As long as there have been stories of ghostly phenomena, there have been sightings of "Shadow People". Shadow People are defined by their featureless, shadow-like appearances and do not seem to be the spirit of something that was once human.
According to folklore, they appear as dark forms in the peripheries of people's vision and prefer to watch people unseen, disintegrating or moving between walls, when noticed. Sightings of Shadow People are often associated with feelings of dread, intense fear or panic and instances of paralysis have been ascribed to the experience by some witnesses.
They are nearly always a manly shape, large and with a broad silhouette and perhaps the strangest thing about them, is that they are usually seen wearing a hat of some sort. In some instances there are red eyes that seem to pierce right through you.
Reports of Shadow People sightings differ in a number of ways from normal ghost sightings. Shadow People are often reported as having no discernible features such as mouths, noses, or eyes. They are rarely ever reported as trying to communicate with the living.
Witnesses also do not report the same feelings of being in the presence of something that 'was once human'. The Shadow People are also said to move extremely fast and travel through solid matter.
Some individuals have described being menaced, chased, or in some rare instances, attacked by shadow people. There have also been reports of shadow people appearing in front of witnesses and lingering for several seconds before disappearing.
Direct visual contact is rarely reported by most eye witnesses of shadow people; they are said to usually disappear before they can be seen clearly, and are seen "in the corner of one's eye. These beings are said to often appear in mirrors.
The dark countenance and malevolent feelings that are often reported in association with these creatures has led some researchers to speculate that they may be demonic in nature. If they are demons, we have to wonder what their purpose or intent is in letting themselves be seen in this manner. Is it merely to frighten?
It is tempting to say that The Shadow People are evil, especially given the bad vibes they seem to give off. However, there is not much documentation to say that a bad experience usually follows a sighting of Shadow People. If fact, most visitations usually result in the apparition fading away, or disappearing when noticed. They never seem to talk or approach the witness, instead standing menacingly in doorways and corners.
There are many proposed explanations of these phenomena. One of the more creative theories is that shadow beings are manifest thought forms, meaning that they are collections of negative psychic energy from areas where traumatic events have taken place and evil people frequent. The negative psychic energy begins to manifest and takes on form and motive, thriving on fear and negative emotions for sustenance.
The Shadow People have also been described as forms of ghosts, demons, inter-dimensional beings. The most popular explanation seems to be that they are some sort of other-dimensional beings whose dimension of origin occasionally overlaps with ours, which is said to explain their ethereal appearance and fleeting nature.
This is an interesting theory, as it suggests that not only do these entities exist, but they are frequently visitors in our lives. Why do they hang around us so much? Are we being studied? Could this be why there are so many reports of 'feelings of evil' coming from these creatures?
What makes the phenomena of the Shadow People interesting in the world of the supernatural is the consistency in the sightings. No matter whether it's an old person or a child, or anyone in between, what they see is always the same.
People on opposite ends of the world report seeing these entities on a daily basis and their recollections are strikingly similar. Whatever these Shadow People are they are definitely a regular occurrence in a lot of people's lives.
Emerson County has reports of strange shadowy creatures/people first in 1957. In August of 1997, roughly 2 miles from where original reports originated, a video camera was found and turned into local authorities. What they saw on the old tape was scary, mysterious, and remains unexplained to this day. Some people refer to this "shadowy creature" as a "Shadow Person".