Recently as I prepared for the night, and I lay down in bed, I heard a loud “SNAP”. What the heck was that? It sounded like some electrical circuit had exploded. I don’t believe a surge suppressor makes a snapping sound as far as I know, but maybe so. Therefore I was attentive, listening for another snap.
Nothing. Except a minute later I heard a knock on the bookcase by my bed. Ok…what was that? I continued to listen intently and soon I heard a rap elsewhere in the room. In the next 10 minutes I heard about a dozen strange sounds, knocks and raps. If this were a house, I’d say the creaks were the home settling down. Or the heating ducts could be banging or rattling.
However I live in a high-rise building and if the building itself were “settling” we have a serious structural problem. There are always sounds outside my unit, but these sounds were from inside my room. This was not a maintenance man banging on pipes. The “snap” was following by a number of knocks.
Normally nobody pays attention to odd sounds. But I paid attention. I have a term for these strange knocks. I call it the Knockergeist. A Knockergeist is an unexplained knock. Most likely there is a natural explanation for this. Or perhaps an unnatural explanation. Until such strange knocks are understood, they are simply the Knockergeist.
I created the term Knockergeist as a combination of the knocker spirit of folklore and the poltergeist. The Knocker was part of the miner folklore. They’d hear knocks in the mines and thought spirits were creating the sounds either as an omen of doom, or as a warning to flee. The rational explanation was that when a mine was about to collapse, there were creaking sounds preceding the disaster. Yet belief in the knocker spirit was widely held in the past.
A poltergeist is said to move things. The knocker spirit, or Knockergeist, only raps on furniture or walls. Nothing is moved. Assuming such an unnatural thing actually exists, what is it trying to do? It is trying sending a message like the mine warnings of old? When we hear these knocks, is it an omen of doom or a warning to pay attention to something ahead?
I honestly don’t know what to make of this incident. I’ve not heard knocks since then. It is easy enough to dismiss this as an odd anomaly and nothing worth pondering. Perhaps the Knockergeist visits many homes but nobody simply notices. However I will continue to listen.