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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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  • Terry

    When i was about 11 yo i awoke in the dead of night to see a dark,hooded figure standing over me,i couldn’t make out any facial features but it didn’t seem quite human,the figure didn’t move or make a sound but gave off an air of deep menace…after a few minutes the figure vanished & i was left with a feeling of dread.
    Years later (i was 24 yo) i again saw the figure standing in a doorway after being woken by a strange voice saying my name,i thought it had been a dream/nightmare but my friends girlfriend (i was spending the night at my friends) who had got up to get a drink of water from the kitchen..seemed surprised to see me lying on the couch where i had been sleeping,she said she had seen what she assumed to be me in the hallway near the door to the bathroom.
    I have only seen this entity twice but still frequently feel the air of dread & menace that the entity brought with it.
    Could this entity be one of the “Shadow People” or is it something else?.

  • Nathan Johnson

    So I believe in Shadow People, when I was 15 years old I was checking on my aunt’s house while she was on vacation. I would entered the house, turn off the alarm, and walk down the zigzag hall way to the kitchens/living room. It was routine for me, I had watched her house all the time growing up. That day I walked into the kitchen/living room (it was a open space) from the hallway and out of my peripheral vision I saw a dark figure standing in the middle of the kitchen. Before I had to look at this dark figure it ran at me and I screamed jumping over the couch that was next to me. I looked up quickly expecting so see a man who may have broke into my aunt’s house, yet no one was there. I remember a sense of dread as it happened but felt instant relief when I saw it was gone. I was definitely creeped out, and left my aunt’s house quickly after that. I have seen Shadow People before, but never had they interacted with me like this in the middle of the afternoon. My family has always told me that I have a form of ESP, I have experienced many interesting phenomena growing up. My father told me a when I was little I would cry and wake my parents at night saying I saw red eyes in my bedroom window. I don’t remember this, however my father said it was a regular occurance. I have been seeing a lot of energy balls/sparkles of all sizes lately. I feel they are good spirits, possibly Angels, I really seem them a lot when I am with my family and I am happy and content. Contact me if you would like to hear more of my experiences, [email protected].

  • Jackie Lawrence

    This is a recent encounter that happend to my fiance. For the past 2 days he has sufferd from amnesia and we believe it was caused by shadow people. He woke up with it stating the last thing he recalled seeing was a man in a black hat and a man who appeared have icicles on his head he said the man with the hat on had a suitcase. He said that he handed it to the man with the icicles in the mean time he was paralysed and he said he was trying to scream and could not. He said than the man who had the icicle type head face put his memory in suit case and walked away. During the 2 days he sufferd amnesia he drew two pictures of these beings and they looked like shadow people documented all over the net. He was terrified of this being. Granted this man is a man who fears nothing. And he was a whole other person like a child in this time period. He cried non stop in fear. When we showed him a picture of one from the net he flipped out. That night I prayed out loud for him for his memory to be returned to him and fight off what ever was doing this to him. This morning when he woke up he sat straight up in the bed like he was normal again he said Babe had a weird dream. He had dreampt that he had been in a alley way and this thang attacked him and he could not move he said it was hitting him hard. He said something snapped in himself and he started fighting it back. He said he kicked it in the face and the being threw something at him and ran off. I have attached drawings of the creatures he drew during the amnesia state. The first photo is from the first day. The second is on second day. We are all beside our self with this all. Hard to find things out here on the amnesia part we have questions that we would like someone to help us answer if anyone can. The amnesia lasted from 5-14-14 to 5-16-14.

  • Sylena Wilkins

    Hi, I’m 16 and I’m VERY in tune with the spirit realm and all that we co-exist with. it is rare someone my age can interact the way I do with spirits, I do not fear them ever except when I come across bad omens or spirits then I’m a little fearful though I know how to protect myself from them and I do not interact with them ever. The shadow people, for the most part I’ve only ever caught glimpses of them from the corner of my eye, but in the last year I have had two encounters that were a bit more intense. I was in my room hanging laundry when out of no where the shadow figure of a hand came up right beside me and slammed against my door frame. I looked over freaked out and it was gone but I knew that he was still in my room. After that a few days or weeks past I can’t remember now and I felt a burning sensation on my shoulder much like a person resting their hand there, I didn’t think much of it, I knew what it was but I’m so used to the paranormal now I wasn’t bothered. The next day though I went to take a shower and say a red mark on my shoulder. It was fading so I knew it wasn’t bad but my skin was burned enough there was evidence of it the next day. Other than that I have had many encounters with spirits as well. I know a lot more than any kid should at my age and I feel sorry for all kids my age who are like me and go through this as well.

  • Sylena Wilkins

    Okay, I’m 16 years old you can choose to dismiss what I have to say altogether or you can listen to what I say and it may make things a little less scary or uneasy. Yes the shadow people could easily be tied to the fact the area is haunted, the depression suicide and divorce rates could be caused from it but not as likely to be directly linked. Divorce because spouses may blame their husband or wife for the happenings and decide it’s to much for them so they want to get out of the relationship. Depression may be caused by the fear put there by these shadow people and not being able to control whether they are there or not. Suicide because the fear and depression became to much and would rather be dead than deal with the shadow people. Now addressing the not being afraid of them no that’s not weird. There are some I fear and some I find comfort in, they will not harm you in anyway shape or form if you feel a certain bit of comfort towards them that’s what I have learned from my OWN experience. Your family may fear them because they don’t understand what they are at all and things we don’t understand we typically fear, there are some cases we do not fear the unknown but rather we embrace it. Just have your family try praying to God and asking for both mental and physical protection so no omens can harm them. I am not a Christian, I am not even religious but I do this and it WORKS if a encounter lasts long enough all you have to do is say “In the name of God you MUST leave” or something like “You are not welcome here, in the name of God I order you to leave” If you use the rods name whether you are religious or not IT WILL help if they are demonic beings or bad omens.

  • Lissa Jones

    Throughout all my life i always had an affinity for spirits, then it got to the point i was very scared. I found out about Lavender being a good repellent for troublesome spirits, and it worked for my home but else where they were still a regular thing. After a while i stopped burning lavender and the spirits came back, not as badly as when i was young. That’s when the shadow figures started. Its different figures, a man in a fedora, hard to make out but kinda like an old Mafia boss. A woman in black. And two children. I’m thankfully not afraid any more, more annoyed.

  • Lisa Keeney

    I shared with you a couple of months ago regarding shadow people, things have stepped up a notch since then. Myself, husband and son are now experiencing more strange things. A few nights back my husband got up at 12.30pm to take a sleeping tablet ( he checked his phone to see the time) as he was laying down waiting for the tablet to take effect, around 12.45pm he heard pots and pans being used and the cutlery draw opening in the kitchen, he thought that our son had got up and was making something to eat.My husband mentioned to our son about him eating so late at night and said ” you must of had a feast last night with all the pots and pans etc going”our son told him that he went to bed at 10.30pm and never got up till the morning!!! My husband was at the computer doing his quotes for the business when something touched his shoulder, and both myself and husband have heard voices in our bedroom that fade off into whispers.Our son has had his bedroom door opened when it has been closed, he thought that maybe it was one of us playing a trick on him, but it’s been happening when we both are in our bedroom. Both my husband and son are religious people and have now decided to call in the church as they have had enough of all this. I will keep you all posted, hopefully it works as we are trying to sell our house and we do not want to take whatever it/they are with us or leave it /them for the next people!

  • J.t

    Ever since I was around 5-6 yr olds I have been followed by these and didn’t even realize it, it used to mimic my shadows as I walked home from school with my brothers changing growing and shrinking as my own shadows did, it only became apparent to me when I was 10 and my mom and I was walking back home from the beach and we stood slightly under a light pole , she stopped grabbed me and quietly told me to count how many shadows I had , now me being 10 thought it was a joke/game and counted 4, my moms face dropped and she said she only had three , grabbed me picked me up and ran put me in the car and drive home, upon arriving we walked thru the gate and she looked towards me and said your not coming in go away your not welcome here , I thought she was talking to me and replied stop being silly and walk inside and made me turn around facing outside as I stepped in so I blocked what ever it was out.
    Now things were fine for a whole then about a year later it reappeared one night at the end of my bed and just sat there watching me , it touched my sheets and my legs went dead , I started to cry and my mom came in and suddenly my legs could move as normal, she looked around then closed back my door and it was behind my door , it was at least 8ft tall and ur could hear it breathing , it walked and sat on the end of my bed and just watched me all night , now this went on for ages and my parents became more and more concerned about me , and my dad noticed my arm had been cut open in three scratches , I never noticed it , but naturally they thought I was cutting my self but these marks had already been healed over and were darkish brown (I still have these marks on my arm from my elbow to wrist ) and I had another palm mark on my right side again still have it to date , I covered it up for about a month in school till gym when someone noticed and I pretended I grazed it ,
    In the summer of 2009 I was sleeping and this still went on for ages waking up with toys books all in different places in my room. I had just never thought anything of it after a while as I was used to it , but July 18th it went odd … I mean really odd , I was asleep and it came half way thru my wall looked at me and started speaking Latin to me but in a way I never heard it before , (I grew up learning Latin and classic languages in school ) and it asked me to go with it as it could take all my pain and trouble away in an instance for me , I refused and tried to scream but nothing happened , I gave in after ten minutes of it sitting on my chest and it laughing at me , I closed my eyes and drifted to sleep sit with lack of air , it took me and showed me what how and were it stayed and what it knew about me and my family and my role as a “open portal door way ” and how my uniqueness could help them , I remember being angry yet happy and yet terrified to see them tearing people from their bodies thru shadow object hopping , anyways when I was done I ran and tired to go and wake myself up it said I belonged to them and it began to hurt me , no no lie I have proof I woke up with scratches in my arms back chest and I had dominus nostrum written up my walls in the garage we had , also woke up with nose bleeds my eyes were glazed and I came round to my mom shaking me to get up and I woke up screaming and crying . Three days after I got kicked down my stairs and broke 3ribs one had to be cut due to the fracture, broke my fingers , my little toes , impaled my leg thru my banister as I fell and smashed my chin had a hair line fracture in my jaw and chipped my tooth . I was in a wheel chair for 6 weeks and then crutches 3weeks after being rushed to hospitol, since this happened I got blessed, we moved twice then ended up moving country, but now for some reason I get nose bleeds and head aches when I go near churches and when in grave yards walking home my eyes go blurry and I feel different and am constantly complied to talk Latin for no reason … Before you asked I have been phsyco logically evaluated and I am sane and have no issues . I still see a shadow but now I just get watched from trees and outside my house but nothing happens anymore . Can someone help shed some light on this and explain if that is possible for them to do that or was I followed by something else???

  • Kitty

    I’ve seen him several times. It started when I was twelve. It means a warning that someone going to die in my family. When I saw it at twelve, my the next day my aunt died. A year later when I was watching tv and saw, a week later my cousin died. It disappeared for years until a couple years ago and now my son sees him. Im not scared of him but what the future will be

  • Kitty

    Will someone explain to me who this dark shadow is with a hat and why I see him, death happens.

  • zoeybird

    i have been seeing these since i was really young i used to be scared of them but now that i see them regularly i don’t fear them. the latest one that i have seen was one in my door way watching me and when i gasped as i saw it realizing what it was it disappeared. When i think about it they have never made contact with me but they watched from a distance no matter where i went. why do they appear and why do they watch me. they haven’t appeared in a while but i know they are there…. im so confused and frustrated when i think about it >.< someone do you know why this is happening to me?

  • Jadlyn S.R.S

    Ever since I was little I’ve always seen the shadow of a girl that looked like me but it wasn’t my shadow. I was able to hear the girl talk and it would be in whispers. She told me her mum and dad died and something happened that she can’t remember. The girl knows she is a shadow now but I was always the only one who can see her. After a while I was able to cheer her up and her voice made it sound like she was smiling now but her voice still brought chills to my spine. I’ve seen a bunch of shadow people since then but they always come and go, the girl hasn’t. But I could tell she was around the age of 6 or 7, she told me something made her what she was. I don’t know if she died or somthing though.

  • Jadlyn S.R.S

    I have seen the girl since I was little she would talk to me she sounded scared she told me somthing made her what she was. When I was little I was always antisocial but the shadow girl was always with me. She became my friend, she would warn me not to go places because something bad was going to happen. One time I was 6 she told me to hide in my closest. I did and my house was broken into, the guy killed my parents but the shadow girl was trying to protect me because if I went down there at that time I could’ve been shot. I believe that shadow people are good some maybe bad so I normally don’t try to mess with them. I have seen many shadow people since I was little but the girl stuck with me. She had the same shadow as me except I could tell it wasn’t my shadow because I would be able to put my hand through the shadow girl but sometimes I would feel her hold my hand. Even In school she would be with me. She made herself so only I could see her. She blurred herself out of the picture

  • Dark Angel

    I am pretty alarmed bcause from the age of 6 until now a shadow guy is after me but the problem is that every day it comes closer and closer. Two days ago i saw him again but imanage to take a photo of him. He was in the another end of the hallway but when came back with the camera to photo him he was at the entrance to my room. So i took a photo on night mode. The rpoblem is he never came so close to me. So here is the photo. I am pretty scared so if anyone knows anything how to get away from this thing please just tell me in comments. Oh and i almost forgot now im 14. So for 8 years i am cchased. Please help me. Here is th photo.

  • Lynn Sparks

    I agree, fear breeds fear n feeds the negative. I also agree that society today is all to quick to label something as ‘evil’ just because they don’t understand it or because of the the look or feel of it is ‘ugly’, for want of a better word,. But that’s kinda it I’m afraid because no one actually knows what, who or anything really about these Shadow People, there is both positive and negative reports regarding these things. Also I feel maybe u are a little nieve, no disrespect to u intended here, there are negative, ‘evil’ n downright nasty spirits, ghosts, entities etc n they do and can infiltrate u n ur life. I’m not talking ‘demons’ as that is extremely, extremely rare although nowdays anything remotely negative seems to be labelled as demonic. I would most definately NOT recommend trying to contact using any method anything of the Spirit nature unless u know what u are doing or are with someone who does. There ate many many things within not only the universe but also ourselves that we have yet to discover and understand and I suspect a lot we will never be able to understand maybe some not untill we pass from this earthly life. My advice would be to find out, read, learn as much as u can as knowledge, even a little,can eliminate the fear in any situation also learn spiritual protection and don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice and above all else (after learning what u can), trust in yourself, your inner voice, instinct, if it doesn’t feel right more often than not its because it isnt x

  • Sue Mead

    I’d believe that was real if it wasn’t for the fact that it looks identical to the image one sees of the hat/shadow man on google and wikipedia. Nice try, though.

  • tori

    My boyfriend was recovering from a pill addiction and had two shadow man experiences that were pretty frightening. They only came in his dream after consuming alcohol. The first experience the silhouette of a man with what looked like wind coming off of him yold my bf to kill his family, the second experience was worse! The same shadow man with wind coming off of him with a red background told him to kill himself, he was looking over his dead body and I was talking in his sleep, I told him hes ok its just a dream and he was arguing with me and telling me he was dead and he sees his body, I told him to tell the man to go away! He said he wont go away, then I said tell him I am calling on arch angel michael for protection! My bf said hes laughing now, then told me the man doesnt like me, then he woke up!! If anyone has any similar dream please email me I really want to.know what is going on, its rlly scary! [email protected]

  • Devin

    ive seen one when I was 6, chased me back to my bedroom told my dad did not believe me

  • sam

    Hi all I am new to this but wish for some feed back I have been plagued with dreams well nightmares for some years of a man or person in a big black cowl cloak type dress and it my nightmare we fight and I run and run and run and no mater what I do he finds me and stabs me though the belly with a sword.

    I know this probably sounds so stupid or weird but I am a witch and also posses the powers of seeing the dead could this be more than a night mare?

  • Pandora The Curious

    I used to have problems with them at my old house. When I was 16 I was busy writing in my journal and turned toward my bedroom door to see a figure crouched near the shadows (it was a shadow as well but darker than the shadows cast from the light of my lamp). I watched as it slowly disappeared into the shadows of the room and then booked it the heck out of there. Was afraid to spend any time alone in my room for a long time after that.

  • GG

    Hi there..i was doing some general reading and saw what you wrote. I was touched by it because since i remember myself i’ve been seeing “shadow figures” and when i look back at my childhood i remember Fear and darkness, and now i finally made peace with them. To this day i see them ( im 30) but i learned that they are not evil and they feed on fear and they read minds, So basically you see the shadow man as he is because you have a man figure in your mind. The shadows appear in different shapes and sizes due to the person they been stalking. So first of all Do not be afraid, he can’t harm you, it can touch you, and all u feel is just a cold feeling,it can’t push you, hit you, toss you like in horror movies. Its made of energy and there are many ways to keep it away. All he wants is to freak you out. So dont. And you can try to calm yourself by any way you can think of..if you religius then pray If you are angry then tell him to go away, meditate. Anything that will calm you down..and dont stay up all night thinking about it..just..kick him out.
    Btw, not all of them are nasty