Shadow people are intangible beings. If you've ever caught a glimpse of something moving just outside your field of vision in what you could have sworn was an empty room, you just might have met one. And if that was all you saw, you were probably lucky.
Nobody's exactly sure what these mysterious figures are or what they want but plenty of people have seen them. Their reports all describe shadow people as pitch-black apparitions that appear intelligent, move unnaturally quickly, and reach or walk through solid objects. Sometimes, these apparitions are content to lurk in corners or doorways without doing anything particularly unsettling and some may not even take notice of humans at all. However, many shadow people are far from benign. Witnesses have recounted sightings accompanied by feelings of overwhelming dread, auras of malice, and even physical attacks.
Whether they're ghosts, demons, or just symptoms of disordered sleep, there are a few distinct kinds of shadow people with unique characteristics that can tell you what to expect if you meet one. This guide will shed a little light on the different types.
The Hat Man Shadow Watches SilentlyPhoto: Peter H / Pixabay
This type of shadowy visitor doesn't appear to mean any harm but he sure looks creepy. The hat man is one of the most commonly reported types of shadow person. Witnesses describe him as a faceless, dark man in an overcoat and a wide-brimmed hat who watches silently from doorways.
There aren't many accounts of malevolent behavior or attacks attributed to this type of shadow person but the hat man has been reported to induce feelings of apprehension or the inexplicable knowledge that witnesses haven't seen the last of him.
Aggressive Shadow People Attack Sleeping VictimsPhoto: Kate Dreyer / Flickr
Shadow people may have plenty of ways to terrorize you without becoming violent but some of them have no qualms about causing physical harm. People have reported being beaten, choked, and even picked up and dropped by aggressive shadow beings in their homes. These beings usually don't look much different from normal shadow people - featureless human-shaped entities - but they harbor some serious ill will.
Fortunately, they're also the easiest to scientifically explain, since shadow figures and choking sensations are some of the textbook symptoms of sleep paralysis.
Red-Eyed Specters Can Sense FearPhoto: Nick Klein / Flickr
Most shadow people are described as faceless black silhouettes but if you run into a red-eyed shadow person, you're in trouble. While they generally don't harm humans physically, red-eyed shadow people are about as menacing as they come. Their only discernible features are the glowing red orbs that peer out from their pitch-black faces.
According to people who claim to have encountered red-eyed shadow people, their gaze causes unadulterated terror and the more terrified the victim becomes, the stronger the shadow person will grow.
Hooded Shadow Figures Radiate Sheer HatePhoto: PublicDomainPictures / Pixabay
This type of shadow person is featureless except for its hooded cloak. Like the hat man, this creature isn't known to attack humans directly. It prefers to stand at doors or bedsides and stare silently. However, while the hat man is usually described as more curious than malicious, cloaked or hooded shadow people almost certainly aren't paying friendly visits.