Friday the 13th: Real life ghost stories

If creaky old furniture and the corpse of Lady Chastity wasn’t eerie enough, all of our escape rooms are hidden in the depths of historical pubs across London and Brighton, rumoured to be haunted.  

Whether you’re a true believer in Friday the 13th and hiding out at home in bubble wrap, or think it’s a load of bollocks and running with scissors to prove a point; we have some ghostly tales and real-life experiences for you from those who have stayed up too late in the lair of Chastity.

When our Brighton host, Gabriel, got the willies

It was a cold, dark, and very damp evening in her lady's chambers...

I had been going about my duties, straightening her pictures, rummaging in her bookshelf, and slipping my key firmly inside of her padlock. When all of a sudden, I felt a deep and terrifying chill run up my spine.

I was on my knees, facing into the cabinet and I felt every hair on my body stand on end. I began to tingle as I, not only felt, but knew beyond any reasonable doubt that I was being watched. Not by her ladyship, but by someone else behind me.

I took a deep breath, told myself it was just my imagination, then continued to push the key deeper into the hole.

“Excuse me!” Said a voice from right behind me.

Needless to say I almost filled my stockings. Terrified, I turned around to see… one of the blimmin' pub chefs!

Silly old me had forgotten that I had ordered some chips.

Potatoes and chef's whites still give me the shivers to this very day.

When the puppeteer became the puppet

Chief creator at Handmade Mysteries, Ben Tucker, has many tales but this one marked the beginning of his love-hate relationship with Lady Chastity…

The first Lady Chastity was lovingly created with meticulous detail. Her corpse sat proudly in the corner of my London flat, complete with burnt dress and scabbed tendons. Meanwhile I began working on her maniacal voice, which required some method acting, she was a lady of many vices.

The combination of taking on this character, working a fairly complex recording and playback system and the imbibed flurry of good stuff took its toll.

The glowing screen surfed the sound wave as her voice echoed through the inside of my skull. I would often have severe moments of doubt in these days.

What the hell was I doing starting a business based on a game featuring a wardrobe with a dead drunk countess inside?

I took a break from the screen as the playback continued.

With another sip of red, my slightly bleary eyes caught her cold dead eyes. It was then that she spoke to me.

"You're on the right track.... idiot."

Needless to say I shut my laptop and went straight to bed after that. Fortunately she was right.

Get your own willies from Lady Chastity

Lady Chastity can be a tricky little beast and a deceptive little minx, but if you like a good scare, she will keep you on your toes. She will slam some doors; mess with the electrics and fuck with your minds. And, just when you think you've seen everything, the lights will start to flicker, smoke will engulf the room, you'll hear a manic laugh and really start to doubt your choices leading up to this particular point in your life.

The best bit is that whatever you experience; you will never know what was part of the game or courtesy of the ghost of Lady Chastity and her friends that reside at our pub venues.

Of course, there is also a chance you’ll hear the most haunting howl of them all, someone in the toilets next door desperately calling for toilet paper.

It’s your call. Will you dare to play?