Shadow People

Shadow People

Article By Frank Statler

In the occult and paranormal circles there is a frightening entity called a shadow person. They are thought to be a type of demon or ghost or maybe even a figment of a person’s imagination.

A shadow person is an unknown creature that has been around for a number of centuries.  Shadow people are one of my favourite cryptids. So I’m going to educate you readers about these strange creatures.

These entities or horrific creatures usually appear at night. They are truly terrifying to those who are unlucky enough to encounter them. Most shadow people disappear within a moment while others linger for some time and sometimes even return many times over the course of a victim’s life.

These creatures are also known to sit on a person’s chest and choke them and take their air away.

I’ve personally experienced this. Three times in my life I have been held down at night, just between waking and dreaming, each experience was terrifying and frightening.

I could not scream and could not breathe. Although my terror was not, as far as I know, at the hands of the dreaded shadow people, it is an experience similar to what other victims have described.

There is a medical phenomenon called sleep paralysis that doctors and scientists claim is the origin of the shadow creatures. Sleep paralysis is a form of Parasomnia. It’s said to be harmless. But, don’t tell that to the people affected.

Shadow people were almost unheard of until they were mentioned by a listener on AM Coast to Coast a popular nighttime radio program. Suddenly, people started talking about shadow people and The Hat Man and The Cloak Man.

It was amazing how many people were affected by and haunted by these creatures. They thought that they were alone in their suffering from these horrific beings. Many were relieved to know that there were others out there suffering the same fate. It made people feel better to know that they had some support.

Worldwide Phenomenon of Shadow People

Worldwide Phenomenon

Different parts of the world have their own kind of shadow people and so you can see that it actually is a worldwide phenomenon.

*In Scandinavia shadow people are called Mares. A Mare is a woman who is damned and at night travels without the victims’ knowledge to sit on the chest of her fellow villagers and steal their breath.

* In the country of Newfoundland and in the American States of South Carolina and Georgia the shadow person is known as a Hag. People thus affected describe a feeling of terror and a feeling of breathlessness, like a very heavy weight pressing on their chest and they are unable to move. This is notable as being called “Hag ridden”.

* In Provincetown, Massachusetts, in the year 1939, there was a creature known as the Black Flash that terrorized the villagers of that burg for around 9 years. School children were the first to report the Black Flash. They were molested by this creature as they were walking home from school. After 9 years the sightings stopped and haven’t returned.

* On the island of Fuji it is called, Kana Tevoro, being eaten by a demon. Sometimes the spirit is a dead relative. People that witness an attack often say “Kania, Kania” eat, eat. They want, if you can believe it, to prolong the attack so that they can ask the spirit or dead relative questions like “Why did you come back?”

What is the purpose of these shadow creatures? What do they want from us? Is it our souls? Do they feed off of pain and suffering and fear?

Some say that they are ghosts. Personally, I believe they are something much more horrible.

Either a monster from the very depths of hell or perhaps something conceived in the tortured psyche of the human being it appears to. Either way, shadow people have been on this planet for many centuries and will most certainly be around for many years to come.



10 comments on “Shadow People

  1. Anyone interested in finding out more about this read, Darkness Walks: The Shadow People Among Us by Jason Offutt.

  2. I’m a very sceptical person when it comes to paranormal stuff, but I saw shadow people… person (I feel it was the same thing) twice and in both times I was scared like never before. And I kinda felt it was glad I’m scared. I don’t what they are or if they are good or bad, but I don’t want to meet them again. Ever.

    1. Could I ask where you saw them/it Kara? Any more info would be great and a welcome addition to our article! 🙂

  3. So, the first time was when I was like 13 or 14 so that memory is really hazy and could be just my imagination. Me and my friends, we were playing hide and seek in the basement in block of flats were my friends lived (I live in a different place). It was just a long corridor with shorter corridors going left and right. There were four entries to the basement which we left opened for light and we also left light on in some corridors so it was pretty dark. We chose this place simply because it was dark, kinda scary (for a kid) and it had great hiding spots.
    I was the seeker and I was looking for others when I saw a shadow on the wall right in front of me. Funny thing was that it was kind of impossible, because there was very little light and it was diffused so there shouldn’t be any shadow visible. And even if, there was no light behind me so it wasn’t my shadow. This was something really dark, like this venta black material. It was higher than me. Maybe 1,80 meters high or so, looked like a very broad man with no features visible. Just a black humanoid shadow. And yet, I felt as if it was looking directly at me and I felt it was aware I know it’s there. It lasted maybe a few moments before I ran to the exit into the light. I never came back into that basement again.
    As I said, it could have been just my imagination, my mind playing tricks on me and nothing else. But I remember I was scared like never before. And it was glad I’m scared.

    The second time happened a few years later, I was in my 20s going to see my friend. I left my apartment and as I was walking down the street I had this feeling like someone or something was watching me. When I turned I saw the same shadow on the wall, but this time it was taller, like 3,5 meters. Again there were no distinctive features, it was the same humanoid figure, and I knew it was aware I could see it and that I’m scared. Never in my life have I run so fast. Like Usain Bolt fast. 😀
    When I was coming back home there was nothing on that wall. That thing was gone.
    This also could be just my imagination, maybe it was just a shadow and nothing else, but there weren’t many people outside that evening and they were walking, but this shadow was still, so someone would have to stand still, and there was no one there at that time.
    Funny thing is, the second time I had a feeling it’s the same entity as before, but bigger.
    I don’t know, I really am a skeptical person, but this made me think about things we can’t really explain. And when I found an article, a few years later, about shadow people I nearly had a heart attack, because on drawings they looked like the thing I saw.
    I’m not scared anymore, even when I think about it. Hopefully, I won’t see it again.

    1. Great stuff – thank you for taking the time to include this on our article Karo. We get a lot of visitors here who will be very interested in finding out about your own personal experiences! 🙂

  4. Hello,

    My son keeps saying he sees someone in the closet. He first saw a shadow with a hat in the kitchen and I thought it was actually someone alive and when I went to the kitchen, there was no one there…Since then he keeps the lights on when he is alone, and also closes the doors where there is darkness. I thought he had a lot of imagination, but he keeps doing that still. My son is only 8 years old and has been seen this since he was 4.

    1. I wish I could give a worthwhile solution to you for this Liz but I’m afraid I’m not qualified. We do however have a lot of regulars to this site that are experts within this field – hopefully before long one of them will respond in the comment section here!

  5. Hm… This article made me a bit confused. Are these shadow people that are experienced during sleep paralysis the same as the ones people claim to have seen while awake (and sometimes it’s even during the day)?

    1. From what I gather (and I’m no expert – this particular article was not written by me!) both! There seems to be various different ‘varieties’ of shadow people Hannah. Read through some of the comments above and see what conclusion you come to…

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