Really? Seriously? Wait, is this happening, really? Wha...?
These were the thoughts running through my mind two weeks ago.
At 5 to 9 PM on Tuesday July 7th I felt like someone was looking at me. I turned around, expecting to see my husband, but instead saw weird smokey darkness. I was in our lounge room and looked back to the doorway. The smokey darkness was outside this door, in the hallway. The hall lights were off, so it was quite dark where this weird apparition billowed from. The smokey what-have-you was maybe a meter or so tall, like an odd cloud which sort of rippled within itself. I fixed my gaze on it and thought 'What the hell?'. I really didn't know what I was looking at, and I didn't think 'ghost' at first. Thought it was my eyes playing tricks. I kept watching.
After a moment I realised there was more to it, above the smokey part. Now, at first I thought it was one of my large acoustic screens, and therefore thought 'why has Husband moved that into the hall?'. I looked up the 'screen' and realised it was a person shape, super dark, and darker than the billowing smoke below and TALL, around 7ft. Realisation set in: 'Oh, you've GOT to be kidding me', and the rest. Yeup, red eyes. Closer together than I had imagined, I might add. Not really glowing brightly either, like most people have seen. This was a diffused soft glow, in a meek red, not bright nor deep nor vivid. Definitely not the striking red glow that so many others have encountered. When I saw his eyes I half laughed in disbelief.
A few seconds later he disappeared in a weird haze. He may have been disappearing when I looked at him because the apparition wasn't completely solid, more like 50/50 translucent/solid. It lasted around ten seconds. But about five of those were spent looking at the smoke what-have-you trying to figure out what the hell my eyes were up to.
Unlike the vast majority of Shadow Entity encounters I've read on here, there was no sense of foreboding to this at all, before or after. Just me very surprised, but oddly enough in a nice way. He felt curious to me, as if watching what I was doing trying to understand something. I was listening to music, in 'my zone', had been for 20 minutes or so. I did hear a strange noise before I felt 'looked at', it sounded like a scraping sound. I didn't pay any attention to the sound until later when I was pondering the visitation. I've read loads of stories on here where people describe hearing a small but prominent sound before seeing a ghost. Based on others' accounts I feel this sound is connected to a physical manifestation. Perhaps this is the sound ghosts make when they enter our atmosphere in a manifestation. Maybe, if we're within hearing range when they do this, well duh, we hear it. I wonder if these sounds are caused by air movement/expansion. Similar to a very miniature thunder clap. Even though it sounds nothing like thunder. I didn't notice any sound when he disappeared.
When it was over I yelled in disbelief:
Because since learning that Shadow People exist, thanks to YGS, I never thought I'd actually encounter one. Before learning they were real, I thought they were products of peoples hallucinations and/or dreams.
I went straight to where Mr Shadow was standing and felt around for coldness, while at the same time trying to articulate to my husband what happened. Unfortunately he was in the laundry washing brushes (artist) and, though calm, I was relatively speechless with some Dark Lord in front of me. We couldn't feel any coldness until my husband felt the wall. The wall directly behind where Shadow Man had been standing was noticeably colder than the rest of the wall. I wonder if he went through this wall after disappearing or if his presence made surrounding objects colder. Now, don't know about you but we never go around feeling the temperature of our walls. So, because I'm curious about the coldness association with ghosts, this fact is relatively new to me by the way, I was rather enamoured with the cold spot on the wall. I kept checking it, and it eventually 'warmed up' to match the temperature of the rest of the walls. It probably took about five minutes to match normal temperature. Which suggests to me it only cooled the surface area of that section of wall. I don't know why but I jotted all that down.
Since banishing that horrible presence from my last story, we've had a lot of nature spirit activity at our place. It's as if they're rejoicing or something, it's very cool! While I was staring at Mr Dark Lord Shadow Entity I couldn't shake the feeling of nature spirit. It's how he felt to me. That he was somewhat of this ilk. I was surprised to get this vibe from him and it's left me open to the possibility. Now I wonder, when people get spooked by an agitated red eyed variety Shadow Entity, if it's connected to something happening in their area or their home.
Since that evening every time I enter or leave the lounge room I touch the wall to see if it's cold!
Why after all these years of never seeing a red eyed variety Shadow Entity do I join YGS, become open to their existence, and then encounter one?! I don't know, but I'm glad, despite being previously glad to the contrary.
Thanks for reading.
I think your description is more like that of an apparition. I know I don't have any right to act like an authority on any of this, but the things I've seen that I refer to as shadow men are very dark. It's like they are absorbing all of the light near them for the energy needed to manifest into their shape. They are darker than a dark room.
I'm convinced from their appearance and my own mental comparison with devices such as photodetectors, saturation in a photomultiplier tube, and other types of low light level detectors, that a shadow man won't manifest in light because the amount of energy would be too much. They would become saturated in the photodetector-like analogy.
My one experience with what I believe was an apparition of my boyfriend's newly deceased (less than a couple of hours) mother reminds me of your description.