I’ve received a lot of emails asking about shadow people.
The questions surprised me. I don’t watch many ghost-related TV shows, so I hadn’t realized that “shadow people” were trending.
Also, shadowy figures used to be so rare, I’d never given them a label. They were just a fleeting dark something-or-other, sometimes seen out of the corner of my eye.
Frankly, we see a lot of weird things at haunted places. A brief, moving shadow or two…? Not so unusual.
The first time I heard the phrase “shadow people,” I think Grant Wilson used it. Oh, I knew what he was talking about, but — at that point — I had no idea that lots of people were seeing them.
Since then, it seems as if many more people are seeing shadowy figures. Is it because they’re looking for them? Or, maybe some entities aren’t as reticent as they used to be.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve seen many shadow people in TV show footage.
I’ve also taken photos of one, in a weirdly haunted private residence in Laconia, NH.
The best picture is shown at right. In real life, his shadow looked like a normal person’s shadow… except that the hat shape looked like something from the Colonial era, or very early 19th century.
The figure moved like an everyday person. It didn’t float. It didn’t fade in and out. It looked like someone was walking on the other side of the basement, in front of a light source. And then it walked away, moving towards the wall at the far end of the basement, and the figure vanished.
Since many people in New England take part in Colonial and Revolutionary War re-enactments, I fully expected to see someone – in costume – when I rushed ahead to see who’d caused the shadow.
No one was there, and we’d have heard footsteps, running, if someone had dashed upstairs. Had it been a prank, the basement was too large for anything but the hastiest getaway.
We checked everything to see if a normal shadow could explain it. The basement wasn’t very cluttered, so no one could have been hiding from us.
Only one other person was in the house during the investigation, and we’d have heard his footsteps. Plus that, his build differed completely from the shadow. We found nothing to explain this figure. At least two of us saw it, in addition to my photos.
Are they dangerous?
A couple of years ago, I turned on a ghost-related TV show. On it, I heard the star declare that shadow people are killers. She insisted they’re extremely dangerous.
At this point, I think it’s irresponsible to tell homeowners that shadows in their homes might kill them. (In Dr. Who episodes, maybe. In really life? No.)
If a shadow person has ever killed someone, I haven’t heard about it.
Likewise, shadow people don’t have features. It might feel as if they’re looking at you.
Being certain of that…? Nearly impossible. It’s just the outline of a body. You can’t see its face.
I have seen the Ghost Hunters’ episode where a shadow person seemed to peek out from behind something. We can assume the shadow was looking toward the investigators, but we can’t be certain of that.
Shadow people look like shadows. While you can find a lot of speculation about what they are (and aren’t), we really don’t know.
Here’s another researcher’s opinions about shadow people. It’s an eight-minute video.
That YouTube video about shadow people is at: https://youtu.be/g2DuA8nc-UY
Ghosts or something else?
They might be ghosts that manifest as shadows. Maybe they’re not able to create EMF spikes or generate EVP, and they can’t rap on tables, but they can create shadows.
That’s one guess, anyway. I doubt that anyone knows with certainty.
Or, shadow people may be something entirely different than ghosts.
At this point, anything is possible. Shadow people may be fearful apparitions, trying to hide from us.
Shadow people might be minions of demonic entities.
Then again, shadow people might be aliens in a form we didn’t expect.
From reports I’ve read, I suspect that shadowy figures are a description, not a category of entity.
One of my experiences might indicate an alien element. (Or, it may have no connection to shadow people. It’s something strange, not ghostly.)
Dark portal to the night sky?
One of the most mysterious shadows I’ve seen… well, it wasn’t a person at all. But, it was very odd and I’ve never heard a reasonable explanation for it.
Around 2009, my husband and I were driving from New Hampshire to Dragon Con, where I was a guest speaker.
It was nighttime. The sky was dark and a little cloudy.
Driving south on I-95, we saw an odd column of darkness on the left side of the road. It looked like it was in back of a stand of trees, and about 100 yards from the shoulder of the highway. It was similar to the kinds of columns created by searchlights, but column was darker than the sky, not lighter.
In that rural area, there were no spotlights or searchlights to create an illusion with contrast. I thought it was fascinating and I wondered how they’d created that effect. It was a great alternative to a spotlight.
(At the time, we didn’t realize it was an anomaly. I asked a few scientists at Dragon Con what might have caused it, and they said nothing like that was possible.)
Since then, we’ve never seen it or anything like it.
With the increasing reports of shadow people, was that column a conduit for them? I haven’t a clue and it may have nothing to do with shadow people. It’s just an idle thought to consider.
In terms of shadow people being evil, malicious, or demonic, I’m skeptical.
The shadow person I photographed (the interior photo, above) was about 30 or 40 feet from me, and I sensed nothing at all from him. He was just there.
His form didn’t seem to be sucking up light, like some sort of energy vampire. He wasn’t menacing or cowering or sending evil death-ray energy at me.
He was just a shadow.
Just in case…
Until we know more about shadow people, keep your distance. That’s just a precaution.
So far, I haven’t seen or heard credible reports to suggest they’re dangerous.
Whatever they are, I don’t think they’re ghosts, but I may be wrong. It’s fine to make note of them. Other than that, I’d keep the study of shadow people distinct from ghost investigations.
If you are worried about a shadow person – or any paranormal entity – harming you, this is the most thorough protection guide I’ve read: The Ghost Hunter’s Survival Guide: Protection Techniques for Encounters with the Paranormal, by Michelle Belanger.
Note: As of mid-March 2019, I’m not approving comments asking what shadow people are, or if I think they’re dangerous. This article contains all the information I have.