Paranormal seduction: Lurid encounters with spirits

*Update 5/24/2014 – This article was written in 2009.  Since then, I’ve gathered some new information about the topic of sexual encounters with spirits, and just published a 2 hour podcast devoted to the topic.  If you have interest in this topic, we explore it in depth at the following link:*

Stories about haunted houses and poltergeists are fairly common.  Nearly everyone knows of a person who has had a paranormal experience or a ghostly encounter.

But what do you do when the things that go bump in the night have a little more on their mind than flickering lights and footsteps in the hall?  For some people, it seems that their spectral visitors have an appetite for the sins of the flesh.

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Henry Fuseli An Incubus Leaving Two Sleeping Women (Der Alp verlasst das Lager sweir shlafender Frauen) 1810 © 2006 Kunsthaus, Zürich.

There is a long history of ghostly sexual encounters.  Stories of the Incubi and Succubi are familiar in many parts of the world. According to Websters Dictionary:  INCUBUS – A spirit or demon thought in medieval times to lie on sleeping persons, especially women, with whom it sought sexual  intercourse.  SUCCUBUS – In folklore, a female demon thought to have sexual intercourse with sleeping men.

Many theorize that nightly demonic encounters were used in the past to explain nocturnal emissions, or wet dreams.  But what if the explanation isn’t so simple?  And what about the people who claim to have had this experience….and enjoyed it?

Not everyone who claims to have had a sexual encounter with a spirit believes that the entity is demonic.  Some feel that these are simply passionate and amorous ghosts.  They often describe the encounters as starting gradually over a period of several nights, or even weeks.  For a few,  it continues throughout their lives!

It seems to start with tingling sensations in the feet and legs.  This sensation progresses differently for each case, but eventually the incidents culminate in what feels like a complete sexual experience.  Frightened at first, many claim to have become comfortable with the situation.  Some encourage its return.   Here are a few examples of people who claim to have had such experiences:

Every night when I lay down to sleep I can feel an invisible presence with me, touching me, sometimes it feels like electricity and this ghost or whatever it is, is making love to me. (taking things slow online dating)

What I am about to divulge has never been told to a single person. It was not until I discovered this forum that I thought this might be the place to get some answers. (Read more…)

My story goes back 10 years. It all started with sensual feelings when I would just sit on my couch watching TV or reading a book. I would feel an arm around me, warmth and comfort. This went on for quite some time. It would be followed by noises in my bedroom next door, but somehow it never scared me. I was used to strange things happening in our house.  (Read more…)

It was a warm summer day in July 2007 it first started. I was watching tv, when I felt something bump into my bed. I looked around and didn’t see anything. So I didn’t think any more about it. I was getting ready for bed, pulling the sheet down and got in bed. There was no moon that night, so it was pitch black in my bedroom.  (Read more…)

A very detailed account comes from paranormal researcher Greg Ashford. He claims to have had various experiences with ghosts that have seduced him.  He also speaks of ghost investigators that actually try to seek this out.  His full story can be found here:  Haunted America Tours

There are many forums online dedicated to such encounters.  One such forum can be found is  Paranormal Phenomena. People who have been touched or tormented by these night time visitors can meet in these forums and ask questions, share their stories, and find others who’ve had similar experiences.

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One of the most enduring stories of true paranormal encounters of a sexual nature is not quite so titillating.  In fact, it is downright scary.  This is the famous tale of  The Entity.

Doris Bither was shopping at a bookstore when she overheard a couple of men talking about the paranormal and hauntings.  She approached the two men and told them that her house was haunted.  It turns out that these men were paranormal researcher Dr. Barry Taff and his associate Kerry Gaynor.  On August 22, 1974, the two men arrived at Doris’ home.  As she described her experience in detail, the researchers learned that her attacks ranged from bumping into unseen forces, to being slapped by an invisible hand…and in the most bizarre scenario, spectral rape.

The men were very skeptical at first.  However, after seeing the bruises on her legs and inner thighs, and finding out that her children had seen these things happen (One of the kids even named one of the most prominent ghosts “Mr. Whose-it”) they began to take her more seriously.  They proceeded to do a full investigation.

Doris commanded the ghosts to appear.  She began to swear and curse the ghosts, which caused small points of light or “orbs” to begin forming all over the small room where Doris, the investigators, and their crew were all standing.  Thirty people witnessed these events.  A  green mist began to appear in the room.  The mist slowly began to take shape, and eventually started to resemble a male torso.  One of the researchers fainted.  Dr. Taff recounts the full story in complete detail at in a report titled, The Real-Life Entity Case.


This amazing story was eventually turned into a book (which is now out of print but can be purchased used here: The Entity ).  Then, a feature film starring Barbara Hershey and the late Ron Silver was released, re igniting interest in this strange phenomena.  The film, The Entity , takes some liberties with the story, but shows in graphic detail what the family went through during this ordeal.  In a strange side note, Doris took her family away from the house after the investigation ended.  She moved several times, and claimed that the spirit followed her to every location.

Original Trailer for The Entity

Strange as it sounds, these encounters continue to be reported.  It is impossible to know the exact cause.  Some say it could be a result of sleep paralysis, which causes people to panic and hallucinate.  Others say that it is just vivid or lucid dreaming.  But for those who have lived with the experience themselves, it is very real.

Whether paranormal sexual encounters are a product of the imagination, demonic, or merely frisky spirits, it is likely that people will continue to report that someone…or something comes to them in the night, and that presence isn’t simply looking to scare.