Recently I made an appeal for personal ghostly experiences in the county of Staffordshire. The response was so good I am going to repeat my appeal and provide a small sample of what may well be found in the forthcoming publication. As previously stated if anyone wishes to remain anonymousthen rest assured your name will not appear in print - indeed I will let you give some suggestions should you wish to be known by a pseudonym. I look forward to hearing from you.
Woodhouses Road, near Burntwood
Born in 1922, Ivan was just twelve years old when an innocent game of hide and seek was to turn into the most chilling experience of his life.
Light was failing and it was getting late. So the group broke up and Ivan and his friend headed off towards their respective homes. Suddenly the pair noticed a tall dark man accompanied by a large black dog emerge from a dense hedge not ten yards away from them. Frozen to the spot the two watched in terror as both figures walked past them and vanished. Both later noted how during the brief encounter not a sound could be heard, either from the man walking past nor normal background sounds.
Within the next few days, when the thought of the experience still making the hair on the back of his neck bristle, he discussed the encounter with a trusted uncle. Amazingly the uncle not only believed him but stated he had seen the same figure himself and on several occasions when he was a younger man. The first time the uncle met the dark figure he was so scared he instinctively lashed out with a stick he was carrying. He certainly did not miss his intended target, but the stick passed right through him.
There have been other witnesses who have reported the same thing, although all these have reported the figure as appearing quite solid. Most often this is seen appearing out of the same hedge as witnessed by Ivan, when it walks across to the field and promptly disappears.