Beware of the Growling Ghost

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tarot-readingIn a previous post I wrote about a visit to the abandoned cemetery Bachelor’s Grove,  joined by some other ghost enthusiasts.  I did a tarot card reading on a tombstone, attempting to communicate with any entities in the infamous graveyard.   Not really a good idea.  Afterwards I experienced a bout of bad luck, and I alluded to the idea that something might have followed me home.
http://occultview.com/2009/01/11/tarot-reading-at-bachelors-grove/

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A couple of months after my visit to the graveyard, I had an unnerving experience.  I was asleep in my bed when I was awakened by a sound…a growling sound, loud enough to stir me from my sleep.   It sounded like there was a growling dog in my bedroom and close to my bed.  I don’t own pets.  I became wide-awake; it was not a lucid dream or anything like that.   I laid face away from the sound, and I did not move…I stayed perfectly still and listened to this low growl.  I was afraid to turn and look at what was in my room.  Instead I said a mental prayer for God to protect me from whatever was there and send it away.  After the prayer…the growling just…stopped.  Yet I still did not turn to see what could have been there.  Afterwards, I wondered what I might have seen had I turned around…anything?  Or maybe I’d be discovered the next day in my bed, dead from a failed heart.

I know someone who had her own personal encounter with a growling ghost.  Once, seemingly from nowhere, this lady’s home began to experience a haunting.  She knew of nothing that would have provoked this to happen.  But she said, there came strange sounds like footsteps on the stairway.  Her daughter caught a brief glimpse of someone in the house, who then disappeared.  Her microwave oven would turn itself on spontaneously.  The final straw was after an incident with the microwave oven in the kitchen, she heard a loud growling outside her open kitchen window.  She went to the window to look outside…and there was absolutely nothing out there.  She had enough.  Being a Catholic, she lit candles every night for a week and prayed to God that whatever was in her home would leave.  After a week of this…she never experienced any sign of a haunting again.

What to make of this growling ghost?  Ghosts don’t growl.  Ghosts are deceased human beings and a ghost of a human is still human and humans don’t growl.  These growling ghosts are not ghosts, but inhuman spirits.

There is the folklore of the Black Dog, or Barghest.  This spectral hound with glowing eyes is said to prowl cemeteries at night.  It is considered an evil omen to see one, an omen of death, and is said to be associated with the Devil.  There are many legends concerning these Hell Hounds who haunt the graveyards.  They are not considered to be the ghosts of men or even dogs.  But the spirits of something inhuman.  To encounter one is to bring doom.  According to demonology, demons cannot take human form, but appear as grotesques, human/animal hybrids and monstrosities.

When I visited Bachelor’s Grove,  maybe a “black dog” of that sad, haunted cemetery did follow me home.  Maybe the Black Dog is not only folklore.  Beware of the Growling Ghost.

70 Responses to “Beware of the Growling Ghost”

  1. buddhaofhollywood Says:

    Very interesting, but I think you are tainting your observations with your preconcievd ideas.
    If you are into understanding the supernatural you have to start with a clean mind, more astude observation and less fear and emotional interference.
    Just a sugestion :)

  2. David Says:

    Hi buddha,

    Those are good points. When someone experiences a ghost event, those are usually genuine experiences. If we know someone we personally trust, they won’t just make up these stories. Now, what is the reality behind these experiences? Are they hallucinations or the genuinely paranormal? That is where speculation comes in.

    A haunting could be a trick of the mind, or seeing what we want to imagine. However, the tricky part about the hallucination answer is when someone who experiences this is a practical type of person, and several members of a household experience this stuff too.

    As for trying to explain these events, that is speculation. Which is what my blog is about, speculating about the spiritual realm. Occult tradition has a coherent approach to this speculation, but it is still speculation. For instance, with the story about the growling ghost, what I find most interesting is that a religious ritual can easily banish a haunting. It seems the type of ritual, or the theology of the person does not really matter. Is it the power of the individual who believes something is banished, gets it banished? Or does a Higher Power intervene? The answer is nobody knows, so we rely on our own personal beliefs.

  3. terra king Says:

    I would not do a tarot card reading on a grave stone.

  4. David Says:

    I agree with you. It was treating a real person’s final resting place as a game…and bad Karma.

  5. Nayna Says:

    Wow, I read both your posts on this cemetry. I think you are pushing the limits here. I hope you have a spiritual guide or some lucky charm or handy prayers to keep you safe.

  6. David Says:

    Hi Nayna,

    Yeah…channeling, even by accident, in a graveyard like Bachelor’s Grove is not wise. The hobby of ghost hunting is mostly harmless, but there are exceptions.

  7. Timon Weller Says:

    Next time if you do hear it again, maybe you should apoligise for interupting it in the graveyard and ask it to go back home..
    I also think maybe the dog growling represents the real spirit of a dead dog that is protecting its previous owners spirit in the afterlife, and maybe in this case at the graveyard..

  8. David Says:

    I believe aniimals have a spirit. In near-death out-of-body experiences, people have reported being visited by their pet along with their deceased relatives as they enter the tunnel of light on the way to the “Other Side”. That is a comforting thought for people who love their pets. But as for this growling spirit…I don’t think it was anyone’s pet. It was something dark.

  9. law of attraction Says:

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  10. Terri Says:

    I really enjoyed your post, this was spooky!!

  11. Colleen Says:

    This is a very interesting story whether you are reading it as a way to find answers or look at hauntings in a spiritual or just curious nature or if are looking for a great “scary story”. I love it for both reasons and because it is about Bachelors Grove Graveyard. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

  12. David Says:

    Hi Colleen,
    I love your site! http://www.bachelors-grove.com/ Your forum is a great place to examine the abandoned Bachelor’s Grove cemetery and the paranormal in general. People outside the Chicago area don’t know much about what Bachelor’s Grove is, but its reputation has spread. Chicago has a lot of great haunted locations. In my opinion Bachelor’s Grove is at the top of the list.

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  14. Dr. Wm. C. Deason Says:

    Hi David,

    I’m the exc. dir. of the Paranormal Studies & Investigative Group we’re based in Tx. (sigh) Dude, lol! You know what you were doing and yet… ouch same happened to me and like you said easy to despense with BUT, … if you are a paranormalist/ghosthunter you will notice that where you go the activity increases, (at least that is what happened to me.), now I am back in the field again instead of behind a desk! So hey for me it was a good thing but try not to antagonize any demons they never forget or forgive.

    Thanx,

    Bill

  15. David Says:

    Hi Dr. Deason,
    Yes, exploring the paranormal can lead to unwanted consequences. Is there really any way to be careful when dealing with the unseen world? Maybe if someone is a natural clairvoyant they can sidestep dark spirits. The rest of us we are blind. The lesson is to avoid channeling anything. I learned my lesson.
    Dave

  16. TashyVanitu Says:

    My boyfriend and I are laying in bed freaked out!!!
    We just heard a loud growling outside our bedroom window.
    It then stopped, then started again, fainter.
    It stopped again, then was at the bedroom window again.
    We then heard what sounded Luke a door opening.
    All our doors are locked.
    We then heard noises in the hallway that I cannot describe..
    The noises have all stopped again bur I don’t know if they will come back…
    Fuck! More noises!!! Like, umm, a wooden sliding door kind of..
    I am not making this shit up!
    I am really scared!
    we don’t have wooden sliding doors..
    I have no idea what to do..
    Can someone please write back to this asap!!

  17. David Says:

    Hi TrashyVanitu,
    If a wandering entity was paying you a visit, the best way to keep them away is to practice whatever spiritual beliefs you have (light candles, say a prayer). Doing that will put you in touch with a higher power, or with your higher self (same result0. This will drive away anything wicked. But before you do that…try to take some pictures around where you live and see if you capture any anomaly. It’d be interesting if you actually caught something in an image!
    Dave

  18. TashyVanitu Says:

    Thanks David. I’m actually an atheist. So I don’t do any if that. It scared the crap outta me!! I have never been that scared in my life. I absolutley plan to take some photos… When I’m ready to take in what those pictures might reveal. We do have a ghost in our house, her name is tegan. I have spoken to her twice through oijia board. She died in the house next door. She said she means no one in the house harm and doesn’t want us to go. I fear tht while speaking to her, and trying to find other spirits to talk to I have let something else in. I went to bed the other night and I have a whiteboard next to my bed. I heard the sound of tapping fingers on it. Just thought I’d let you know.

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  20. Thanh Says:

    I’m from vietnamese… i can use tarot to read for anyone. I don’t need know their face. I only think about thing can connection with their such as a their pics or a ring, or a name. Now, i can use tarot to see your mind.
    Sorry, i not good at english. I can development my skill ???

  21. Thanh Says:

    I use tarot for tegan’s ghost and 1 ghost girl in Lion Red. The first Card is same “The Hanged Man”. They are ghost ? Realy ?. I never use oijia board to talk with ghost. i don’t know law, and some infor about oijia board and my friends talk with me is danger when you use in your home. That true ??? Please contact me. With my skill i speak, i only need think about ghost i want, i can talk with them by oijia board ????????

  22. David Says:

    Hi Thanh,
    I personally believe that Tarot cards and Ouija boards can be a tool to contact spirits. Can it be dangerous? Yeah. I think we need to limit our contact with spirits. Like humanity, spirits can be good, destructive and indifferent. The problem is we really don’t know what we are dealing with, unless we have some psychic ability to discern that. Otherwise we are blind, and inviting random spirits to connect with us can be unwise. Yet, curiosity gets the better of me and I like to try sometimes anyway. Sort of like an experiment to see what happens.
    Dave

  23. Thanh Says:

    I don’t understand and know much about “myth” of Tarot and Ouija boads. Please send to some information important about it. I don’t use Ouija board, only use Tarot. And i use it to contact my sprit, my friends and use for some ghosts in my home and i think they good. I have researched about astrology and I know i have “Spirit Energy” skill. So i can use tarot for anyone in anywhere. That true ???. Now, I don’t believe have ghosts. Only use tarot as the same as curiosity. That is interesting !. If Tarot is a tool to contact, when you don’t use that tools, i guess you can contact with spirits. Yet, when i use tarot, i ask my spirit contact with other spirits, and use my spirit to draw cards. i think i don’t invite spirits. There are two spirits, of humans and of ghosts.

  24. Dee Says:

    Hello, My son is fifteen years old and his father and I are divorced. apparently this past Friday night my son was awoken to a horrible growling noise. At first he thought it was a truck coming down the street but then it just kept getting closer and was doing so very fast. He was suddenly frozen in place unable to look behind him and was very cold but he said this thing was at his head growling and he could feel its breath from the growl on his neck. He tried to call for his dad but he couldnt. he said he just laid there and it eventually went away. He went and got his dad to check the house and nothing. He has not slept in three nights. he said he is so uncomfortable at the house that he is constantly looking over his shoulders. when he told me about what happened he looked calm enough but the hairs on his arms were standing up like he had goose bumps all over, so I know he is telling the truth and terrified at the moment. Im not sure what to do to help thru this. He will be staying at my house this week at least. Hopefully this will allow him some rest and to get the feelings out of his system.. Any suggestions would be great…

  25. David Says:

    Hi Dee,

    Thank your for your story. The growling spirit is not something good. I had my brief encounter with it, and my solution was asking for spiritual protection, depending on our belief system. Growling ghosts are not human. But the answer is not hard. Prayers, candles, just seek protection from a higher power. The worst thing to is to have passive acceptance of the situation. Dark spirits only have power over those who are allow them. Human beings are powerful spiritual beings in our own, barely below the angels. No dark spirit can harm us unless we invite them to. Add to that inviting the power of heaven to protect us, and no dark spirit has a chance.
    Dave

  26. Dan Says:

    Never had growling but all threw my life and familys we had ecounters some bad some were good spirits.Now i feel some one may have open a door.my sister says that her boyfriends mom be doing rituals wich aint good. I think she had put a course on the family cause things disseapering around the house. I hear knocking on the walls some times. I was never attacked though. My sister woke up with bruises on her back like she got beat up she still dont believe. One day my brother went to white castle late at night about 2 or so at night.I went to bed and woke up with him stair up at me at the foot of my bed houched over or kneeling position.I felt like i couldn’t move, or i felt if i did something would happend.felt electricity go threw my back bone paralyzing me.Felt like my body was getting lifted off my bed.Then I heard a car door slamn it was my brother retuning from white castle .then it dissapeared. i never prayed so much in my life to god.

  27. David Says:

    Hi Dan,
    Thanks for your story. It reminds a bit of someone’s alien abduction experience:
    http://occultview.com/2009/05/25/an-alien-abduction-story-extraterrestrials-spirit-abduction-or-sleep-paralysis/
    I think spirits and “aliens” as being part of the same phenomena. Sometimes a door to “their world” opens. Yes, it is very scary.
    Dave

  28. Rick Says:

    My mom has experienced paranormal activity since she moved into her house about 6 years ago. It first started with an apportion that appeared as a Victorian dressed little girl. She took an interest in my young nieces and would only be seen at night while they were sleeping. Then the same spirit or a new one took the physical shape of my mother. My brother followed “her” into my moms room and vanished. My mom had been at work for 3 hours prior to my brothers experience. Thanks for following this far. This is where my story ties into the subject. Last weekend my Mom and my brother and his family returned home from dinner. My mom was walking into her room, and my brother was headed towards the bathroom when a very loud growling sound that my mother described as that of Big Cat. Almost like a cougar. It was loud enough to where my sis-in-law heard it in the kitchen on the opposite end of the house. Needless to say, there wasn’t a Cougar in the house. My niece will sometimes sleep with my mom, but hides under the blankets when she see’s “The Cat”.

  29. David Says:

    Hi Rick,
    Thanks for the story! Very interesting. I’ve not heard of the ghost of pets visiting people. So if we hear a ghost growl, then it is an inhuman spirit, and something we really don’t want hanging around. You might want to try a smudging in your home, just in case.
    Dave

  30. Robert Says:

    I think the attic at my work has something lurking up there. Several of my fellow employees have seen or heard ghost, such as figures walking around or child laughter. I’ve spent a lot of time up there in the last six months and things have gotten weird. It started with a friend taking a picture up there and having an orb show up in every one of them. The next day I went up there and the things he had taken pictures of had been scattered across the room ranging from 5 to 15 feet. I hadn’t seen or heard anything up there until this Saturday I was putting a shelf in the attic and when I put it down something started growling at me. I stood there in disbelief because I’ve heard every noise possible up there and never heard anything that sounded like a growl. I stood there for another minute trying to rationalize what I had just heard when I heard an even closer and louder growl at which point I backed up and walked down stairs. I went back in the attic two days later to put another shelf up there it was a heavier shelf so I had someone help me bring it up. We put it down and started to talk. Out of the corner of my eye I saw what looked like movement I turned to see what looked like the bending of light as if something invisible was standing in front of the light. At that same instance the person up there with me heard footsteps. I’m just wondering if anyone could tell me what I’m dealing with?

  31. David Says:

    Hi Robert,
    Thanks for the account; it was intriguing. In my opinion, ghosts of human beings don’t growl. And ghosts of animals, if such exist, wouldn’t have much interest in human beings. I feel ghosts that growl or act in inhuman ways are exactly that…non-human spirits, neither man nor animal. Human ghosts are ok…they are just us but know yet they are dead. But these infernal spirits are something else entirely and need to be banished.
    Dave

  32. lynn Says:

    i looked this up because i wanted to find out if anyone else had experienced the same thing. years ago i awoke to a growl that seemed to be right in my face. so close i could feel its presence next to me. frozen scared stiff, trying not to even breathe, i laid there praying to god for protection. afraid that if i were to move i would not be here today. i often wonder how something like that could physically hurt me. it probably would have given me a heart attack or something. i imagine that could be the only way. that was the first and only time that i have encountered this. although, there were other paranormal activities in my home. i often wonder if it had something to do with the ouija board my mother owned.

  33. David Says:

    Lynn,
    It is very interesting you had the same experience with a growling ghost. This may happen more often then we think! I suspect these are inhuman, infernal spirits manifesting into the physical world. They may be all around us but can’t break thru, unless we somehow open the door, intentionally or not.
    Dave

  34. Paul S Says:

    The same thing happened to me at Bachelor’s Grove. With the growling I mean. Except it didn’t follow me home.

  35. MBC Says:

    Iv got paranormal stuff happening all around me-nothing new, my whole life its been like this. The latest is setting up my macbook iSight in my room to watch and record me sleep-it was a nap. An hour and a half total time. I haven’t heard/watched the whole thing but there’s quite a few disturbing things that happen. The end, which is why Im here, there was growling right before me waking up. This is certainly not a nice ghost-or a ghost at all. I don’t even want to call it what I know it is.

    The other day I recorded over 7 hours of footage while I was gone. (security reasons) This led me to record my nap, plus an hour plus trick or treating with my kids*(who I have partial visitation with and don’t formally live here). I have a ‘ghost’ calling my name and when reversed its FUCK YOU! The voice doesn’t sound happy neither, but I don’t know, how do normal ghosts talk? Its just way too Hollywood though meaning, you expect a demon to sound real scary in the movies but in real life that maybe its different and not so dramatically frightening. In this case, it is everything that and more!

    Im trying to figure out and find out what to do. I don’t know what Iv done to have this but its here. Im about 85% somethings here and almost afraid to listen to more footage I have stored on my computer. Iv prayed and rebuked it before leaving to meet my kids outside with their mom to trick or treat. So IM hoping this new footage will be empty of any of this.

    Thanks for listening and Im all for advice at this point! (Yes, to make it worse this started happening around Holloween)

  36. David Says:

    Hi MBC,
    Thanks for your story. I am ever more convinced that animalistic sounding spirits are inhuman/demonic and not playful trickster ghosts or the spirits of animals. I think your prayers and rebuking may banish it. However, it might not work right away. This lady who had a growling ghost did a Catholic novena over a number of days and it worked. But banishing will require seriousness of intent along with requesting the help of a Higher Power.
    Dave

  37. Chuckifer Wallace Says:

    Last night was my 1st night home since Friday of last week. Last night as I was laying in bed I head a loud thump almost like my dryer starting or my dads guitar amp turning on and off. After the noise I fell asleep and everything was fine throughout the night, this occurred around 1am. The following night (tonight considering I haven’t slept out of fear), around 1am yet again I’m sitting in my living room playing games on my laptop. I kept hearing what sounded like foot steps in the kitch. Our kitchen is 5th from the living room so I glanced over and saw nothing so I continued to play, a few moments later I heard the dishes in the sink rattle as if someone was moving them or doing dishes. I went into the kitchen to see if perhaps something had tipped over but everything appeared to be the same, about 15min after this I hear a loud blood curling growl come from the end of the hallway. Mind you I’m the only person home and we have no pets nor neighbors. It frightened me enough to make me leaver home. I texted my father about it after leaving the house (currently at my girlfriends) he began to explain that he has been hearing things as well: foot steps, cabinets shutting,
    Door knobs jiggling, and apparently while I was gone for the weekend my bedroom door kept opening and closing. He hasn’t heard any growls or voices as I have. Now I have always been very sensitive to paranormal activity as in seeing hearing and even occasionally communicating with “people”. This however I have never experienced in my life and am very disgruntled by it, any tips or ideas as to what this could be? I’ve read forums as well as blogs on the “black dog” monstrosity and other various things. Please help I fear not just for myself but
    For my father as well.

  38. David Says:

    Hi Chuckifer,
    Normal ghosts don’t growl. I’m not afraid of ghosts; they should be harmless enough. But a growling ghost is something else…something inhuman. Infernal spirits are non-human, and if I am not afraid of ghosts, I would be very wary of infernal spirits. Be wary but unafraid. Religious candles are very effective in banishing these things.
    Dave

  39. Larry Says:

    I know exactly what you are talking about. I have never seen a ghost, but I like to watch ghost adventures. After watching the show for some time, I thought that it was a good show but that’s all it was. My daughter told me that something in the bathroom liked the “R” sound. I didnt know what she was talking about, she is 6. About 3months later, everyone was in bed and I was looking through the fridge when I heard it coming from my bathroom. I heard a high pitched growl that went to a deep growl. I thought something was in the house so I went towards the bathroom. The closer I got to the bathroom, the louder it got. I dont have a door on my bathroom I have a curtain. When I got to the curtain, I was afraid to stick my hand into the bathroom, the growling was so loud and so close, I thought that I was going to get bit by something. When I reached in and turned on the light, the growling quit instantly. Have not heard it since. It made me want to pack a bible around with me. The sound that I heard sounds identical to the ghost adventures return to bobby mackeys when the preacher is in the basement with them and Zak says did you hear that growl. That growl is exactly what I heard, it must have went on for 5min. It was so loud that I thought it was going to wake my kids. I thought is was bull and have never seen or heard anything before this. Just because you cant see it does’nt mean it isn’t there.

  40. josh Says:

    this is crazy. the same thing just happened to me last night, i was dreaming and there was a growling sound in my dream, and when i woke up i had still heard the sound, i was freaked out and started making noise and turned on my light and there was nothing there and the noise has stopped, but now im scared, like what if some “thing” is after me now…

  41. David Says:

    Josh,
    It is something tho hear the stories of other peope who hear of this growling “ghost”. I believe you. I don’t know what it is, but it is real.
    Dave

  42. Brittany Says:

    Hi, Last night i had the most weird experience. I was sleeping and was awoken by something jumping/sitting on my bed. I thought nothing of it because i have a cat. But this was not my cat. it crawled up my legs onto my back and it made this horrific growl…I could feel its breath. I couldn’t move. I just continued to lay there in fear. About after 5 mins. I was able to move. I thought nothing of it amd thought maybe i was dreaming…I than turned over and felt it again. At the end of my bed it than crawled up and was pushing on my chest. I have never been so scared in my life. Can anyone give me an explanation please & thank ou!

  43. David Says:

    Hi Brittany,
    This could be sleep paralysis which can be very disturbing. Or it could have been a visitation by “Something”. Just don’t give into fear and remain calm, and everything should be fine.
    Dave

  44. Brittany Says:

    thank you!…I tried to tell my sister this story and she thought i was crazy.

  45. Nos Says:

    Hello,

    I don’t think it was a “ghost”, whereas I know people like to refer to ghosts instantly if they encounter something paranormal. If you take a look at the religion Islam for example, you’ll see that the Jinn (also spelled Djinn, Jinni or Genie) are creatures that are mentioned in the holy Quran. Those beings are similar to the “demons” in Christianity, yet basically different. There are a lot of reports from people out there who got confronted with them. The reports and stories about Jinn are very old and reach back to the age of King Solomon and beforehand. They encounter humans in different forms and rankings. Growling in the bathroom can be blamed on them very well, because they’re known in the Middle East to haunt bathrooms, public conveniences and bathhouses. They like dark and wet places. That’s why you are encouraged to say a prayer before you enter the bathroom. They are taken seriously over there. Jinn also roam segregated areas, deserts, country roads, basements, cemeteries, woods and empty houses. They also live in areas humans can’t access very well, for example hilltops and deep caves. They can take the shape of dogs (especially black), snakes, humans and a lot of animals in general. They can take shapes that are terrifying or just odd for us, which is why people sometimes come across monsters which they can’t assign to a certain species. Jinn exist in a realm human eyes cannot see or access and they are, basically, invisible for us if they don’t take a shape. They have their own families, governments, kings and children just like humans. There are Jinn which are very powerful, for example the Ifrit and the Marid, but I doubt any human being has ever got hold of them, excepting King Solomon. He had the power from god to command the Jinn under his will.
    Jinn can enter the human body if they want to, that’s what has happened if someone is possessed. Jinn possession can remain undetected for a long time or can be eye-catching. There are cases where a Jinn has fallen in love with a human, or wants to take revenge because the person has unwittingly harmed him, hence it enters the body.
    I also experienced this growl when I took a walk at night with somebody. It happened last summer and it was a rural area. When we passed a thicket I heard this growl in the dark, and I instantly was shocked but also knew it was no animal. I grew up in this area and no animal has ever made a sound like that one I heard. My companion heard clearly a whispering at the same moment from the thicket, and according to him, it was a scary whispering and he did not understand what it was saying to him. I had a few of these experiences, but I avoid this entire area now, since I know it could be a Jinn that felt disturbed by us.

  46. Trina Says:

    I tend to be a little skiddish, so trying to make sense of my situation has been a little difficult. I definitely believe in paranormal activities, but I think my husband just thinks I’m crazy!
    We moved into a rental house about 1 year ago. With time, I have developed a very uneasy feeling when entering the walk-in closet of our bedroom. My husband seems to think it is my being paranoid after watching a scary movie. My children, 5 and 14, have both told me that they have seen a little girl running through the upstairs hallway into our bedroom. My daughter claims that she has heard her singing downstairs in her bedroom. None of these things have really ever “alarmed” me. My experience last night, however, has me all shooken up! I wake up between 1AM and 3AM every single morning, for no obvious reason. Usually I look around the room, roll over and head back to sleep. Last night when I woke up I swear I heard a rumble followed by what sounded like a large animal running from my bathroom to my bedside. The running noise stopped right beside my bed and I heard growling and a heavy panting. I pulled the covers over my head and it went away. My husband thinks I had a bad dream. Me, I’m not so sure. I don’t know what to do… I need to know that my family is safe and if I have anything to worry about!

  47. Lamont Says:

    This just happend to me and I did not do anything at cemetery. I believe that a demon tried to take my soul because the whole time I was hearing this noise I was praying. I saw something moving in my slight sight so I looked a the celling and there was an Angel carved in it. I say it was a Angel because I saw wings but I was so scared about the growl I closed my eyes. Also the who time this was going on my friend were upstairs and I could not move or speak. I was trying to scream but.I couldn’t.

  48. Nisa Says:

    I don’t think it was a “ghost”, whereas I know people like to refer to ghosts instantly if they encounter something paranormal. If you take a look at the religion Islam for example, you’ll see that the Jinn (also spelled Djinn, Jinni or Genie) are creatures that are mentioned in the holy Quran. Those beings are similar to the “demons” in Christianity, yet basically different. There are a lot of reports from people out there who got confronted with them. The reports and stories about Jinn are very old and reach back to the age of King Solomon and beforehand. They encounter humans in different forms and rankings. Growling in the bathroom can be blamed on them very well, because they’re known in the Middle East to haunt bathrooms, public conveniences and bathhouses. They like dark and wet places. That’s why you are encouraged to say a prayer before you enter the bathroom. They are taken seriously over there. Jinn also roam segregated areas, deserts, country roads, basements, cemeteries, woods and empty houses. They also live in areas humans can’t access very well, for example hilltops and deep caves. They can take the shape of dogs (especially black), snakes, humans and a lot of animals in general. They can take shapes that are terrifying or just odd for us, which is why people sometimes come across monsters which they can’t assign to a certain species. Jinn exist in a realm human eyes cannot see or access and they are, basically, invisible for us if they don’t take a shape. They have their own families, governments, kings and children just like humans. There are Jinn which are very powerful, for example the Ifrit and the Marid, but I doubt any human being has ever got hold of them, excepting King Solomon. He had the power from god to command the Jinn under his will.
    Jinn can enter the human body if they want to, that’s what has happened if someone is possessed. Jinn possession can remain undetected for a long time or can be eye-catching. There are cases where a Jinn has fallen in love with a human, or wants to take revenge because the person has unwittingly harmed him, hence it enters the body.
    I also experienced this growl when I took a walk at night with somebody. It happened last summer and it was a rural area. When we passed a thicket I heard this growl in the dark, and I instantly was shocked but also knew it was no animal. I grew up in this area and no animal has ever made a sound like that one I heard. My companion heard clearly a whispering at the same moment from the thicket, and according to him, it was a scary whispering and he did not understand what it was saying to him. I had a few of these experiences, but I avoid this entire area now, since I know it could be a Jinn that felt disturbed by us.

  49. tcote Says:

    When I lived at home, we had a ghost named Max, we know this bcause he wrote his name on the wall, anyway, i was laying in my mothers bed with nobody home and several dogs, like 5 maybe growling around me. I was frozen with fear, it lasted about 2 min. when i was 3 i was serious bitten in the face by a black lab. i’ve heard that black dogs represent evil/demonic things. the dog was put down bcause of this, could this have been him getting back at me. i was only 3, and it wasnt my choice or families to put dog down,, never will forget and it’s been 20 yrs since this incident with growling.

  50. loulou Says:

    I had this experience the first days of 2013. I placed salt on every entrance to my apartment. I prayed to the Holy Spirit as I did this. I don’t sleep next to my husband, but on this particular night I did because I was too frightened to sleep on my own. I felt safe next to my husband so I was starting to surrender to sleep. My husband’s hands grabbed my head and jerked it in a hateful way. I was startled and I told him to stop. He told me that he didn’t believe what I was saying. I managed to stop thinking about this episode but I felt eerie to close my eyes. I was too scared because I sensed I was in danger. I was terribly tired and was about to fall asleep but I opened my eyes abruptly. On my right was a huge mass of very dark smoke. It had two flamed red eyes that lioked at me angry and surprised. It departed from me allarmed and I saw that it was a very large and fat wolf with white bear toe nails. It neared my closet and stuck to the closet’s shadow running upwards, but it slipped, maybe because of the salt I spread. It managed to go upwards and escaped through the largest shadows that stood next to the luggages on top of my wardrobe. I’m glad I lift weighs and I am a very healthy person because I could have gotten a heart attack. I wondered what the hell was that and I prayed with all my heart to the angels of Heaven to watch over my sleep. I managed to sleep but after that, I suffered from sp and had to pray the Pater Nostrum to get rid of the tight hold that was killing me with pain. It grabbed my right shoulder, but reached my sternum and was cruching me. This darn helhound was surely biting me. I woke up from this sp and strangely felt no pain afterwards. Two days after that, I woke up in the dark and felt movent on my bed. As if someone was slowly moving away from me, just for me to not get scared of it.

  51. loulou Says:

    I hear a loud growling after sunset when I’m busy in my kitchen. I tried getting help from my nearest church but they don’t get moving.

  52. loulou Says:

    T I forgot to say that I was watching a video of Jesus Christ. He was always present in our very tasks. I merrily went to my bedroom to do my heavy weighs workout. My workout was very pleasant because I felt the presence of Jesus during my workout. I finished with stretching and I watched my reflection on my mirror satisfied. I felt as if something on my back detached and fell on the floor. I looked but there was nothing on the floor behind me. I kept doing my daily tasks and my daughter called me from the bathroom, telling me that a small crucufix was lyg inside the toilet. I ran there to find my cruxifix there. The devil wanted to assure me that it was him, not Jesus there with me during the workout?

  53. alik Says:

    Hi there so my wife has experienced this growling voice that has came to her twice now once in Califorina at her aunts home. And again in our apartment she herd foot steps in her aunts house and called out is anyone there but nobody was home and tgere wasnt an answer and then she herd this growl like a dog or evil spirit and has been terrified ever since tgen. Just last night on April 25 she was home cleaning and she herd something fall in the kitchen or bathroom and went to see what feel and then herd the growl again! What does this mean? Ive blessed our home and have fasted and said many prayers that it wont happen again to her.

  54. David Says:

    Hi Alik,
    Fasting and prayer will work, but the individual involved has to be involved. The lady in the story prayed with candles for a period of time, and the infernal thing went away. It works, but you can’t do this for another person alone. Good luck!
    Dave

  55. alik Says:

    Thank you ill just stick to the priesthood! :)

  56. kim Says:

    I woke up today to growling under my bed and there was nothing there

  57. janine Says:

    I had the growling dream last night… I couldnt sleep then I heard the growling… I felt hot breath on my face… I was willing for it to go away… I had my 4 year old son in bed next to me and I darent move… I heard my husband potterimg around downstairs.. I know I was awake.. and I know it wasnt a dream… I was frozen… I blinked my eyes open and saw the dog… snarling…. it was so real… I shut my eyes tight.. still willing it to go away… it actually whispered something… then it it went… I was still frozen….. for around ten minutes….
    Now scared to sleep tonight incase it happens again… what was it… is it there to harm me… what do I do

  58. jimmy Says:

    i had the same thing, somthing was growling in my face, but it never scared me, i was lying there eyes closed so i decided to open them and jump up to see what it was, i saw somthing like all i can discribe is that it warp its self into itself, like a blackhole collaping i think i took it by surprize if i dident see it i would proberly pass it of as a dream, but im still not convinced

  59. Brea Says:

    I just heard a dog growling in my house, and Ash is a name that comes up Ashmadai? Creepy, demons can’t hurt you. They are just energy. Malevolent energy.

  60. David Says:

    Hi Brea,
    Well, I think ghosts can’t hurt you much, but demons can. Ash…that is sort of a scary name. Ashes.
    Dave

  61. Zelda Says:

    Hi,
    I heard a low soft grumbling growl in our house this morning before anyone was awake. It was not my small cat or small dog – they don’t make this sound. It was near my children’s rooms and I will be asking God for protection. This has worked for me in another house we lived in; after earnest prayers, there were no other spiritual encounters for me.
    1) What religious routine or prayers do you recommend for banishing unwanted supernatural beings? (I am Christian, but no longer Catholic).
    2) Can animals like pets sense ghosts, non-human entities, etc.? The cat was sitting at one child’s doorway, but seemed unconcerned this morning.

    Thanks for your website. (Not all of us want to make contact with the supernatural…)

  62. David Says:

    Hi Zeida,
    I think animals can sense spirits before we’d ever be able to. Prayers are the best tool for banishing evil spirits, because it really works. It doesn’t matter much what are belief system is, it is the faith, the belief that counts. A shaman or a priest all have such power, and so do we.
    Dave

  63. Jamie Says:

    A few years ago, there were about eight of us on a tiny gravel road that’s supposed to be haunted. A friend with a parabolic mic was across from us – maybe five feet away. We all still had our tapes going as we got up to call it a night. The three of us on the end got up and suddenly we heard a low, deep growl. No one else close to us heard it. We just looked at each other in disbelief. Flashlights in to the field behind showed nothing. But the growl seemed to be right next to each of our ears. Nothing on tape from anyone. What we did was to make something good out of it. A totem animal such as a cat. All in all, we made it a positive experience. About a year later, I was laying on my couch and heard it again. I welcomed it back. Never happened again. If it was a dark force of any kind, I’m sure we blew the whole scary scenario for it.

  64. wow Says:

    I remember when I was 13 years old I lived in an old house and I remember being in my room and hearing a growling,black rott dog right by my ear I could not move but I prayed and then it went away.That same year my dad passed away so can that be associated with something like that?.I hadn’t thought about it for years till I saw Ghost Adventures and it stated seeing black dogs was not good.It scared the crap out of me to think what it meant since I try to walk in the light and be a good person.

  65. wow Says:

    Well I got an answer elsewhere seeing a black growling dog doesn’t always signify death it can also be if a child or woman sees the dog that he is warning them or protecting them.Also warning of a death within the family.

  66. Divya Says:

    Hi, i live in a flat with my family.once i too heard a growling.it was neither of a woman or a man, what i heard was very loud distorted man+woman voice(idk).it was outside on the road.i could tell it passed that long road from one end to the other in matter of seconds.i never knew what it was.and definitely don’t want to experience again :(

  67. cheryl Says:

    twice in the last week I have heard growling in my bed when I was asleep the first time I thought I was just dreaming it happened again last night first I heard like a cat fight in my bed then a deep growl what is this

  68. Shay O'Shea Says:

    Growling spirits as far as I am aware can mean two things. One being good and the other, not so much:

    Good – Spirits and entity’s find it easier to make communication with your subconscious. Ideally when you’re in the half awake half asleep state. You’re awake enough to hear sounds and other forms of communication and sleep enough to accept them. Don’t confuse these for lucid dreams, you will likely be able to tell the difference. Hearing growling in this state can actually be a voice that you’re not fully tuned into. Most people tend to wake before they tune into the frequency therefor assume it’s a negative experience when it was a positive.

    Negative – This is actually a topic I don’t really like discussing for various reasons but will for this article. If you’re fully awake and you hear growling, this is a very negative energy. There’s no tuning in while awake, this normally comes with an overwhelming presence. I have heard various people say they think it’s their deceased dog paying a visit. It’s not. Your loving dog will not communicate with you by growling at you while you lay petrified. DO NOT entertain this by speaking out to it, try not to show fear and try to concentrate on blocking it out with positive thoughts. Hopefully it won’t manifest further. This type of creature will take its energy from your suffering.

    Growling, snarling or hissing sounds while awake are very uncommon so don’t be too worried. While sleeping you may be able to tune in to receive a message, this is only in your sleep and should subside when awakened.

  69. S. Simms Says:

    Last night my fiance laid on the couch and I laid on the floor to help stabalize my back — all of a sudden we both woke up to a growling deep scary voice saying ‘you are corrupted’ – there was nothing there and I am glad that he was there to witness this because if he was not I would have thought it was a dream. I prayed for protection angrily rebuked the demon and I know it wont come back and God will protect me because I experienced one before and I got mad because these demons will stop intefering with my sleep I am just too busy to deal with them in the middle of the night. I am angry and rough with them and I rebuke them in the name of God. No cursing of course. We have power over them so have faith in your power with the backing of God.

  70. David Says:

    Simms,
    We can certainly banish evil, with the aid of a Higher Power.
    Dave

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