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The Lurking Shadow People

“This scares me and I don’t know what it is. I have been seeing them since I was a little girl. Always outta the corner of my eye a tall black shadow. I always feel like something or someone is by me. Last night I went down to my bedroom. There it was. Standing next to my dresser. I ran upstairs crying to my mom. She went down and looked saying it was only ’cause I was overtired. But I KNOW what I saw. It was so scary. I don’t know what it is. I need all the help I can get!” – Jessica’s cry for help, 10, January 2010.

Tales of walking Shadows come from across the world. Some of these Shadow People wander through the periphery of our lives; others stay for years. People can rarely make out features of these darker-than-night, human shaped entities other than an occasional set of blazing red eyes. Shadow People often appear dressed as a Medieval monk, wearing a fedora, or bald and sexless. These entities may simply trek through our bedroom at night never to be seen again, while others may lurk in doorways, just watching, day after day. Still others attack with energy-draining fear.

What are they?

I’ve studied the Shadow People phenomena for the past decade, and have come to the conclusion the term “Shadow People” is a catchall for entities that exhibit certain characteristics – but their origins can be wildly different. Through research and personal experience, I’ve categorized these creatures by behavior.

Benign Shadows: Shadow People that seem to travel briefly through a person’s life. I saw these entities as a child. They appeared to walk with purpose through my room, never acknowledging me, and never straying from their path. I never felt an unholy fear, just the fear of watching a dark human-shaped trespasser walk past my bed.

Negative Shadows: Although these Shadow People tend to simply lurk, they are associated with a feeling of unnatural terror.

Red-Eyed Shadows: These entities are always negative, but stare at experiencers with blazing red eyes. Victims often say they feel this creature feed from their fear.

Hooded Shadows: Dressed as an ancient monk, people who encounter these Shadow People feel a deep rage bubbling behind the black cowl.

The Hat Man: This entity is the most curious. Dressed in a fedora, and sometimes appearing to wear an old-time business suit, the Hat Man appears to people in cultures across the planet.

Shadow People may be demonic entities, ghosts, inter-dimensional travelers, or other denizens of the dark realm we call the Unknown. Regardless of their label, Shadow People could very well be more than just one type of being. Brad Steiger, author of “Shadow World,” has studied the paranormal for more than 50 years and agrees – there are many possible explanations for Shadow People. “I would say that experiencers are seeing all of the above and giving them/it the name of Shadow People.”

Whatever these entities are, they’re shocking to those who see them.

A gray sheet of clouds stretched across the sky as 12-year-old Doug ran to the corner store. “It was overcast but not raining, and in the middle of the afternoon,” Doug said. The day was shadowless, and decades later he still doesn’t know what he saw on his way home from the store, arms laden with food. At first, he thought it was a friend. “As I approached the corner to turn onto my street, I saw something black sticking beyond the bushes in the front of my house,” Doug said. “I yelled, ‘Andre,’ and started running toward my driveway where the bushes are.”

The dark figure wasn’t his friend Andre. A black, man-shaped Shadow grew from behind the bushes in this quiet afternoon and began running toward Doug’s house. “After a few steps I saw the Shadow running down my driveway toward the back yard,” he said. “I ran up the driveway to the gate that leads to my back yard. I couldn’t believe my eyes.”

Doug stood at the gate as the black Shadow in the shape of a man ran across his yard and disappeared through a fence. “I was shocked,” he said. “I couldn’t stop thinking about it. This thing; what could it be? Why was it black when most stereotypical stories said that ghosts were white? Could this be demonic? Could it be like me, just a person?”

What did Doug see? A ghost? A demon? A dimensional traveler? Or was it all in his mind?

Science

“I’ve been visited by what I presume to be the same Shadow three times in my life, and the memories have haunted me ever since. When I was six, I saw it at my dad’s new house, towering over my bed. I couldn’t move, and I don’t remember what happened next. All I remember is trying to scream, but there was this horrible weight on my chest.” – Luke Purdy

Most of the Shadow People encounters I’ve collected over the years are readily explainable. The experiencer wakes to find a black, human figure standing in the doorway of their bedroom, or leaning over their bed, just watching. A tightness grips their chest like the weight of a person is upon them. They can’t breathe. Suddenly the choking eases, and the Shadow being is gone. This type of encounter is common, and psychology has a name for it – sleep paralysis.

April Haberyan, a psychology professor at Northwest Missouri State University, said most Shadow People encounters are probably the product of dreams. When people sleep and enter the REM phase, “it’s very common for them to see things,” Haberyan said. The fear, the paralysis, and the entities are normal. “There are hormones in REM sleep that paralyze the major muscle groups and it’s called paradoxical sleep,” she said. “(Although) this happens during REM, these people don’t stay asleep and the hormones are still in their bodies. It can last up to eight minutes and they feel pressure on their chest and can see people.” When the experiencer becomes fully awake, the Shadow Person encounter is over – all that’s left is the fear.

Other Shadow People encounters – as well as those of ghosts/UFOs/Bigfoot for that matter – can be attributed to the same trick of light and shadow that allows us to see faces in clouds and carpets. These sightings can also be from electrical stimulation to certain parts of the brain, or drugs. Chemist Rick Toomey said anything that throws off the chemical balance of the brain causes all sorts of problems. “All sensation is in the nervous system and it’s all chemistry,” he said. “If every neurotransmitter is chemistry, you can wreak havoc with that.”

However, many encounter Shadow People in full consciousness and full daylight, removing the logical, scientific answers, and leaving something terrible.

The Religious World

“My best friend, when he was a boy he was laying on his bed with the lights on. A shadowy figure emerged from his closet and moved towards his bedside. The Shadow being reached out a finger and touched my buddy’s leg. He screamed and the figure vanished, and his folks were there in moments. My friend’s father noticed that the closet door was open, and his parents knew he NEVER slept without it closed. The black spot on his leg remained visible for several years, but the Shadow being never returned. To this day my friend has no idea what happened, but he does know one thing – it was real.” – Paul Sycros

Although most reported Shadow People encounters involve an entity simply appearing and disappearing, many aren’t that innocent. Negative Shadows, Red-Eyed Shadows, and Hooded Shadows, all bring a feeling of horror when they step into someone’s life. These creatures are known by different names, demons, jinn, dark shadows, sgili, but their nature is the same.

Bishop James Long, pastor of St. Christopher Old Catholic Church in Louisville, Kentucky, has studied demonology for years and knows Shadow People well – to him they are something evil. “Shadow People must be taken seriously and they can be quite dangerous,” he said. “When a human spirit tries to manifest itself, its form is black, or otherwise known as Shadow. It is energy trying to manifest itself so that it can appear to have the physical characteristics it had when living on earth.” These entities can move, communicate, and attack, drawing energy from their human victim. “Certainly Shadows that attack are demonic in nature and should be avoided at all times,” Long said. “I would strongly encourage anyone who witnesses a dark Shadow to be careful.”

Cody Lilly’s family has encountered this type of Shadow for years, a black, human-shaped figure, featureless except for a wide-brimmed hat. “We called him the Cowboy because he kind of looked like the Marlboro man,” Lilly said. The Cowboy stepped into Lilly’s life his sophomore year of high school in Clarinda, Iowa, and visited almost nightly for two years, pacing about his room, waiting for something. The entity, with fiery red eyes, never spoke, and never approached him, but Lilly knew why it was there – it hungered. “It was feeding,” Lilly said, convinced the Cowboy was absorbing energy from his terror. “The first time I saw it I was completely incapacitated by how scared I was of it.”

Lilly soon went to college thirty miles south and the visits stopped until after graduation in 2011 when he moved to Nebraska. “My girlfriend that is now my fiancée is in Kansas City and I’m in Omaha. I was crashing with friends here,” he said. “My car started acting up, I’m in the process of looking for a job, finding an apartment, buying an engagement ring. I had a lot of stuff on my plate, which might have brought on what happened.” What happened was the Cowboy. “I’m sitting in my car on the phone with my mom. I don’t know much about cars, but my mom does.”

As Lilly described the car’s behavior to his mother, he noticed a movement in the corner of his right eye. Lilly turned toward the passenger side window and saw it – the Shadow Man that once tormented him in the night. The Cowboy. “It was full on. A Shadow Person in an old fedora,” Lilly said. “It was standing there. It leaned over like it’s bending to look at me.”

As Lilly stared in horror at this red-eyed Shadow Man in full daylight, the Cowboy reached out it’s arm and knocked on the car window. “It knocked two times,” Lilly said. “After it knocked it dissolved in my vision. It just showed up, knocked on my window and was gone.” Lilly wonders if the Cowboy wanted to let him know it was still around. “It’s been quite some time that I saw him,” he said. “I’m just kind of thinking he just showed up. I was feeling stressed out and I think he showed up just to feed on that.”

In Islam, the supernatural Jinn can be a companion, or a dark, Shadowy predator. “Jinns are invisible entities believed in by most all Muslims and Middle Eastern folklore,” said religion expert, Dashti Namaste. “Jinns get in and out of human spheres regularly, and it is believed that any human is able to make contact with a Jinn.” Although Jinn can be benevolent, some Jinn are wicked, appearing as dark figures that lurk in ruins and cemeteries, waiting for an unsuspecting human soul to stumble by. The wicked Jinn, much like the demons of Christianity, are deceivers and may present themselves as the ghost of a loved one to insert themselves into a human’s life.

Wahde, a Cherokee, said the nature of Shadow beings in the American Indian tradition are just as dark. “They’re humanoid shaped, but not proportionate to a normal person,” Wahde said. “Their appearance is more monstrous in nature.” These Shadow beings are the product of medicine men that have strayed from the path of healing. “There seem to be a classification of spiritual beings that are Shadow for the most part. These things can be manipulated by bad medicine or bad magic,” Wahde said. “They either take that form to attack other people, or they use some other spiritual being as a spiritual attack.” In the Cherokee language, these dark medicine people are sgili, or witch. “They’re still alive to some degree, but they’re not necessarily considered human.”

Ghosts

“I have a young boy shadow/spirit in my home. He appears as a solid black cutout-like figure. He is a prankster, too, but he’s NOT mean, or evil. He let’s us know he’s here at times by playing with the animals. Kittens, dogs, puppies, etc. PLAY, not mean. The dogs and puppies are wagging their tails. He moves my Barbies if he really wants my attention. And the other day he didn’t want the door to his room closed, so he opened it. He’s a good kid.” – Kim Tamsor

A family sees a black figure come down the stairs at the same time at night, turn into the kitchen and disappear. A dark man in an out-of-date suit walks through a child’s bedroom and down the hallway. Some Shadow People encounters – benign ones like these – could very well be disembodied spirits wandering the earth. D.H. Parsons, president of The Bliss-Parsons Institute of Metaphysics in Columbia, Missouri, has encountered many Shadow People while investigating a haunting. Although many fellow investigators consider Shadow People demonic, Parsons doesn’t necessarily agree. “My feeling is that a Shadow Person is another representation of a residual memory of a person who had such a strong personality in life, that a bit of their energy remained here in this dimension after their spirit crossed over,” Parsons said. “Most of the time the spirit beings are either friendly to us, or confused by us, or curious as to why we are there. But they have never done us any harm, not even the Shadows.”

Not so for eighteen-year-old Dave Stanfield. Stanfield didn’t expect something to be waiting for him in his room when he woke. Something was – something dark. A strange feeling pulled Stanfield from a deep sleep. As he lay in the gray room, staring at his bedroom wall, he saw it. “I woke for no reason, had no weird dreams, and I wasn’t groggy or half asleep,” he said. “My room was dark other than some stray beams coming through the blinds, and I could see a man, darker than the night like a void.”

The figure stood at the end of the bed. “I could only make out the silhouette of his head and shoulders. The rest of him just went straight to the floor,” Stanfield said. “There were no legs or feet. No red eyes, no facial features whatsoever.” Terrified, Stanfield slid low in bed, pulling the covers slowly over his face, watching the black, man-shaped figure standing over him until his blankets hid the horror from his view and Stanfield fell back to sleep.

Stanfield is now 29, and although he doesn’t know what this Shadow Being was, he knows he saw it – and it haunts him still. “Only in the past couple of years have I been able to find anything on the subject matter,” Stanfield said. “It’s almost like re-victimization when reading stories from other people that describe experiences like mine. I never knew it could be so widespread and am still dealing with the shock.”

But, as with Parsons’ encounters, this being didn’t harm Stanfield. At least not physically.

Interdimensional travelers

“Harmless. Just a watcher is all.” – Don Hall

Most Shadow People encounters are benign, a dark figure lingering in the corners of your life, watching. Could these entities simply be watching us from a realm barely removed from our own? Marie Jones, author of books exploring science and the paranormal, thinks other dimensions could be homes of Shadow People. “In my research into quantum and theoretical physics, I came across … concepts that really opened up the possibilities to me that entities from somewhere else could be coming here” Jones said.

One of these concepts is wrapped around different dimensions. “Theoretically, if these infinite other universes exist, we really should not physically be able to access them,” Jones said. “Yet even theoretical physicists entertain the thought that perhaps the laws of physics on the other side allow for some crossover.”

Clark Kent’s* grandfather died in 1977 and his grandmother moved to a small apartment leaving her old house empty. Shortly after, ten-year-old Kent’s family moved in. “My first friend in the new neighborhood was my next-door neighbor, Jim,” Kent said. “We are good friends to this day.” On a day in 1979, Kent invited Jim to his house to play Ping Pong – and it’s haunted him since.

That day after school, Kent and Jim had about two hours before Kent’s parents came home from work, which meant Ping Pong in the basement between peeks at the forbidden stash of Playboys in a dusty alcove. It was there Kent saw something he didn’t expect. “During our game, I was facing the alcove,” Kent said. “At a certain point, something caught my attention.” Standing in the alcove was the shadow of a man wearing a fedora.
“It was creepy, and I had to pause,” Kent said. “I could not figure out how any combination of the boxes could cast such a shadow. Then it moved.”

Kent stood at the Ping Pong table, staring at dark figure watching him from the alcove. He then quickly looked at Jim who was looking at him. “He realized I had seem something,” Kent said. “I was struck by the realization that no man was casting a shadow on the wall, the Shadow was solid and was not attached to any object. I turned and scrambled up the stairs with Jim right behind me.” At the top of the stairs, their breath coming fast and heavy, Kent slammed and latched the basement door, then “looked at Jim with wide eyes.”

Jim denied seeing the Shadow man that day and for nearly thirty years after. As the two met for a long needed reunion, Kent mentioned the Shadow Man in his basement. “Jim sunk into his chair and spoke in a whisper, ‘I’ll never forget that hat.’ I was stunned,” Kent said. Then he asked the same question he’d asked three decades ago, did you see it? “Yes, I did,” Jim told him. “I was scared.”

But did this entity, this watcher, step into Kent’s life from a parallel universe?

Although some physicists entertain the idea of these multiple universes, physicist David Richardson isn’t eager to join them. “I hate to bring this up in this context, but if there were extra dimensions … (Shadow People) might actually be people,” he said. “I’m skeptical of that, but it’s possible. We’re just starting to figure out that sort of stuff.”

Ghost? Demon? Jinn? Sgili? Traveler? Regardless of the nature of these entities, regardless of their intentions, the advice for each encounter is the same – proceed with caution.

*Yes, this person’s name is actually Clark Kent. Although bearing the name of Superman’s alter ego may be a burden to some, Kent said his name has netted him many free bottles of beer from strangers at taverns. Who doesn’t want to buy a drink for the Last Son of Krypton?

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  • andy

    yea i decided to do that at age 14 because i was going through alot of problems with seeing white and black shadows but then after getting baptized at age 14 and a year of nothing happening thats when my last experience happen like if it got mad and decided to go inside me now im 24

  • Brittany Crawford

    I saw 5 shadow figures at the same time i have never been so scared in my life. all i can remember is i was 9 years old, i was laying in bed it was late nobody was awake. i don’t remember if i was awake or if i was woke up but in my room there were 5 of them. one was in front of the bathroom at the end of my bed, two in front of my bed, one was sitting on a heating stove in the middle of the room, and one was sitting beside me on my bed. i threw my head under my blankets and prayed hard. when i brought my head out a couple minutes later they were gone. i had so much fear it wasn’t till recently that i learned what they are, and that others have experienced it.

  • Brittany Crawford

    That looks like what i saw when i was young … you can’t make out a sex but there is an eerie terror that you feel . so much pressure ..it scary. mine came in a pack of 5 in the middle of the night.they look down on you just like that when you are in bed…

  • Breakingradar

    I had an experience in Louisville, ky 12 years ago. I was 18 and had just taken off my boots and clothes for bed. I sat on the bed looked at my clock and took a big stretch before rolling over to go to sleep. Immediately as I stretched I felt pinned down by many hands around the edges of my body that seemed to be coming from the mattress. I man appeared to be hovering over me. He had hair about shoulder length, a black “cowboy” hat, a short trimmed beard, and every facial feature. When I saw this I became terrified, unlike me. I was extremely terrified, like nothing I have ever felt. The whole time he stared at me I heard different variants of buzzers, alarms, and sirens with great intensity. I couldn’t move or scream but I could see the light coming from under my door and hear my roommates carrying on in the living room, unaware of what was happening to me. At once, it just ended. I stood beside my bed and looked at the clock. Only 2 minutes had passed since I previously looked at the clock. I was very emotionally disturbed by the encounter, and still think of it quite often. …still unsure of the true nature of what it was, but it was real to me. Less than a month after this experience I had a true and defined “religious experience”; an experience that happened in broad daylight, in a room full of friends and roommates, to whom I was the only recipient. His is a whole other story by itself. This all happened at a point in my life where I was questioning the existence of God vs. Science. If not for one, both of these experiences have let no doubt to me the presence of “supernatural forces.” -I perceive as god. I hope this can help validate someone else”s experiences.

  • Monique Young

    I was baptized when i was 12 and my experiences happened 3 times after that. So that has no relevance. Plus you are assuming that the other people are obviously not saved and you have nothing factual to back that up with.

  • Ilan

    What about yellow-eyed shadow people? I’ve seen one, and it was haunting me in my dreams…

  • Monique Young

    I have seen three different figures. The first when I was 16 years old I saw the red eyes. I thought I was awake and got up to turn the TV off and and I saw something take my blanket and wrapped it around my neck and pulled it tight so I could not breathe and it shoved me back on that bed. That is when I saw the red eyes and I felt the hands around my neck. The second figure was hat man and finally having name for him is a relief but still creepy. I was 19 and had just had my daughter who was few weeks old. My son who was one and their dad were sleeping on the end of the bed and me and my daughter on the other end. Again I thought I was awake so I did my usual which was to check my baby and my son. I looked at my daughter and she was fine so I went to look at my son and that when I saw him. He had a black hat with white trim and a black suit, his hair white like you have never seen before and his face was so white that it had a weird glow to it and his face was not distorted it just had a really mean expression on it. I was scared and I saw him leaning over my bed but he wasn’t harming my kids or me he was waving his fingers over their dads head and that is when he sensed I was looking at him and in this scary tone he told me to go to sleep so i laid back down on my pillow scared and began to pray. He yelled and said I said go to sleep! That really scared me so. I closed my eyes and prayed more and he got louder
    and more enraged and said I said go to sleep!!!!!!! And he took his hand and it went inside my head and I blacked out. When I finally woke back up I was terrified and woke their dad and asked him was did he dream he told me he
    was having nightmares and I told him about the man and what he was doing
    over him while he was sleeping. I also stopped him from spending the night
    lol. And FYI on the first one me and my mom found out the apartment we were
    living in that somebody committed suicide in!!! The third was one a man in a
    black trench coat. He had a peach complextion and brown hair that was
    slicked back and he kept his hands in his pockets and never spoke just walked
    and stared when I saw him I knew who he was and I told him that I was not afraid 3 times and I realized that he was not their for me but again my kids dad but their was something I needed to see. Oh I remember there was fourth figure…the hooded one I saw at my dad’s house in my twenties. I am 39 now and I haven’t seen them anymore and hope I do not have too. To those commenting but have not experienced this your self. It is not for you to say if anyone’s experience is real or not because guess what it is not your experience but theirs and mine. Everything is not always in the head. These are our or our friends and families experiences and should be respected as such….namaste

  • carrie

    That is Terrifying

  • carrie

    I understand what you are saying. I seem to do a bit of astral traveling, I Love it!! I fly and there are ALWAYS Grizzly Bears near me, do you have any idea why? I dream about Grizzly Bears,without travel too?

  • carrie

    I never would trust a ” child spirit” nuuuuuu way!!! Not even a nice one sings to you.

  • William vermillion

    The same thing happened to me around 20 years ago. The pitch black demon. The dream in a dream. It grabbing and dragging me around. I know with everything in me it was pure evil. I was ready to give up. I was so tired of fighting then the most beautiful woman ever appeared. She had long soft red hair, milky almost moon white skin and crystal blue eyes. She was wearing what looked like a cotton nightgown. She stood between me and the black demon and shouted at me to run. I snapped awake back in my body. I truly believe that this woman saved me that night.

  • Sionionn

    I’m curious to know if it’s just me, but after i seeing the dark shadows, awake, or asleep; I met people of this descriptions, not only meet them, have life experiences and what not. I was curious if anybody has explored the possibility that these are other people? I’ve had several occasions of people that deliberatly stand in the dark, or hang over like a dark shadow. The only fear I’ve felt it’s the impression or expectation for some fantasy they held of me. ?? I have the dreams, but then they’re real, and my main concern is being able to tell who it is and why they keep giving me so much fuss, or why my own presence disturbs them?

  • Sionionn

    Kitty Cats linger….

  • Paige

    the balls of spirits I would assume that that might be a orb cause by some spirit

  • Paige

    I once maybe eh umm a year ago and I was sitting on my confider and I was staring down the hallway and I see this black figure tht looked like a person dart to on side of the wall to the other

  • grace

    Google anointing prayer, read it out loud with conviction in your heart. God has given us authority over all evil. I believe the shadow visited me last night because I helped my sister and her friend with this. They had unexplained scratches, burns, bruises, and hair being pulled even during the day time. The same night I helped them this thing ended up peering at me and my fiance while we slept. I was terrified. This afternoon I googled my experience. And found out it that shadow people have been known to scratch,burn,bruise and grope humans. Some people have claimed worse things being done to them. Mainly women in most cases. Pray. God has given you authority over evil and he WILL protect your family.

  • Richard Gustafson

    I am a 65 year old man who had a shadow being encounter several months ago in my home during the daytime. A friend was visiting and she mentioned that she thought that she had seen a glimpse of a black shadow being just outside my house in the late morning. I downplayed it as being perhaps just a trick of the light but she was convinced that she had seen something tangible. Later that afternoon, I was just gazing out my window when I noticed a slight movement in my peripheral vision to my far left about 18 feet away and it appeared to be some kind of black mass. I waited several seconds observing this strange black mass out of the corner of my eye and then I intentionally suddenly swung my eyes fully onto it. Its color was jet black, in fact, blacker than black. No reflection of light at all. It was if all light just disappeared into its form. The object’s smooth outline was very crisp with no fuzziness or distortion. I did not see any features within the boundaries such as eyes or mouth. It was clearly peering around the edge of a doorway looking at me as I could definitely make out the head, neck, shoulders and upper torso. The head was proportioned correctly to the upper body and appeared to be smooth without hair or head covering. Oddly, I felt that it looked startled. It suddenly pulled back behind the doorway as if to avoid being seen. Its movement doing this was very strange. It was though, as it was withdrawing back, it was somehow folding and collapsing in on itself in a very fluid manner. At no time did I feel fear or felt threatened. So far, whatever it was, it has not returned.

  • Troll

    #coreyvperry he had a real experience supposedly

  • Steve Coleman

    So you see them everyday. Have they ever tried to get closer, or manipulate your thoughts??

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Stealingsugar stealingsugar

    I’m being followed around by shapes that pretend to be airplanes, and black helicopters…or Ravens. A Jinn, for sure.

  • TimMullins

    I couldn’t tell you. But I have had experiences with something like this, just nothing as detailed as yours.

  • Keisha Gilder

    Wow…I remember it like it was yesterday. ..it was in 2006 I was 20 and I had my own apartment…My cousin came over to spend the night with me…We was laying in my bed I was layin vertical and she layin horizontal at the foot of my bed…Usually I have a thing bathroom and closet doors…I like them to be closed because of earlier experiences when I was a little girl…but on this night my bathroom door was open…the only light we had was my t.v. in my room..everybody was sleep but us..so anyway we were talking. .and we stop and started watching t.v. ..then all of sudden I see something in the corner my eyes…what I saw shocked me…I remember it being tall and with a hat on…it just simply walk in from my living room and stood there..then all of sudden it threw something and it hit my entertainment stand where my t.v. was sitting on. ..which was by my room door. ..we both jumped up…my cousin ask “what was that” …she didn’t see it but she heard it…I told her to get up and close the bathroom door…she just looked at me wit a confused look…but she did it…and come to find out she found my watch laying on the floor next to the t.v. …which I couldn’t find for days…I was so scared…I just couldn’t believe what I saw…but it was real. ..

  • Xochilt Corrales-Felix

    We were getting ready to go out one night. I grabbed a sweater from the room and my mother grabbed her purse. She exited the room in front of me and i turned off the light switch before moving out of the room, closing the door behind me. I felt the door jerk back, as if someone had pulled it. I turned and came face to face with a a dark shadow that was about my height. I thought it was my little brother and said ‘why didn’t you tell me you were behind me?’. It was only seconds, but as I realized the figure was darker than the shadows around it, I remembered my little brother was already outside waiting for us. The second it all clicked together, I screamed and ran all the way to the front door, not stopping until I was outside. This was the second time I saw this dark shadow person in the bedroom’s doorway. The first time I saw it was one night I was having difficulty falling asleep. I glanced over to the doorway and saw a shadow person standing behind the door. I thought it was my little brother and started calling out to him, asking him what he wanted. Again, the shadow being was darker than everything else around it. I thought my brother was messing with me, got frustrated and once again demanded to know what he wanted and to stop playing games, to go to sleep. My mom asked me who I was talking to since we were sleeping in the same room. I told her my little brother was by the doorway, but she told me there was nothing there. And that’s when it happened. The dark shadow grew taller, stretching up the ceiling before dashing out of the room. I started screaming at the top of my lungs, waking everybody in the house.

  • debbie

    Last night about 12:35 am I was awoken by what sounded like a scratching sound on cardboard. I checked to see if my little Boody, 3# yorkie, was next to me in bed as she often gets up and down at night via a box next to the bed. And I knew that Betsy, my other dog, was on the bed as well. Right after that I saw a shadow person which at first I thought to be Sawyer (my 9 year old granddaughter) coming down needing something in the middle of the night as she sometimes does. I had my flashlight next to me in bed and the room was pretty well lit with my nightlight too. Well this thing moved from the door to the other door in just a couple to a few seconds. I shined the light to see if it was Sawyer. It was not! I got out of bed and went looking for the 2 boys (cats) and they were fast asleep. I was sort of frightened yet I wanted to say wait…..! who are you and what do you want? I felt as if it was an energy that was keeping an eye on us as we slept. WOW! What an experience. I know there is something or someone or perhaps a couple or few entities here which I have felt or caught out of the corner of my eye yet it was like this one wanted me to know it was coming through by making the noise ahead of time.
    It was not really a body but more like a black smoky thing. Where the head would be was not round. The rest was much larger. I could not see lower as the bed blocked my view.
    They are among us! What do you think? Should I be concerned? My brother in law died in November and I just lost one of my cats on the 4th. My feelings were that there was going to be a death or one had happened, or that this things was like the family dog that keeps track of the entire household. Wow… and just to let you know.. I was fully awake. I got up! God bless….debbie

  • Larissa

    As posted, I’ve attempted to kick one and it looked as though it stepped out of my reach and then disappeared. The other time I threw my remote at it (I was thinking it was a murder or burglar) and it went away too.

  • MARK B.

    Hello everyone! I not going to write a story of the 8 years that has passed living with spirits I’ll just give the highlights. We moved into a 50+ year old home in 2007 then we started to work on the home. It all started the knocking on the ceiling and walls. It was always three distinctive knocks. It frightens us. At least 4 people heard it at night or early mornings. Then we started to see shadows. 2009 one night while putting our 9 year old daughter to bed,10 mins later she was crying we when to check on her and she said that there was a man standing in the doorway “ all Black!!. Most of the time we hear voices and laughing, talking mumbling. One morning around 4:30 am I woke up and turn the corner and there is was A black mass of a person standing in the hallway no facial no hair just a silhouette of a person head, shoulder, arm and leg leaning out of the guest room. I have to admit I was absolutely frighten, it just went away. Cold spots are a rarity. Touching us is somewhat common. One morning at 5:00 am getting something to drink in the kitchen I was startled to see with both eyes and by turning my body to follow this Black 4’ foot high mass with a dark inner circle and hazy black outline, it did not have a shape it floated past me within a foot away past me and into the dining room and blended in the dark. Again, Just imagine seeing this by yourself in the morning. I didn’t know what it was at first I retrace its path and there is NO way that anything made this happened. It really messed me up in the head; we have documented each event which totals 64 in the 8 years we have been here. I am leaving a lot out but letting you know about the Shadow People. About a year ago one day I went to the bathroom and felt very uneasy when I entered it felt like I was crowded I felt that someone was with me. 5 mins later our dog stood in front of the bathroom afraid to enter as he growled and bark. This segment is on You tube you may want to check it out and please comment and like it if you would its called “Dog sees a ghost! Real! Caught on tape Spirits” If you read anything about the paranormal of things getting worse or Progressing.. it is true!!!! 2014 The knocking when from three knocks to more knocks and POUNDING! It will scare the BE Jesus out of you while sleeping or just lying in bed. In Sept 2013 I broke down and located a locale Paranormal Investigator team. I read their site, I spoke to the founder, and I was very comfortable with them. There are very educated in this field. I had the investigation done. 24 EVP’s were obtained from male and female voices, and a boy and a girl. One EVP was a long sentence and then laughing.. That blew me away and now I am frighten and beyond. A butter knife had fell from a kitchen counter later night with out anyone touching it. So we have our share of experiences and I am absolutely convinced that there is such a thing as “The Paranormal” I thought it would be cool to have a spirit here. But the down side is … You don’t sleep and effects emotionally ….. So a cleansing is next

  • mischa

    hey there
    not sure how to start ..my 4 year old son sees things when he’s sleeping and the last week he’s seeing a girl with red hair like a bob style and blue eyes she keeps calling his name the first time the second time she sad Clara ..she is standing at the back of his bed and my son is terrified he screams for us as soon as we come she’s gone… I’m not sure how to deal with is as my son don’t want to go sleep and try’s his best not to

  • Greg

    God is bigger than everything. Just remember this and pray to him daily. Put Bibles all over your house if you need to. Just remember God has the whole world in his hands. Jesus the Good shephard is always there, Just call out to him if these shadow people ever come your way.

  • Shauna Motionless

    Is he seeing this girl Clara within his dreams or physically seeing her. Spirits have habits of manifesting themselves in dreams to purely for the fact they’re often too shy to be viewed by human eye. If he is seeing her face to face this is due to the fact he is a child and she most likely will be too so I should imagine she wants to play some sort of game with your son. She wont mean no harm to you she’s just curious about you. :)

  • Shauna Motionless

    If he doesn’t want to see a spiritualist I suggest he could possibly do the pagan way of removing things. (Christian power takes a lot longer but will work eventually) Tell him to add oil burners and salt or lavender to his windows and doors. If he annoys them and tells them to go by screaming at them the chances are they will leave him alone. Whatever he does tell him not to move out of his house. Anything this violent will do him no good and will annoy them more. Also he should do relaxation therapy by putting the two spirits into a box he’s thought up inside his head. This should stop him thinking about it. My last resort would be to offer help to the spirits and make peace with them in your own home. I have recently and its worked. A lot of spirits think you’ve invaded their space which you now claim to be yours. Last but not least get a priest or a vicar to help you :)

  • Shauna Motionless

    Shadow figures are shy people very shy so its highly unlikely they’d ever hurt you. One once wanted to play with me and so chased me upstairs. We have an uneven staircase where the small step trips people up at the top of the stairs. The shadow figure fell at the step, rolled over and vanished. They want company and some manifest by feeding off your fear not as a bad thing but to manifest themselves more to make themselves known. Personally myself it is an option in whether you want to be re-born, heaven, or grounded on Earth for family reasons or to care for loved ones. Those shadow figures are most likely relatives and lonely people wanting your company. Others are damn right nasty. Kick one and scream at it if it attacks you. Lights work too. Any light source will stop them manifesting ever again.

  • Shauna Motionless

    My personal experience of shadow figures was when we first moved into the house. The first few times I’d experienced that we were being burgled. When we went downstairs no-one was their and the chairs and other objects that had been moved that me and my mum heard had been put back into their rightful place. After this happening a few times I’ve experienced a shadow figure stood outside in broad daylight in my backyard looking at me. The second time was when I was poorly and off school, I made myself a cheese toasty and the shadow figure stood behind me watching. The third time I was making my lunch for school when the shadow figure stood looking at me in the living room. The final time I saw it we were playing on the stairs together and it chased me up the stairs as it tripped up, tumbled and vanished. Since then the only spirits I’ve seen are the nice ones in my dreams.

  • Claudio

    i was just resent at emiem concert, i was holding my love of my life and looking at my cousin having a time of his life seeing the concert, i taught myself how to open my mind, body and soul to see everything around me, usually i feel spirits walking around me through me, and if i even expand my mind i can see them, was taught by witches that still live and high priestess and priests that still worship ancient religion.

    i felt such energy half way through the concert, like i never felt before, so i was curious, i open up to see, and i saw these dark shadows of people and i felt it coming from that shadow, and something didnt felt right about it, and some how i felt it as well, that they know i was looking at them, one turned around and looked straight into my eyes saw yellow eyes, looking at your research about them, this one is different, different looks, but when it looked into my eyes it showed me death of a person in the golden circle of the concert, it showed details of the death, area, who is the person, how the person died, it is hard to describe it was horrible, put so much fear in my eyes, after the vision it turned around and a hole bunch of them went towards the stage, afterwards i freaked, like i never felt fear in me.

  • Vivian Oberon

    Yes you can’t make out a sex, you’re right. To me as a kid, to describe it to my mom, all I could think of when seeing a black hooded, robed figure, was a nun. But it did not strike me as either sex. Yeah, so funny that I felt no terror, but most others seem to. Glad to see that someone saw the same thing though.

  • Cristelle Chirwa

    I’m not sure where to start … But I’ve seen them too! Many times but more so when I was younger. I’m 33 now and have learned how to ‘block’ verses what I call, ‘opening up my mind’. Claudio is right, it is a matter of expanding your mind! Just like you would work out a mussel… the more you do, the stronger it becomes. I also have been told that I have Cherokee in my blood line. An that they were all medison people, healers, etc.
    I have seen the cowboy. An when I open my mind, I see so much more. It’s like they start to come toward me! One night, I had a loved one with me for support, coaching, and guidance… As I decided to just relax, be brave, and ‘open my mind’. I was amazed to see 3entities ‘flying’ over my head as I laid on the bed looking toward the ceiling. They flew all over the room. Never stopping. So swiftly that I was only able to make out the shape of the head and shoulders. The rest of them just kinda blurred into the night. Similar to your tipical TV ghost. Only these weren’t white. Infact all 3 were different shades of black and gray. It’s seemed as tho they were playing with me in a sorts. The darkest one appeared as tho he was more of the ‘trickster’one. Flying straight to my face and then suddenly turn right before I felt he would crash into me. Even made me flinch a couple times. After a bit, I was no longer afraid. Even Giggled when I got goose bumps after he almost ran into me!

  • Nor

    I have a question, if anyone else has seen a figure of this particular description. I’ve seen many, many strange phenomena in the past 18 years, have perpetual sight phenomena that continues without end, and have worked with many people with Conditions and varieties of Sensitivities by this point. I’ve done considerable research on Shadows by this point, as well as many other entities and their subsidiary varieties, but I’ve never found anything that matches the description of what I saw when I was seven years old. I woke up that morning with full daylight streaming from the ceiling and wall windows, began to sit up in bed, but with a feeling of unfathomable terror right of the bat, nothing like the night terrors I’d experienced for years. Whatever this thing was, it was VERY real. It stood about 4 feet tall, in the light, but was as black as void along its surroundings, almost cloak-like. It had no definitive limbs, the black outline could really be compared to the shape of a headstone, an oblong shape coming from the floor, with a definite edge to the black void. The most frightening features about it lay at the interior, moving in from the edges. The eyes were massive and just as empty as its surrounding darkness, like diagonal/vertical slits, comprising almost half of its body mass, and would be almond-shaped, if they didn’t seem broken, in a way. They had jarring angles, like they were fixed into mismatched angularities within the dark-brown “skin”, as if it had been in a trash-compactor, though it was obviously meant to look like this. The mouth was diagonal, and small, but crooked and bent out of shape as well, along with its abdominal/core section, which was that same dark-brown and mangled-looking. We stared at each other for a very long time, and it didn’t move, it just stared at me, though I was rubbing my eyes, hiding under the blanket (only to come out and find it still standing there, motionless), and squirming in terror, but unable to scream for the longest time out of terror. The strangest aspect about it was that this thing, whatever it was, gave off a powerful and evil presence. I knew it didn’t mean to hurt me, not physically, but it was a sort of evil that doesn’t exist on Earth, you could feel it in every fiber of your being, and it had an intelligence so far beyond anything human, or corporeal. That intelligence and evil felt like an abyss, that it was timeless, ancient in its experience and knowledge, and without sensible limits. I knew that it knew me absolutely though, that it was in my head, that it knew every secret and aspect of my soul that I know and don’t know, and that was why it was there, to “know” me absolutely, and that there was nothing I could do in that moment to stop it. I eventually managed to run out of my room screaming to my sitter, and when I tried to bring her and my sister to help me face this thing, it was gone. My family has a history of Sensitivity and experience with some entities, amongst a few of us, and I’ve dealt with a great deal amongst the paranormal and supernatural, both previous and surrounding my birth and throughout life, have had myself tested by psychologists, and put myself through the ringer, and found to be sane. No matter how much I look, I can’t find anything that matches this description. Have any of you seen or experienced this thing? Can any of you tell me about this creature? Any assistance to this mystery would be greatly appreciated, and if you have any questions for me as well, feel free to ask. Any help on this plaguing mystery would be appreciated. Thank you.

  • Nor

    I have a question on an entity that I experienced many years ago, and I’ll try to keep this relatively concise, if any of you will help me. As a preface, I’ve been exposed and witnessed a great deal of incredible phenomena, alongside a permanent Condition of sensitivity, for as long as I’ve been alive, though I am 18. I am in perfect mental and physical health, am very active and sociable, and have had myself tested by several psychologists in my lifetime already, and have passed those tests with flying and sane colors. I’ve worked with many people with Sensitivities and Conditions, those who have questions on paranormal phenomena, and have many “contacts” and friends with various Conditions and Sensitivities. But no matter how much I look, I’ve never seen anything that matches this particular entity that I saw when I was seven.
    I’ve witnessed many Shadow People, but this thing, and we’ll call it the Thing for the remainder, has details and strange aspects that I can’t place. I woke up that morning with light streaming in from the ceiling and wall windows, and started to get out of bed, but felt this overwhelming feeling that I’ll describe soon. Standing, if it was standing, a few feet from my bed, was the Thing. It was short, around 4 or 3 feet tall, and had a definitive edge, almost in a shape comparable to a headstone, narrowing and rounding to the top, and without any limbs along that void-like black edge, absorbing all light, but definitive in the light as any item in this world, perhaps an aura, with current thought. But that definitive, abysmal darkness extended towards the center, seeping towards the “skin” of the dark-brown interior, which is where the weird details really show up. First of all, it had massive eyes, diagonal/vertical slits, comprising half its body, and just as black and boundless as its surrounding edge. They had jagged edges, like something that was mangled without any conceivable order, and they didn’t blink, or move, at all. Everything in the interior had that jagged, mangled appearance, with a diagonal mouth that was just as bent to Hell as the rest, with a mangled-looking abdomen, which seemed to have some musculature, but like the skin and muscle had been bent and broken in by enormous force. It was obviously meant to look this way, I don’t know why, this was just obviously part of its nature. But the feeling that was there, more than a feeling, was the defining aspect of this creature. The sort of boundless evil and intelligence of this Thing, a consciousness that I felt permeate my entire mind and soul, I can’t adequately describe to its credit. It was so, so evil, and had the sort of consciousness and intelligence that exceeds anything living in this world, so ancient and timeless and BOUNDLESS, that there was nothing human about it. I knew it didn’t want to hurt me, not physically, but it was there to UNDERSTAND me, but in some sort of horrible way. It knew everything about me, every aspect of my soul and mind, I think even things that I didn’t know then, but it was in sifting through me like an open book, and its an unholy feeling. It felt like, I think, that the Thing had plans for me. I did all the trivial things I thought might help me, rubbed my eyes, hid under my blanket, but nothing worked. It was still there, and we stared each-other down for a long, long time. I cowered, but eventually built up the courage to run for the door, and got past it, down the stairs, and to my sitter and sister. I brought them up then to help me face this thing, but when we got to my room, it was gone.
    I’ve experienced many things, and so has my near and extended family. My mother may have encountered this same creature when she was 17, for several nights, until her house was exorcised, but that entity lacked several aspects of this entity. I just want to know if any of you have ever seen this entity, or have any information on it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  • Lisa Keeney

    Hi to everyone out there,
    I have had black shadow people in my home for a while now, they tend to walk down the hallway a lot as if they are passing out through the front door.
    I have also seen them in my kitchen and even scared one which was crouched down in my walk in robe as I passed by to use the en-suit. My daughter saw one for the first time when she watched the house while we were away on holiday. She entered the house walked down the hallway to put the mail on the kitchen bench top and saw a tall black human like shadow just hovering in the family room, she said she left quickly as she felt unwelcome!! Both my daughters and my husband get negative feelings from them, but I do not….why???? I do not feel threatened by them but feel comforted by them!! We had this house built two and a half years ago in a suburb called Alkimos ( western australia ) which we since have found out is supposed to be haunted and has had a lot of divorces and suicides occur here as well as a lot of people suffering with depression and a disappearance of a lady that lived here, could that be a link????

  • c.maire

    be careful not everthing is like that becase if u come a cross shadow that are portecting someone or there just bad there a chance u get hurt

  • c.maire

    they may showed u that becase they need ur help to stop or warn u and who ever it was the may have been there to help or not idk

  • c.maire

    it was just waching u right so its posible it looking out for u still just not revilng ur self

  • c.maire

    um srry not trying to be rude but i got bunch ofshadow but i dont use damnic crap or any thing the just protect me and whoever else i ask them to look out for

  • LancashireGhosts

    I do believe myself spirits aren’t there to harm you they are there too look out with you and they make noises and throw things to make themselves noticed in hope that a human can for fill the things that the spirit never had time to do. I use my oviulus X device now and I’ve realized most spirits are trapped and looking for human help to move on in the afterlife. Remember energy cannot be created nor destroyed it transfers itself. (Einstine’s theory)

  • HJG

    I’ve had a similar experience, but not the same shade. Mine pulled me into my nightstand, onto the ground and then repeatedly slammed and rubbed my face into the ground. Afterwards my limbs didnt work correctly and it was like I was a newborn deer or something. So I crawled from my room to my parents room, but when I tried to speak I couldnt form words and my parents tripped out. My mom was convinced I was possessed, but my dad had me sent to the best neurologists in dallas. They shaved my head, put me to sleep, and supposedly ran some “test”, but they never figured it out. It happened multiple times after that. Even when I moved away…I can’t even sleep alone anymore or it will happen. They will come for me. I need someone who is not a shrink to help me with this. At this very moment I am in fear..