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My Sister's Shadow Man


Hey all 👋🏾,

I am writing this story in regards to my little sister who shared something with me last night while we were out dinner.

A few months ago she casually mentioned how when she wakes up in the middle of the night, there's a black figure with a wide hat standing in her doorway. My nephew's room is right across the hallway, but they haven't mentioned anything happening or seeing any figures nor does my sister allow me to ask out of fear it will scare them which is understandable.

Back to my point about this figure she states its always usually in her doorway. Just standing there, and she goes back to sleep. What cause me to be alarmed is that last night she informed me that earlier this week, she has awoken to find the hat man standing directly next to her bed, and not in the doorway as usual. I asked her could she make out any features or anything distinctive but she says no.

I asked her if she felt scared or anything she said when it first started that she did, however I feel as though this fear has turned into "I'm used to it" but she said its not a feeling of fear or dread that she gets when she sees it but yesterday she described it as a calming feeling.

I just get concerned due to my young nephews and the stigma associated with shadow men. Anyone have any ideas as to what it can be? She feels like it may be her dad but I'm not too sure. And later I definitely don't want this affecting my nephews if this is something negative, and we do have sage at the ready!

Thanks, aly

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saadsayed8 (1 stories) (3 posts)
3 weeks ago (2018-02-02)
I used to see the same shadow man! Tall black shadow wearing a big long hat. He always showed up whenever I had sleep paralysis. I too got used to seeing it and wasn't afraid anymore. Eventually I stopped seeing this shadow figure and everything was back to normal. However, I did have a very weird dream once where he showed up in mine and my cousin's dream at the same time. I have posted that story on here. You might want to check it out:)
ChickenLittle (11 posts)
3 weeks ago (2018-02-01)
I am uncomfortable with the movement from her door to her bedside, and also with the fact that what was originally fear is now a calming feeling. A friendly ghost is a good thing, but what has caused the change in feeling?

Also, why does she think it's her father? Has she considered that this could be a ruse to gain her trust? I think a cleansing would be a great idea.
dianaq (1 posts)
4 weeks ago (2018-01-29)
Hi Ali,

If you have Netflix I recommend you watch "The Nightmare". It is a documentary about people who have experienced sleep paralysis in a range of levels. The symptoms/occurences you;ve described are common phenomenons people with sleep paralysis experience; especially seeing a shadowy man with a top hat. Hope it works out!
rookdygin (24 stories) (4400 posts)
4 weeks ago (2018-01-27)
A Cleans and Shield for the House could help establish if the 'shadow' is negative or not.

Not to mention researching the history of the home. Or check and see if there is a known history to any items that have been brought into the home, just prior to this starting.

Thanks for sharing, please keep us updated.


lady-glow (9 stories) (1743 posts)
1 month ago (2018-01-24)
Hi Ali

Did your sister's father use to wear a hat during his life? If not, what makes her think that the shadow could be her father?

In my opinion, she could try to communicate with the shadow and set some boundaries and rules for its presence at the place.

Thanks for sharing.

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