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When Shadow People Attack

The first thought that crossed Steven Paynter’s five-year-old mind was that someone had broken into the house in Bury, Greater Manchester, England. “Around 1986, my mother took me around the local estate to her friend’s house,” Paynter said. “I believed that she had been burgled because her kitchen – her entire kitchen – was covered, and I do mean covered, in big black handprints. Almost animal like.”

He didn’t say anything about the obvious black handprints, not until years later. “I mentioned the incident to my mother, what I saw. She looked at me and said, ‘nothing on the wall Steven.’” He didn’t know how that could be. The prints were there, and his mother’s friend said she saw shadows and the image of dark faces on the walls. His mother was immune. “There was nothing on the wall from her point of view.”

From that point, dark images have followed Paynter. The animal-like prints he saw when he was five have turned into entities. “I’ve seen a big black mass with red eyes always at my door,” he said. “The Hat Man always in the background, and typical shadow people just like our shadows on a sunny day.”

These “typical” shadow people have become so commonplace to Paynter; he’s given them a nickname, “Joeys.” He sees these “Joeys” mostly in his dreams, and his dreams are violent.

“Every time after this that I’ve encountered these beings I’ve always been in a sluggish state and able to see my body in bed,” he said. “Always I’ve been chased. They have blocked my doorways and tried to scratch or make physical contact with me.”

Doctors have told Paynter these dreams are caused by a sleep disorder, but he knows they’re not. When these entities appear to Paynter, the room seems to buzz with electricity, and he knows something is there.

“The situations are like an out of body experience,” he said. “I can see myself in bed.” At sixteen, he dreamt he was outside being chased through his garden, into the house, and onto his bed that started to envelope him. “I awoke but I couldn’t move. I felt like I’d just run the London Marathon. I had a cramp in my left leg.”

More recently, he’s discovered physical marks. “I have awoke usually feeling like I’ve been active all night. Muscles tense, aching, even fingers hurt,” he said. “On two occasions I’ve had small scratches on my side, my right side, always after an encounter.” During these encounters, his “Joeys” are the ones to approach him; the Hat Man simply stands in the background, watching.

None of these encounters, however, equal what Paynter calls “the attack.”

“It was around three years ago, I went to bed as normal and got my usual pre-attack buzzing, and I fell asleep,” he said. The next thing he knew he stood at the side of his bed looking at his body lying next to his then-girlfriend, his eyes frozen open. “I know instantly what’s going on and try and wake up. I panicked because I never have seen myself like that and thought I was dying.”

Paynter’s dream self turned and saw three shadow entities in his room, two “Joeys” and the Hat Man. “I’m now confused and scared more then usual.” One of the shadow entities lunged at Paynter, the other reached out to scratch him. As usual during this dream state, Paynter’s movements were slow, like he was moving under water, but Paynter, a jujitsu instructor, fought these entities nonetheless.

“I’ve never done it before or since but I went for them and they put up no resistance,” he said. Paynter wrestled with the shadow people, landing enough punches they retreated behind the Hat Man. “I then turned around and for the first time I saw a line, a silvery line like a tail almost from my back, then I awoke wet through, and heart going very fast.” He could still feel the shadow beings’ presence in the room, but he could no longer see them.

Paynter’s fingers were sore from the attack. When he checked his face in the mirror, the left side bore a slap mark.

Since the attack, the encounters, that occur every two weeks, have changed. “After the fight, all they do now is circle me,” he said. “That’s like you or I would to an object we never seen before.”

Paynter can’t accept the fact that these encounters aren’t real. “I’m told it’s my brain,” he said. “Science tells me it’s a fault with me, but my heart tells me it’s not and I don’t know how or what the hell is going on. I’m 31 now and I know I’m stuck with it, but I’d like an answer.”

He recently received one. When talking with an ex-girlfriend he’s still close to, she told him these encounters aren’t all in his head. “A few years ago I was in hospital with a bacteria infection and was very ill,” he said. “She told me something that she never mentioned before, so this is first time I ever heard of it.”

The night before she took Paynter to the hospital, he lay in bed sweating with a fever. Paynter began breathing heavily and she leaned over to wake him, but when she did, she saw something she didn’t expect. “She caught in the corner of her eye a large man, a shadow that was lit by the streetlight.” She blinked, but the shadow man was still there. She blinked again and it was gone.

Paynter awoke and said, “Did he scare you? Can’t even stop while I’m ill.” Due to the high fever, Paynter doesn’t remember that night, but that incident convinced his girlfriend his stories of shadow man attacks were real. “After that I never believed what the doctor said to you,” she told him. And she always kept the light on.

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  • Manda

    These are not dreams you are having, Steven, you really are having an Out Of Body Experience. These “Shadows” are attacking you because you are letting them. They are lower vibrational ‘beings’ that live on a plane of existence that lays between here and the spiritual world. They can only attack if you allow them. You have a great power over them, and the next time you encounter them, try not to be afraid. Will them away from you. Imagine a white, safe light surrounding you, and they can not harm you. Google Erin Plavinia and read up on what she has to say about OBE’s and these ‘Shadow’ people. Good luck, Hun!!!

  • Rocko

    I have had experiences with the shadow people.. I am no longer bothered by the Shadow People or the Hat people. After encountering them, take lots of baths. They do not like water at all. Check out Robert Bruce’s books on the Shadow People or the Negs as he calls them.

  • hektur

    Ignorance is always the solution.

  • Loren Wilder

    Demonic entities. Did you know that during the ministry of Jesus he always tossed out the demon first and then the body became healed? There was only one instance in the Bible where he healed someone that had a birth defect all the others were caused by demons. Go to God for your problem, He’s the only permanent solution to your nasty visitations by these demonic spirits..

  • Edward Bewick

    Have you read Carlos Castaneda’s books? The Art Of Dreaming, if not read it.

  • Jak Nak

    Sorry to read that you’re being harassed.
    Unfortunately despite the well intentioned advice of others, you most likely are in a very unique position, and will find a way to stop it.
    God speed.

  • grp61

    GET OUT !

  • HeBre

    I see comments about raising the vibration, meditating BASICALLY avoiding these encounters. However it may be said that YOU ARE IN FACT fighting in a dimension few experience but for the benefit of all. I suspect the Hat dude is representative of all HAT wearer’s Colonialist, Police, Relgious leaders etc.(the System administrators) The Control wizards of a modern day system. Maybe attempt a perspective change of the encounters & do your best for HUMANITY & destroy the Hat guy & share encourage others to do the same. I feel them, but never fight them never see them & never ever fear them. I believe you are doing a good thing & hope it becomes less disturbing for you as you acquire more skills, confidence & feel good about doing what many of us can’t YET..

  • Steve3

    These are ghoul attacks. There are things you can do. Refer to Stuart Wilde website and info. stand your ground and have no fear ( they feed on the fear ), another quick help is lavender, spray it on yourself and the house , they normally dont like this, use it before sleep

  • Chris Barnaby

    Awesome post, i have encountered these beings as well and like Manda says they are definitely a part of the ‘lower vibrational’ realms. As we cross from this perception into a slightly wider perception you will encounter them. I believe they are the lower bardo realms the buddhists talk of. They are filled with lost souls of people and entities that haven’t figured out where they are and are often scared and confused. If you find a way of releasing past this lower state you will find other spaces of more interesting beings. Consciousness is a spectrum of awareness an your experience of these beings is but one part of it.

  • Paul Mills

    Stop eating cheese before you go to bed.

  • ste paynter

    Thanks everybody, nice to know im not on my own and i cant thank Jason enough, i keep the man updated best i can and if anyone has info or want to know anything let me know

    cheers everyone


  • Bobby Mckeown

    I saw ‘shadow people’ loads of time as a kid. When I told my dad, he expressed a very ‘omg’ expression. he knew exactly what I was talking about. he called them ‘Creeping Nadgers’.

  • Unreal9

    Excellent article. I’m very curious about the Hat Man, however. Some years ago I witnessed three Hat Man shadows fly across my living room wall. They were silhouettes, but they looked very much like they were wearing 40′s style fedoras and trench coats.

    Can you expand on your experience with the Hat Man? This is important to me; my life has been very active paranormally, and I’ve always been curious about the “Hat Men.”

  • candice

    ive had the hatman shadow figure with me every since i can remember……ive been attacked pretty bad lately in the same sleep state…woke up with sore ribs where fingers were dug into it…most the time its been my back..i dont know nothing to do i wish i least im not the only one. ive always had encounters with the paranormal..any suggestions?

  • georgiypotulov

    Are the creature like beings a bright color with ant looking eyes and wings? I had one hover to me a few weeks ago.

  • georgiypotulov

    I have had one that attacked with no mercy during sleep paralysis state, one that hit me when I was in the middle of a field in Princeton while I was awake, and many that have wandered around. I even saw a bluish bug looking creature that floated right up to the couch when I was In the dream/wake state.

  • Meg B

    I’ve had a few run ins with shadow people.
    I think the creepiest one was the one in my basement that I thought was my dad. Luckily, I’ve never had anything attack me, but shadow people are scary and bad news whether they come after you or just stand there and watch.