Your True Tales
October 2007 - Page 24
Shadow People in Africa
I encountered "shadow people" twice in my younger years, along with some other supernatural experiences, stories for another time. When I was about twelve or thirteen years old at boarding school in Zimbabwe, that would be 1985, I had my first "shadow person" experience. It was a Sunday evening and my parents had just dropped me off at my hostel, at school. All the other boys were at the evening chapel service and I was all alone.
I needed clean socks to wear for school the following morning, so I went to the bathrooms to wash them. I went in and it felt kinda creepy. I walked over to one of the bath cubicles, started running some water and kneeled down to wash my socks. I had started rinsing the pair of socks out, when out of the corner of my right eye I saw this shadow of a hand on the wall beside the door, where all the fingers came to points. The hair on my neck stood up on end, I closed my eyes and thought, 'It's not real, Lord Jesus protect me. It's not real'. I opened my eyes and to my absolute terror, the hand was still there. It now moved around the wall, just a hand and long arm, right across the tub from me! I was quite horrified, but I still looked around for a possible explanation. There wasn't one.
At that, I ran out of there, back to my dormitory, grabbed my Gideon bible and started praying to God. I had many creepy experiences at that school, but never saw another shadow person there again.
The next time I saw a shadow person, I was about 17 and living between my parents' place in Botswana and College in Durban, South Africa in November of 1990. I was walking alone one night, on a quiet neighbourhood street at a mining town in Botswana. It was about eleven p.m. and at the end of the street was a stop sign T junction. Behind that, a field and then another part of the town where I lived, known to the locals as "Alcatraz" because of the wall around it, built to keep wandering animals out at night.
Well on this street, walking toward the field, I looked ahead, and under the street light (which was on) appeared this shadow being. It stood about twenty meters away, was over seven feet tall, had a muscular physic, pointy ears and pointy fingers. I could see a perfect outline, but totally black, void like silhouette, but standing right under the street light! I closed my eyes and then opened them. It was still there, not moving. I noticed it seemed to absorb light, but not cast a shadow on the ground, I couldn't see through it at all and it appeared to be two dimensional.
My heart was racing. I walked forward about nine meters and shouted, "What do you want? What are you?" I was really scared, and had a sense of very real danger. I stood awhile, sweating. It didn't move. It must have been about three or four minutes, and then all of a sudden it faded into thin air, right before my eyes.
These experiences always worried me, as it felt like the thing had followed me and therefore it was something "personal". Only this year, 2007, did I find out that other people had had similar experiences. Though I'm not sure if that comforts me or not.
Do you have a paranormal tale to tell?