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Beware of the Hat Man

A couple of nights ago I finished reading the new book from Heidi Hollis, The Hat Man: The True Story of Evil Encounters. This is a fascinating book that deserves to be read by students of various areas of research, including UFOs, hauntings, alien abductions, demonology, other realms of existence, the afterlife, and much more, too, including the Men in Black – the latter being an issue I’ll return to later.

I have known Heidi since 2005 when we took part in a week-long filming for a never-aired television show on the Roswell affair of 1947. I also know Heidi to be a skilled writer and researcher, and someone who knows how to grab the attention of her readers and write in a fashion that is both informative and entertaining. And, with that said, onto Heidi’s latest release.

The Hat Man is a book that is as illuminating as it is disturbing. Across its 240 pages it tells of the rise, development, and spreading phenomenon of the creepy character of the book’s title. And Heidi – as a result of her research, writings, radio shows, and willingness to help people – has become the undeniable focal point for reports of the Hat Man.

All of this brings us to the most important question of all: who, or what, is the Hat Man? Well, that’s a very good question. Put simply, an untold number of people, dating back to an untold period of time, have reported  encounters with what is clearly a malevolent entity with intentions that are not good – not in the slightest.

On some occasions the Hat Man appears in shadowy form (not unlike the infamous Shadow People – to whom the Hat Man is almost certainly related, even if we’re not sure why). On many occasions, however, the Hat Man appears in regular, human form, sporting a black beard and a black suit, and wearing a long overcoat or a cloak – almost always black, too.


Most noticeable about this creepy figure is, of course, his hat. Sometimes, it’s a fedora, other times it’s an old style top hat. Occasionally, it’s more like a cowboy hat. But, regardless of the kind of hat, it’s always present.

Many of the encounters occur while the victim is in a distinct altered state – that of sleeping. Nightmarish accounts of terrifying visitations, in the early hours of the morning, from the Hat Man abound in the pages of Heidi’s book. None of them are positive. All of them are negative. The Hat Man appears to be attracted to or provokes (maybe, even, both) bad luck, misfortune, ill-health, and even death. Soul-stealing may be one of the calling cards of the horror in the hat.

What makes the Hat Man so difficult to pin down  – in terms of what he is and what he represents – is that he appears in numerous situations. Those who have dabbled with Ouija boards have received ominous visits. As have alien abductees who have reported seeing the man in connection to the so-called “Grays” and “Mantis”-type aliens. People whose lives have taken bad turns find themselves plagued by the Hat Man.

Even more ominous, the Hat Man appears to be attracted to certain families – several generations will report sightings of this grim and devious thing. And if that was not enough, Heidi tells of how the Hat Man intruded upon her very own life: friends and family reported strange Hat Man-style experiences. As Heidi’s research progressed, so did what appeared to be an uncanny awareness on the part of the Hat Man that Heidi was tracking him down.

This is something I have personally experienced on a number of occasions: when we look for these entities something appears to alert them to what we’re doing. Heidi also notes how more than a few witnesses to the Hat Man have had prophetic dreams, and nightmares of a dark and apocalyptic future involving nuclear war.

Now to the Men in Black, which I mentioned at the beginning of this article. In the same way that Heidi gets a massive amount of Hat Man reports, so I get a great deal of Men in Black reports – having written a couple of books on the subject and numerous articles. Heidi touches upon the MIB mystery in her book – which is not surprising, given that the MIB and the Hat Man look very alike.

But there’s something else: I have a number of cases on record where people received MIB visitations after using Ouija boards – just like Heidi with the Hat Man. I have reports of people who have linked outbreaks of ill health with the MIB – which is also an aspect of the Hat Man controversy.

And let’s not forget, when – near-singlehandedly – in the early 1950s Albert Bender ushered in the phenomenon of the Men in Black, his MIB were nothing like government agents. They manifested in his bedroom, late at night, amid an overpowering stench of brimstone. They had bright shining eyes and oozed menace. On top of that, Bender’s health was dramatically affected (in a bad way, I should stress) by his hat-wearing visitors of the night.

Do I think the Hat Man and the Men in Black are both part of something bigger and inter-connected? Yes, I most certainly do.

Heidi pulls no punches when it comes to her theories on what’s afoot: she is firmly of the opinion that the Hat Man is a devilish entity – as in literally. As a Christian, Heidi believes the Hat Man to be a minion of the Devil, a thing that is playing a major role in the battle between good and evil, and for the souls of the Human Race.

Others may have differing opinions. The important fact, however, is that the Hat Man is being seen. And it’s being seen more and more. Something is going on. Something strange is out there. Something that wants us. Something that taunts and even manipulates us. Its name is the Hat Man. And you should most definitely read Heidi’s book on this ominous thing.

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  • hidflect

    There’s a common misunderstanding about the Hat Man. That’s not a hat, that’s its head. And the coat, or the cloak “he” wears is part of his body. But as humans, we become so freaked when we see something weird that we re-interpret what we see so that it makes sense to us. I haven’t read the book but I’ve seen the Hat Man and I froze in terror so bad I’ll never forget it.

  • Rebecca Torkington

    I saw it standing outside a glass sliding door, swaying side to side. Wearing all black and black glasses but not quite human and very scary.

  • Bear1000

    Not sure if anyone else feels this, but this entity kind of reminds me of Freddy Krueger in a way due to the hat and visitation through dreams and the dead of night. Which leads me to wonder if maybe Wes Craven was on to something when he wrote those films? I don’t know but I’m not sure I’d want to find out.

  • Wes Craven based Freddy on a true story in Laos. There were people dying in their sleep after having bad nightmares and there is a case of an Asian man whom had dreams of a Freddy type character in the 1960’s.


    This is really interesting & its just mindblowing how often this guy shows up.Reminds me of Kaiser Soze.

  • insipid2000

    People in my town see him fairly often. As have I.

  • Wendy Collins

    He’s worn a Fez and a Stetson, I don’t know if these hats would be cool.


  • Melissa

    I have seen “my” hat man for a number of years. The first time he came to me was days before my brother died suddenly. He calmly and softly told me that everything was going to be ok. I have seen him on numerous occasions at work, which has changed over the years. He is always standing watching. He has also made appearances when people in my life whom I am close with, have been going through extremely stressful or scary times. He “alerts” me and often soon after I will receive a call from said friends. I have never ever felt him as a malicious presence. I have never felt scared, or that he was ominous. In fact I often find comfort in seeing him…I always considered him my angel. I never thought to look into a hat man theory until someone suggested I do-and upon finding this it hurts my heart.

  • Melissa

    I am happy to read someone else has had an experience that wasn’t menacing. As mentioned above I feel he is a guardian

  • I heard not all of them are “bad” . I saw a hat man for 2 days in a row when i was around 8 and he was also in my dream between the days. I wasn’t scared of it , just thought it was weird. I just heard the “fedora” hat one can be aggressive. If you don’t feel bad when you see it, I personally wouldn’t worry about it. He might be a messanger as you think.

  • Julius

    Fun fact: The Hat Man as an entity type is actually present as a nameless character in the video game LSD: Dream Emulator, a Japan-only release for Playstation 1 that’s become a cult-classic due to how strange and surreal it is. He’s never named as such (unnamed in-game, called “Grey Man” by fans), but he looks almost exactly like the Hat Man is described, save for the fact that he’s a dull gray rather than pure black.

    The game revolves around exploring a dream world on an unseen time limit, where touching anything either alters the dream or ends it. A figure alarmingly-similar to the Hat Man complete with coat and hat appears very rarely, and is the only thing remotely resembling an “enemy” entity in the game since he walks toward you when he appears and can be dodged. If you touch him, you wake up instantly and the dream ends as if you’d run out of time.

  • Toni

    My family calls him “The Man”. Generations of our family have been visited by him repeatedly. I thought I might have been a family curse until I seen this. Wow, there are other people who have seen “The Man”? He comes in between the state of asleep and awake. Where you are still fully aware of the sounds around you but are just on the edge of sleep. My sister hears rustling leaves, I hear the sound of a rubber band being repeatedly stretched. If you’re lucky enough not to get lulled by the sound and start fighting it immediately. I say fight it because at that point you can’t move. You feels sunk into the bed or elevated but you physically can not move at all. Then some see “The Man” and sometimes you don’ just know he’s there and he’s the one doing it. It feels like you’re fighting for your life..or your soul.. All it takes to break out of it is to be able to move anything at all, a finger, a toe.. Or for someone to touch you..and it’s over. But, he always comes back.

  • viva_yo

    I’ve seen them and other shadow beings both as a child and as a middle-aged adult. They don’t arrive on the edges of sleep but rather when I’m fully awake. I know that they’re not my imagination because my cats exited the room at lightening speed every time, just before I was aware that the shadow things were there. The last encounter was in the early 2000’s when they walked across my room slowly, turning to stare me straight in the eyes before they disappeared into a wall. I finally got rid of them by banishing them from my presence and from ever returning again and I’ve not seen them since. I think that they’re harbingers of evil and ill fortune. Following on the heels of 9/11 ( I live not 2 miles from the WTC) and my evil, drug-addicted, convicted murderer, drug-dealing, thieving, incest loving, downstairs neighbors started a meth lab in 2009 and are still allowed to operate by city administrators and what is laughingly referred to as “law enforcement”. Evil indeed. You may ban them from your presence but they will enter the weakest beings around you to make your life sheer hell, which in my case are the demented, drug addicted half-wits living in the apt. below mine.

  • Unfortunate

    When I was younger, I lived in a Creepy Older House. A few times when I would go up stairs. We had a room on the far side. It was during the day, pretty early and the room was bright. Id be almost at the top of the stairs, walking up, and as I turn my head I see a black trench coat figure with a top hat(looked like)walking from the right side of the door to the left inside the far room & all I seen was the side of him. It was clearly the hatman & it was a VERY distinct look.. the first time I heard other people talking about it, I got the chills. It happened a few seemed to far fetched and unreal to talk about. The fact it happened more than once made me never forget it

  • Bernard O’Connor

    I just purchased this book on Amazon and can’t wait to read it. As mentioned in your review: ” Heidi believes the Hat Man to be a minion of the Devil, a thing that is
    playing a major role in the battle between good and evil, and for the
    souls of the Human Race.” I cannot help notice the similarities of The Hat Man, and Baron Samedi, the Loa ( of Haitian Vodou ( although lacking the white skull face., Additionally, “he is the Loa of resurrection,
    and in the latter capacity he is often called upon for healing by those
    near or approaching death, as it is only Baron who can accept an
    individual into the realm of the dead.”
    As a seemingly world-wide phenomenon, he maybe one very busy shadow person.

  • Ash

    I was staring at a picture I shared and as I looked at the shadow and the shape of the hat and head, the thought occurred to me… What if that is where its eyes go?

    The brim of the hat that sticks out would make it look more… “Grey” alienish? Just a thought…

  • hidflect

    You can mock. Until you see the Hat Man..

  • Ryan O Morain

    “Quantum physics may one day explain”

    Don’t be that guy.

  • thin lizzy

    Please help me , I live in the UK and because of ‘hat man’ ( which have called him for years now ) I have been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, I am haunted daily and I believe he killed two of my
    relatives by suggestion alone , please help me I feel he comes through as ppl know and trust , he as been and seen a lot of the women in my family and for a long time I believed he was my grandfather , refrences to my own death have been made …. I’ve been held down and raped by this thing , I wont go in my kitchen because things get thrown at my feet and I get cut regularly , ppl will say im crazy but I’m afraid …. My father was taken , and my aunt , they both died suddenly without symptom , hat man showed me my father’s soul being taken , I’ve seen him many many times , my doctor says im just crazy , I’m thinking of seeking a spiritualist or something …. I dont know any more …. Please help me , I dont think i can go on much longer

  • thin lizzy

    my family have been affected for a long time …. I dont know what to do

  • Epona Nebbie

    I’ve had the hat man show up in my dreams i think two or three times . He always does the same thing . He’s going through the gate of my house to walk to the backyard letting in these small bunny creatures with antlers and then he looks over to the window and through the blinds I’m sure he can see me . and then my Boyfriend comes over , waves a lantern , i push him away and the dream ends . I have no idea if he’s even there anymore cause i usually wake up. This is making me stressed because in the other part of the dream I was killing old classmates because they were treating me like scum . I’m not forgetting this …

  • Rika5589

    I’ve had many dreams of a man similar to this. But he has no beard, nor a trench coat. Just a black suit and a black fedora. One dream in piticular I remember sitting up and facing the man, and asked why he was here, and who he was. My mom said I had actually sat up in my sleep, but spoke a “different language”. I still think it was sleep mumble though. Is it normal for him to appear and NOT have a beard or trench coat?

  • Sivan

    I am now 35 years old. I saw the hat man about 8 years ago, when I was going through a very bad stressful time.
    I had 3 visits from him and I had no idea about this man until I tried googling about it. He wore a hat and I think I saw a cape.
    The first time he just stood by the door of my bedroom and watched me. I don’the believe that I was awake. I think I was sleeping, but somehow I was aware and have seen the room and him standing. It was almost like out of body experience. Once I became aware of him I got scared and woke up terrified.

    The second time started very similar. My emotional state at that time was extremely depressed and bad, as I was going through something very difficult in my life. I became aware of him that night standing by the door, I got scared, but went back to sleep. Probably immediately or very shortly, I became aware of him being close to my bed, on the right side of my bed. I clearly saw and felt that he shook my mattress very close to me, as if to make me aware of him.
    I didn’t feel that he was bad or negative at all. I think I felt a combination of curiosity and maybe even concern for me. It felt like he wanted maybe to shake me out of that terrible emotional state I was. He could have done something bad to me or touch me, because he was so close, but he touched the mattress near me.

    The third time he came to me after I moved to a new home. Again, I was asleep in my bed and he stood at the door to my bedroom. I got scared and he deasapeared.

    I have never seen him again since, but I clearly remember his visits and I had no idea that other people see this man also. Very soon after the last visit, my life filled up with very positive things and I was able to get over my difficult period.

    I always believed that he was maybe an angel or a some being that came to help me when I was so lost.

  • DH

    This may be due to the effects high levels of EMFs have on us. They can cause hallucinations. As for the first record being in 1966, I’ve learned something new. I just started my quest for answers with the things I have seen and had to endure, and haven’t gotten far enough into it to look up the first recorded sighting of this “hat man”.

  • clay

    Im 42. Born in 73. When I was around 7 years old both my brother and I were visited at night by who we called at the time, ‘Mr Tickles’. I can vividly see the figure in my doorway. It was to dark to see the fearures but the sillouett was that of a man in a hat. I would try to scream out but it was useless as I was paralyzed. It would tickle me in the ribs and there was not a thing I could do. It was such a long time ago but the memory remains. I couldnt belive my brother
    and i could describe the same dream.

  • The Horde

    What this thing is, is a perpetual fear/survival instinct induced hallucination that exists to keep people alert in the dark, because that’s where all the predators would be in prehistoric times.

  • Bob

    I had the same, only i spoke spanish. My mother recognized it

  • Alexus

    I am 18 years old. About a year ago; maybe less I was spending the night with two friends. We decided to skip school and go to the beach since it was a day of testing for the younger grade. We didn’t need to be there.
    I woke up but was paralyzed.. I could only move my eyes around. Movement in the hallway caught my attention and I watched as this shadow moved its way towards the open door. Slowly but surely it was standing there at the open door and I felt as if I could no longer breathe. It was a very tall shadow person with what seemed to be a long jacket that reached the floor, a stick that I could only presume to be a walking stick, and a hat. It just stared at me. I was so scared. I’ve always been visited by ghosts. seeing and hearing them but nothing like this. It wanted to be seen and so it just stood there.
    Finally, I was able to conjure enough strength to sit up. I shut up into bed gasping for air. I am thankful that it hasn’t happened again and I don’t ever want it to! I am also thankful that it didn’t happen at my house even if that sounds bad.

  • Cole Marquise Diamond

    I spent all day at work feeling out of sorts like I wasn’t connected to my body. The best way I can describe it would be like when your dreaming and you’re looking out of someone else’s eyes and you know they’re not yours.

    Three of my friends had stayed over at my studio apartment. When we finally past out I was in the center of the bed with a person on either side. My third friend fell asleep on the couch on the other side of the room.

    The man in the hat bent over my friend and woke me up. I sat up in bad and rested my back against the wall. At no point did I feel unsafe or as if he was there to hurt me, the exact opposite actually.

    We talked for hours an I was under the impression from the outline of his cloths that he wasn’t from our time… but he also didn’t seem to be dead. He was what i can only describe as phased out kind of a blur, like I was wearing the wrong prescription of glasses but only while looking at him. Before I woke up he repeated to me several times that it was super important that I remember EVERYTHING he had told me.

    In the morning my friend on the couch asked why myself and Scott weren’t tired. We both looked at her puzzled to which she replied…
    “You guys were up all night whispering. I had sleep paralysis and couldn’t move but I could see Scott sitting in the chair next to your bed with a hat on.”
    Scott tells her he was asleep that it wasn’t him. I immediately pipe up…
    “I thought I dreamt that… did you hear what we were talking about?”

    Unfortunately she didn’t and after she thought about it from the way he was dressed admitted it couldn’t have been Scott.
    I’m still not afraid of my experience. I wish I could remember everything the man in the hat said. He stressed how important it was that I remember everything.
    Has anyone else had an experience similar?

  • Brent Daniels

    I watched a documentary on nightmares. One of the stories of a nightmare this person was talking about got my attention. He talked about the hat man and saw him as a child.. I thought for a moment, and remembered I used to have nightmares about the hat man when I was 6 or 7 years old…I remember feeling a buzzing type pressure with extreme anxiety… I’m 45 now…I assumed it was only a bad dream of my own stresses from a not so normal childhood upbringing…I’m a bit uncomfortable that it wasn’t only myself who experienced the hat man..

  • Ki

    Ive actually said the same thing. Ive seen the hooded figure and some little creature things with it. I was reading up on this bc i thought i was the only one who has experienced this. When i found out i wasn’t and reading comments and experiences i came to the conclusion that it only attacks God’s chosen.

  • TurtleGod

    I think that people are speaking up about it now because they now realize what they saw and would like to tell about it, but sure, there are people who make up stories about it, too.

  • andrew

    Seems to me that it has to be a dark time in your life.. my wife was not well.. a lot of pain and 3 bad dreams in a row before I saw him no more then an arm reach away from me while I laid flat on my back.. I have long reach and am a little shorter then him (6’6) he spoke to me in my dream before waking up. It was just all black as my eyes were closed but his face is forever resonated in my memory.. he had a gold face in my dream, bald Almost Egyptian with gold paint I also recall a snake going around his face.. (Keep in mind my eyes are closed and it is like looking at a black screensaver with his face coming in and out as he spoke.. seemed too real And the language was unclear to me) when I awoke.. I could not move my hands and arms. As if they were asleep.. I stared at him for several moments tried to move them.. With all of my might and strength.. As if his stare was holding me down somehow.. I laid there paralyzed gazing at him. My wife was covered in a blanket with her back turned against me.. lucky… He vanished very quickly my arms went from asleep to normal instantly.. I have the feeling he was protecting me from her… Couple weeks after seeing him.. my wife goes into a mental institution and loses her mind. She spoke of killing me in God’s name.. Because I will be reincarnated couple days later and it’s okay to do so.. I’m not cool with that.. I was only 28 at the time I’m 30 now and Divorced.. but to some it all up I was frightened from him.. He visited Me 2 days ago. I wear a st. Christopher necklace along with her diamond ring around my neck everyday.. yet he can still hold me down.. I don’t sleep on my back anymore and probably never again.. My friends make fun of me till this day.. they say that I saw the “lamp man”.. This is my first time searching for the Hat man.. he reminded me of the character in Jeepers Creepers.. I can no longer watch that movie anymore.. And the face that I saw in my dream reminded me of the god Character in the movie 300.

  • Joshua Reinhold

    Its alright u can tell us what he told u

  • Rob Long

    We moved to an older home when I was about 6 years old. The house always gave me bad feelings, certain areas of the home were very creepy. Open stairways to the basement with an open well pit which extended beyond the the basement walls, and two bedrooms on the second floor with crawl spaces on either side of them. I was always uneasy, bordering on being frightened in that house. I never really cared for my bedroom though it bothered me less than the other bedrooms in the house, I was still not comfortable sleeping in it.

    For whatever reason, probably because as a 6-7 year old I felt more comfortable sleeping on the couch in the living room, falling asleep watching TV. The one and only time in my life I saw this entity it was very early morning before dawn. The house was very dark, TV was turned off presumably by my Mother. I’m not really sure if I was sleeping, or for some reason I was woken. What I was aware of even in the predawn darkness of the room, standing next to the couch over my feet was an extremely dark form of a tall thin man with a hat. I believe he had some sort of cape or overcoat on but it was not clearly visible, just a very dark shape.

    This experience seemed to last for a very long time, I could not move, or make a sound, I’m not sure if I was all that scared at that time. After what seemed a very long time of this figure standing over me he slowly reached down and touched my toes. I’m not sure how to explain it but instantly when he touched me I felt as though some even darker process was happening, it felt as though a line was slowly making it’s way up my body, as if everything on his side of the line was gone cold, nonexistant.

    The progression seemed fairly slow, it made it to where my neck began, just below my throat. For some reason in my mind I felt if I allowed it to progress any further I would die. At that point I’m not sure If If I just willed him to be gone, or If I had actually woke from a nightmare. To this day some where near 50 years later the memory is still nearly as though it just happened.

    I brushed the experience off as a simple nightmare, and have to this day never seen him again. We continued to live in the home for another 6 or seven years. I stayed away from those areas of the house which made me feel uneasy. I did continue to have some strange dreams in that house. Nothing like the Hatman.

  • Gena Sonnenberg

    I seen him when i was 13, he wasnt evil or negitive to me in any way, i shared my story on another post.

  • Saylor Sullivan

    I saw the Hat Man in 1994 when I was 16 years old… I was living on the streets at the time due to a bad home situation and staying in abandoned buildings in downtown Bakersfield California.

    The building we were currently staying in was an old condemned mortuary (we didn’t know it had been a mortuary until later that week when we found thousands of death certificates in a locked room). My sighting was in the early morning hours, roughly around 6 am. There was enough light coming through the windows that I could see a gray coloring to my friends face and make out details. So I was laying on my back with my hands under my head as a pillow and my friend was laying on their side, using their arm as a prop and we were just chatting about random pointless crap. When all of a sudden I hear what sounds like men’s dress shows clomping and slightly scraping the cement floor and coming straight out of a corner where there was nothing but a solid wall. I asked my friend if they could hear what I was hearing and they said no, it was either my imagination or one of our friends coming down the rickety old wooden stairs (not at all the same sound). Then all of a sudden this black shadow (which seems to fail to explain just how void of light he truly was… he was more like absolute darkness) man with a very large hat was standing in front of the pillar that was diagonally to the left of us and I popped up asking my friend “who is that?” and they looked and said “who?” I said “that man standing right there!” all while pointing at him. Still my friend saw nothing and thought I was insane.

    So, I stared at the Hat Man for a good 2-3 minutes watching him look into the room in front of him and puff on a cigarette (which by the way, the tip was the only colorful thing about him) and then he slowly moved into the other room where one of my other friends and a guy that I didn’t get along with were sleeping. I never saw him again after that but like 15 years after this incident I learned that the person I wasn’t really friends with saw him too. I never did find out if he felt fear or what emotion was connected to his sighting but as for me I wasn’t afraid, I was just thoroughly confused and somewhat amazed that I was seeing what I was seeing… Also, it wasn’t until about 3 years ago that I decided to look up the Hat Man (which is also what I had always called him because his hat was so unforgettable) and saw that there are at least thousands of sightings. So weird!

  • Bluestone425

    I don’t know whether I have ever actually seen him , maybe when I was younger, I am 15 now but have a terrible memory almost like time is being erased behind me only tiny fragments remain. I can sense his presence and in dreams I kept seeing his figure and even some partial features but nothing I could describe. I thought I was the only one but that doesn’t seem so… I have arthritis and severe anxiety which I got with the memory loss , it was so sudden but it was around the time I started to feel his presence more often. It may be weird but I can sense he is in animals I go by , they usually just stare , it doesn’t happen too often but enough to stay with me. The thing is Im highly spiritual , I see auras and that gift has been expanding the more I see him , almost like it rubbed off on me as he was around. anyway cya later just felt like sharing.

  • Sweetly_Sarcastic

    I have seen The Hat Man since I was 6 years old, but there’s more. I grew up very aware of the shadow people. When I was a young child, about 4 or 5, I slept in my parents room because the shadows would scare me. It wasn’t until this one night when I woke up and saw them. I woke up my dad and asked him who they are. He told me “they are just the shadow people. Go back to sleep”. Growing up and even now he still sees them just like me, the hat man also has visited him in the past. I am able to tell when someone is going to die, but I don’t know who or how. I get this really odd illness the night before, with the smell of death. When I was 6, it was the first time I got the sickness, about a week later I received my first sighting of the hat man. Unlike the shadow people, I wasn’t afraid of him. I actually felt peaceful. Now in my adulthood, he seems to visit whenever he wants. I have tried to keep a record to see if I can tell when to expect him, but it is so random. Sometimes I won’t even be asleep, I could be playing a game or watching TV and see a shadow out of the corner of my eye. When I turn around I see him, always with a wide brimmed hat. Sometimes he has a wide smile that is hard to see, most the time his face is still. I can go from seeing him a few times a year, to seeing him every month. I don’t know what draws him, but I was told once that my sickness is an “ability” and can draw the “unseen” to me. I don’t know how true that is though, since I never have seen a “ghost”. He has never spoken to me, but every time after a visit I have very vivid dreams that I remember the next day, normally I never remember my dreams. Not sure if connected, but figured I would add it.

    I don’t think he is completly evil, or negative. Not once in all these years has he caused me harm, or has anything bad happened after a visit. It’s the opposite in fact. When my mom was on life support with only a 10% chance of making it, I saw him every night, he always made me feel calm. It was like a 360 degree change from me crying my eyes out to feeling calm and able to sleep. The night before she started waking up I saw him standing in the vanity room door way with that creepy smile of his. I felt calm, and dreamed of my grandmother telling me that she will be okay, and to trust what I see. She woke up the next day and I am still thankful for his presence during that time.

  • Gena W.

    I saw the “Hat Man” twice in my life. Both times I was fully awake. The first time I was as a child. The second in my twenties. The man was in solid white from hat to suite. As a child I felt no fear. I always thought it was my father for him and my mom were divorced, and I lived with my moms mother who treated me crappy. I like others had a not so great childhood. He watched me for what seemed hours, and silently I hoped he would rescue me from the clutches of my mean grandmother who abused me daily. The second time was with my mom. As I stated already I was in my twenties. This time my life again was in turmoil. My oldest son was kidnapped. My mom was afraid of him and saw him often as well. I’m afraid to admit I fed of her fear and became afraid myself. I have had numerous dreams that has been prophetic. It is amazing that there are others who know this being, and that I am not nuts. I would seriously like to talk to some of you who share the attitude of no fear.

  • hrgls

    When my son was three, he started waking up at night sit up and talk in a strange language while staring ahead like in a trance. I started seeing shadows come from his room that would go out thru the wall. During the day he would talk about zadok and someone else that came to get him at night to go to the garden and work on stuff. Your post brought up that eerie memory.

  • Caleb Heighway

    I have only seen the hat man once not even knowing about him until i looked up “shadow man with trench coat and fedora” I woke up were my feet usually would be and i looked over to see that he was starring out my window i was awake for about 5 min and then fell back asleep i woke up where my feet usual were in the morning like the night before to show me it was real i was 13 when this happened i am 15 now i wanna see him again.

  • ThePeaceVibe.

    I have encountered the hat man about 5 times, some in dreams, others awake. The first time was a dream. I was in a crowded street and he was following /kind of stalking me. I had a fear of letting him catch up to me for whatever reason. Every time I turned back he was there.. oddly felt like eye contaCT but I couldn’t see his face. It also seemed the other people didn’t notice either of us. I woke up. The next morning I was telong my sister about this weird dream and she freaked out because she had the same dream. I was 25-26 at the time and she’s 2 years younger than I am. We have always had a strange bond both being able to sense when something is wrong with other even if we haven’t spoke. For example once I knew something bad happened to her while I was at work and then I got a call saying she was in a wreck. Anyway.. we chalked it up to our sync. Neither of us ever heard about the hat man. So a year goes by and I wake up to intense fear and there he is in the corner watching me. I didn’t want to move or anything and forced myself to fall back asleep. So then I wind up with my current boyfriend and he was a ghost hunter also a medium. He lived in a hotel that was once a speakeasy and a brothel. There were ghost hunters there every weekend and he stayed in an apartment built onto the hotel. I eventually moved in with him and one night I had a dream I was in some weird/foreign plane is the best I can describe it. I came to only what I can call a vortex or portal. The hat man showed up.. this was the first time I wasn’t afraid of him. He took me through the portal and we ended up in the ballroom of the hotel. He then walked me to our apartment door and stopped right at the doorway while I walked in. I saw myself and my boyfriend asleep. I walked to my side of the bed and it was like a snap I woke up. It was almost like an out of body experience and he guided me back to my body.. strange I know. I immediately got annoyed of thinking who is this man in the hat and long coat I keep seeing. So I searched on Google and boom there was a picture of him and it gave me goosebumps. It also freaked me out that he was known as “the hat man”.. that there was a name for him. So a few weeks go by and during the day I’m alone at the hotel when I go to walk out of our apartment door I see him standing there, only he was looking out of the door instead of at me. I could only tell because his shadow was a profile. As soon as I noticed him though it looked like he turned to look at me. I instantly felt dread. I thought I was seeing things then I looked at my dog and to my fear she was staring at him. I sat on the floor next to her and we both just stared at him I then got this odd feeling that he was guarding my apartment door from something else. I got the courage to go by him and went for a walk. A few days later I went to leave and there he was again right by my door, at that point I’d had it. I yelled at him and told him to get out and leave me alone. He seemed to disappear and I was relieved. About a week went by and I had a dream he was chasing me. I guess awake life manifested in my dream because I finally turned around and laughed at him and told him I wasn’t afraid anymore. I woke up and have never seen him in a dream or awake since. I feel like he realized I no longer feared him while asleep or awake so it was a waste of time. Standing up to him seems to be the way to get rid of him. After all it seems fear is the main goal with him, almost like he feeds off of it. I still don’t know what to make of the time he escorted me back to my body, unless that was to gain trust? Either way he definitely is an interesting phenomenon. Even though I felt fear with him at times I do not believe he is a demon, but could definitely make you think he is. I think he is a very powerful shadow figure and the power/energy he gives off may be his own fear of being seen.

  • R. A.

    I know I’m responding years after you posted this(and it’s off topic from the article), but I wanted to ask about the “huge grey wall” in your dream. You say it was “racing around the planet” and you describe it as a “wave”….do you mean a wave of water like a gigantic tsunami? Or maybe a shockwave of super-compressed air…?

    I ask because I have been studying the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis, which, if correct, means that earth went through a period of heavy bombardment from cometary fragments, some of which were miles in diameter, about 12,000 years ago. The impacts ended the ice age, killed off the megafauna, raised sea levels 400 feet, and wiped out the North American Clovis culture(and many other cultures, no doubt). I just find your dream fascinating because I have been imagining very similar scenarios–of huge walls of water racing around the planet–while trying to get a grasp of the magnitude of this catastrophic episode of history, which our distant ancestors witnessed.

  • FOTF2012

    I don’t know how to explain it. I am rationalist and skeptical to the core.

    However, around 2002, in a fully waking state, both my daughter and I saw hat man out of the corner of our eyes. Pitch black. No features. Hat like a fedora. We took turns describing what we had just seen to corroborate one another.

    We were jolted at the time, but years later I came across a picture of hat man, and shared it with my daughter.

    I simply asked if that reminded her of anything, so as not to coach her. She replied that yes, that was what we had seen in 2002!

    I still don’t know what to make of it. But two intelligent people, fully awake, saw it at the same time. In some sense or another, it is real. I’ll swear to that under oath.

  • Jeff from Pa

    I am 40 now & when I was 6 the visits started from the man in the balcony hat, he would be sitting on a rocking chair in the living room right across from my bed. I could not talk to him & i couldn’t hear him but he would wave to me as if to call me to him but I would always get woken up from my mom cause she said I was crying and pointing to the chair. I had atleast 6 visits till my mom took me to a church and they gave me a blessed medel. Reply if thin sort of thing happend to you.

  • Jan Kever

    Not to scare you but that figure seems to hover around death. That figure has been reported by numerous seniors before they die.

  • ThePeaceVibe.

    No that doesn’t scare me at all and I don’t think it only hovers around death completely. I also believe it hovers around people who are sick. I’ve read a lot of stories comparing the figure to Baron Samedi and he is said to try and heal sick individuals or help those who are “gifted” to be more enlightened. Considering I have a medical condition that will stay with me for life and the fact I am very sensitive to paranormal activity I tend to believe that route. I do not fear death anyway because I believe our souls are immortal, but thank you. 🙂 It’s been a good while like 2 years I think since I’ve seen the hat man and that was after I stood up to him.

  • scott stewart

    My name is Scott James Stewart, and I have encountered the Hat Man, only the once, but I have an important story to tell. The Hat Man came into my room in August 2013. He entered through a sliding glass door and moved approximately 2.5 meters across the room to a position in front of a bookcase I have that stands against a wall. He stood in front of the book case and seemed to be looking at some of the books. His appearance stood in front of the book case for about 25 seconds, then he seemed to instantly rotate 180 degrees so that he was facing the way he came in, and he moved across the room and exited the way he entered. It took him about a second to cross the room each time.
    I had read about him prior to my encounter, so soon as he appeared I began talking to him. I believe I heard him reply, but I cannot guarantee that I did not just hear my own thoughts (sub-vocalisation). As soon as I saw him I said (thinking out loud) “Hey, you’re the Hat Man. Wow. Good to see you”. To that he provided no answer. When he stopped in front of my book case, I said, “Are you looking at my books?” and I believe but cannot be certain that I heard “Yes”. I then said (thought out loud) “Well help yourself. It’s an honour and a privilege to have you here. You are famous you know. Help yourself”.
    And then I thought something that is absolutely true, and that is the main point of this comment, “I’ve met some of your friends.” And I had. I first encountered some dark shadow people in February 2004, and I have had similar encounters on 4 or 5 occasions between 2004 and 2016. Whenever the dark shadow people are about, I start to tremble and get bad feelings, sometimes more than other times. And what I was immediately aware of was that when the Hat Man was nearby, I did not have those terrible feelings. I am convinced that there are dark shadow people who wish to instil fear and paranoia in humans. But I am equally convinced that the Hat Man is not one of them. I steadfastly believe that the Hat Man is an affable member of the Dark Shadow people. In fact, I surmise that he is the leader of the Dark Shadow people. But as with all leaders, he is subject to some dissent. And I believe that he appears in order to make humans aware that there are many different forms of life on this planet, and that is why he appears so often and in so many different regions.
    I am convinced, that sometimes when he appears to a human(s), some of the evil Dark Shadow people follow him, and it is them that cause the fear and dread in the human observers. In other words, I do not think the Hat Man is evil. His reputation is intentionally tarnished by evil Dark Shadow people for whatever reasons they hold. I believe the Hat Man is the rightful leader of the Dark Shadow people, and he has a benevolent disposition. So when people describe him as evil, I think they are being ‘sucked in’, by conniving and treacherous Dark Shadow people, who wish to prevent an undertaking to make humans aware of unusual forms of life. The Hat Man is good.