Sunset Beach


The story I’m about to tell you is actually about two separate events, but given the subject matter and the fact that both took place in the same location, I usually think of them as two parts of the same story.

Anyway…I grew up in a small town on the southern Oregon coast. The beaches there are beautiful, but given the cold, wet climate, they’re usually only frequented by sight-seers and bored locals. The most popular of the local beaches is Sunset Bay State Park, or, as the locals refer to it, ‘Sunset Beach’.

It’s not a large beach…but it’s beautiful there. There are tide-pools to explore, countless nature trails and hiking paths, barbecue areas, a campground, etc. Having grown-up there, though, I eventually began thinking of the beach as a cold, wet, windy place that was often an awful place to visit. Still…in an area with nothing to do, I often got dragged to the beach by friends who, for some reason, still enjoyed it there.

It was on one such occasion when the first event occurred. I’d gone to Sunset Beach with a couple female friends of mine, and we were busying ourselves by exploring the tide-pools and taking photos of the picturesque views…when suddenly one of us (I can’t remember who, exactly) spotted a strange light/object in the sky. From where we were, it looked like a plane at first…but it wasn’t moving. It was just sort-of a pulsing light hovering in the sky.

Then it suddenly vanished and reappeared almost instantly in a different part of the sky…quite far from where it had been before. We watched it for a moment…then it vanished again, and reappeared somewhere else. It did this several times before vanishing entirely. We tried getting pictures and video of it, but given how high it was in the sky, our cameras didn’t pick it up. We thought it was weird and even kinda’ cool…but we weren’t 100% convinced that it was alien in nature.

Fast-forward several years. I had found myself homeless, and the only thing my family was willing to do to help me out, was to get me a tent and set me up in a campground. Since you can only stay in a campground for a week or two max., I sort-of bounced from one to the next, until I’d stayed at most of the local campgrounds.

While I was staying at Sunset Beach, I never saw any strange objects or lights, or anything out of the ordinary…but I did hear something that chilled me to the bone. While I was lounging in my tent one day, I heard this very loud noise that sounded like a jet flying over-head…only WAY TOO LOUD…like it was flying extremely low. Also, it didn’t fade-in or out. It just started…went on for a minute or two, then suddenly stopped. It didn’t seem to be moving, either. Basically, it sounded like a jet hovering 50 meters over my tent…which isn’t possible.

I sat there sort-of stunned until the sound stopped. I then regained my senses, and went outside…only to find NOTHING. There was nothing in the sky but clouds, and no vehicles around. Everything seemed normal. It was strange.

The next day (which was my last at that campground), I heard the noise again…but this time I wasn’t as shocked, and I hurried out of my tent to see what it was. When I got outside, I could still hear it…as loud as ever…but I could see NOTHING. Again, nothing was in the sky, and there were no vehicles around…nothing at all that could have produced a sound like that.

When I told my mom about it later that day, she laughed at me at first. She’s never really believed in aliens or the paranormal at all…but she then told me that several of the residents at the RV Park her and my dad managed (just a couple miles from Sunset Beach), had mentioned the sound, too, and were just as baffled by it. Mind you, these are elderly residents…most rather wealthy and reasonable people. Not the sort prone to flights of fancy.

I’m a 36-year-old intelligent guy, and also extremely familiar with the area where these events occurred…and I can’t think of ANY logical explanation…especially for that sound. I mean, it was like standing a few meters from a Boeing 747 as it starts, then stops its’ engines. It was THAT loud. A couple years later I started seeing reports online of people hearing strange, loud sounds that were seemingly coming from nowhere, and I now wonder if they’re hearing what I did. Anyway…Sunset Beach is a real place…you can easily find it online. Check it out sometime if you’re interested the unknown. You may just find what you’re looking for there.

The Stregheria Experience

Before I get into my experience, I should preface it with a few facts. I’m a biologist, and as such I place a lot of weight on evidence I try to ignore eye witness accounts and anecdotal experiences. To me the word paranormal is a misnomer, there are simply things we don’t understand yet.

I also have to admit that I use cannabis frequently, but not for fun, it’s at the direction of my physician. As such I don’t really use any strains that are strong enough to effect me in any other way than relieving pain and allowing me to fall asleep, I’ve been doing it for 2 years now, and I’ve never had an experience like I did two night ago. We live in Southern California, we recently moved to a beach city. Our new home is being remodelled so we’re staying in another home my family owns temporarily.

My family only purchased this home a month back and they haven’t moved in or began to work on it yet. From the very outset the house oozed with darkness and straight out weird floor plans, that get you lost, doors to no where, a secret entrance to the garage, and a bonus room that is only 10×10 has a sky light and two pad locks. I decided to lock that room and never go in it again since it’s going to be demolished soon anyway. There were mirrors everywhere and it creeped the hell out of my wife, they looked like the mirrors from that horror film oculus but much smaller and there were as many as 10. I removed those and but them in the garage except for the largest which was bolted on the wall, and I have no tools with me.

Once we got settled I started to check out the bedrooms and it only got creepier from there, two of the bedrooms had windows, but these windows didn’t go outside they were one way mirrors into other rooms in the home, including that creepy 10×10 room.

I decided not to tell my wife about those two bedrooms and suggested that we put our air mattress in the living room. She didn’t question this as our furniture was in storage and there was no furniture in the home, she just assumed I wanted to watch the large television that was in that room. We went to sleep just fine that night, actually being thrilled that we moved and had an ocean view, I pushed the creepiness out of my mind as stress from the move. I dismissed the houses odd design and chalked it up to the original owners, who built the home in 1966, just being really bad at DIY, but that was lying to myself to be honest. I woke up the next morning and that’s when things started to get bad.

As I walked down the hallway, the large mirror caught my attention, I looked and at the top the name of the past owners were carved into the mirror. It wrote enjoy your new home from Mr. and Mrs…we can call them Pizza. I’m not being derogatory or funny, but it’s the first thing that comes into my mind about the previous owners and something I probably should have mentioned before because they had about 4 industrial sized pizza ovens in the house. This was odd because I was told they were hermits.

Anyway, back to the mirror, I tried to get it down without tools for at least 10 minutes the day before, this carving was not there the day before but I ignored it and told myself I was just stressed and it had to have been there the day before, but I knew it wasn’t. I decided we needed to get out of the house, it was sunny, and we’re six blocks from the beach.

We didn’t move to a beach city to sit inside all day anyway I told myself. We decided to put our new puppy in one of the bedrooms as he’s old enough to be on his own but I wasn’t ready to give him free reign of a new house, as huskies are known to be escape artists. We went out and had a good time, when I came back I heard my puppy crying, I ran to the bedroom to let him out but it was locked…from the inside, I could hear whispering but not enough to make it out.

Screw this I said, and kicked the door in…didn’t care since it’s getting replaced anyway.

I barged in and it was pitch black, it shouldn’t have been because I play a TV in the background with nature noises to calm the dog down while we aren’t home. I turned on the light and there was no one there, not even my dog, I began to panic when I heard him crying again but this was in another room, not the one I put him in, and he certainly didn’t do this on his own. I found him locked in that creepy 10×10 room. I let him out, assuming someone was screwing with us and changed all the locks.

I went to sit on the air mattress and destress with some guilty pleasure TV that wouldn’t engage me intellectually too much. I couldn’t leave the house as there was a technician on the way to install wifi, which we desperately needed as there are times in this city where you can’t even get a weak signal. The installation appointment window came and passed. I’m patient so I waited another hour and a half before calling the company, by this time it was dark outside.

They told me there was an unforeseen issue and that they could install it today and would be there first thing in the morning, which was fine. The night came and we fell asleep until about 3 am when I heard a large…rumbling growl is the only way I can explain it but not like you’d here from a dog, being a typically overcrowded beach city there wasn’t really any wildlife except for what’s in the ocean. Next I heard a shattering noise….yup it was in the 10×10 room again. I went ready to finally fight the person that was screwing with us.

I went into the room and of course there was no one in there I looked at the one way mirror that went into the next bedroom, from this side you could only see your own reflection. But it was mostly shattered, I went to expect it and there was a bullet hole, it was an exit bullet. I’m sure of it because I’ve grown up with firearms my entire life since my dad is a cop. I don’t think anyone else heard it which is also odd because land is a premium here, our neighbors are less than 20 feet away.

There was nothing I could do but lock the doors again and go back to sleep, not telling my wife what I saw, trying to push it out of my head altogether. The morning came and the internet service technician was there. I opened the door and he looked absolutely terrified and seemed like he didn’t want to come in.

When he saw me, he instantly relaxed like and smiled like we were brothers who hadn’t seen each other in years.

He said he was happy to see me, assuming he was just being polite so he got a good customer service response on those surveys they always ask you to take. But he continued at how relieved he was to see a “normal person” at this home, curious I quizzed him. He told me that most of the people in the neighbourhood were afraid of this home, he told me that the neighbourhood was initially settled by Italian immigrants, and the previous owners fit into that group. He then told me that the woman who lived here was regarded as a practitioner of Stregheria.

I had never heard this before, but he told me it was an ancient form of mysticism rooted in catholic roots, the closest English definition would be witchcraft. Being the cynical biologist that I was I laughed thanked him for coming and he left. I went into one of the spare bedrooms because we left our luggage in there, and I didn’t think it was necessary to move it, as I was and am still skeptical for the most part. I only say most part because of what happened next.

The closet door in the room was open, and it was an extremely heavy wooden sliding door, that no one in the house had the strength to move, other than me. There was a box of photos in there and stupidly I decided to look. Almost all of them were of the previous owner and her dog, she doesn’t look so creepy to me I thought.

Time came for bed again and I was pretty stressed still so I went outside to smoke a little pot so I could chill out and fall asleep. The marine layer had rolled in and visibility was only 10 feet, it was also about 59 degrees. To some that might not be very cold, but we’re spoiled here and it’s enough to make all tourists and beach goers to stay home.

I sat outside and started getting my things ready to smoke, my wife came outside and we talked. It was extremely barren outside, there were no cars or people on the street and it was almost completely silent except for the sound of a barking dog almost two blocks away. My wife went inside and I went back to the edge of the yard where I smoke so it doesn’t go in a neighbors window. In this section of the yard I would perch on the ledge which normally would give you a beautiful view of the harbour lights but not tonight with the fog.

Oh well I thought and was about to light up when an extremely frail Caucasian women you looked elderly came from around the corner, she was walking a dog.

The dog I had seen in those photos from the box in the room. Lots of people like small dogs I thought, in this part of town they were almost an accessory. She walked by extremely slow, deliberately slower than what would be normal for someone of even her age. She walked past me and stopped at the neighbors drive away faced away looking at the harbour which again was odd because you could see nothing.

She did this for maybe 10 minutes, I assumed she hadn’t noticed me. She began turning her head back and forth quickly and in an unnatural jerking motion as if she was paranoid about being attacked at any moment. I once more did something incredibly stupid, jumping down from my perch I said hello ma’am do you need help? Can I help you home inside where it’s warm? She said nothing but jerked her head once more finally fixating on me. Her face was extremely grimaced like she was angry.

Not just normally angry but ready to fight angry. I started to walk closer toward her as I couldn’t really make her face out.

I had no fear, I’m 185 centimetres tall and about 112 kilograms. She looked to be about 140 centimetres at the most and definitely no more than 45 kilograms of that. She took a step toward me as well and came into view, I was immediately terrified and my heart rate was higher than even I put in a hard cardio exercise. It was the woman from the photos (Mrs. Pizza as I called her). She was pale, paler than normal, she smelled like rotting fish, she was soaking wet but the worse part is that her eyes were red.

Not just pupil but her entire eye. I screaming like a small child and jumped back taking a defensive posture ready to fight till the end. She then smiled and took a step back fading into the thick marine air. I decided I didn’t need to sleep that night as I was pretty terrified and didn’t want to smoke to the point that’d I’d fall asleep. I called my mother the next morning and told her she needed to move up the demolition date of the house.

I’m not sure if that will be the end of it, I don’t have a concrete answer for my experiences either, rational or not, my peace of mind is worth more, so we’ll be staying at an extended stay hotel until our place is ready. Scary red eyed Italian witch, let’s never meet again.