Updated: June 23, 2017

From: Stephanie
To: The Official Shadow People Archives
Sent: Saturday, January 7, 2017 11:21:11 PM
Subject: Shadow person

This happened when I was 13, I had just moved into my new home in the Bay Area California. It was in the middle of the night when I woke up and looked to my right side to see a tall dark figure of about maybe 7ft with red eyes just looking at me. I couldn't see no face just the bright eyes.

My dog was at the end of the bed and all she did was whimper. I was so terrified I feel as if I fainted. It felt like it was seconds later that I woke up with this thing still besides me but then I started to float in the air. My whole body was just tingling so much so now I'm as high as this thing is as tall and I faint again and then I wake up and it's morning. I felt terrified and my heart beat was out of control when this was happening, I sweated a lot.

From: anonymous
To: The Official Shadow People Archives
Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2017 8:38:32 AM
Subject: Shadow people

I live in Massachusetts. When I was a young girl prior to age 7, I would wake up some nights and see this dark shadow of a man lying in my bed on my left side. His head on a pillow and his feet touched my wall opposite of the headboard. Our house was very small so my room was small but this was a very tall shadow. When I woke, I saw him and screamed. My mom or dad would come into the room and when I told them what happened, he was gone. I'm not sure how he actually left except to disappear.

Of course, my parents would console me and I would go back to sleep. I lived in this house until the age of 7 and had more than one episode of this happen to me. He would be lying in my bed mostly. But a few times a shadow face would appear above me as though filling my ceiling. Of course, it would disappear when I would scream for my parents.

He did not have any eyes that I remember. He was just a very tall, long shadow figure.

I'm not sure if this is what you call shadow people or not but when I saw a video on YouTube this morning it reminded me of those dreams I had when I was little. I still remember these episodes as though they happened yesterday. This did not seem to be a dream to me because I felt I was awake when I saw him. I would swear I was awake at the times I saw him.

I was terrified but this shadow man did not seem to be trying to scare me. He was just there.

You can use this story if you like, without my name. Although it's not as crazy as some I've read.

Thank you for letting me let spout off about what happened back then. I've never forgotten nor knew what the heck it was.

From: Tiffany
To: The Official Shadow People Archives
Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2017 1:22:24 PM
Subject: Shadow in my hallway

This happened to me 9 years ago.

I had just moved into a house right across the street from the main cemetery in my town (it's a small town with 3 cemeteries). Weird things happened in this house all the time and my husband never seemed to notice. If I told him about it, he always said it was my imagination acting up because I was freaked out in the first place moving so close to that cemetery.

One day he went to work, I was still in bed but fully awake because I remember saying, “I love you,” and I saw him walk out the front door. I turned over to face the wall to go back asleep but I had a feeling of someone behind me so I look back towards the hallway where I see a shadow in the middle of the hallway. It looked like it had a cloak on and felt like it was staring at me but had no face; it was just a shadow. I can't move, I can't just stare, it's about 10 feet away from me. I blink and when I open my eyes, it's right next to my bed. I couldn't breathe, it felt like it was choking me. I don't know how long it lasted but what felt like forever, seemed to just end, it just vanished; like it wanted to scare me and now that its job was done, it left.

I have told people about this and they all think I was asleep or it was sleep paralysis I don't know maybe it was all I know is it was the most terrifying moment of my life.

Thank you for reading.

From: Kira
To: The Official Shadow People Archives
Sent: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 2:27:57 PM
Subject: Shadow people

Redding Ca: I was about 6yrs old. I shared a room with my baby sister, who wasn't older than 1.

My bed was along the same wall as the door, and her crib was against the opposite wall (furthest from the door). My parents room was just across the hall.

I woke up in the middle of the night and laid there trying to fall back asleep. A single-file line of shadow people started coming into the room. There wasn't leg definition of walking and they weren't floating above the ground; just moving slowly and in sync. They were hooded, kind of cloaked figures and some had their arms crossed as if they were holding a baby. They were all very tall. They didn't have faces or legs or any features.

In their single-file line, they walked over to the crib. The ones that appeared to have crossed arms, leaned into her crib as if setting a baby down then would go to leave. The ones not holding anything still bent over her crib and paused before standing upright and leaving. They kept a steady pace and an even distance in between themselves. I was petrified. I knew they weren't causing any type of harm because my sister stayed asleep. I didn't want to get up because they were coming and exiting through the door. None of them acknowledged me in the slightest. (now that I'm older, I can only describe the line that they had like when people line up to say their farewells at an open casket funeral: a line to casket, pause say farewell, then exit). There were at least 30 of them but I didn't count; it just seemed to go for a very long time. But after the last one left, I got up and looked down the hallway and there was nothing. My sister was still asleep and I decided not to wake my parents because they probably wouldn't have believed me anyway.

This wasn't the only strange occurrence at this house but it's the most haunting. Still, I never told my sister about her visitors… not sure if she would call me crazy or be creeped out.

From: Sammie
To: The Official Shadow People Archives
Date: February 16, 2017 at 5:05 AM
Subject: My Shadow Person Experience

Hi! Wonderful website by the way, and I give all permission for my story to be uploaded to the Official Shadow People Archive!

Anyways, when I was about 8 or 9 years old, I was still living in Florida. It was the middle of the night and I woke up because I was extremely thirsty, so I got up and went to my kitchen. On my way back to my bedroom, I saw my dog laying on the couch, so I decided to lay down with her. I woke up about two hours later, around 3:30 am, to a breeze. The windows in the house were not on, so I was a bit alarmed. I opened my eyes to see if anyone was awake, and I saw a shadowed figure in the hallway right next to my bedroom door. To me, it looked like someone was standing there wearing a hood, but they didn't have any legs. It didn't appear to have any motive to move, it just stood there staring at me. I was quite shaken, so I turned away. A minute later, I turned back and they were gone. The next morning, I was asked my mom if we had anyone stay the night, and she told me that no one had stayed the night.

For the longest time, I honestly thought I had saw a ghost, but as I looked more into shadow people, I truly believe that I saw a shadow person.

From: Josh
To: The Official Shadow People Archives
Sent: Monday, February 27, 2017 2:03:14 AM
Subject: My shadow people experience

I came across this website after discussing my experience with a buddy of mine while serving in the Navy. He explained to me that my experience is not that uncommon and he explained the term shadow people to me.

It was a Sunday night in April 2013, I was driving from Gulf Shores Florida, leaving a bachelor party, to my home in Houston Texas. I was so exhausted. I pulled over to my Grandparents house in Lake Charles, Louisiana to get some rest and I was going to head to Texas early in the morning.

I was laying on my stomach, falling asleep and I felt a hand press down on my back; it felt like a human hand so I assumed it was my grandmother waking me up. The hand was holding me down to where I couldn't roll over or get up. I really started to panic. I grabbed my pillow and swung it behind me and then rolled off the bed. Then I saw tall cloaked black figure; complete darkness, just a silhouette, the figure reflected no light anywhere. I began swinging my pillow towards the figure and screaming at the top of my lungs, "Leave me alone!" over and over. The figure slowly glided back.

My grandmother then entered the room shortly after hearing my screaming. The shadow person rapidly glided into the corner and came a part of the furniture in the corner of the room. My grandmother turned on the light and there was nothing there, just furniture. I couldn't explain what had happened, I thought it was just a night terror. I didn't go back to sleep in that room. I tried the couch but ended up leaving because I was too shook up. That's my experience.

From: Brian Bayless
To: The Official Shadow People Archives
Date: March 6, 2017 at 1:56 PM
Subject: Shadow person in my room

This is long overdue. I am 21. When I was 18 I saw a shadow person and it was not the first time I saw a shadow person but it was most important time.

I was in my room sleeping on my bed I woke up and the hairs on my body were standing up; I was incredibly scared. I couldn’t move. I looked with only my eyes to see a shadow of what was clearly a man sitting at the foot of my bed. I was scared but in I quickly reacted. I yelled at it the words, “Come on!” as if I was ready for a fight. Then my head started pulsing. I started seeing red, as it felt like I was having a heart attack or stroke. Finally, I jumped up and ran for the light. I got to the light and I can’t remember if it, the shadow, was gone when I ran toward the light or after the light was turned on.

I know it was there and it may have tried to communicate with me. The red pulse may have been the entity trying to say something or perhaps was mad I yelled, “Come on!” at it.

This happened at night and lasted 2 minutes tops.

From: Rachel
To: The Official Shadow People Archives
Date: March 20, 2017 at 1:28 AM
Subject: My Story Rachel F

This happened a few years ago.

I was 24 lying in bed, restless and wide awake. I was laying there thinking about my family and how depressing it was that they were acting so heartless over the recent passing of my grandfather. “I want this… you can't have that…” kind of stuff.

I looked at my clock and it was 1:17 am. Shortly after that, I hear a loud BANG, BANG, BANG and jolt up. I sat there trying to figure out what the hell it was. My heart was racing and I was breathing heavily. I quickly realized it was my box fan I had sitting on my window sill that didn't have a front face on it; something must have fallen on it, I thought. As I go to lay back down, I realize there's really nothing that could've fallen on it or caused that noise.

No sooner as my head hit the pillow, I hear, clear as day, this deep weird voice speaking in a tongue I'm unfamiliar with. It sounded like it was talking backwards. I'm freaking out and practically hyperventilating, my heart beating out of my chest. I look to the foot of my bed and see a dark figure start to take form. It was growing up from the floor. It was as black as black could be and the room immediately filled with the thickest most evil, menacing energy I've ever felt. You could cut the air with a knife. This figure started to crawl up my legs. I described the sensation of its touch as electric and the feeling of pressure from being under water. It kept moving up my body, at which point, I turned my head to my dog who was lying in bed with me and decided to tell him he was a sweet boy. My logic was ignore it and it'll go away. As I tried to talk, I felt it push on my neck and then blackness... I passed out.

I woke up and it was morning. I leapt out of bed, frantic, and ran out of the house. After somewhat gaining my composure, I went back in and grabbed my dog, some mismatched clothes and went on a hike. I was enraged at what had happened! Why me? How could this be allowed to happen to anyone? What did I do to deserve this??? I didn't sleep the next two nights. All lights were left on and I actually slept with a cross in my hand for weeks.

From: Emma
To: shadowpeopleorg@comcast.net
Date: April 21, 2017 at 3:57 PM
Subject: Showdown people - my story

About ten years ago, I woke up at the usual time of six-ish in the morning. I was the first one to wake up that morning but that was pretty normal. As I walked down the stairs, I noticed that all the lights were on in my living room that was connected to the kitchen. This was strange because my dad usually made an effort to conserve energy (I'm not sure if this is something that shadow people do, but I thought it was a detail worth noting).

As I stood at the top of the stairs, a figure walked by. It was unusually tall, more than seven feet. It was also transparent and looked like it was wearing a robe. It kind of looked like a dementor in Harry Potter but it's head wasn't as small and it was like smoke. Behind it was four or five smaller ones. It stopped when it saw me, but, after a couple seconds, continued walking. It turned toward the door and passed through it. I remember being terrified, but not being able to run.

From: Zack
To: shadowpeopleorg@comcast.net
Date: April 24, 2017 at 1:04 AM
Subject: Shadow People

Hi, I have a shadow person story that happened when I was around 10 years old.

I was home from a day at school and had been laying down on my bed, my door closed and light on. As I moved my attention to my toes, I saw a face rise up from the foot of my bed very slowly and pause as it looked at me. It was a pure black face with only two white rhombuses for eyes. It stared at me for a good 10 seconds then slowly sunk back down and disappeared. I felt threatened, and had a feeling it would be back as when I was very little I would see figures climbing across my walls and staring at me when I tried to sleep.

I still have a feeling it'll come back and be much more expressive. During its appearance I could not move, blink, or breathe, it didn't say or do anything interesting but I had a feeling by its demeanor and aura that it was thinking something sinister.

From: Delia
To: shadowpeopleorg@comcast.net
Date: April 28, 2017 at 6:39 PM
Subject: Submitting story

About 17 years ago my mom, little sister and I were taking a walk to exercise and get out of the house. I was 16 years old. We live in the country. A lot of history is in this land. There’s an old church not far from where we live.

When we were headed back to the house, about a quarter mile from the church, we saw something odd. In front of the church, where the road began to curve, a dark figure slowly walked out of the woods across the street. It was the shape of a tall man but had no definition whatsoever. It came to a stop in the middle of the road. Looked like it was staring at us. Stood there for about 10 seconds, then slowly walked back into the woods. As we headed back home, we passed the site and saw no sign of anything. No one was around, no sounds of vehicles. The time was about 4pm. Mom and I saw it but my sister who was only 6 at the time, did not.

Years later, I moved out, got married and had 2 kids. Now, recently separated, and soon be divorced, I moved back to Moms.

Just yesterday, my 14 year old daughter went for a jog down our long, dirt driveway. She saw the same thing. Except this time, it was the curve of the driveway it showed itself on. They looked at each other for a few seconds. She then ran the opposite direction back toward the house. She tried using her cell phone to text as she ran back to the house but it wouldn’t work.

Also, my daughter saw the shadow man around 4pm as well.

From: Laura
To: "shadowpeopleorg@comcast.net" <shadowpeopleorg@comcast.net>
Date: April 30, 2017 at 12:25 AM
Subject: My shadow

I have read a lot of the encounters on your website, and I've decided to share my own and my thoughts about the shadow people.

I can remember only ever seeing one, but, I do believe it to be the same one. I’ve seen him for so long I can’t remember my first encounter, although I think he started showing up when I was about 6-7. He always just kind of hovers in my peripheral vision but when I'd look, he'd vanish. I've never had a bad encounter with him, in fact, I actually find comfort in his presence. I even talk to him, I don't get an answer of course, although he doesn't disappear as fast when I'm talking to him; he'll stick around for several minutes then he just kinda, vanishes, I'll notice he's just not there anymore.

He seems to show up more as my life gets worse, and as long as I don't look directly at him, he stays, kind of wavering at the edge of my vision for a while.

I did get a direct look one time at him and it scared me, he was wearing a long black outfit, like a dress, but I get the feeling he is male and there was a flash of something white inside the blackness where his face should be. After that, I didn't see him for a long time, but as usual, he came back as things got real bad between my ex and I.

I told a friend of mine about 'shadow' as I have dubbed him, my friend suspects he only comes around to feed off the negative energy of my life. But I don't feel anything negative from him. He has even played games with my co-workers, just showing himself long enough to make them think they've seen him, however, I haven’t mentioned anything about him to anyone besides my one friend and after he reacted so negatively about shadow, I've not said anything since. I feel nothing but fondness toward my shadow, even though I don't see him much anymore, now that my life is going better. He still pops up once in a while, like he's saying hi. Thanks for taking the time to read about this and I hope your experiences are all good as well.


From: Joanna
To: shadowpeopleorg@comcast.net
Date: June 16, 2017 at 1:12 AM
Subject: Not sure if this is a "shadow person", but am curious.

First, I would like to say that I have seen the "hatted" shadow person many times in our hallway at home. I will see maybe the top half of him poking around the corner watching me watch television, posed like the "neighborhood watch" sign. Sometimes he disappears or pulls back when I look. Sometimes he just looms and I try to ignore him.

At work, I have seen a "Charlie Chaplain type" shadow person with a bowler hat. Sometimes he is facing away from me and my only thought is, "Please don't turn around". Other times he darts back and forth between pieces of equipment. I usually just try to pretend I don't see him. I don't want to encourage him.

This next story is the reason I am writing this email:

This story was told to me by my husband. The other night, we were sleeping and he saw what he called, "Something doing a very bad job at pretending to be human." He said “it” was standing in the doorway to the bedroom with stretchy black legs touching the floor and stretchy arms reaching up to the top of the doorway. It had a white mask that appeared to be held on barely by a thread of itself. The eyes and mouth were closed slits on the mask. He saw it, look at me and he leaped up screaming, "Get out of here!". That woke me up. I thought he was yelling at a burglar. He said the mask's eyes and mouth went from closed slits to an opened "O" shape, and it pulled back at the middle, folding in half and flew backwards through the hallway, as if it was being pulled back by a bungee or rubber band tether. I asked him what he thought it was, and he said he did not want to give it a name. He drew a picture.

Can this be a shadow person too??? Or is it something worse?

From: Caitlin
To: The Official Shadow People Archives
Date: June 20, 2017 at 12:10 PM
Subject: 3 Shadow Figures

When I was between the ages of 4 and 6 years old, I was living with my Father in Westland, MI. It was a ranch style home built with brick. I remember the house seeming very old and dark. I can also remember seeing these 3 dark figures out of the corner of my eyes.

They only seemed to show up in the early mornings while I was sitting on the couch in the living room, by myself. The tallest one, I would guess 6 foot, was wearing a bowler hat and what I guess to be a trench coat and for some reason I believed him to be the father of the two other shadow figures. The next one was a female, I would guess 5 foot 5 inches, with medium length hair, wearing a dress. The last was a boy, about the size of a 6 year old, dressed in church clothes. They always showed up together, with the father in the middle, the daughter on the left and the son on the right. It was very easy to distinguish them because they were a solid black color.

When I first saw them, I remember thinking that they were dangerous because of how dark they were and darkness is associated with evil but they never tried to do anything to me, they just stood in the hallway and watched me in the early mornings. But there were no eyes that I could see. As soon as I would try to look at them straight on, they would disappear. Eventually, I grew accustomed to their presence and even started to feel safe when I noticed them there. I never told anyone what I was seeing, because I knew that they wouldn't believe me. When my family moved into a new house, I stopped seeing the 3 shadow figures. I have always wondered what happened to that family of shadow figures. Why were they stuck in that house? Why have a never seen another one?