But just in case, if you have any problems, call the operator. Or better, yet. Call me directly. It'll be faster. The room was pretty unremarkable. A lot of dark wood furniture, dull checkered carpeting, a couple of prints, heavy flowery drapes, a nice, plump white comforter on the bed.
In the bathroom hung his and her bathrobes. One sleeve had a large disconcerting brown stain, like, say, the color of dried blood.
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And there was a large gilded mirror, which I tried to avoid. Here's the extent of my knowledge on this subject: Vampires don't appear in them; ghosts do. As I recall from the movies, either a phosphorescent ball appears behind you or a faint shadow or a butler with a big gaping wound on his face. On a table opposite the bed was a book commemorating the th anniversary of the hotel. There was also a weak joke: "All good places have ghosts, and the Langham is no exception.
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Did I mention the room was freezing? I crawled into bed and listened. I expected to hear noises, if only regular hotel noises. But there wasn't a sound. Never mind no bumps in the night. There were no footsteps of other guests walking down the hall or whispered conversations or doors being tried. Was it possible the third floor was deserted, except for me?
Hotel rooms are just naturally creepy places. I mean, how many people have slept in that bed before you? How many of them were sick? How many were losing their minds? How many were perhaps thinking about reading a few final verses from the Bible in the drawer of the nightstand beside them and then hanging themselves in the closet beside the TV? He observed that a spooky uncanny feeling -- like the one I was having right now - isn't the same as a frightening one. It also involves the feeling that something is familiar and unfamiliar at the same time.
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It's the resurfacing of childhood feelings that were repressed, felt "in the highest degree in relation to death and dead bodies, to the return of the dead. And to spirits and ghosts. This is because when it comes down to it, nobody really believes they die. The unconscious repudiates death. It is true that the statement 'All men are mortal' is paraded in text-books of logic as an example of a general proposition; but no human being really grasps it, and our unconscious has as little use now as it ever had for the idea of its own mortality.
The primitive fear of the dead is still so strong within us and always ready to come to the surface on any provocation.
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Most likely our fear still implies the old belief that that the dead man becomes the enemy of his survivor and seeks to carry him off to share his new life with him. In other words, Freud points out that the line between believing and not believing is not so firm. I put down Freud and turned to Google. Discovered the number somehow represents the Holy Trinity. Double it, and it's the number of the devil. Then there's the proposition that a. And of all the minutes in that hour, am is considered by some to be the devil's favorite time of day. Kept the lights on and watched the clock.
Finally, am. No bloodcurdling shrieks. No ghostly moans. No demonic howls. No smell of sulfur. No objects floating around. I felt disappointed.
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I had paid a lot for this room. Feeling emboldened, I took a quick peek out into the corridor. Not my best idea. In the hallway was a sign:. Real Life. Real News. Real Voices. Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard. News Politics Entertainment Communities. HuffPost Personal Videos Horoscopes. Hovering above the floor, the ghost, in extravagant Victorian evening dress, stared at Gordon with vacant eyes do ghosts have any other kind?
Gordon fled the room.
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Recently, the England cricket team hit the headlines, when they reported strange goings-on at the hotel. During the test, some members of the team said they were having trouble sleeping in their rooms; some of their wives even refused to stay in the hotel. England bowler Stuart Broad recounted one experience during his stay that forced him to move rooms in the Daily Mail :. All of a sudden the taps in the bathroom came on for no reason. I turned the lights on and the taps turned themselves off. Then when I turned the lights off again the taps came on.
Bealey Broad's girlfriend was pretty spooked, too, and I know Moeen Ali's other half won't stay there because she's so frightened of the ghosts. Ben Stokes has had some problems sleeping as well.
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