I love weird stories, ghosts, monsters, missing socks finding the way back to their other half years after going astray, that sort of thing.
Naturally I was intrigued by the story of a group of flatsharers who put a ‘haunted mirror’ up for sale on internet auction site Ebay after being dogged by bad luck, financial misery and illness after they rescued it from a skip.
Student Joseph Birch, 20, and painter Sotiris Charalambous, 34, acquired the antique mirror when their landlord put it in a skip outside their in Muswell Hill, London five months ago. Skips are magical things of course and like all others this one started to attract all sorts of interesting objets d’art and shite although nobody was ever spotted putting anything in it.
When a rather atractive vintage mirror materialised overnight the lads grabbed it, thinking it might be worth a quid or two.
Since they hung it in their flat however, the pair claim they have been plagued by bad luck, misery, financial problems and illness.
Mr Charalambous says it has caused him to wake up screaming with ‘stabbing pains’ in the night. He insists this was not due to his girlfriend sneaking into his room at night, repeatedly plunging a knife into him and screaming “You gave me herpes, you bastard.”
Joseph, an art and design student, and his flatmate began seeing ‘flickering shadows’ and ‘glimpses of black darkness’ (Black darkness? Is there any other kind? in the mirror and orbs of light in the room.
Joseph woke up covered in red scratchmarks in the middle of the night last week and both flatmates have had sleepless nights which they blame on the antique. Since the walnut mirror was painted metallic silver by Sotiris two months ago, the flatmates began to suffer intense nightmares and their problems escalated.
Well there’s nothing pisses of a creature of the dark side than being stuck in an object owned by somebody with crap taste.
‘I don’t think it the mirror likes it since I painted it silver. I took it to an antique dealer who said it was worth £100 once but with the paint job it is not worth a fiver. We’re going for the £100 starting price because we believer someone who has an interest in the paranormal would be willing to pay more.’
But if the pain job is the bad news, the worse news is the mirror only has a few scratches and is not broken. So it’s not genuine then, as anyone who ever watched horror films knows, haunted mirrors shatter as soon as they are put on Ebay. It’s traditional.
being a true sceptic I neither believe of disbelieve anything so I don’t dismiss the possibility that the mirror is host to some malign presence. In this case however, I feel it is not the antique that is haunted but the two dickheads who destroyed it’s value by giving it a coat of Hammerite. Such idiocy would haunt many people for months.
It seems then that the paranormal incidents they attribute to the mirror might be more to do with attracting bids from people with more money than sense or who may have unterior motives.
This latter view was supported by a comment from one prospective buyer who wanted the mirror “as a gift for an ex”.