Updated: March 22, 2018

From: Mary
To: The Official Shadow People Archives
Date: August 17, 2017 at 4:54 PM
Subject: Shadow person

So... I'm glad that I found the term 'shadow people' suddenly everything has fallen into place as I finally know what I saw that night.

It was earlier on this year. I have been going through a very tough few years - I have left my alcoholic and abusive husband. I have had to move back into my mums house with my children. I have my childhood bedroom back. It is a large house and my childhood bedroom is large with high ceilings and an all white decor.

So the night in question I woke to find a dark shadowy figure stood over me. His outline was like my husband's - tall and possibly with a hat. My first thought was 'what is the husband doing here?' Then I quickly realised it couldn't be him as he lived at the other side of the country. I then became scared as I thought that the figure must be an intruder. My heart pounded. I blinked and the figure disappeared suddenly. I turned the light on and looked at my clock. It was 3am precisely.

The feeling from the shadow person was not one of a negative energy. It felt like a being from somewhere else. I thought maybe it was an alien. It scared me due to its real-ness and my shock at finding someone in my room! I knew the figure wasn't a ghost.

For the next 2 nights I had dreams that came true the next day. Which I thought was strange

On a personal level I seem to be going through an awakening. I seem to be developing psychic abilities. Knowing when things are about to happen. This happens on a weekly basis.

That's my story.

From: name withheld by request
To: The Official Shadow People Archives
Date: September 9, 2017 at 3:18 AM
Subject: Shadow people

Please withhold my identity.

I have only told one person about this once, and I am pretty sure they didn't believe me and no longer remember what I told them or choose not ever bring it up again.

Four years ago, I saw something I will never forget. I woke up from a good night sleep, looked at the TV and realised I couldn’t move; I could only move my eyes. I looked to my bedroom door and I saw it standing at the closed door of my bedroom; a hooded cloaked shadow man. I tried to scream but nothing would come out. I struggled to move but that didn't work either. Suddenly, it rushed at me and was on top of me instantly. I closed my eyes trying to scream but no sound came out. It was crushing and choking me until, finally, it let go. I was able to let out a low, out-of-breath, “Help!” that no one heard. Then, the shadow man just vanished.

I went downstairs to ask if anyone heard me screaming. That's when I told the only person I ever told. I was told, no, they didn't hear anything and said it was probably a dream. I tried to explain it wasn't. I can tell you what was on the TV when I first woke, unable to move anything but my eyes. It was the news, about an accident the night before. I rewound the program and yes, there it was, minutes earlier, just as I said.

It happened. I know what I saw but, sadly, no one will ever believe it until they see it themselves just as it took for me to believe it.

From: Anne
To: The Official Shadow People Archives
Date: December 19, 2017 at 7:24 PM
Subject: My Experience

I’ve been experiencing shadow people for years now, but I, along with everyone I told, thought I was just imagining it. However, after doing research and discovering your page I realized that all of it actually happened. I’d like to share with you my first encounter.

This was about 6 years ago. At the time, I was living in a two-bedroom apartment with a close friend. It was a fairly simple layout.

One night, I woke up and went to the kitchen to grab a glass of water. I made it there without a hitch but on my way back to my room, a figure in the living room caught my eye. For a second, I thought it was my friend then I realized it was definitely not her. It was over 6 feet tall with long legs that faded at where it’s feet should have been; the only facial features it had were two red eyes. It was blacker than our unlit living room and its hands were claws at its side.

I was frozen, mostly with fear but I also felt like I was being held there by this being. One of its hands started to reach out to me and that’s when I finally broke free from its glare. Just like that, it was gone. I stood shocked before going back to bed. I woke up thinking it was all just a terrifying dream but then it happened again, and again, and again. It’s not frequently occurring that I actually see a shadow person but I can almost always feel something. So far, they haven’t caused anything physical to happen but the fear they give is enough.

From: Matt
To: shadowpeopleorg@comcast.net
Date: January 4, 2018 at 10:47 AM
Subject: A Connection With The Other World

I've always felt a connection to the supernatural. Ever since I was a kid, things like ghosts and goblins have always caught my attention, and I have always believed in them but everyone has always told me things like them “don't exist”. I know they are wrong because I have seen shadow people on more than one time.

The first time I saw a shadow person, I was ten. I was home alone, doing my homework in my room when I decided to get some water from the kitchen. On the way back, I looked into my living room and I saw it. The shadow person. It was extremely tall and seemed to be darker than darkness itself. I still remember how it felt to see it. I was terrified and calm at the same time, and I couldn't seem to look away. After what seemed like an eternity, I got enough control of myself to blink, and it was gone.

The next time I saw a shadow person was 7 years later. I was at my girlfriend's house, alone in the house watching a movie with her in her basement. She needed to go to the bathroom so I decided to get some more snacks. As I closed the refrigerator door, I looked up into her parents' room, which was directly opposite of the kitchen entrance, and saw my second shadow person. This one was different, less clear and seemed to be made of smoke. The change in appearance didn't change its effect on me. Afterward, I asked my girlfriend if she had heard anything weird in her house, but she looked at me like I was crazy.

My latest encounter was just over 6 months ago. I was at home, watching TV when I felt a chill run down my back. I turned around, and there it was, but more intense than before Exactly as it was the first time I saw it. I am sure that this was not the last encounter I will have, and I don't know if I am prepared for the next encounter.

From: Lanika
To: The Official Shadow People Archives
Date: January 9, 2018 at 5:12 PM
Subject: Brazilian sighting

This story is at least 12 years old. My son was a child and he's an adult now.

My parents live in a big city in the Rio de Janeiro State, across the bay from Rio city. As far as they know, they are the first owners of the house. They live in a small military condo village that was built by the Air Force over what was just farmland in 1980. Knowing the dark past of slavery in Brazil, who knows what could have happened on the farm but as far as I know there was only grass there.

I have searched for a scientific explanation for a long time, but all hypothesis doesn’t fit what happened.

The house is small and the TV room gives a straight view of the kitchen. The white refrigerator is the first thing that you see. The sofa shared the same wall and you just had to look to your right to look at the kitchen. People prefer to enter the house by the kitchen so it's fairly common looking at it by reflex.

So, there's my 56-year-old mother, me (35) and my son (8) just talking about totally irrelevant stuff (TV, school, my son being bored) when I casually look at the kitchen to my right and see a black figure cross from where there's a table so no human could do this, in front of the refrigerator and to my mother's bedroom.

Here's what I saw: It was blacker than the dark of the kitchen, a male silhouette, bald, two arms and a torso but under it was like a thick line of "smoke" and nothing under. It was fast, 3 seconds I guess.

I was ready to dismiss this like my brain toying with me but I turned to my family and everybody was looking scared. My son saw it. My mom saw it. We all looked at the same time, like we do to see my father coming from work. Whatever it was, it was just passing and didn't acknowledged our existence.

All scientific explanations explain individual sightings. Sharing a hallucination happens after something preps the group to see the same stuff, just doing everyday stuff doesn't qualify.

I never saw it again. Someday, I have to ask my mother if it returned. But it's one of the only things in my life that I can't explain rationally.


From: Jason
To: The Official Shadow People Archives
Date: January 23, 2018 at 2:56 PM
Subject: Shadow person

My wife and I moved into a rental house along with my mother and my stepson and his girlfriend. The house was located in the middle of the woods in Harrogate, Tennessee.

To make a very long disturbing story very short: from the second day in the house we were all hearing things that shouldn't be there. The walls would bang, and you would hear footsteps and other non-explainable noises. About the fourth night there, I was in bed around 3:30 am with my wife and laying on my back with her head resting on my arm but she was facing away from me.

At the angle we were laying, I could see out the bedroom, thru the hallway and into the living room. I see a shadow that was blacker than black and about 7-foot-tall, roughly shaped like a person. It came from the kitchen into my line of sight in the living room. I watched it, fully awake, come all the way down the living room and zigzag thru the hallway into our room. It went around our bed and went right past me and stood in the corner behind me in the corner to my left. I was kinda in shock I think, I mean …I just watched this thing come all the way through our house and went right past the foot of the bed and now standing behind me.

I remember almost laughing in my head as feeling extremely curious and amazed all at once. I didn't move or make a sound and all the sudden, I remember what looked like a black tornado came out of the main shadow and went over my head and started coming down towards my wife. She was asleep on my arm so when I saw this, I pulled my arm and my wife towards me and the blackness drew back just like it came. I felt it got angry by this…overwhelming malice. And then it went into the wall and disappeared.

We left the house the next day and never returned.


Subject: They follow me
From: Julie
Date: Sun, February 11, 2018 11:50 am
To: The Official Shadow People Archives

I had my first encounter when I was about 5. I was sleeping in my bedroom in a rental house in Terre Haute, Indiana. I opened my eyes to see a shadow standing over me. It was much like a black cloud but shaped like a person. It had no face or eyes. I was so scared! I tried to scream yet had no voice and couldn’t. Throughout the years I saw it again and again. Sleeping, I would sense something over me and open my eyes and it would be there.

I now live in Illinois in a new home that we built in 2001. I have seen shadows in my bedroom a lot. For days it was on my ceiling and shaped like a dark angel. My daughter smudged the house and it stopped for a bit. Now my husband is seeing it. He opens his eyes and it is there. He closes his eyes and when he opens them, it is gone.

Subject: No Subject
From: David
Date: Sun, February 18, 2018 3:30 am
To: The Official Shadow People Archives

I was 21 and was on a trip to Spain with an ex-boyfriend's family. We were staying at an old apartment building in a rough part of the city. The family I was with, weren't nice to me and had left me there for a couple nights while they went on some tour.

I knew the apartment had something going on; lights would go on and off at night, doors would slowly open and close with no wind draft. Both nights I pulled out the hide-a-bed in the living room with the TV on and lights. There was tempered glass doors in front of the entrance way and there was standing at least five human black shadow figures. They didn't move or do anything...I just had to turn my back and try to sleep. I actually named one of them "Norman" and asked him not to scare me please.

This was 2001 and I will never forget it and have never experienced anything like it again yet.

From: Belinda
Date: Sat, February 24, 2018 12:20 am
To: The Official Shadow People Archives
Subject: My Story

On November 25, 2017, around midnight I had just drifted off to sleep when I felt a presence in the middle of my bedroom, behind me. I heard breathing identical to my husbands and assumed it was him coming to bed.

I said, "Is that you?" as I turned over to turn on the lamp. Before I got the light on, I saw a tall, husky, black shadow. I felt terrified and unsettled as I reached for the light. There was no answer to my question and when I turned the light on, nothing was there. It vanished, but I don't know where or how.

I eventually fell asleep and when my husband came to bed a few hours later his breathing scared me. I asked him if he could breathe differently. I told him what happened as he was confused why his breathing bothered me so much.

I have never encountered this before or since. I have been reading up on "shadow people" as I believe this is what I saw . I have never read a story in which one was breathing. My husband has a distinct way of breathing and am in awe of the shadow person being able to match the his breathing and aura.


From: Samantha
Date: Fri, March 16, 2018 10:24 pm
To: The Official Shadow People Archives

I live in a small town in Northern PA. My hometown is surrounded with history, including a haunted jail museum near my old apartment building.

I remember when I lived with my parents, as a kid, seeing shadows walking past the windows to the main door. My mother and I would constantly see who would be walking to the door, only to find nothing.

I never thought much of it until years later, when I was in my early 20's. My boyfriend and I moved into an apartment (the one by the old jail) and eerie things started almost immediately.

The big one, that I will never forget, is the night HE came into sight. I had just had my second baby a few months prior, so I was up a lot at night. The baby had been congested from teething, so I let him lay with his father and me, so I could prop him up to help him sleep. I turned off my TV and glanced down at a clock I had on a bookshelf. I looked just in time to see the silhouette of a very tall man, with long hair, in a long coat and hat. Not quite a cowboy hat, but close. The rim was smaller. I froze in fear. I just stared at him till I mustered up the courage to nudge my boyfriend. My boyfriend stirred a little and I took my eye off the man for only a second, but when I looked back, he was gone.

I didn't sleep at all that night. I turned my tv back on and kept glancing to the foot of my bed.

I never saw him head on again, but I still, occasionally, see shadows moving around. My biggest question is... why? Why did he come to me? Why do I see the shadows?

It was only yesterday that I discovered that I'm not the only one, and when I heard another person describe the same man, I did some research. I'm not sure if it scares me to know others have seen him too, or if it brings comfort. I just hope to find out his intentions.

From: Hallel
Date: Wed, March 21, 2018 9:48 pm
To: The Official Shadow People Archives

I stumbled across your site and was pleased to see so many people experiencing the same thing as me, slightly different, but the same. You have full permission to use my story by the way.

I started seeing this figure when I was a young boy, around 13. I am now 37 and still see it from time to time. It is a tall dark shadow, hooded and very terrifying. It gives me a feeling of helplessness and fear to the point of my night time cigarette breaks being accompanied by my pistol. Few times I have heard the sticks breaking beneath it near the woodline. I have been to doctors and psychiatrists only for them to tell me that it is imaginary.

My uncle has seen it once and experienced the noise it made when it leaned against a shed one time. He shouted at it and it vanished. I have never seen it indoors, always outdoors my whole life. I am in Southern New Jersey. It is very frustrating dealing with this, even one point I thought I was going insane.

I'm happy to see that I am not the only person dealing with this. I have too many questions and not enough answers, as most on this site.