Apr 27, 2022 I Nick Redfern

When Paranormal Creatures Get Into Your Mind - Literally

My previous article was on the subject of prophetic dreams and how, in many cases, those same dreams have a worrying theme: nuclear war. There are, however, other kinds of dreams and nightmares of the paranormal kind. One is the way in which supernatural entities can get into the minds of people when they sleep. In other words, when they're unable to escape from the grips of these menacing things. It may surprise you that the Men in Black get into the minds of people in the early hours of the morning and while they're in deep sleeps. Of course, any mention of the Men in Black provokes images of secret-agents and Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. But, the fact is that the real M.I.B. are paranomal creatures: these pale-faced, gaunt things are far more like the Men in Black in the 1998 movie Dark City (check it out). With that said, let's take a look at a few examples of this creepy issue of the M.I.B. and our nightmares. And we'll begin with a good friend of mine, Kim Rackley. As she told me on June 22, 2016:

"Had an experience last night / morning. A little drained this morning. Freaked me out. I was awoken by what seemed like thousands of voices that were excited and upset. I sometimes hear the astral plane at night but this was crazy. I need to make it stop so I lift into astral and all these entities are everywhere in agitated state. I ask what’s wrong and they all circle me and then this being very tall and slender all in black suit but with a long coat [italics mine] and gray eyes comes straight for me. The entities circling me close in tighter. They are trying to protect me. But he pushes them away with flick of his hand and I’m suddenly back in my body. There in my room was the man. He had same non-aura energy, like M.I.B. He pointed at me and the place in my wrist where the previous M.I.Bs always try to place a chip in me started burning. Then I passed out. I feel electric inside, like I’m going to jump out of my skin and I'm nauseated. Kind of frightened. I look like death."

Thanks to Kim Rackley for the use of this photo of her

Moving on, there is the particularly creepy entity known as the Hat Man. Not only that: the Hat Man has connections to other supernatural things. In the last couple of decades or thereabouts, a great deal of research has been undertaken into a phenomenon that is known as the Shadow People. Their title is most apt, as they appear in the form of a flat shadow – and usually in peoples’ bedrooms while they sleep. Many of these entities – but certainly not all of them – have one thing in common: they wear an old-style fedora hat and a black suit. In that sense, there are deep similarities between the Shadow people and the Men in Black of UFO lore. It’s fair to say though that, for the most part, that’s where the similarities end. Apart from one important, extra thing: like the M.I.B, they are intent on terrorizing those who they maliciously target. And, they do an extremely good job of it, too – unfortunately for us. 

 Precisely who or what the Shadow People are, is a matter of deep debate. Jason Offutt is an expert on the subject, and the author of a 2009 book on the subject titled Darkness Walks: The Shadow People Among Us. He says there are eight different kinds of Shadow People – at least, they are the ones we know about. He labels them as benign shadows, shadows of terror, red-eyed shadows, noisy shadows, angry hooded shadows, shadows that attack, shadow cats, and the hat man. Certainly, the latter category – that of the Hat Man – is the one which is most often reported, and from all across the planet. Imagine a silhouetted character that had stepped out of a 1940s / 1950s-era piece of black and white film-noir, and you’ll have a good idea of what the Hat Man looks like. That he is entirely shadow-like in nature only adds to the menace.

(Nick Redfern)

Heidi Hollis is an expert on this topic, too, having penned a 2014 book on the subject titled The Hat Man: The True Story of Evil Encounters. She has collected literally hundreds of reports of encounters with this particularly dangerous shadow-thing. One example from Hollis’ files, and which appears in her book, reads as follows: “Dear Heidi, I was maybe 5 years old when The Hat Man started to visit me. Every night I would lay in the top bed of my bunk bed and watch as my door would crack open for him to creep inside. As high up as I was, I would still have to look up to see him and I would freeze in horror at the sight of him.” According to the witness, the Hat Man would lunge towards her, at a phenomenal speed, and always warn her that, “One day I will have you!” To be sure, this was a deeply traumatic series of encounters for a young girl – a girl who never forgot the torment and the terror.

Then, there is Christine of Texas, who has had multiple encounters with this hat-wearing thing. She told me: "The last time I saw him was in a dream when I was thirteen and it was like a lucid dream [italics mine], and I was in a store, looking at a rack of magazines. And I turned and looked to my left and there he is, and he’s got a magazine in his hand and staring right at me and grinning. And in the dream I put my magazine down and I walked right past him and told him: 'Don’t ever come here again.' And he never did. That was the last time I saw him, physically or in a dream. I just decided, right there, in my dream I’m not having this anymore."

Be careful when you go to bed tonight...

Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.

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