1. News & Issues
Send to a Friend via Email

Shadow People

Information and true stories about the dark, mysterious entities known as shadow people.

Shadow People: What Are They?
Did you see that dark, fleeting shape out of the corner of your eye? Perhaps you caught a glimpse of a strange entity that is being seen with greater regularity around the world.

Scariest Shadow People Encounters
What are they? Dark ghosts? Beings from some other time or dimension? Whatever they are, they can be terrifying to those who see them, as you’ll read in these frightening encounters. In all of these cases – including some in which these shadows have actually been felt – they seem to have intelligence and may even be following some mysterious purpose.

Encountering the Shadow People
Readers report their own unnerving experiences with the mysterious shadow people phenomenon, and also offer some additional theories to explain them.

Shadow People Encounters - True Stories

Are these shadowy figures ghosts? Interdimensional beings? Time travelers? Something darker and more evil? Whatever they are, they seem to be sighted with increasing frequency. Here are true stories of sightings and encounters with these entities.

Shadow People - Readers talk about Shadow People
Readers describe their experiences and ideas about shadow people.

Tell us about your shadow people encounters
Readers share their experiences with shadow people. See submissions

How Do I Get Rid of a Shadow Person?
A reader asks how to get a shadow person out of their home.

Contact with a Shadowman
Mike W. has a very close encounter with an entity we've come to know as a shadow person.

House of Shadows
Something strange once happened in the upstairs bedroom, and it may be the cause of the terrifying haunting in this house.

Jason Offutt on Shadow People
Do mysterious, shadowy entities drift into our world from some other existence, dimension or time? Shadow beings seem to be reported with more and more frequency. What are they? Where do they come from? We spoke with Jason Offutt, author of "Darkness Walks: The Shadow People Among Us" about this unnerving phenomenon.

Night of the Shadow Creature
Consider the story told to us by Ted who, with his friend, drifted off to sleep after watching a horror movie, only to have something more sinister invade their consciousness. Was it just a dream... or was there evidence that the nightmare they shared was quite real?

Not All Shadow People Are Scary
Some people report positive experiences with shadow people. Perhaps is all in how we look at them.

Shadow Man, Shooting Stars and Missing Time
In South Australia, Chris R. experiences a perplexing mixture of strange phenomena, which begins with an encounter with a shadow man.

Spookiest Shadow People Encounters
Readers tell of their strange, often terrifying encounters with the dark, mysterious entities known as the Shadow People

Video: Upstairs Shadow Person
A kid making a videotape encounters a shadow person

Flying Shadow Object
Flying Shadow Object - Your True Tales - December 2012

Ghouls of the Catacombs
Your True Tales of Ghouls of the Catacombs - April 2011

Night Shift Terrors
Night Shift Terrors - Your True Tales - December 2012

Shadow Man and Suicide Ghost
Shadow Man and Suicide Ghost - Your True Tales - December 2012

Xenomorph Shadow Person
Xenomorph Shadow Person - Your True Tales - December 2012

Shadow Frankenstein
Your True Story of Shadow Frankenstein - January 2011

Ghosts from the Old Cemetery
Ghosts from the Old Cemetery - Your True Tales - January 2013

A Year of Shadow People Attacks
A Year of Shadow People Attacks - Your True Tales - January 2013

Shadow People of the Haunted Parque de las Ciencias
Shadow People of the Haunted Parque de las Ciencias - December 2010

Smoke Monster
Smoke Monster - December 2010

Entity with a Vulture
Entity with a Vulture - Your True Tales - February 2013

Shadow People and Protective Light
Shadow People and Protective Light - Your True Tales - February 2013

Dark Figure from the Mirror
Dark Figure from the Mirror - Your True Tales - July 2013

Shadowy Cloaked Entity
Shadowy Cloaked Entity - Your True Tales - February 2013

Haunted House Tale
Your True Tales of Haunted House Tale - April 2011

Haunted By Shadow People
Your True Tales of Haunted By Shadow People - April 2011

Hooded Figure on New Cut Road
Your True Tales of Hooded Figure on New Cut Road - April 2011

Tails Doll Materializes
Tails Doll Materializes - Your True Tales - February 2013

Watched by a Shadow Man
Watched by a Shadow Man - Your True Tales - March 2013

Tall Shadowy Figure
Tall Shadowy Figure - Your True Tales - April 2013

Nazi Shadow Man
Nazi Shadow Man - Your True Tales - August 2012

The Shadow Ghost
The Shadow Ghost - Your True Tales - Auguat 2012

Super-Fast Entity
Super-Fast Entity - Your True Tales - August 2012

Thick Shadow Demon
Thick Shadow Demon - Your True Tales - August 2012

Shadow Figures in the Graveyard
Shadow Figures in the Graveyard - Your True Tales - September 2012

Shadow Man in Trenchcoat
Shadow Man in Trenchcoat - Your True Tales - September 2012

Cloaked Figure Mocked Us
Cloaked Figure Mocked Us - Your True Tales - September 2013

Haunted by Tall Men
Haunted by Tall Men - Your True Tales - September 2013

Shadow Man at the Cupboard
Shadow Man at the Cupboard - Your True Tales - September 2013

Three Eerie Shadow People
Three Eerie Shadow People - Your True Tales - September 2013

Beside Me As I Type
Your True Tales of Beside Me As I Type - October 2013

Fearful, Curious, and Nervous About Shadow People
Your True Tales of Fearful, Curious, and Nervous About Shadow People - October 2013

Ghostly Activity
Your True Tales of Ghostly Activity - October 2013

Shadowman Pinned Me Down

Grim Reaper at the Grave

Cloaked Shadow Man

Haunted by a Black-Cloaked Entity
For over 15 years, a mysterious hooded entity appears to a young man for no apparent reason other than to terrorize.

Dreadful Shadow Creature
Your True Tales of Dreadful Shadow Creature - December 2013

Shadow Attacks or Abductions?
Your True Tales of Shadow Attacks or Abductions? - December 2013

Shadow Poltergeist
Your True Tales of Shadow Poltergeist - January 2014

Evil Messing Around in My Apartment
Your True Tales of Evil Messing Around in My Apartment - January 2014

Something Nasty in the House
Your True Tales of Something Nasty in the House - January 2014

Hooded and Black Dressed Entities
Your True Tales of Hooded and Black Dressed Entities - February 2014

Shadow Man of the Woody Swamp
Your True Tales of Shadow Man of the Woody Swamp - February 2014

Grim Reaper Nearly Brought Death
Grim Reaper Nearly Brought Death: A mysterious figure in black could have been a warning of great harm

Two Encounters with Hooded Beings
Two Encounters with Hooded Beings: And he learned one thing -- they don't like to be touched

Ghostly Monks Around the Bed
A boy is terrified by mysterious beings coming into his room.

Shadow Man Haunted Out Home
A shadow figure creeps out of the corner every night, getting closer and closer.

Shadow Man Haunted Out Home
Emily's family home is haunted by a tall shadow man that wanted to get her.

Shadow Figure Grabbed My Arm
Fourteen-year-old Jennifer has several encounters with a shadow being.

Dark Phantom Watches Me
Jennifer is haunted by a menacing dark phantom in the corner.

Shadow Ghost of the Hostel
A young schoolgirl is frightened by a shadow ghost in her hostel.

It Sure Wasn't the Tooth Fairy
A seven-year-old sees a dark cloaked entity with a small pouch.

Recent Shadow People Reports
Shadow people are almost certainly the most widely reported type of ghost phenomena. How many might actually be a paranormal manifestation is difficult to prove or disprove. And theories as to their nature include ghosts, angels and evil spirits, interdimensional beings, and even watchful time travelers. Here are a few shadow being reports recently received from readers.

You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Discuss in my forum

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.