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  • It's the middle of the night.

  • You're sound asleep when suddenly - your eyes pop open.

  • You're not sure why - you didn't hear a noise - but you feelsomething.

  • Is it in the air?

  • Your room does feel colder than usual.

  • You look around your room.

  • Nothing.

  • Relief washes over you and you start to close your eyes when - there is something there!

  • A shadow in the corner.

  • Something that wasn't there before.

  • You can't quite make it out, but it looks human.

  • It's so dark you can't tell.

  • You pull the blankets up just below your eyes.

  • It must just be a weird shadow, right?

  • Or your brain playing tricks on you?

  • You close your eyes and count to three, you know when you open them it will be gone.

  • One, two, three.

  • Phew, it's gone.

  • NO!

  • It's in the other corner now and it's coming towards you!

  • It's eyes open, glowing red in the dark and staring right at you.

  • You're so scared you can't scream.

  • You can barely move.

  • It's getting closer and closer you reach out and just in time you hit the switch on

  • your lamp and see

  • Your coat rack.

  • You laugh to yourself.

  • It does look a little like a person in the dark.

  • And maybe the eyes you saw were just lights reflecting in from the street outside.

  • You do a quiet search, just to make sure there's nothing in your room, but you can't shake

  • the feeling that a few minutes ago, you weren't alone.

  • It's not going to be easy to fall asleep again, but you assume you're safe.

  • The strange shadow person at the corner of your room begins to fade from your mind.

  • But you can't help but feel like that it's not the last you've seen of it...

  • It's a week later when you're on the bus home.

  • It's been a long day, and you're very tired, trying to keep awake but you keep dozing

  • off when then, out of the corner of your eye, there it is.

  • On the side of the road you see the same shadowy figure that was in your room, glowing eyes

  • looking right into yours.

  • The bus is moving fast, and you only have a second to glimpse its before it disappears,

  • but your heart is pounding.

  • You try to put it out of your mind but there it is again on the side of the road!

  • Is it following you?

  • Or is there more than one of these shadowy things chasing you?

  • You don't want to keep looking, afraid of what you'll find, so you close your eyes

  • and wait for your stop.

  • As you get off, you don't see anything around you, but you're not taking any chances as

  • you run to your home.

  • Who are these shadow people?

  • Or more accurately, what are they?

  • Are you just hallucinating and seeing them when you're tired, or is something more

  • sinister going on?

  • You're definitely not going to sleep any time soon, so you turn all the lights on and

  • get on the internet to research.

  • You googleShadow Peopleand start clicking through the results.

  • You're not sure what you're hoping to find, but you learn that you're definitely

  • not alone, lots of people report seeing these things, which is good, since it means you're

  • not losing your mind.

  • And the reports aren't new either.

  • You feel your chest get tight as you see that people have been talking about shadow people

  • for hundreds of years, with these mysterious creatures appearing in countless religions,

  • legends, and belief systems.

  • There's lots of different theories, but whatever they are, people have been scared

  • of them for a very long time.

  • You're starting to feel a little better actually, knowing that you aren't alone

  • in having seen them, when you click on a website and your heart nearly stops.

  • There staring back at you, is a picture of the shadow person from your room.

  • So what are the Shadow People?

  • Not many mainstream media outlets have talked about them or the possibility that they are

  • real, usually dismissing them as urban legends, but there's no shortage of information on

  • alternative radio devoted to cryptozoology and the supernatural.

  • The Shadow People first broke into the sort of mainstream in 2001 on the conspiracy theory-centered

  • radio show Coast to Coast AM, when Art Bell introduced the concept with Native American

  • elder HarleySwiftDeerReagan.

  • Bell decided to spice up the show by inviting listeners to submit their own shadow people

  • stories - and was stunned when hundreds of people wrote in, sending drawings of the supernatural

  • shadow beings they had supposedly encountered.

  • Drawings eerily similar to the being you yourself encountered multiple times.

  • The Shadow People gained a new investigator only a few months later, when paranormal investigator

  • Heidi Hollis published her first book on Shadow People.

  • Hollis went further than Bell and Reagan, who normally portrayed the Shadow People as

  • neutral entities.

  • Hollis argued that they were hostile alien entities that were stalking us, and claimed

  • they could flicker in and out of peripheral vision, getting close enough to jump on people's

  • chests and choke them..

  • Many people say they feel a strong hostile energy from these beings, and believe them

  • to be angry spirits from beyond the grave, stalking the living, while others think they

  • might be the psychic remnants of inhabitants from another dimension - and that they are

  • either trying to make first contact with us, or trying to warn us about something.

  • A theory advanced by the late paranormal writer and researcher Rosemary Ellen Guiley is that

  • they're something else entirely - a supernatural being known as a Djinn.

  • These creatures frequently appear in Middle Eastern mythology and are more commonly known

  • as genies - yes, the kind that grants wishes.

  • But Djinns aren't bound to a lamp or a bottle and are filled with magical energy.

  • These shape-shifting beings can take any form they want, and many believe the shadow people

  • are remnants of Djinns from ancient times.

  • Whether they're a genie spirit or from another dimension on a spirited journey, the abundance

  • of evidence from shadow people is quite disturbing.

  • The internet is full of stories of people recounting their experiences with shadow people.

  • Paranormal investigator Chad Stambaugh even claims to have captured video footage of shadow

  • people, but the footage is blurry and inconclusive.

  • A still photograph of a basement in the supposedly haunted Gaslight Inn in Indianapolis shows

  • a creeping black mass in an otherwise brightly lit room.

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  • The most disturbing story of the shadow people comes from the sleep study GR16 which was

  • supposedly conducted in 1971 at Camden College.

  • A brief clip claiming to be from the study shows a group of people who said they were

  • haunted by shadow people in their dreams.

  • The experiment aimed to track their brain patterns, but, according to the story, something

  • went horribly wrong, and the shadow people killed the subjects.

  • But no records of this study exist beyond some unsubstantiated video clips.

  • The more you look into the Shadow People, the more you're left with questions and

  • no answers.

  • One of the strangest elements of shadow people is how closely one person's description matches

  • that of others.

  • They're almost all the same - a shadowy, vaguely human-like figure lurking just far

  • enough away from the person that it can't be made out clearly.

  • Many people report glowing red or yellow eyes staring at them.

  • Some of the shadows look more like an amorphous blob, as in the case of the famous phantom

  • at the Gaslight Inn, which resembled a creeping mass slowly expanding over the basement.

  • But many others report a clearer, more disturbing figure which has come to be known as the Hat

  • Man.

  • This is a distinctly humanoid figure, dressed in a black three-piece suit, wearing a black

  • hat.

  • His eyes glow red, and he holds a pocket watch that he occasionally checks - as if he's

  • waiting for something... or someone.

  • He's very tall, at least six feet, but he's also been described as being up to ten feet

  • tall.

  • Many people believe the Hat Man could be linked to the popular urban legend Slender Man, another

  • abnormally tall, sharp-dressed monster with ties to supernatural terror.

  • Most people thankfully only encounter the shadow people for brief moments, seeing them

  • out of the corner of their eye or in the dark corners of rooms, only for them to disappear

  • when the light falls on them.

  • But some people have had longer and far more terrifying experiences that suggest there

  • may be some truth to these encounters.

  • Author Daniel Pinchbeck, a paranormal expert reported that he began seeing other-dimensional

  • beings that resembled the shadow people.

  • Pinchbeck believes that he was able to see into another dimension, and that somehow these

  • creatures came back with him - haunting him for weeks before they stopped and he was able

  • to return to his normal life.

  • But not everyone believes that the shadow people are a supernatural entity.

  • Scientists who have analyzed the sightings propose a much more down-to-earth explanation

  • - that these shadow beings are a product of our mind playing tricks on us.

  • The most common times for people to see shadow people are when they're under intense emotion,

  • isolated, or very tired.

  • The mind is experiencing heightened stress at this point, so mundane things, like a coat

  • rack or a shadow, become a potential threat.

  • Sleep paralysis, which is where the body's motor functions take longer to wake up than

  • the mind, also causes hallucinations that can take the form of shadowy, demonic figures

  • and may be the origin of the mysterious figures.

  • Two more factors that might be influencing shadow people sightings include sleep deprivation

  • and addiction.

  • Dr. Jack Potts has studied those addicted to substances that keep them in a heightened

  • state of awareness and keep them from falling asleep, and he observed that they became paranoid

  • and conspiratorial.

  • They kept reporting hallucinations of people following them, and believed them to be supernatural

  • beings that posed a danger to them.

  • While descriptions of these beings varied, many of them matched up with the descriptions

  • we see over and over for shadow people.

  • Potts believes the shadow people are our body's natural reaction to stress, albeit a terrifying

  • one, rather than a true supernatural phenomenon.

  • But if that was the case, why have so many people, even those who have no substance abuse

  • issues or bouts of sleep paralysis, seemingly spotted them out of nowhere?

  • One thing's for sure, the Shadow People have captured the attention of everyone who

  • loves ghost stories and paranormal phenomena.

  • These mysterious creatures have shown up in countless movies and TV shows, with perhaps

  • the most famous appearance being in an episode of the rebooted The Twilight Zone in 1985.

  • In the episode, titledThe Shadow Man”, the Shadow Person lived under the bed of a

  • teenage boy and was a danger to everyone besides him - until the twist ending.

  • The 2013 film Shadow People spun out of the legendary GR16 sleep study, dramatizing it

  • with terrifying results.

  • And plenty of popular video games have you encounter the shadow people as enemies, giving

  • gamers a brief taste of these terrifying beings without letting them get too close - we hope.

  • Sightings go back decades, and hundreds of people are giving very similar reports of

  • encounters just like the ones you experienced.

  • But as you give up on your internet investigation for the evening, what still hasn't been

  • answered for you is whether this is something mundane, or truly a supernatural encounter.

  • Was your mind playing tricks on you, or are there actually otherworldly beings stalking

  • you?

  • It's late, and you have an early start tomorrow so you turn off the lights and get into bed.

  • Your eyes are heavy and you can feel yourself drifting off to sleep when your eyes fall

  • on the corner of the room again.

  • Is that your coat rack, or something else?

  • Noyou tell yourselfit's just the coatrackor is it?”

  • Is it a shadow person, or just your mind playing tricks on you?

  • You pull the covers over your head and decide it's best not knowing.

  • Wellyou think, “maybe just a peak.”

  • You slowly lower the covers and open your eyes.

  • You will yourself to roll over and look at the coatrack in the corner.

  • As you turn your head you see it.

  • Two glowing red eyes, inches away from your face.

  • Looking for more videos on unexplained phenomena?

  • Check outNew Video Evidence that Proves Ghosts Are Real”.

  • Or check outHorrifying Unsolved Internet Mysteriesfor more on the darkest secrets

  • of the web.

  • Thanks for watching, and we'll see you next time!

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