Ewan McGregor’s story about living in a haunted house could turn you into a believer

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Doctor Sleep is out this week I’m so excited! I read the book about four years ago, and I remember the exact time because I had been sober a few months and made a life decision based on that book. Stephen King, who is open about being in AA, made his lead, Danny Torrence (remember him?), a former alcoholic who got sober and found fellowship in AA. That encouraged me to start going to meetings. Danny is of course the young boy in The Shining, and in Doctor Sleep he’s all grown up, he still has a form of clairvoyance, and he’s again tasked with fighting evil forces. Ewan McGregor is the lead and he was on Conan’s show to promote it. He told this story about living in a possibly haunted house which I could relate to. Here’s what he said about it and you can see the video below.

I still don’t know what my feelings are about it because I think it’s easy to be skeptical about such things. I had an incident happen when I was at drama school. It was my 20th birthday. I was living in a house in the northeast side of London with four or five other drama students. It was a three story very old house. At the top of the house was just one room which was mine. Then a dark hallway [without windows]. It was Easter and everyone had gone home except me and it was my birthday. I went into someone’s room and I borrowed their video recorder and I watched Blue Velvet which I had never seen before. I was running a bath and I had a robe on. I was leaning against the door of my bedroom and I had a terrible pain on my back suddenly. I ripped off my robe and it had a huge black burn mark on it. I suddenly thought the house was on fire. I ran all around the house, nothing. I thought that was very odd, I went to see my uncle overnight.

I [told my roommate] Jeremy this story and he went ashen. He told me the story that there had been an old reclusive man that lived in his flat downstairs. He got very weak and fainted in his kitchen when he was boiling the pot on his stove. It set fire to his kitchen and he died, but he’d been burnt on his back. I’d been burnt on my back and I didn’t believe him. He phoned the landlady and she told the story. There’s no logical reason I had this burn mark on my back.

We were walking back to his room. I said “look at the dust in here, it’s as dusty as when Mr. Goldberg used to live here.” At that point the ceiling of the lounge fell on top of our heads. The whole plaster of the ceiling fell in. I feel like that was unexplained.

Holy crap I got goosebumps from that. Ewan said he left the house two weeks after that! I’m like that about ghosts and the supernatural. You may know this about me if you listen to our podcast, specifically episodes 16 and our Halloween episode, 34. I’ve had some very creepy unexplainable stuff happen (my mom confirmed one on episode 16 and I had never talked to her about it before!) but I am still a skeptic. Like why are all the reports about these things subjective and first person? They still scare me! That’s part of the reason I love Halloween and scary movies, I like to think that these things might be true, but I try to compartmentalize that and be reasonable about it so it doesn’t seem entirely real.

Here’s that interview!

Also Ewan is looking fione. Like bite your lip fine.



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  1. The Recluse says:

    Cue all the wonderful ghost stories.

    • susiecue says:

      Yes! Bookmarking this page!

      And I’ll cosign that Ewan is fine. Had a crush on him since Moulin Rouge. I can’t wait for Doctor Sleep; I just finished the book!

    • Frisbee says:

      My fav type of CB post (and corresponding comment section) – equal first with the celeb-diet ones. 🙂

  2. Megan says:

    I used to live in a house that had a nuisance ghost that closed doors, turned lights on and off, and, on a few occasions, lit candles. We could always tell when it was around because our cat would puff up and hiss.

    • ME says:

      Imagine explaining that to your house insurance company. “Ummm yeah the Ghost lit that candle, it fell, the house caught on fire…I swear it’s true”. LOL.

  3. Juls says:

    I have seen a few ghosts over the years and never felt frightened by them. They were just “there” and chose to show themselves to me. I think you have to be open to it. The only frightening thing that happened was when ‘something’ stomped around my bedroom and then yanked the covers. I know I didn’t imagine it because my husband heard and felt it too. He was too scared to get up to turn the light on LoL. I’m more afraid of aliens because they are capable of being harmful whereas ghosts aren’t, but I’ll save my possible-alien-encounter story for another time. Yes, I may just be crazy.

    • Seraphina B says:

      Now I’m dying to hear your alien story! Please share!!

      • Juls says:

        Okay, I woke up early one morning, about 14 years ago, to find 5-6 small figures, aliens, standing around my bed, staring at me. I tried to scream but couldn’t. I fought wildly to move my limbs, but it was like I was pinned to the bed. Sleep paralysis maybe? If it was, it was the one and only time I’ve ever had sleep paralysis in my 37 years of life. Then I woke up again and they were gone. I swore it was a dream, but the most realistic dream I’ve ever had in my life. It was so real that I jumped out of bed, turned on all the lights and jumped back into bed, shaking with fear. I chalked it up to just a wild dream. But I went online years later, exploring alien encounters, and many people describe the same thing happening to them but they remember more, like being taken. It was probably just a dream, but it was wild. I still get chills just thinking about it.

    • Frisbee says:

      Fran Drescher has an alien-encounter story too.

    • BeanieBean says:

      Mm, well, a ghost tried to kill me one night. I was staying in an historic hotel. I was asleep. Then in the middle of the night, I was being choked & I gasped myself awake, sat up straight & looked around the room, expecting to see what/who was choking me. I didn’t see anything, but that completely freaked me out. Never believed in ghosts before, now I do.

  4. ME says:

    I don’t know. I’ve had some weird experiences that I’ve shared here before but am still skeptical. Everyone has phones in their hands almost 24/7 now a days yet NOTHING recorded of actual crazy sh*t? Most videos are distorted, blurry, and fake.

    • Jellybean says:

      I believe 100% in a human brain’s ability to create a very convincing ghost. I also had a huge respect for the work of illusionists and the way they deflect and use the power of suggestion. I don’t ‘believe’ in ghosts, but if anyone was prepared to offer up their evidence to scientific scrutiny then I would be happy to be proved wrong.

  5. Carol says:

    I love ghost stories and scary movies! I think mainly because I want to believe in the supernatural but I’m still a skeptic. However, what I found more horrifying in ewan’s story was the awful condition of that flat! Dusty, ceiling falling etc. That landlord needs a talking to.

    • ME says:

      There are A LOT of olddddd ass houses in England. It’s rare to even see a house that’s new.

      • Lady Baden-Baden says:

        Ha – what?! Yes – there are a lot of old ass houses here, particularly compared to the US. But it’s definitely not “rare” to see new ones

      • ME says:

        @ Lady Baden-Baden

        I’ve been to the U.K. many times and even lived there. In Canada/America you will see many new homes being built all the time. Even whole neighborhoods of just all newly built homes. I have never seen any new homes being built or recently built in the U.K. Where is this? U.K. is tight on land and space. Where are they building new homes…unless demolishing old ones first to make room ? What is “new” to you? New to me means just built within the year.

      • Flffgrrrlr says:

        There are loads, honestly. I live in London. There is constantly building work going on. I live in a new block (10 years) but within the last year there have been plenty of new blocks nearby. It’s like that in any big city. If you mean entirely new developments – what we’d call housing estates – you probably need to go to suburbia. There are new estates being built in plenty of places I’ve visited recently – the West Midlands, near St Andrews, near Southampton. Where have you lived in the U.K. never to see development? It’s just not correct that we don’t have new houses. But true that many places (those bits that weren’t completely flattened during the war anyway, and a lot of places were completely destroyed) have some old buildings.

      • ME says:

        @ Flffgrrrlr

        I mostly visit West Midlands when I go. Maybe I just never paid enough attention but compared to Canada/America where new construction is a constant, I just didn’t really see any new homes being built. Mind you, I don’t venture out much passed Birmingham or Wolves. Very congested, older homes, never really see any new homes whenever I visit…lol I don’t know where they’d find space other than out in the countryside. I do see a lot of homes being renovated…look old on the outside but completely new and modern on the inside.

  6. lucy2 says:

    The ceiling falling in, eh, that can happen whenever, especially if there was a bunch of them walking around in there, but the burn thing is really odd.

    I have to go back and finish reading the scary stories on Jezebel – the crawling man one! So creepy.

  7. Nia says:

    About six months after my dad died, I was standing at the sink in my parents’ condo with my mom right next to me. It was a small galley kitchen. I felt someone trying to squeeze by me. I turned my head to the hallway and saw a large conish shape of black dots moving down the hall towards their bedroom. I turned to my mom(I did not say anything) and she said it was Dad. He sits by her bed at night. My mom had Parkinson’s so not sure if I believed her or really what I saw. Maybe it was a dual hallucination, not sure. It was also daylight. I pray it was not something evil. Well, when my mom passed four years later she did have a smile on her face and supposedly according to the day nurse she would hear my mom giggling two weeks before she passed. My mom told her it was her husband visiting (they laughed a lot). I had a lot weird stuff but this bothers me the most.

    • Some chick says:

      It’s not anything evil. It’s weird, but it’s real.

      When people pass it is a whole entire process, and part of it is that they can come and visit you. It’s not easy for them, tho. (They have told me this.)

      So, if you see them, it is because they really love you. They have made the effort to break on through from the other side. That’s huge. It’s real (it’s so real) and it is a total act of love.

      • ME says:

        I don’t think you should be saying that it’s “an act of love”. There are many people who have lost loved ones and have never “seen” them again. That doesn’t mean the departed person didn’t love them. Come on now.

  8. Kate says:

    My mom has a bunch of “ghost stories” (she calls the presence a guardian angel). I’ll share my favorite:
    Mom is a high schoolteacher, teaching in a very rough district. She has certificates is both math and science, and basically taught a different subject each period (so had to prep all those subjects too!). She wants desperately to move to a school closer to our home, but the district in our area is one of the best in the state. This is before the internet, so they post the jobs at the school for only a week, and you either have to call to ask any postings or have a friend who works there to apply.
    She has a really bad day. Migraine. Take a sick day, and gets home about lunch. She lays down in bed, and a short time later feels my dad lay down next to her, but doesn’t open her eyes. About an hour later, she gets up, sees dad has gone back to work, and notices the answering machine is blinking, but not making the audible “I have a message” sound. She plays the message and it is completely garbled except for “{nice district} city schools”. Thinking maybe one of her children had an issue, she immediately calls the school. Speaking to the receptionist, she is told no one called and the kids are ok. Befuddled, my mom starts to hang up, but before she does, inquires if there are any open math or science teaching positions. “As luck would have it,” the receptionist replied “we posted both a math and chemistry position about an hour ago!”. Mom got the chemistry job (her preferance!)! And my dad never came home that day, Mom believes it was her “angel” laying with her.

  9. Bananas says:

    My mother was terminally ill earlier this year. I live in another state and flew over to her immediately, but didn’t get a chance to see her before she passed away. After the funeral, I finally got home to find my tv turned on an blaring. No one went in the house while I was away. I don’t even use the tv when I’m home. I’m normally very skeptic but I think she may have tried to visit me before she departed, while I was en route.

    • Tulip says:

      Hugs to you and to any poster who went through a big loss. Skeptic or not I hope everyone gets the comfort they need.

  10. Nightsky says:

    The part about the ceiling giving way and plaster falling on their heads gave me a real chill. Just a couple weeks ago there was a post here about The Conjuring and Vera Famingo’s scary experiences while filming that movie. And I had related a story about my own experiences in a former TB hospital where, amongst other scary things over a two day period, the plaster from the ceiling crumbled and fell on top of me as I slept. Only the portion of ceiling directly above my single bed fell down. I definitely felt that something, someone? was very much trying to get my attention. And it worked. I could not get out of there faster after that.

  11. PixiePaperdoll says:


  12. Meg says:

    Lol foine
    He is though, I hate to say it after he left his wife and mother of his kids for a costar but he looks so yummy with that beard