In the shadows: The truth about Shadow People
Could Hat Man and the ringmaster ghost be one and the same?
When author Heidi Hollis went on Coast to Coast AM late night radio to talk about her personal experience of shadow people in 2001, the radio’s phones were jammed with listeners ringing in to share their own encounters. It seemed this was a phenomenon that loads of people had experienced but nobody was talking about! Hollis’ book The Secret war: Atrue Story About A Real alien war and Shadow People brought the whole concept of shadow people into the mainstream and became a bestseller.
According to Hollis, shadow people are not friends to humans. Some listeners to the radio show talking about being attacked and strangled by these entities. Hollis believes the entities to be negative, alien beings that can be revoked by calling on the help of Jesus.
Usually, shadow people present themselves as the shape of a human being, but without full human form or facial delineation – and they’re usually extremely tall. Psychic medium Natalie Kuna describes them as ‘…About seven feet in height, though they can configure and transform into different sizes and shapes. Often their limbs (arms and legs) seem quite long, and very occasionally fingers seen.’
However, sometimes they do have glowing eyes – or even wear a hat. Perhaps the best known of the shadow figures, Hat Man (a name coined by Hollis) appears as a completely dark figure, but he also wears a hat – either a fedora or top hat. He is the most terrifying of all the shadow people, exuding a fearsome air of menace. He rarely attacks people, instead preferring to watch them – from the shadows, of course. Some people believe him to be an emotional vampire, draining them of happiness and energy. Terrifying although Ed Booker’s ringmaster ghost undoubtedly is, his description is remarkably similar to that of Hat Man. Could Hat Man and Ed Booker’s ringmaster ghost be one and the same character?
Sceptics say that shadow people are a figment of the imagination, or a trick of the light. They claim that the feeling of being strangled by the figures that some people have reported could be explained away by sleep paralysis – when your mind wakes up before your body does, giving you the feeling of being choked, or of something pressing on your chest. Sceptics also argue that nobody had even heard of shadow people before Hollis wrote her book!
This claim is not strictly true. It seems that shadow people have existed for centuries. The Quran mentions pitch-black sapient beings created from fire that are ‘not purely physical or spiritual in nature.’ In Medieval times, it was believed that a witch – or anyone who sold their soul to the Devil – cast no shadow, giving rise to the idea of a bunch of independent, evil shadow beings stalking the Earth. In the Middle Ages in Europe, people believed that shadow beings desired blood, as they couldn’t be reborn without it. Others thought that where their shadow went, they’d be forced to follow, so refused to let their shadows fall on graves or over cliffs.
So be careful where you cast your shadow – and keep a close watch that it doesn’t move without you!