By CLINT FOSTER
His voice took me by complete surprise. I had never heard him speak and the message behind his words conveyed a warning of something sinister. I quickly sat up in my bed, my hopeful eyes fighting to adjust to the dark of my empty room. I was expecting to see him standing there; to see the familiar face, the mouth which uttered those words. However nothing but blackness of night occupied where he had once stood. He was gone, but the feeling he had imparted through his chosen words, the threat, still lingered. ‘There are seven of us...’ Seven? My heart dropped into my stomach. What had I done?”– Haley B. Cunningham, “The One You Hear at Night”
Halloween may be over, but any ghost-story enthusiast will tell you that the paranormal has no season. Citizens of Mineral Wells are well acquainted with ghost stories, especially considering the Baker Hotel’s famous legacy as being haunted in certain circles. But one Mineral Wells native says she has seen, first-hand, the reality of a haunted house. For seven years she put pen to paper, researching her experiences, and now her magnum opus is published – a book called “The One You Hear at Night.”
Haley B. Cunningham, a 26-year-old journalism student at the University of North Texas, grew up in Mineral Wells. When she was 15, her family moved into a house on N.W. 6th Street that they would soon discover was anything but ordinary. It was not long before Cunningham found herself experiencing multiple instances of other-worldly activity.
Eventually, Cunningham said, things started happening to her entire family, leading them to move out.
“Being a stupid teenager, I started using a Ouija Board and, thus, let in some pretty powerful spirits that still stay in the house,” she told the Index. “After we moved out, stuff escalated pretty quickly. It’s almost like my life is a movie.”