"I woke up one morning and there was a figure in the room, she was very scary, she had a screaming face, very accusatory, she was a lady about 50 years old," Peter Jackson said.
What a fun, evocative way to describe the visage seen… the woman with the screaming face. Though unnerving full apparitions are rare and the sharing of an experience of one is rarer.
I enjoyed hearing about Jackson’s haunting. It’s hard at times to share these experiences. With the public stigmatism presuming those that share these experience to be nuts. The difficulty in collecting empirical data. The unreliability in human senses and memory recall and the denial of the experience after it happens all lend to making sharing them hard. All that aside many people have these experiences.
This reminded me of when Ghost Hunters International was investigating the St James Theatre. Unfortunately they did not get footage of the woman with the screaming face.
"I woke up one morning and there was a figure in the room, she was very scary, she had a screaming face, very accusatory, she was a lady about 50 years old," Jackson said.
"It was terrifying actually, a very scary image and she was at the end of the bed and she glided across the room and disappeared into the wall.
"I sat in bed and thought, have I really seen that?" said Jackson.
"Then Fran came in. I told her about it and the first thing she said was: 'was it the woman with the screaming face?"' he said.
"Fran had seen the same woman in the same room about two years before."
Jackson said that when the St James Theatre was being restored a few years ago, people talked about the legend of the woman who committed suicide after being booed off the stage after a bad show in vaudeville days.
"They say she manifests herself in the theatre with a screaming face. Sometimes she's seen - the same ghost. She needs to learn to smile a little."