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The Dark Hat Man


I have lived in a very haunted house my entire life. I see apparitions, hear disembodied voices and footsteps and witness poltergeist activity all the time. And it's not just me, my friends and family witness it too. Some things I only see or hear once or twice but there are several spirits that I see all the time. One of those is what I call the Hat Man.

The first time I saw him, I was about three or four years old. My parents had gone away and left me with a babysitter. The babysitter didn't watch me very well and I was able to sneak into a storage room that my parents had always told me not to go in. While I was in there, I got the sense that someone was standing behind me and that they were angry. I turned around and saw a tall black figure standing over me. He had no features except for a top hat and a long trench coat. I screamed and ran out of the room. After that experience, I would always see him peeking around corners at me only to disappear.

For a while, I stopped seeing him. Until I was in about first grade. I was sitting in the living room on the couch by myself when I heard a loud crash in the kitchen. I went to investigate and found nothing there. I shrugged and went back into the living room to see him walk across the living room and into the hallway. As you can imagine, I screamed.

The last time I saw him, I was about 9 or 10. I was walking with my little brother into his room. His room is what used to be the storage room where I first saw hat man. I opened the door and we both saw hat man sitting on my brothers bed. My brother said "Man." and pointed while I just stood there in shock. Immediately, hat man sprung up and started running toward us. I screamed, picked my brother up and ran from the room.

I haven't seen him since except for occasionally out of the corner of my eye. But I feel his presence all the time and I don't like it. After doing some research, I have discovered that tons of people see him through out the whole world. It's weird. I don't know what he is.

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EveryHour (8 stories) (30 posts)
11 years ago (2013-09-29)
Well I posted it because I started feeling his presence and decided to post this and see if anyone else has had similar experiences. I've heard that people have seen him around the world but I wanted to hear some personal experiences.
DaBadMan (5 posts)
11 years ago (2013-07-25)
Also i'd like to ask you a question. What made you post this when you did? Was there some trigger? Had doubts held you back? (You don't seem shy)
Had you posted on this elsewhere or under a different name elsewhere? I am very interested. Thank you.
DaBadMan (5 posts)
11 years ago (2013-07-25)
Everyhour please contact me. And anyone else who would like to talk, teach, learn, participate. Deadblowfighters [at]

He is no demon, no ghost, no figment and no "Urban Legend". He is not of the same material as we flesh and blood creatures yet he is VERY real. He does seem to feed on fear and there is no negotiating with him. I have dealt with his presence for the better part of 30 years. Cleansings are only temporary for him. If there is something he does not like he simply leaves to return at a later date. Sometimes he will not leave completely but instead will change form ("disappear") and can still be felt. I consider him my enemy of ages. He began his intrusions when I was a young boy, like many of you, but he followed me well into adulthood. He would frequent my homes, hotels, wooded areas, workplaces, etc. The last time I laid eyes on him was in 2006. The last time he was near (by feel) was aprox. 20+ days ago. He does not come close very often anymore although the longest he was ever away from me while I was awake was nearly 1½ years. I found out later that during this time he was frequenting my eldest niece, then aged 4 - 5. Of course neither her mother nor I had ever spoken of him since before she was born, let alone to her. And of course when she first spoke of him she called him "The Dark Man". I do know many things about him, however not near as much as I would like to know. He is an enemy to me. He is a coward in my eyes. He travels from place to place collecting fear and confidence from the young and the weak and the affected. Never does he stand. Intimidation and surprise seem his only weapons. For me those blades have dulled long ago but more tender flesh is easily wounded still. I would like to make a map of his visits complete with dates and times as best as can be recalled. Also, anyone who is still visited or had been visited by him for an extended period please mail me. All who have been visted, even once, please contact me. DBM
angela_maria97 (14 posts)
11 years ago (2013-06-28)
is he a demon or just a ghost that lived in the house and died there man years ago... I would have done research on the house and on him and put some puzzle pieces together because that leaves me wondering
Shady4u (2 stories) (188 posts)
11 years ago (2013-06-26)
Hey there! I have read so many stories on this 'Hat man'. However I haven't encountered one yet. Since this hat man has no particular significance, I can finally be sure that he is an 'Urban legend'. Cleansing should help you out of this situation and if you're a religious person, you can consult your respective religious representative. I hope for the best. Be good.
EveryHour (8 stories) (30 posts)
11 years ago (2013-06-24)
Yes I still live in this house and I got a bad feeling when I saw him. And yes, I will try the methods you spoke of.
Fearless (18 posts)
11 years ago (2013-06-23)
Well you say that he charged towards you when you entered the room well apart from sounding stupid I could suggest you to try to speak to him in any way you can, maybe you can even finish his curiosity. 😊
TalonWalt (3 stories) (69 posts)
11 years ago (2013-06-21)
It's strange to me, because the one I saw was young. No hat, no cloak. About a few inches taller than me, and I'm only 5 feet tall. Also all I felt from him was curiosity, no ill intent. Does anyone know why my experience was so vastly different from the OP and others?
sds (14 stories) (1436 posts)
11 years ago (2013-06-21)
Dear EveryHour, I want to ask some questions. Do you live in the same house? Did you discuss it with your parents? Apart from your brother, had anybody seen this hatman? Do you feel any negative vibes about him? I mean your gut feeling. What was your first feeling about him. I know you were scared but what was your feeling. Try to find out the history of the house from your parents or neighbours, if you live in the same house. It could give you some idea about this entity. If you feel that it is negative, then as Val suggested, you can use Rook's cleansing method. It is in his profile page but for your sake, I give it below. Ask your parents and others to join you to cleanse the house. It would definitely ward off negative entities and spirits for sure. Give all the credits to Rook.

Recipe for a Home Cleansing/Shielding... (allow for two or 3 days to complete)

Day one: Open all curtains window and doors with screens installed, let fresh air and sunshine into the home. Have all closets, cabinets and other 'dark spaces' open so that as much natural light as possible can enter those spaces. After 2-3 hours take a broom and 'sweep' out each room (this is symbolic and you do not have to really sweep) focus your thoughts on sweeping (pushing) out all negative energies / entities /thoughts. Close home up after completing each room of your home... Please do not forget your garage if you have one. (Optional) Light incense (sandalwood or Dragons-blood works well for me) and let aroma fill the home, and/or play a tape that contains your favorite Church/Positive, Upbeat (songs that give you good thoughts) songs before you begin sweeping.

Day two (or three): Once again open all curtains, windows and doors. Take a White candle (Optional) to the center most point of the home, sit on the floor and place candle in front of you. Light the candle (visualize a white ball of light) and then focus on the flame... Visualize the flame (white light) filled with positive thoughts, energy. (Say a prayer at this time if you so desire... Ask for cleansing positive energy to fill the candles flame/white light). Hold this 'image' in your mind and then visualize the flame (light) slowly expanding outward, visualize it filling the room your in, every corner and 'dark space'. Continue to visualize it's outer edges pushing away (burning away) any and all negative energies/entities out and away from each room in your home. Once you have visualized this flame (light) filling your entire home, picture it expanding to your property lines. Hold this image in your mind for a few moments then visualize 'anchoring' this flame (light) where you are sitting which is the center most point of your home. Once you have done this. Take a deep breath, relax a few moments and then blow out the candle. (If you didn't use a candle just let yourself relax a moment or two.) "

Now you can create a shield for yourself using the 'home shield' technique but instead of focusing on your home visualize the 'flame' simply surrounding you instead of your home... Best time to do this is after a nice shower using a rosemary scented soap (rosemary is good for purification and protection.)

Regards and respects to you.

valkricry (49 stories) (3276 posts) mod
11 years ago (2013-06-21)
You could try Rook's cleansing method. It's on his profile page.
EveryHour (8 stories) (30 posts)
11 years ago (2013-06-21)
I'm glad I'm not alone in this! I hope I can get rid of him too. Because he freaks me out.
taurus83 (4 stories) (84 posts)
11 years ago (2013-06-20)
My mom and I used to see him in the hallway of my grandpas home. I believe from my personal experiences and reading many others he likes to scare and have people feel terrified. To me now he looked about 6 feet tall and it was a dark shadow of a man with a large brimmed hat and trench coat. I hope you find a way of getting rid of him. Good luck! 😢

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