We're working hard on our Ghosts of Utah feature for the October issue (yes, our writers live five months in the future), and we need a little help.
One of the feature's sidebars will be local ghost experiences from our online readers and Facebook fans.
If you've ever been to a haunted place or just have a hunch about a really spooky place in Utah, let us know.
Three ways to give us your story:
1. Leave a comment on this blog post.
2. Post your story to our wall at facebook.com/SaltLakemag.
3. E-mail your story to firstname.lastname@example.org
Shorter entries (under 150 words) will be more likely to get in the magazine. Be sure to tell us where it happened. If it's your home that's haunted, just tell us what city you live in.
For inspiration, read SLC local Erica Isom's story (from our "How Does It Feel" feature in our May/June 2011 issue) below:
Noises, shadows, disembodied voicesâ€”Erica Isom experienced it all over the 12 years she lived in a house near 1300 S. 900 East, but she wasnâ€™t fully convinced until she saw something in her kitchen one winter night around 9.
â€œI was walking to my bedroom past the kitchen and saw a man leaning against the counter. He was about 6 feet tall, slender, dark hair, and he wore a white shirt with some dark-colored slacks. It actually looked like my ex-husband, Chuck. So, I just went to bedâ€¦ but my husband was lying there, asleep. I woke him up and told him all about what happened. He said, â€˜Iâ€™m glad to hear that, because Iâ€™ve seen a man around here for months.â€™
The house was built in 1907. Ross and Emma Harper lived there in the early 1900s. They didnâ€™t have kids, and he died in the late â€™60s. She passed not long after. Then a new person owned it and rented it out, and then I lived there. Chuck worked late as a bartender, and when I was there alone, things would fly off shelves, cupboards would open.
Eventually, my daughter told me â€˜Thereâ€™s a little girl in my room, and her name is Mika, and she scares me.â€™ She was only 4, and I tried to pass it off as an imaginary friend. One night she came to me and said â€˜Mikaâ€™s here.â€™ I asked where. She pointed to the ceiling.
Before Chuck moved out, he found an LDS hymn book in the attic with Emma Harperâ€™s name on it. He brought it to his new apartment, and when he woke up he saw ghostly figures in his room. So, he brought it back, and I just propped it against a wall in the kitchen. My friend, Margaret Ruth, a local psychic, came by and I let her see the book. She picked it up and threw it back down, because she said it was so full of energy. Not necessarily good or bad, but it has something attached to it.
KUTV 2 News also came and brought the Utah Ghost Organization to investigate. They said thereâ€™s multiple hauntings, three to six ghosts. They caught digital recordings of a woman singing and another of an older man, and then a younger manâ€”I think heâ€™s the one I saw in the kitchen. The validation is good, but it would be nice if I could just dismiss it as my imagination.
A lot of people assume if thereâ€™s a ghost, it must be bad. But 95 percent of the people in the world are good, and I think itâ€™s the same in the spirit world. I feel lucky this happened to me; it was comforting in a way.
Of course, it wasnâ€™t comforting all the time. Once, I heard someone walking in my daughterâ€™s room and thought someone broke in. When I checked, this black shape flew out of her room and into mine. Then it just disappeared.â€
Erica is a pilates instructor and plays in a jazz band, Straight, No Chaser. See footage from Utah Ghost Organizationâ€™s investigation at UtahGhost.org.