I knew that I had to investigate, even though I was nearly peeing in my pants, so I went out and ran up the stairs.”
He arrived at the upstairs bedroom at the front of the crumbling house.
“Again, the door opened on its own, making my flesh crawl. Then I saw a small boy lying in a pool of his own blood. I couldn’t help the tears falling down my face, but I was distracted by a nasty growl close to my right ear. Angry now, I turned around and yelled, ‘Who are you?’ but I didn’t get a response. Then the boy sat up and yelled in his tiny voice, ‘Help us!’”
In another bedroom, the door opened violently this time, smashing against the wall while the handle rattled. A teenage girl was flung across the old bed, with slashes all over her body.
“A river of blood ran under the bed. Then I heard menacing laughter in the distance, which fueled my anger. The girl slowly sat up and pointed to the left. Her pretty face was littered with gashes and bruises. I was weeping angry tears for this ghostly family, who had obviously been viciously attacked by a sadistic killer. I could still hear the screams from the mother and the little boy, along with the gurgling from the girl on the bed. It was clear that she had her throat slashed but she was trying to speak as she pointed to the back of the house. The gurgling, crying and screaming went on as I crept down the landing to the room at the back, shivering in fear.”
The writer expected to face the killer responsible, but instead saw a grown man in a chair with an axe deep in his head. There was a pool of blood under the chair. It was the father, who also couldn’t speak but slowly lifted his hand and began to point.
“A chill swept through my soul as I realized that his finger was pointing directly at me. Was I the killer? As I thought that, the father pointed more emphatically and the screams and noises from his family increased. While I stood there dumbstruck, wondering what he meant, I felt a blast of evil hit my back, freezing my body. Then a putrid stench wafted over me and the father continued to point anxiously – to the space behind me.”
The ghost hunter turned around, coming face to face with the most evil entity he had ever encountered.
“Now I was only centimeters away from a murderous monster who had slaughtered an innocent family in cold blood. He looked like a big gorilla of a man who had escaped an insane asylum, with huge black eyes and an awful sneer.”
The writer remembered a mini-Bible on his keychain, a gift from his late mother. He shoved the tiny Bible in the killer’s ghostly face and yelled, “Leave them alone! Go to hell, where you belong!” The monster screamed like a demon splashed with holy water, then disappeared.
“I turned around, and the father was gone. When I raced through the house, I saw that the whole family was gone. The house was now empty but free from evil.”
BATTLE AT THE CEMETERY
You can usually count on psychic and counselor Maria D’Andrea to provide upbeat, positive insight on a variety of occult matters. But even Maria has had her life touched by an evil ghostly presence or two, as the following story from her contribution to “Knife-Wielding Demons and Murderous Ghosts” demonstrates. What starts as an etheric sword fight between ghostly combatants crosses over into physical reality – with terrifying results.
This is how Maria tells the story: “One cold and dreary night, I was doing some spiritual blessings at a cemetery at the request of a client to help his recently passed away relative through the transition from one reality to the next. As I walked through the grounds looking for the gravestone, I thought I heard a strange sound. As I tried to listen more, I realized it sounded like arguing, but in a language I didn’t know. I ignored it, thinking it had nothing to do with me, and kept walking in search of the gravestone.
“I found the spot I was looking for, did the blessing and started back to my car.
“Soon, it sounded like the arguing was closer, then it sounded far away, then again closer, like they were moving around everywhere in the cemetery. I was still thinking it didn’t concern me. But I became curious as to what was going on, so I started to walk toward the sounds. Yes, I knew it wasn’t my smartest move.
“As I headed in the direction of the sounds, I heard what sounded like metal hitting metal. I rounded a bend and there were two etheric soldiers fighting. There were swords clashing and making a terrible clanking sound. One was a confederate soldier and the other a union soldier. Apparently they didn’t know the War Between the States was over.
“They seemed out of control, vengeful as though they were in a whirlwind and couldn’t stop. I heard a few words, although not the whole sentence, and I wasn’t paying attention to their meaning. They said the following words: ambush, conscript and a few more, but those are the ones I remember. After all, I was more focused on the deadly fight.
“They were both covered in blood; some blood looked dark, with an eerie glow, while some looked like the blood was dripping off various body parts. It looked gruesome. As I stood there transfixed, at a distance, all of a sudden they both turned their heads and looked at me. First I thought they were looking at something else. Why would they notice and see me?
“They both started running toward me waving their swords. Initially I thought that, since they were spirit and non-physical, that they wouldn’t harm me. I was wrong.
“As they ran toward me, one of them threw his sword toward me, and I heard it as it splintered part of the tree near me. So it could harm me physically. It didn’t occur to me previously that anyone would throw a sword.
“I turned and ran toward my car. I know when to retreat. I kept thinking as I headed toward the parking lot, “I hope they don’t realize they’re spirit because they would be able to gain quicker ground not being limited by physical laws.” I didn’t even look back, since I still heard them yelling and they sounded like they were getting nearer.
“I heard the second sword hit a stone near me, but by then I was at my car. It seems they were attached to the cemetery because they didn’t follow when I got to the parking lot.
“Some days it doesn’t pay to be curious. Hopefully nobody else will see them, because, if you don’t see them, they might not be aware of you either.”
THE DEPRESSING MONSTROUS PRESENCE
Another contribution to the new book comes from researcher and author Adele Casales Rosa, whose book “Portal: A Lifetime of Paranormal Experiences” details numerous encounters with the unknown, her own as well as those of others. In a chapter called “The Horror of Baguio,” Rosa recounts the story of a young Filipino husband and father named Ernest who is crippled with depression because of a monstrous presence not everyone around him could perceive.
“The creature’s continued presence almost every twilight,” Rosa writes, “consumed Ernest’s waking hours. His apprehensions of being ‘taken’ by the creature, body and soul, started to show in his poetry. His poems, which were an outlet for his internal turmoil, turned even darker, drearier and more foreboding. His siblings, who read his opus, became concerned and from concern, became alarmed when he wrote one poem which began as ‘The bird that flies is false.’ Themes of death became prominent.”
The creature tormenting the young poet was described like this: “Embracing the window, with a wingspan of more than 6 feet from tip to tip, was a bat taller than a man. Its leathery wings ended in a talon-like grasp at the edges of the window. Its yellow eyes were like a cow’s, the semblance of horns protruded from its black head and it had a goatee at the end of its pointed chin. The face of a goat with the eyes of a cow – and a leathery body framed by the wings of a bat.”
It is an eerie thing to contemplate, that such a creature would repeatedly appear and yet never leave any physical traces behind, such as animal tracks or bat droppings. In spite of its physical nature, its effect on the young percipient was decidedly psychological and emotional, as was its impact on his family. To learn the story’s tragic end, read “Knife-Wielding Demons and Murderous Ghosts,” and prepare yourself for a tale as sorrowful as it is strange.
CULTS THAT KILL
Scott Corrales, a most prolific writer and translator of Hispanic UFO and paranormal articles and books, has become a frequent contributor to Global Communications books. For this particular volume, Scott provides a survey of cult-related murders and satanic secret societies. The following is excerpted from his chapter in “Knife-Wielding Demons and Murderous Ghosts.”
“It came as a surprise to readers of Chile’s ‘La Tercera’ newspaper that the nation’s Chamber of Deputies (similar to the U.S. House of Representatives) had held hearings in relation to the existence of eighty active satanic groups in their country – 40 of them classified as ‘dangerous clandestine groups.’ The cults are allegedly involved in such ghastly acts as consuming human flesh, necrophilia and self-mutilation.
“According to sociologist and cult researcher Humberto Lagos, satanic groups were proliferating throughout Chile since the year 2000. The groups are never large – size not being a consideration, rather, the amount of damage they can cause being the major factor – and are formed by young males (30 and younger) who cut off one of their fingers as a sign of belonging to the cult. Lagos, the government’s main consultant on the matter, added that lonely, elevated areas such as La Piramide are frequented by these cultists for their weekly rituals. A cross-section of the cult members would reveal disaffected youth who blame society for their ills and – in a Catholic country – rebel against one of the most visible societal symbols.
“Police officers report that these places are often marked by a hexagon with the number ‘666’ and fenced with inverted crosses. The cultists drink alcohol and take drugs prior to engaging in sexual rituals. However, the Vitacura sheriff’s department, which is in charge of the La Piramide sector, has not recorded any reports from local residents regarding strange rituals or situations in the area.
“It is believed that three hundred such groups exist throughout Chile, acting in small cells, much like terrorist outfits. Many of them are not satanic, but rather practitioners of Santería or other Afro-Caribbean religions, which have gained considerable followings in South America.
“The Chamber of Deputies’ committee on cults was empaneled as a result of charges of white slavery leveled against the ‘Center for Tibetan Studies’ in the city of Viña del Mar. The new anti-cult legislation would follow the European model, which makes ‘manipulation of conscience’ and any form of mental manipulation or obfuscation a crime
“None of this, according to the information in La Tercera, compares with the most violent case recorded: the 1994 incident involving a Satanic/neo-Nazi cult engaging in child abductions in order to torture them and subject them to all manner of sexual outrages. The cult celebrated its rituals at night in the vicinity of the sports club of the town of Sausalito.
“The Chilean newspaper does not go on to state if there was any link between the cultists and the members of the upper class athletic club. While such a connection may at first seem startling, it has been seen elsewhere, as in the case involving a group of Mexican Satanists who carried out their rituals in Chapultepec Park, not far from the elite Restaurante del Lago eatery. Another case involving upper middle class practitioners of ritual magic appeared in Spain’s El Pais newspaper on March 23, 1999, when it was reported that members of the Fraternidad Blanca Universal (Universal White Fraternity) had performed a ritual designed ‘to enhance both pleasure and longevity’ in the coastal resort town of L’Alfás del Pi which resulted in the death of Natalie Castleford, 38, a Belgian national. According to the press, the cultists placed a blanket over Castleford’s body and several people proceeded to sit on her in order to interrupt her breathing process – a method which, according to the cult’s beliefs, causes intense pleasure, extends natural life span and purifies the body.
“At this point it must be added that police officials in these countries, while at first baffled by the nature of the crime, tend to react swiftly and usually ‘get their man’ after diligent detective work, often resorting to infiltrating the cults. In October 2002, Spain’s El Mundo newspaper carried a story on how Italian law enforcement had successfully broken up the Angels of Sodom, a satanic cult in the city of Pescara in eastern Italy, led by a 32-year-old reverend known as Jan Ash. This cult leader had allegedly belonged to a number of U.S. cults, but decided to establish his own seven years ago because of his interest in ‘vampiric practices,’ according to the newspaper.
“The police apprehended ‘Reverend Ash’ and three associates during the Pescara raid, and confirmed fourteen cases of abuse to minors, adding that ‘the total list may number in the hundreds, since the cult had been operating clandestinely for seven years and reputedly had a considerable number of customers.’”
A VENGEFUL GHOST IN GREEK MYTHOLOGY?
Global Communications’ great scholar of Greek mythology, writer and podcast personality Hercules Invictus, adds some material of historical interest on the nature of the gods and spirits we encounter in the land of dreams, a realm that is a reality unto itself and occupied by dark powers we cannot begin to comprehend.
Hercules also tells the story of a Grecian entity called The Moor, who could possibly be a daemon or a vengeful ghost. In any case, The Moor is a fearsome creature to encounter and a fascinating example of how the mythic and paranormal are handed down through the centuries with their fear-inducing qualities still intact.
No one has ever completely explained why we enjoy being terrified. What is that perverse thrill we seek and never get enough of? Why does a case of the chills make us feel satisfied and well-served by scary forms of entertainment, whether entirely fictional or, as in the case of “Knife-Wielding Demons and Murderous Ghosts,” a representation of factual stories said to have literally taken place in our “real” and physical world?
If you are this kind of “fear-junkie,” then you are sure to be pleased with “Knife-Wielding Demons and Murderous Ghosts,” as well as with other titles in the Global Communications catalog.
But this volume is not just your average, run-of-the-mill, “tales to be told by the campfire,” frightful ghost stories book. Publisher Beckley insists that “So-called poltergeists come in all shapes and sizes and inspire varying degrees of horror. What might be surprising is that poltergeists are NOT necessarily the spirits of the dead nor the overworked, disordered personalities of the living often thought to have become possessed by demonic forces. That which we call a ‘poltergeist’ could just as easily include a wide range of other unearthly phenomena, such as random denizens of the dark moving through time and space and other dimensions, as well as manifestations of cryptids, known collectively as shape-shifters and ‘bedroom invaders,’ and possibly even representatives of numerous alien races.”
The roster of well-heeled paranormal gumshoes who have contributed material to this 300 page tome include Paul Eno, Brad Steiger, Tim R. Swartz, Shawn Robbins, Joshua P. Warren, Butch Witkowski, William Kern, Michele Lowe and Carol Ann Rodriguez, who each approach these powerful phenomena from a variety of angles.
One word sums up the situation quite pointedly – BEWARE!
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