Shadow People – A compilation of data

shadA few years ago, a co-worker and I were siting in the office of my fire station when I saw the most defined shadow person I have ever seen. I was writing up a report from the call we had just run and for some reason I looked up. At that moment I saw a human shaped black mass “walk” from the bathroom to the kitchen. I got up quickly and went to the kitchen but no one was there. I walked back to the office wondering what I just saw. I asked my co-worker if she saw anything out of the ordinary or strange and she quickly replied, “No, and I don’t want to know what you saw, I know what you see” with a smirk and wide eyes. Like many other people I have had shadows in the corners of my eyes, only to disappear when acknowledged, but nothing this pronounced and clear. This instance is what really provoked me to start researching the phenomena known as “Shadow People”.

When I began my research I was expecting to hopefully find one theory that would explain what I saw……boy was I wrong. There are just as many theories as there are experiences pertaining to this phenomena. The only thing that seemed to be the same in all cases was that they were dark in color. Due the varying data it seemed that “Shadow People” could be defined as another race, if you are so inclined to see it that way. Just as in humans, no one true trait could be attributed to to this phenomena. It would basically be like stereotyping a certain race, there is exceptions to every stereotype that one could come up with. I felt it would be easier to come up with a compilation of data, list them in one document, and let others decide what they had experienced and leave it at that. By doing this I felt it would allow me to keep an open mind and not be thrusted to put them into any certain group, as many have done in the past. I hope you enjoy what I have come up with.


THEORIES: Ghosts, Astral travelers, Djinn or Jinn, Aliens, Angels or protectors, Demons, Time travelers, Inter-dimensional travelers, Mischievous spirits, Malicious Spirits, Phenomena related to sleep paralysis or Hypnagogia, Thought forms, Hallucinations, Pareidolia , Spirits trapped in purgatory, residual energy, secret government experiments.

CONSISTENCY: Ranges from a dark mist all the way to a dark solid mass, Can be seen as having an oily texture at times

SIZE: Ranges from rodent size to around 8’ in height or greater

SHAPE: Usually a silhouette of a man or woman. Can be either with the addition of a hat, hood, coat, or cloak and at times red glowing eyes. Can also have an animal shape as well as being just a “blob” or shifting shapes. Have also been seen with horns, but very few accounts of this. Even though they are usually seen as people, animal shadows have also been reported. They can basically take any form.

CONDITIONS SIGHTED: Any location, Day or Night, Usually seen in or around dimly lit areas or shadows, (Not limited to these though)

ACTIONS: Seen out of ones peripheral vision, Standing, Walking, Floating, Peeking around corners, scurrying about, and a few accounts of being attacked.

FEELINGS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PHENOMENA: Calm or peaceful, No feelings, Love, Scared or frightened, Trance like state, Anger, Overcome, Pain or sorrow, Evilness


LURKERS: Usually seen out of peripheral vision or peeking around corners, furniture, etc. Once seen they tend to duck around the object to not be seen.

WATCHERS: Often tend to be seen standing either close to or far away from an individual having no interaction other than watching the person. Many people have reported this type standing at the end of their bed or in a corner.

SCURRIERS: These are usually rodent or animal sized and seem to run very quickly across the floor, walls, or ceilings.

FRIGHTENERS (NOT TO BE MISTAKEN WITH THE MOVIE): Usually this types tends to cause fear or dread. This can either be done by producing feelings or by “attacking” an individual.

In my honest opinion I feel that in 99% of cases involving shadow people are benign. Does this mean that this is the standard at which you should gauge shadow people? No, I feel that every case of this phenomena differs in many ways and individuals should treat the case not the category. In conclusion I would like to stress that this is my interpretation of the information that I have researched and not the so called “GOLD STANDARD”. There are always new experiences and theories popping up. Go out , do your own research and come up with your own conclusion. You definitely will not regret it.

Allen Marston

Allen Marston

Director / Chair Health & Safety at Apocalyptic Paranormal Investigation & Research
Allen grew up in a small town in Southern Virginia. His interest in the paranormal began as a young child after his parents told him of some experiences that they had over the years involving UFO’s and Ghosts. He began reading every thing about the paranormal he could get his hands on, thanks to his mother. As the years went by he had many experiences and feelings that he could not explain. One day he found out about a group in his area that was actually conducting paranormal investigations in his area and attended a public investigation with this group. He was totally hooked and began doing investigations with this group. After some time he and another member decided to leave the group to gear towards conducting more scientific investigations. Allen is co-founder of Apocalyptic Paranormal Investigation & Research where he specializes in audio and EVP. His team is the first to ever investigate the buildings of the Appomattox Court House Historic Park, where the surrender of Civil War occured. He has a passion for the paranormal and strives to bring all teams together to hopefully find concrete proof of the fringe sciences. When Allen is not working as a professional firefighter, you can find him spending time with his wonderful family, working other jobs to make money, creating artwork or finding more places to investigate.
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