I live in the UK but my family are originally from Mauritius. My father was born and brought up in Vacoas, and his childhood home has been in the family since my great-grandfather built it in the early 1900s. As a child I remember my father telling my that when my grandfather was dying, he'd often scream in terror in the night, telling everyone that a tall, dark shadow with red eyes was standing over him, watching him sleep. My relatives dismissed his stories on account of his illness (I'm not quite sure what that was). My grandfather himself was only five when my great-grandfather passed away.
For decades that house remained in the family, and as far as I'm aware nobody had seen this shadow man and so, when I visited Mauritius for the first time in 2011 to visit my uncle (living in the same house), my mind was completely at ease. The start of the trip was great, nothing happened for the first two weeks. As it was my first visit, being unaccustomed to the heat, I generally had a window open as I slept.
On the fifteenth or sixteenth night of my visit, I awoke with a start in the middle of the night. I could sense that something was off, but I wasn't quite sure what it was at first. The air had gotten colder, so I got out of bed and went to shut the window. As I was getting ready to get back into bed, I glanced at the open doorway. There, to my horror, stood a tall, dark, shadow-like figure. It didn't move or make any sounds, it just stood there. I don't recall seeing eyes at all, but I had a feeling it was staring at me. I froze, too afraid to move. After what seems like hours, the figure seemed to just fade away. I jumped straight into bed and shut my eyes, praying for daylight.
This is the only experience that I personally have had with the paranormal. I don't know what that shadow man was, or if it had any connection with the shadow man that terrorised my great-grandfather. After that night it never visited me again, and upon quizzing as many relatives as I could, it became apparent that I was the only one to have seen it. All I can really say is that despite it not doing or saying anything, it seemed to give off a terrifying, menacing vibe. Any suggestions as to what it might've been would be greatly appreciated.