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Reader’s story: The Warning Call

I grew up on a farm in a remote area and I have always been uneasy about being in the house by myself at night. There are no street lights in the area and, at night, it is pitch black outside.

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One night, my parents went out and I was home alone. I was sitting on the couch when the phone rang. I picked it up and heard an automated voice say, “Would you like to accept a collect from…” Then I heard a voice say my name. It sounded like my own voice.

I was freaked out, but I accepted the call. “Hello?” I said nervously. There was no reply. I could hear someone breathing on the other end of the line. Then, they hung up.

I was standing by the large windows in the kitchen and, just then as I turned to hang up the phone, I happened to glance outside. In the darkness, I could make out a large figure standing there. He was looking right at me. I ran to the back door and quickly locked it cause it was usually unlocked since we live in such a quiet rural area. I was so terrified, I ran to my mom and dad’s room and grabbed my dads gun. I hid there in the bedroom and I didn’t come out until my parents returned 20 minutes later.

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I told them what I saw my dad had checked around the house and had seen footprints that led right to the back door and disgaurded cigarette butts outside like someone was watching n waiting. I guess he was scared away when my parents pulled in.

I still don’t know what happened that night. Was it the future me calling to warn me? Was it a ghost call trying to tell me about the man outside , I have no idea? I do think that call save my life.


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Jake Carter

Jake Carter is a researcher and a prolific writer who has been fascinated by science and the unexplained since childhood. He is always eager to share his findings and insights with the readers of, a website he created in 2013.