10 Signs A Demon Is Haunting Your House

Posted by on October 13, 2017 ⋰ 9 Comments
A demon-infested house, perhaps?

Ghosts might be one thing, but demons are something else entirely.

A demon is a fallen angel. A supernatural and malevolent entity that exists in many religions around the world, under different names. In the Bible, they’re described as angels who were hurled down to Earth along with Satan, whose sole purpose now is to revolt against “God’s plan” and his people.

In the New Testament, Jesus was said to have driven out many demons.

An illustration of the demon Buer
Image: The demon Buer, by Louis Breton, Dictionnaire Infernal

“What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?” – Matthew 8:29

Demons are mostly known to possess individuals, but there have also been many claims of demons infesting homes.

That is to say, there are stories of such events. As with most things of this nature, there are no concrete answers. Here are some of the reported causes for demonic infestation I’ve come across:

  • Dealing with the occult or practicing black magic
  • Using a Ouija board (read: Zozo). Some believe Ouija boards may “invite” negative entities into our world. This is the reason many warn against using them at all.
  • Summoning a demon. Yes, people attempt this sometimes, and it does what it says on the box, if stories are to be believed. Probably not something you should try at home.
  • Negative energy. Overwhelming stress, anger, and other negative human emotions may catch the attention of a demon and perhaps allow it an easy route into your life.

Those might be reasons why a demon would decide to bunk with you, but let’s take a look at some of the common symptoms of a demonic infestation. The things you should, perhaps, look out for.

The following are 10 signs a demon may be haunting your house:

1. Strange Noises

A lonely chair in an empty room
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They aren’t like the clanging chains and soft whispers in horror movies.

The sound of a demon is said to be guttural, a harsh growling unlike anything an ordinary animal would produce. This may occur in specific spots, such as closets or hallways. You may even hear strained words over your shoulder, asking you questions, or threatening you in some way.

Other sounds may occur, as well, including banging, or stomping, and scratching on walls.

2. Scared Animals

A dog sits in the leaves
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Many believe animals can see ghosts, your pets included. When a dog starts barking at empty air, he or she may have witnessed a passing spirit. But you also have those cases when the animal is afraid – terrified, even – growling at an unseen force hidden from human eyes.

Your pet may begin acting aggressively for no apparent reason, and there are even some cases in which a pet has reportedly fallen ill during a demonic attack. In his book True Tales of the Ouija Board, Stephen Wagner relates one such incident, during which a group of girls were “playing” with a Ouija board. All was well, until they contacted a spirit that unexpectedly mentioned their dogs. When they asked the spirit what it meant, it simply replied, “You’ll see.”

Not long after, the girls heard their dogs screaming outside. They later found a mysterious burn mark on one of them.

3. Mysterious Shadows

A shadowy hand presses against a curtain
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The presence of “shadow people” may be a sign that a demon lurks nearby. In some cases, the shadows take humanoid forms, but they’ve also appeared as animals, or even simple amorphous blobs that don’t resemble anything at all.

One case of a potential demon involving a shadow person was reported by a Reddit user several months ago. While sleeping one night at her grandparents’ house, during a sleepover when she was very young, the witness was shocked awake, only to glimpse a dark silhouette in a chair on the other side of the room. It was awkwardly positioned, sideways, with its arms holding its legs up to its chest.

Having been taught a little about Christianity by her parents, at first she thought it could be Jesus, or some other positive entity. But just as she thought that name, the shadowy figure lurched up out of the chair – faster than anything humanly could – and approached her. The figure watched her, and then began doing something very odd, indeed: It started scratching at its own calves, tearing at its own flesh. If it even had any.

The witness tried to calm down, and eventually fell asleep, if that’s what it was. It was like time had warped in some way. She woke up the next morning, but not before she felt a strange breath upon her ear…

4. Demonic Nightmares

Hands and candles
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Dreams are interesting things. They can tell us a lot about who we are, and what our subconscious minds are really thinking. They can also, perhaps, act as windows into a world just beyond our own.

But that’s not always a world we want to enter.

Many have reported having strange and terrible dreams that accompany the unexplained activity in their homes during a haunting, particularly those involving demons. About a year ago, for example, another Reddit user posted his experience with what he believed was such a demon. It was in early October, and he’d just gone to sleep after a very tiring day.

That’s when he had what he described as “the worst dream [he] would ever experience in [his] life.” It involved something indiscernible but horrifying. It hovered over his bed, glaring down at him with a “disgusted look,” whispering something he couldn’t quite make out.

The dream ended with him waking up hours later, exhausted and sweating. He went out for a walk to clear his head. But when he returned, he found his door wide open – and that was only the beginning of his demonic experience. He’d go on to witness many of the signs on this list: the loud bangs, the shadows, and even two red eyes staring at him in the darkness.

5. Damage to Religious Symbols

A Bible sits on a desk
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Demons don’t take kindly to holy symbols. They may attempt to destroy crucifixes, Bibles, rosaries, or other religious artifacts. Anything that could act as a threat against their presence.

6. A Foul Stench

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One of the most common signs of a demon infestation is a terrible, putrid smell. The scent of decomposition, or rotting eggs (sulfur). The scent of death.

One idea I’ve come upon is that the sulfur smell is actually a reaction demons, or other negative entities, have to divinity. This smell occurs, some say, when the demon is upset, or when the area they are inhabiting has been blessed or cleansed.

7. A Case of Bad Luck

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Parasitic, or negative entities, may latch onto people, draining them of their energy. They’re said to cause all sorts of unexplained symptoms, including drained emotions, mood swings…and bad luck.

Accidents may occur frequently, but there may be more to this seeming pattern of bad luck than meets the eye. A demonic attachment may be at fault.

8. “Friendly” Visitations

A shadow stands under a street lamp
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Demons are deceptive.

One of the main reasons people warn others against the use of a Ouija board is that oftentimes, they believe, any spirits that appear “friendly,” or are claiming to be deceased family members, are very likely demons lying to you. They’re telling you what you want to hear, making it easier to take control.

This can be seen in reports of the demon Zozo, a fiend that seemingly enjoys pretending to be familiar spirits contacting users of the Ouija board. But sooner or later, the Ouija Demon reveals itself as the malevolent force it is, causing havoc in the lives of anyone who dares test it.

9. Physical and Psychological Disturbances

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Have you ever been scratched by an otherworldly force? A spiritual attack is said to occur when the victim experiences scratches, bite marks, and other wounds without any ordinary explanation. They may happen anywhere on the body, or even on objects around the house – tiny, mysterious scratches that seem to defy all rationality.

In the case of a demon, like the aforementioned knocking, three scratch or claw marks are said to serve as a mockery of the Holy Trinity. But scratches aren’t the only sign of a demon: A person may feel odd sensations, like he or she is being watched. Feelings of unease, or even outright nausea and other forms of illness, have also been reported. The goal, it would seem, is to wear a person down to make possession easier.

10. Demonic Possession

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Demonic possession is a topic in and of itself, but don’t worry: We’ll get to it very, very soon. Suffice it to say, a demon’s presence in a home, or attachment to an object, may very well be a precursor to the full-on possession of a human. That may in fact be the entire purpose, what the demon wanted from the very beginning.

A vessel.

In the famous (or infamous) story of Annabelle, when Ed and Lorraine Warren first visited the two women and their curious Raggedy Ann doll, they say they knew immediately what they were dealing with: a demonic attachment.

The demon was only pretending to be the spirit of a young girl attached to the doll, but in reality it was attempting to be welcomed and accepted into their lives, after which it planned to possess one of them. The Warrens refer to this process as “Invitation, Obsession, Infestation, Oppression, and Possession.”

But as I said, that’s a story for another time.

Have you ever experienced any of these demonic signs? Do you believe demons may sometimes worm their ways into your lives, and even into your homes? Share your stories below…

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Post by Rob Schwarz

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.


9 Replies to “10 Signs A Demon Is Haunting Your House”

  1. I think that my room may be haunted by a demon, almost every time I walk in there my stomach drops from fear, my room is often colder than the rest of the house( I’ve checked the windows there’s no draft), there is one spot in my room that is often dark even with direct sunlight on it( that same spot is usually cold and my cat always meows at it).
    I believed that it was just a normal ghost getting in through my old mirror( my grandma gave it to me I believe it was her mother’s) so I drew a cross out of frakencence on it, this resulted in a rotting smell. I think it manifested because of stress I don’t hear noises but I often have awful nightmares and usually wake up around 3, do you think it’s a demon if not what type of ghost if it even is one and what can I do to stop it?

    1. Burn sage, spread sea salt, immerse yourself into things that bring you peace, joy and happiness…it will keep your spirits up and a positive attitude. If at all possible, move out of that room. Look into new age shops in your area and inquire about healing circles. Listening to soft positive music will also help (nature sounds and Enya are my go to music). Well wishes that everything works out for you.

  2. I had a terrifying experience, last night after hearing the word “Satan” my phone buzzed and I received 66+6 notifications then I smelt (still am) maggots and death. I shortly ran to the bathroom, only to hear laughing and a strange rumbling/ growling from my stomach. I ran out of the room, went downstairs to tell my friend, only to lose consciousness and woke up in my friends room. Please help me Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.

    1. I am the servant of YAH the Father of whom you call J.C. but that is not his real name for it has been christianized. But that is another story. If you are at war against demons or satanic people whom are living near you. They do have certain power concerning your house or apartment IF you do not have the set apart spirit of the Almighty. But IF you do have the set apart spirit of the Almighty abiding with you and in you…. make certain of it by asking for forgivenessn of all your sins and then ask for that set apart spirit to abide in you. Some may call it holy ghost or holy spirit. THen once you have received this great peace and assurance you need knowledge and allot of it. Stay in the four books of the renewed testament, and believe that YAH will defend you. I war all the time against them because I know the commandments of YAH and abide therein according to the teachings of that great prophet in the renewed testimony. Then you will have to learn the real commandments and keep them strictly so they cannot harm you. Because HE did not take the law away as many teachers of falsehood pronounces but came to teach us how to keep it or fulfill it. Matt.5:17-18 If you love me keep my commandments as I have kept my Fathers commandments. Jn. 15:10 for it is your righteousness to obey….Deu.6:24-25 So now you can cast the demons away in the name of the Father “YAH” and tell them to not return again and they will have to obey you. Only believe! Then give the Father praise and all the glory because of His mercy to the children of light. He or she that endure unto the end shall be save. <May YAH bless and keep you always… remember. Matt. 10:41 & 2CH.. 20-20 I tell this to you so your love may be complete… Praise YAH. Shalom to you. My deepest hopes for your release from these demons. Stephen A. P.S. Some may take fasting in order to rid them. Much word much power, little word little power.

  3. Ive had the scratches. Ive had the sickness and Ive heard the voices, Ive had the outburst of anger the banging on the walls and two nights ago I seen what appeared to be the devil on the wall. It was a shadow but there was no way to cast it .. Two days before the shadow appeared I saw something in the dark watching me. Imma grown nan but i slept with the light on..Im scared but dont know if its really happening. Jesus Christ is my Lord and Saviour but my daughter and mother live her as well.. who do I go to for help that wont laugh??

  4. The only thing i have experienced in my house was a poltergeist. That can tell you that a spirit is trying to talk to you or give you a sign that it’s there. I asked one spirit if his name was Zozo. A male voice came through and said: No. That’s when i knew the spirit was lying to me. i can not explain why this happened, but in some cases it is explainable.

  5. my friend has had most of these signs. he hears banging noises, smells rotten odors, his dog will get up and leave his room at night, he has seen shadow figures, a crucifix i gave him was knocked to the floor one night and broken in two, nightmares, etc. he has since turned to christ and the bible. the visitations have lessened but do continue.

  6. Funny how often this site references the tales spun on Reddit, which ends up just being as many horror tropes as you can find in any extensive collection — and usually skewed from a Christian perspective, just as I’d expect from anything that’s written in the west and in dealing with demons. Particularly, anything you see that refers to Goetia or magic most certainly traces back to Judeo-Christian-influenced occultism… because authors like Aleister Crowley, S.L. MacGregor Mathers, A.E. Waite, Eliphas Levi and the like were involved in such occultism.

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