Spooky Tale for Halloween and A Giveaway

This seems like an appropriate time of year to repost the account of the poltergeist in our old farm-house.  Settle in for a ghost story and keep the lights on. About nine years ago, my young adult son moved into the big white farm-house on our other farm. We have two farms located near each other in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and both homes are well over one hundred years old, going  on two.  Some of his guy friends moved in and everything was fine, then he and his fiancée (now wife) started remodeling the house. At first, no one thought much about the noises. Neither of them even mentioned a thing to me.

Then one night my son called, alone and uneasy. He was hunkered downstairs with his cat. Seems there were footsteps he couldn’t account for and a certain bedroom upstairs with a door that wouldn’t stay shut. No matter how many times he closed it, come morning it was always open. Earlier that week, his fiancé had been distressed when the bathroom doorknob turned and the door opened on her.  No one was there.  It freaked the cat out.  Didn’t do her much good either.  She was promptly converted from a disbeliever in ghosts to one strongly considering their reality.
Now, she’d gone away on a trip with her church and none of my son’s other friends were around. The last of his roomies had moved out. I suspected all the remodeling they’d done to the house had stirred something up. So, I went over. Here, I’ll digress to say I’d dreamed earlier of a small grave plot way back in the fields behind the house and of a restless spirit associated with both. As it turned out there is just such a cemetery, an antiquated one. After I arrived that evening, my son and I went upstairs to the suspect bedroom and shut the door. The sensation that came over me was of wanting to scream, and not just because I’m claustrophobic.
We held hands and I repeated the Exorcism prayer sent to my mother from an Episcopalian woman in England.  She’d written mom about visiting the church manse at the invitation of the new priest who was plagued by a poltergeist–one so violent, it had flung portraits down from the upstairs hall, shifted heavy furniture in front of  doors, and hurled a saucepan lid across the kitchen. But the congregants, along with the priest, had prayed it out. As this was a Christian prayer, my son and I did the same in the old farmhouse. Never again did he or his fiancé hear footsteps or have any more trouble with doorknobs turning. That bedroom door remained as they’d left it and the chill feeling I had in the room is gone.
*Here’s the Anglican prayer. Do not try this alone if the presence you sense is evil, only with a strong group of Christians, the more, the better. And join hands. Even if you think I’m nuts. “In the name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost, may this distressed soul be relieved of his obsession with this world and sent to where he belongs.”  I added, ‘go to the light,’ although a truly evil presence won’t, but a troubled, restless one may. Seems only right to offer that as an option. ~
This is one of the experiences that influenced the writing of my light paranormal murder mystery/ghost story romance novel Somewhere My Love.  To win the eBook of Somewhere My Love, pdf or kindle (or mobi) your choice, leave me a comment.  The more comments, the more winners there will be.
“As I read Somewhere My Love, I recalled the feelings I experienced the first time I read Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca long ago. Using deliciously eerie elements similar to that gothic romance, Beth Trissel has captured the haunting dangers, thrilling suspense and innocent passions that evoke the same tingly anticipation and heartfelt romance I so enjoyed then, and still do now.”~ Joysann, Publishers Weekly

About BethTrissel

Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by my children, grandbabies, and assorted animals. An avid gardener, my love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into my work. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans and the people who journeyed here from far beyond her borders are at the heart of my inspiration. In addition to American settings, I also write historical and time travel romances set in the British Isles. And nonfiction about gardening and country life.
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51 Responses to Spooky Tale for Halloween and A Giveaway

  1. Wendy L says:

    I’m not a believer in ghosts, but if anyone could convince me of their existence, I’m sure it would be you. 🙂 You are an evocative writer. It’s the small details that hooked me: the turning doornob, the freaked out cat and the saucepan lid. I’m sure all of this was absolutely true, but even as fiction it would work equally as well.

  2. Holy Cow!! I am seriously freaked out… Goosebumps and all! I am the biggest chicken on the planet when it comes to stories like these (see my blog, if you don’t believe me…lol)

    Great post, Beth! *shivers* I think I shall sleep with the lights on tonight. 😉

  3. nell dixon says:

    I’ve experienced starnge things too and seen them so I can well believe you.

  4. katsrus says:

    That was a creepy story. I had some weird things happen to me and the really old parts of the hospital including hearing my name. I answered thought it was my supervisor. Surprise no one there. Happened more than once too. So I do believe.
    Sue B

  5. terri dion says:

    i have a couple of ghosts in my house 2 guys a fat dalmatian and my dog motley all share my house with me and my family but the 2 guys don’t seem to like my cats much so i always keep a couple in bed with me because they creep me out at times.
    good luck to all!!


  6. Great accounting, Beth. I live in an area where there is heavy ghost traffic. I haven’t yet encountered one that scared me yet, but they can be pesky and definitely add flavor to your life.

  7. Beth, that story gives me chills! Glad you were able to get rid of those restless spirits.

    Although I wouldn’t want to meet a real ghost, I love a good ghost story. I went on a ghost tour at Gettysburg several years ago, and those stories kept me from getting a good night’s sleep in the campground where we were staying. The site had been a Confederate camp during the battle. I think it may have been haunted too. lol

    • bethtrissel says:

      Very Interesting Susan. My great great grandfather was a Confederate officer during Ghettysburg and may have slept in that same spot. He survived the battle and recorded about it in his journal and is referred to by historians today. His name was George Williamson Finley. He was a lieutenant at that time, but surrendered for his company as he was the highest ranking officer left standing when the remnant of his men reached the top of Cemetery Ridge.

  8. i love your page and the blog wo hoo

  9. i am a believer in ghosts. always have been, probably always will be. i’ve had experiences though living at my dads house…

    thank you for the giveaway on the blog hop.

    Terri M

  10. cg says:

    Very interesting story. I’ve never had a ghostly experience, but I do think that they do exist.
    Thanks for the giveaway. Very nice site.
    Somewhere My Love, pdf

  11. PamM says:

    Thank you for the giveaway.

    Kydirtgirl68 AT gmail DOT com

  12. Sherry Gloag says:

    Thanks for sharing Beth. Some ghosts can be very scary.

  13. JeanP says:

    Wow, I got chills reading your story. Don’t have any stories of my own, do enjoy hearing and reading about others experiences.

    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  14. jwitt33 says:

    I love a good ghosts story and yours was awesome!! Thanks for sharing the fun 🙂 lol
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  15. donnas says:

    Sounds like a good story. Thanks for the chance!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  16. Nikki says:

    Wow…that was really neat experience. I don’t have any like that to share but they say the power of prayer is beyond measurment. Thanks for sharing!!

  17. Nikki says:

    Im going to try and leave another comment because Im not sure if it posted.

  18. Thank you for participating in the blog hop and for having a giveaway. I like the idea of suspense when it is in stories, but your story freaked me out. For real ghost stories, I am a wussie.
    It was nice being introduced to you and your books. I love historical fiction and I will even read fantasy (-; so I’ll be checking out your backlist.

  19. Ronda Tutt says:

    Wow that was a creepy story. i definitely believe there are evil spirits and good spirits – whether you want to call them ghost is ok with me but I believe.

    Happy Halloween! this is a great hop.


  20. Beth, this gave me chills. I’m printing off the prayer, although it’s similar to one I used to rid my home of a sinister being. Unfortunately, my cute little ghost was affected and left too.

  21. Eva P. says:

    Wow, I don’t know if I would have stayed to do all that, I would have probably just run out the door and never come back. I’m a scaredy-cat, I used to love watching scary moves, but not any longer. I watched The Blair Witch Project and had to sleep with the light on for some time :-}

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  23. Calisa Rhose says:

    Love that story Beth! The prayer is awesome and you’re right, it is fair to add the alternate route.

  24. Laura H. says:

    Cool story! Spooky but cool! And I love Gothic romance! Thanks for the giveaway and for participating in this blog hop!


  25. Lindsey Hutchison says:

    no need to enter me im just stopping by to say hi! and visit another blog hoppers post! which i must say is awesome and that cover looks gorgeous!

  26. Shadow says:

    Spooky story! Thanks for sharing! The book sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  27. There’s a haunted house not far from me, but it doesn’t seem evil. My friend who lives there says that she frequently finds a cookbook open in her kitchen, and sometimes food will be scattered around.

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  29. Gloria says:

    Would love to read your book. Thanks for the giveaway!

    geschumann at live dot com

  30. WOW – great story. Good thing you said that prayer!! Happy blog hop, and Happy Halloween!

  31. ashley says:

    I love your info~!!

    You’re book looks interesting hm…


  32. Lori Z says:

    Spooky story! I do get doing things that we might not normally contemplate for our children. Faith is a very powerful thing.

    Thanks for joining the blog hop. I love discovering new authors.


    knitrix29 at gmail dot com

  33. Krysykat says:

    Great post, your book looks great!


  34. Just stopping by my fellow hoppers to say HI.

  35. JoAnna B says:

    I have never really had a ghost experience like this. Sounds scary.

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

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