17 People Share Their Creepiest Encounters With Humanoid Beings

Fear of the unknown fuels many a person's horrors, but what happens when the unexplainable looks a little familiar? Not merely frightening, humanoid creatures fascinate people just as much as they scare them. For ages now, different accounts claim to have run across creatures that resemble humans, yet are anything but. Are they from this Earth or even this dimension? And what exactly is their business waltzing around on two legs? That's a human privilege!

The Reddit stories here, which range from humanoid aliens to man-like demons, discuss these unsettling and strange encounters with things that look kind of like you. 

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  • Abducted While Camping

    From Will123423:

    "Three months ago I was camping with a friend in a very remote part of Northern California. I’m a massive wilderness junkie. I’ve been camping all my life and I spend much of my free time hiking, rock climbing, hunting, etc.

    A buddy of mine who also enjoys the outdoors wanted to head up to the Sierras for a weekend and asked me to go with him. It was our second night and we were sitting up by the fire. We weren’t staying at a campsite. We had hiked about 10 miles from our cars to a clearing with a beautiful view he had stayed at once before.

    It was around 10 pm ... [my buddy] was tired and went to sleep in his tent. I wanted to stay up for a while and about 45 minutes after he went to bed I saw this object coming up from the valley below. It was a basic flying saucer shape with multiple circular lights rotating around the edges that changed colors over and over. I was absolutely shocked.

    I watched it for maybe 15 seconds then decided I had to wake him up so he could see it and wouldn’t think I was crazy. I stood and when I looked back toward it, the thing was gone. I called out his name and that’s when everything got really f*cked up.

    I didn’t hear my own voice when called out. Everything was completely silent. I could move my eyes around but couldn’t move my body. I remember seeing the fire had completely frozen, and everything looked like a picture, like time had stopped or something. Then there was a flash of light, and I blacked out.

    I woke up later just as the sun was starting to rise. I was outside laying in the dirt shivering next to fire that had long gone out. I felt like I had been drugged, totally in this haze. I sluggishly yelled out my friend's name a couple of times, and he came out of the tent. He was really confused to say the least. I tried to explain what happened but my memory was really foggy, and I just couldn’t articulate it. We left within 30 minutes. I was totally silent on the car ride back falling in and out of sleep for seven hours. He dropped me off at my house, and I passed out for basically an entire day. A few weeks later I was messing around with an amp and it released this static ‘oooooooo’ sound when I unplugged my guitar. For some reason this sound somehow triggered my memory and I remembered everything.

    When I came back into consciousness I was suspended laterally in this circular mechanism in a position very similar to Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man. These clear glass-like shackle type restraints were holding me in place. I was completely nude and standing above me were your three typical aliens. They were around four fee tall and were wearing white spandex-like suits. Two were just standing there observing the other who was extracting blood from a vein under my armpit with this weird looking syringe. Although they didn’t show any real reaction I could still tell that they were surprised that I was awake.

    I couldn’t move at all except for my eyes and lips. I was absolutely terrified, in a sort of ‘fight or flight’ mode, my heart pounding from an influx of adrenaline. I can’t even begin to tell you how scared I was but I also felt total rage. I wanted to kill them, wanted to rip out of this device and completely destroy them. My brain went totally primal, just animal instinct and I could just tell that they could sense my anger because they all stepped back, simultaneously. I’m 6’3 - 185 and I was hoping I looked as threatening as possible which is silly because I was totally paralyzed and therefore completely harmless.

    Two of them disappeared from my view and presumably left the room. The other one was just starring at me void of any emotion. I wanted so badly to just shut my eyes but I forced myself to just stare right back at it, trying my hardest not to blink.

    Then the two others came back and now they weren’t alone. I honestly couldn’t believe my eyes. Standing behind them were two very tall, very human looking beings. A male and female, they looked like Norse Gods, with bright golden hair and massive eyes. The males were dark blue and females were violet.

    I suppose they are what the UFO community refers to as Nordics. This was quite bizarre to me. My family descended from Sweden, and I am very Nordic-looking: blond hair, blue eyes, the works.

    I know this is cliché, but I heard a feminine voice in my mind. For some reason I could understand what she was telling me although it wasn’t like she was saying anything in English. She told me something like, 'Be calm, you are not in danger.'

    I relaxed and asked her what they wanted with me. She said that they were just 'Checking up on me.' I practically blacked out after hearing that. I asked her what she meant. She said that they had 'Saved me when I first came into being.' I immediately knew exactly what she was talking about.

    I was born practically two months premature. My mother was horribly sick during labor. We both had fevers of 104. The strange thing is, the doctors had absolutely no idea what was wrong with us. I was given two spinal taps, my mother three. I spent four nights in that bubble housing ICU thing. There was a decent chance I was going to die. Then one day I started getting better and made a full recovery. The doctors were very worried that the whole ordeal might have permanently damaged my body and possibly my brain but I was totally fine.

    I asked her 'Why did you save me?' This time I heard a deep male voice stating that 'this is a conversation for a later time.' I asked them if they are human. He said no. I was confused considering that they looked quite human. I asked him if man had come from them. He said yes. That they had come here 200,000 years ago and created mankind by combining their DNA with that of our primate ancestors.

    I wanted to know why they looked especially similar to me more than other humans. He stated that many males of their kind found female humans attractive and mated with them. This directly passed on some of their physical features to Nordic peoples.

    I wanted to know more but they declined and said it was time for me to go back. I blacked out instantly and woke up by the extinguished campfire, clothes on and shivering.

    I understand that this sounds absolutely ridiculous and very impossible. But it happened. I don’t know what to do. I’ve been completely lost since the encounter but I already feel a bit of relief after posting my story here."

  • Weird Creature In The Middle Of The Road

    From spaceycarchasey:

    "I'm from Indiana, and a couple years back, my mother was driving my sister and I to school. To set the stage, it was a foggier morning, and it was on a stretch of road with forest on one side, and a cornfield on the other.

    Out of the blue, this creature that we couldn't identify ran across the road, causing my mom to slam the brakes. It looked about the size of a grown man, and was covered in dark hair. It was bipedal, but was loping really oddly.

    Needless to say, it wasn't a coyote, and I've never heard of bears being in central Indiana. Admittedly, it was foggy, so I could have misidentified it."

  • It Was A Shadow Human

    From _Pebcak_:

    "So, this happened a long time ago. I must have been at least 18, no older than 20. 

    I was sleeping on my back in my bed in my parents' house where I lived, when I suddenly woke up from a deep, dreamless sleep. I opened my eyes and a male, humanoid shadow seemed like it pushed itself up from laying on top of me. It seemed surprised that I woke up, interrupting whatever it was doing. It wasn't anything sexual; if anything it was, not sure how to describe it; 'feeding' or 'scanning me' makes the most sense, though I know both of those are sort of at odds with each other. It swooped back at me in a rush and I fell back asleep instantly. I woke up about two hours later than my normal wake-up time and I felt okay, just a little sluggish. I never saw it again."

  • It Let Out A Screech

    From totalhhrbadass:

    "I've never had an experience myself but do believe in this and similar phenomena. I had never spoken with my girlfriend about this sub, unknown humanoids or any paranormal occurrences for that matter.

    On Friday night she and I were at a friend's house and decided to leave at around 1 am. It's very foggy outside being that we live near rivers and creeks in rural Illinois. She goes to the gas station on her way home to the rural town where we both live about a block away from each other. I get home and don't hear from her for a bit until she calls me very shaken up and crying.

    She says on her drive home she saw something crouched in the road on the right side. It looked to be fairly small possibly a child. She rolled her window down and asked if they were okay, and got no answer, only continued sobbing. She pulls over and gets out of the car walked up to whatever this was and attempted to ask if it needed any help. The thing stands up on two feet at over 6 feet and lets out a god-awful screech and runs off of the road into some pretty dense woods near a tributary of the Kaskaskia river. She can't say it was a boy or a girl but can say she's never heard something like that before. She's pretty jarred by the experience."

  • Three Humanoids In Mom's Living Room

    From lime007:

    "This happened in the middle of the night at my mom's house some years back in Northern California. I was asleep on the floor in the living room. Next to the living room is a room that can be seen through two large windows and French doors. We call it the 'middle room.' Next to that was my mom and stepdad's bedroom. The light in the middle room was left on, partly dimmed, at nights.

    I woke up and saw three short gray aliens walking around in the middle room. They were about 5 feet tall, had long, skinny arms, and were wearing dark-colored jumpsuits. The arms stood out to me the most because of how thin they were with no muscle tone like you would see in a human. The eyes looked solid black and were larger than a human's, though not as large as shown in some depictions. I don't remember about the nose and mouth other than those features were small and not noticeable. I don't remember any details about the hands. I was able to sit up partway as I was watching them, but I had no energy to do anything else. They didn't seem to notice that I was watching them. Within a couple of minutes, I fell back to sleep. I'm guessing that they transmit something to keep everyone passed out, but sometimes it doesn't always work 100%.

    Here's the kicker. In the morning, my mom walked in and said the aliens were there the night before. I then told her that I saw them, too, and I asked her how many there were and what they looked like. Her description matched what I had seen. She's had other alien encounters, but this was the only time there was a witness (me)."

  • An Encounter With Gnomes

    From Slothinator69:

    "I don't remember it completely, but my grandpa once told us a story about an experience he had while he used to live on a small ranch in Mexico. He was with his older brother (so think my grandfather was about 12-14 at the time) and while he was with his brother out in the ranch, they heard something behind some bushes that he said sounded like singing. He and his brother both went to investigate it and when they looked behind the bush they saw a couple of little people. 'Duende' is what they called them in Mexico. They didn't see my grandpa or his brother, and his brother suggested that they both get out of there before they were seen. They returned home and I'm not sure if they ever saw them again after that."