Shadow People – What Are They?

Shadow People – What are they?

14th May, 2017


Shadow People – What are they?

Stories of shadow people have been around for centuries but what are they and what is their purpose? What form do these beings take? Shadow people experiences often begin with seeing a black form or shadow out of the corner of your eye, moving quickly out of view when you turn to look at them. People variously report  shadow people as being like a shadow directly in front of you, in your face, blacker than black, darker than the darkest night.

Sometimes a shadow person appears as a silhouette of a person, generally male, but usually they lack any other characteristics of gender. However, there are many different descriptions of shadow people .There are shadow men that wear hats, hooded shadows, cloaked ones, and solid or wispy, smoky types. Some are seen only from the waist up, where as others clearly have legs that are seen fleeing from their observers. They dart into corners, through walls, into closets, or behind television sets, bushes, and buildings. Sometimes they simply fade into the dark recesses of the night. Lacking in the description is one single common denominator that might unify the many different types of shadow people that enter our world, except that they are “intensely dark”. Even then, there is the odd exception.

Shadow People – A personal experience

Back in about 1976, I was living in Hamilton, NZ and had befriended a single mum and her 2 daughters. They were awesome people and the mother was a hard working woman, doing the very best she could in a difficult situation. They would tell me about paranormal things that were happening in their house. They said they would see shadows running around the walls of the house, which terrified them. They were so scared of what was happening that all three of them would sleep in the same room at night.

They told me that they would see these two-dimensional shadow creatures, that seemed to run around the walls in the rooms, particularly the lounge. I listened to what they told me, but at that stage of my life I was not actively practicing with my abilities, and I certainly had no experience in this area to be able to offer them suggestions on what to do for their home. One night, early in the evening when I was visiting with them I saw them for myself. It was actually a very interesting experience.

We were watching tv and just chatting about nothing in particular, when out of the corner of my eye I saw a small (about 3 foot) shadow, in the form of a person but flat 2 dimensional looking, and very, very black. It was flat against the wall and once it was aware that I saw it, it raced around the wall, seemingly clinging to it. It moved extremely quickly and was followed immediately by at least two others. They raced around all the walls in the room and disappeared. The girls were crying and their mum was ashen-faced. I was just stunned. It is one thing to hear about it, another entirely to experience it – and with witnesses.

The feeling that came off of these beings was definitely one of fear-inducing, or more actually feeding off the fear they induced in the family, (I was just fascinated by what I was seeing). Seeing the shadow people clearly like this was a regular occurrence for the family. They also had other paranormal things happening in their home. Unfortunately, the family was unable to afford to move from the home for some time, and when they eventually could there were no longer any issues like that. This tells me that the entities were actually attached to the home.

It is quite difficult to explain exactly how flat and 2 dimensional these entities looked… Almost like paper cut outs – flat like that, but their limbs moved normally as a humans would, and these ones hugged the walls entirely.

Shadow People – Where are they from and what do they want?

There are as many theories about where these entities come from as there are variations of shadow people. One of the basic theories is that they are spirits,  another theory  is that these entities are “inorganic beings”  who come from  a parallel dimension and feed off of our emotional discharge of energy, particularly that of fear. With my personal experience of what happened with my friends and the fear that these beings engendered in them, I tend to lean towards this one myself. This would actually make these beings energy vampires.

The most common characteristics of most shadow person sightings are a feelings of impending doom, depression, or intense fear that seemed to radiate from the being itself – although there are always some examples that contradict the rule. Some say they in fact have had positive experiences with them. There are also a number of talk shows about these beings Art Bell, has a really good talk back show where people actually phoned in about their experiences:


While no one can really say with any authority what these beings are, there are so many accounts of people having experienced them, even during daylight that to my mind at the least these entities are very real. Just do a simple google search and you will come up with hundreds of sites that share witness accounts. Of course there will always be people who say they are simply the product of an over active imagination or use other means to rationalize the sightings away. But for those who have experienced these entities they are indeed very, very real. I am always reminded of that famous Macbeth saying “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

 Til next time –


Shadowlands Paranormal Investigations team