“The world we live in exists only in our denial of the real world” -anonymous
In my research I have come across the urban legend/myth of shadow people, a phenomena that seems to plague many people. These creatures, or whatever they are, look like shadows or silhouette’s of humans and are usually seen out of the corner of your eye and sometimes appear on walls in your house. When you try and look at them head on, they will dart past and disappear into a wall or another room.
One of the most misunderstood entities to be seen, they seem to come out mostly at night and usually hide in dark corners of hallways. They are similar to the legend called Slender Man, an unusually tall dark suited figure that stalks humans and is purported to steal children, according to ancient myths.
But unlike Slender man, which claims to be a legend born through forums on the internet, shadow people are more believable only in the sense that so many individuals of all ages that have claimed to come in contact with this anomaly.
Shadow Takes Shape of Humans and Animals
Descriptions of the entities range from a dark dense form taking the shape of a human, to dark hooded figures, whispy or smoky orbs, and even shapes of animals. The main factor is that they are a mass of dark matter that standout as a solid object in the darkness itself. It is said that flashlights cannot penetrate through their shape.
From countless stories that have been told, they hang around humans but do not wish to be seen. That is why they hide behind doors and furniture and why they rush out of sight when spotted. Other times they like to watch as we sleep and have been caught standing over people’s beds or even watching from the ceiling.
It is not certain what exactly the shadow people are. Sometimes, they are explained as spirits that are earth-bound who refuse the light afraid of what waits for them on the other side. Others have described them as inter-dimensional explorers who have found a way into our realm to study us. Some have been seen with red or yellow eyes.
Most are benevolent creatures who, like insects, are more afraid of us than we are of it. But there are also shadow people who carry more hostile personalities and give off a feeling of dread right before being seen, and many people have told of being paralyzed while being conscious and awake. These types of entities have been reported as speaking to their human targets saying things such as “come with me” or “here we are”.
Experience With a Shadow Person
I myself have had a personal experience with these beings. One night I was standing outside my house having a smoke when I spied a dark figure way down the street. He crossed to the other side, walked down a bit, then did a zigzag to the other side. He walked fast back to the side he came from then crossed again, this time down a sidewalk on the adjacent street. After about 30 seconds he walks back up the sidewalk and crosses the street at a diagonal. This time he was almost running down the sidewalk right in my direction. I threw my cigarette on the ground and booked it into the house in a cold sweat. Just writing about this gives me goosebumps and to this day I can’t explain what the figure was. What stuck out the most, and leaves me questioning my sanity, was that the dark figure was just that. A dark outline of a tall man with no distinguishing features and absolutely no detail. Needless to say, I stopped going outside by myself at night.
So many descriptions and tales from all around the world have been reported on this phenomena but with no conclusive evidence. I mean, how could there be. Everyone has a different story about where these beings come from or what they could be. Spirits, inter-dimension entities, alien entities. So many possibilities.
There is even a website dedicated to shadow people where you can read the countless testimonials of people and their experiences. Link to website: Shadowpeople.org
If you have any stories of your own, please feel free to tell them in the comment section below. In the meantime, if you see a shadow person walking in your direction, I would suggest running the opposite way.