Types of Shadow People
Jeffry R. Palmer
One of the most popular pages on this web site deals with the topic of shadow people.
Each week I receive emails from people from every part of the world describing encounters with these strange and
sometimes frightening creatures or entities. While it is unknown with any real certainty what the shadow people
are, it is interesting to note the variety of shadow people types that witnesses havereported. The six most common
types of shadow people are described in this article.
Human Shaped Shadow People
The first and most common type of shadow people are the human figure shadow people.
These entities are described as generally humanoid in shape and size. Anatomical details such as ears, eyes, nose,
hair and hands are missing from the descriptionvof these experences.When asked, witnesses ususally attribute a male
characteristic to these figures. The shadow form is semi-transparent and dark. The duration of the sighting of this
type of shadow person varies among reports but is usually stated as between two and five seconds. In many cases
witnesses decribe the sense of being watced, looking up to see if someone is in the room and discovering the shadow
person observing them. Once noticed, the shadow person seems to flee quite rapidly, sometimes traveling through
walls or closed doors.
The Black Smoke or Black Mist Shadow Person
The second most common type of shadow person reported is that of the black smoke-like
or black mist experience. At first it may seem odd to label these entities as "people" but in manycases witnessnes
that have encountered these beings have described them as having intelligent characteristics and reactions to
events. Strangely, many of the encounters with the black smoke shadow beings have been associated with overwhelming
feelings of dread and malevelonce, much more so than the expereinces arelated to the human shaped
The Hat Man
The Hat Man shadow person is a variation of the human-like being described earlier.
While the experiences and description of this type of entity closely matches that of the plain shadow person there
are noticable differences. The most notable and obvious being the inclusion of a wide brimmed hat in witness
descriptions. The hat worn by this type of shadow person is described variably as a having a brim the width of the
creatures shoulders. In most other instances the description of this creature mimcs that of the human shaped
variety. The Hat Man seems to exhibit a certain degree of curiosity towards the witnesses involved in sighting it
or him, whichever the case may be.There have been occasional reports of dread and paralysis associated with this
creature, but to a much lesser degree than the black smoke shadow being.
The Shadow Animals
This type of shadow creature is much less common than the human shaped or smoke
variety. Sightings of these creatures have discribed vaguely animal like creatures of a dark and semi transparent
appearnace. Many witnesses have described these beings as being roughly rabbit or guinea pig sized. These creatures
have been witnessed indoors and outside equally and exhibit some of the otherwordly qualities of other types of
shadow beings.Travel through solid matter and unatural speed are some of the traits ascribed to these
The Peeking Shadow
This phenomena has been described as a vaguely child sized, shadowy, human form which
appears to peek arround corners and quickly vanishes when noticed. Many who have witnessed these mysterious shadow
forms describe seeing them through peripheral vision, out of the corner of the eye. Like other shadow people, a
sense of curiosity has been attached to these creatures.
The Red Eyed Shadow
Perhaps the most frightening of all shadow people experiences is that of the red eyed
shadow. This form of shadow person is described as having glowing red eyes which cause the viewer to feel paralysis
and extreme terror. They have been described as the embodiment of pure evil.
Jeffry R. Palmer © 2006
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