Experiences in the Mazehouse

The most common experiences reported in the house, and passed down anecdotally from previous generations, are of a presence felt, either in the house at large, or more specifically in the immediate vicinity of the subject. The presence is not always described as being unpleasant or hostile, although this is often the case. Sometimes it is described as being simply the sense of there being someone else in the room/house/area, but some people have reported actually feeling a touch or the physical presence of another person who they cannot see. The other common experience in the house seems to be some kind of loss of memory or pseudo-fugue states that may even amount to personality changes or behavioural oddities. In most cases these experiences are quite minor – acting or speaking in a kind of daydream so that the subject may not be aware of or remember what they have done or said, or extremes of déjà vu and jamais vu – but they can also be extremely disquieting. There are reports of strange behaviour related to the house – of people’s characters changing significantly often becoming more violent or confrontational as a result. Virtually anyone who has stayed at the house for any length of time has reported a period of either insomnia or of concurrent nightmares. While there may be reasonable explanations for all of these phenomena – air currents, electromagnetic fields, temporal lobe epilepsy, personality disorders, family arguments and so on – the numbers of experiences and people who have had them militates against such a reductionist hypothesis.

Background to the investigation

The Mazehouse has its origins in the paranormal investigations previously carried out by Steven Millington. When a couple of friends found out about his interests they told him the stories of another friend’s house in which they had both had strange experiences. One described, having sat down after lunch with a book, finding himself suddenly standing in the kitchen with really no idea how or why he had ended up there. The other told how she had, on a couple of occasions had conversations, one with several people present, recounted to her that she had absolutely no memory of and a number of times had dreams while in the house that she could not remember beyond the fact that they were absolutely terrifying. Apparently the friends who owned the house had plenty of stories about it – the usual presences felt, sounds heard, movements of air and light and temperature. One story that had stuck in both their minds was one of their friends saying how he had, a couple of times, got ‘lost’ in the house – a house he had grown up in – an experience that he had described as the most terrifying imaginable. What intrigued Steven Millington was that he had never heard stories like this before – while The Mazehouse had a lot of the traditional signs of a haunting, these stories were unique and his interest was peaked. When he discovered that the owners were going to be leaving the house unoccupied for at least a year, Steven jumped at the chance of carrying a long-term study of the house. The investigation officially began in March 2001, and was intended to run until the end of November. Up till now the project has consisted of gathering EMF data from monitors around the house along with Steven’s regular visits to collect video, audio and personal impressions. With the involvement of the SciFi channel, the number of EMF monitors has been increased to cover the entire house and the intention is to feed this data, along with some fixed cameras, out to a website in due course. Steven is currently staying permanently in the house where a full time team will join him for the last week of October. So far he says he hasn’t experienced anything particularly odd in the house but admits that it is, in his words, ‘somewhat creepy’.