Subject: Long story about encounters with shadow man
Date: 3/6/2008 12:30:54 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
From: Send Email to Mae
To: The Official Shadow People Archives
I realize that you've said no two encounters are ever the same. But what if you've seen the same Shadow person over years of your life?
For as long as I can remember, I have always been sensitive to spirits, ghosts, or whatever you happen to believe they are. I have had numerous encounters over the course of my life. Sometimes they appear as people, or perhaps the imprint of a person who used to exist, and sometimes they appear as shadows. Because of the variation of their appearances, it is difficult for me to pin any one name on them. However, the same cannot be said about the one in particular I seem to see on a regular basis.
The first time it manifested itself, I was 15 years old. We had moved into a house that was clearly haunted. A malevolent female inhabited the house as well as harmless boy around the age of 4. (Both of these appeared as people who had previously existed- facial features, clothing, etcetera.) When I first saw the Shadow man, I was having a particularly rough time with the female of the house. She thoroughly enjoyed spooking me and making me duck tail and run to my bedroom. As I turned to take the hallway to my room, the man appeared. He was about 6 feet in appearance, no features, simply a shadow. However, at his appearance, the female stayed at bay. I have later learned that this wasn't a benevolent gesture on behalf of the shadow man. It was something more like one evil overpowering another.
At first, he would disappear as quickly as he appeared. Then over time, he began to manifest for longer and longer amounts of time. I began to befriend him, thinking he was protecting me from the female. Then I had my first nighttime encounter with him. He awoke me one night, sensing his presence and lay in the bed next to me. I tried to jump up out of fear but he quickly subdued me and held me until I slept out of deep fear. When I awoke the next morning, I had bruises in the shape of handprints around both arms, much larger than my own hand size. I knew then that what I was dealing with was entirely malevolent.
Over the next 7 years, I have seen him several times though not making the mistake of attempting to talk with or befriend him in any way. He regularly follows me and tends to enjoy standing over me while I sleep or standing outside of my bedroom window. Contrary to the typical sighting, two other people have seen my shadow man. My mother has seen it walk into her bedroom from my room (next door to hers) and it stood staring her down before disappearing back into my bedroom. An ex boyfriend of mine has also seen him standing outside my window at night. Previous to this encounter, he had no idea that I was seeing it. He turned his headlights on and said that it still had no features, just a dark shadow standing about 6 feet tall.
Then two nights ago, I had a second nighttime encounter with him. I awoke again, sensing a presence in my room only to find him already standing over me. He touched my knee, and then did something that seems uncharacteristic to the shadow people- he spoke to me. Perhaps they can actually speak, and as the website says, it simply depends on how receptive you are to them as to whether or not they choose to speak. It laughed and said that it had been watching me sleep for 30 minutes. It then attempted to pin me to the bed yet again and forced my head to the right. This time, I fought. It took me several minutes before I could get up, but eventually I did.
From my vast experiences, what I do know of the Shadow man is that it is not benevolent and do not let it fool you into believing it is. The sense I get from it is that it was never human, whatever it is. I know not the intentions of them but I'd rather not find out. Some people call them demons, others spirits or Shadow People. Whatever the name, it is important that you take care in integrating them into your life.
If you have any questions or advice, please feel free to e-mail me. I would not mind if others who read my story choose to e-mail me either. Please just use the name Mae to contact me with.