The Haunted Clock


It started last Friday night.  The girls were in bed.  It was late.  Mr. B and I were chatting in the kitchen, when we heard the bong of a clock, coming from the living room.  We have an old clock.  It once belonged to Mr. B's great-great-grandmother.  His dad sent it home with us a couple of years ago.  Most of the time, it sat on the fireplace blower in the family room.  It hadn't worked in years.  We'd thought about taking it somewhere to see if it could be fixed.


The hands are holding on by a pin.

Over Christmas, the clock was packed away.  When I unpacked it, I leaned it against the piano in the living room...  and forgot about it.

When we heard the Bong!, Mr. B and I rushed to the living room.  Looking down, we saw our Siamese cat, Katie, looking up at us in an agitated way.  "Oh, she must have hit it with her tail!" we thought.  It freaked her out.

The next day, I heard the clock again.  "Someone bump it?" I asked the husband.  He had a strange look on his face.  "No.  The pendulum is swinging."



Weird...

That night, I was checking on the girls in the bathtub.  Suddenly, we heard a loud ringing, like an alarm clock.  Only we no longer have an old-fashioned alarm clock.  I followed the sound of the ringing.  Sometime during the day, the husband had moved the clock to behind a chair.  The ringing was coming from the clock.  The pendulum was still swinging.  The key that winds the timer(?) had rung as it unwound...



I set the clock.  I hung it on the wall.


We have had to set the pendulum in motion once or twice, but
it works.  And no one did a thing...



The clock reminds me of the clock from the first Nancy Drew book, The Secret of the Old Clock.  At least, it reminds me of the one on the 1960s revision cover.  There are three covers that I am aware of:  the original blue edition from the 1930s, the late 1950s edition (which I have), and the most current (and most common) edition, reprinted in the mid-1960s.


I didn't find anything hidden in the clock.  I couldn't even find a clockmaker's name.  

But it's still mysterious...  And on the hour, it's LOUD!


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  1. Oooh, deliciously creepy! And love the Nancy Drews!

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    1. It's definitely weird. It freaked Little Sis out for a day. The cats seem to be getting used to the bonging on the hour (and half hour).

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  2. THAT'S WEIRD, YO!!!! and cool. Pretty clock! But if you really get haunted, for heaven's sake don't stand around debating whether or not if you should leave, just go! ha ha. love that piece of stupid in movies.

    I read that Nancy Drew! that may have been the only one I read :)

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    1. I'm going to have more Nancy Drew goodness on Monday (ONDM). I read quite a few of the old hardcovers, but I'd be lying if I said I remembered ANY of them clearly. Yet there's another Nancy Drew series - I may not remember the titles, but for the first 10 or 12 books, I can tell you the basic plot line for each! I loved Nancy as a kid.

      And yes, if real hauntings were to ever start - truly scary ones - I'd be out the door so fast! I'm a little too pragmatic to believe it's a truly haunted clock... I figure it was stuck and got jostled enough, it finally unstuck itself. I like the haunted clock story better, though.

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  3. This haunted clock story was so much fun to read today! What a beautiful clock. I loved your connection to the Nancy Drew Mystery too. So fun! :-)

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    1. Yay, it's nice to know I can be entertaining, especially on a sick day. It really does look like the clock on the newest cover of the book. :o)

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  4. what fun! and how great that you didn't have to do anything to fix it--it just wanted to be a working clock again! I love nancy drew so much. Can't wait till my girls are reading them!

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    1. My oldest has been eyeing them, but I had to tell her to wait. I started reading them when I was 9, and she's still a couple years away. My husband called his dad to tell him the clock started working on its own. His response? "Huh. That's neat." Apparently not everyone thinks it's so interesting.

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  5. How funny! I love the way it looks, though. I'd like to get my hands on some of the original Nancy Drew editions. Evidently the stories were revised and condensed in the 50s and 60s. Makes me wonder what I missed out on when I was reading them.

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    1. The original books were reprinted in replica editions about 10 years ago. We used to sell them. I'm not certain they are still in print. I want to say they were put out by a company called Applewood.

      I saw a few of the originals at one of the antique stores recently. It may have been Paramount West, but I think it was A Legacy downtown. They weren't in very good condition, but were still priced rather high.

      The originals had dust jackets. These were done away with in 1962. (My copy is from around that time - it's the slightly older cover, but the picture is printed directly on the book.)

      There's a great website called nancydrewsleuth.com. If you click here, you can read about the revisions by someone who knows much better than I do! http://www.nancydrewsleuth.com/revisinganoriginal.pdf

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  6. Oh, how fun! I've always wanted a beautiful old clock like that. Perhaps being with a young family again has brought it back to life?

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    1. It is nice to think. I was joking that maybe January 18th was some significant anniversary in its past. My little niece is here today. She stared at it the first time she heard it, pointed, and said, "Oooooo." I'm pretty sure that meant it was pretty, not spooky. ;o)

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