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Man in a Trench Coat Staring at Me


After being considerably bored at work one day, I decided to google ghost stories (as I have personally seen and dealt with them before) and came across this site. I love reading the stories and it got me all jazzed up to tell mine.

It probably all started when I was 14 (I am now 24). My family and I were on a week long camping trip when my dog passed away. This dog that we had, (Max was his name) was the family dog but being at a young age when we got him, I became the closest to him. After I had learned that he died, I was so upset that my family had to cut the vacation short, just to get me home.

I had just moved in to a room in my parents basement, and it had no door to it. Now, where my bed was located, when looking out the door, you could see the furnace to the house. One night I woke up and grabbed a sip of water from a water bottle I always keep beside my bed and happened to look to the entrance of my room. Sitting in the doorway was my dog Max! Now, since this happened so long ago, I have constantly said to myself that this was a dream only because when I started calling Max to me, I remember specifically his eyes glowing red and him then jumping on my bed and trying to attack me! That ended up scaring the bejeezus out of me!

After the whole dog "dream" I have not seen Max since. Later when I would wake up/roll over, I would steal a look to the door and I would see a giant man, like a silhouette, standing in my door frame staring at me. To me, it looked like he was wearing a huge trench coat with some sort of hat with a huge brim. The first time this happened, I was so frightened that I dared not to stare at him too long as he would attack me like my dog. It became constant, like every night I would see him and for the first while it scared me to no ends but I became used to it and later when I would see him, I would just roll over, smile and go back to sleep.

One morning, after seeing the dude in my doorway the night before, I was speaking with my parents about a bad dream I had the night before. My mom chuckled as my dad also had a nightmare the same night and told me to go ask him about it. When I asked pops about his dream, he told me that he was dreaming about a guy who broke in to the house, made his way into my sisters room and ended up killing her. This woke him out of his sleep and when he looked out the hallway into the kitchen, he said he actually saw someone leave my sisters room (the two rooms are right beside each other that lead into a hall that leads into the kitchen) and walk into the kitchen. He said he got up and ran to the kitchen and when he flipped the light on, no one was there. It was then that I told him that I always see someone standing in my doorway every night and he just told me it was the furnace!

After I turned 18, I was still seeing this guy. My friends would spend the night and in the morning they would explain to me how they saw a guy standing in the middle of the room thinking it was me, and then explain what he looked like! That was when activity in the house started to pick up. My family and I would constantly see things out of the corner of our eyes, my mother one night told me about a "floating person with a tiny smile on their face waving to her, loud unexplained noises followed up by things (one night it was all of our empty bottles lined up on our freezer, which I thought was hella cool) moving unexplained.

I feel I might be dragging this on, and I have a bit more to talk about so I think I will make a part two about my experiences in the future. Looking back to them I think things only get worse for me (nightmares with ghosts/demons) and we ended up getting the house blessed! But like I said, that will be another story!

Thanks for listening/reading my story!

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andrew47 (1 posts)
9 years ago (2015-01-17)
This man in the trenchcoat is real... I never forgot seeing him and I was 5 years old or possibly a little younger and I'm now in my 30s... I'm not into ghost stories or voodoo... I
Go to clubs... Like boxing and women... But every year I think of what I saw because I know it was real... I was in my basement and so was my parents and I looked up the stairs towards the back door and he was standing there looking down... I saw the trenchcoat and that huge gangster al capone hat that seems to cast a shadow over his face... I was shocked and I felt scared but couldn't even scream or talk... I just looked back at my parents who were watchn tv and when I looked back upstairs he was gone... I was too young to know better but I walked upstairs without telling my parents and when I got upstairs he was gone... But 3 angry dogs were snarling at me and I don't have dogs... And I closed my eyes tight and opened them and they too were gone... I have never forgot and its 2015... So last night I am thinking of this man and who knew all you had to type in google was man in trenchcoat and hat... Out of all possibilities this shows up...and...its weird how everyone commented a lot these past few years as grown adults about things they saw as a child... And now I'm here... Its like a small group of us is tied together and all feel like talking 25 years after it happened...anyway.he just stared and left and I have never seen him again but at least once a year I remember and I always wonder if he was good or bad or why he stared at me at such a young age that it would scare my mind to never forget... A woman drew a sketch of him and what's creepy is she put him in front of a door just like my backdoor he stood in front of... She drew what my eyes seen... She even angled it so it was like I was looking upstairs... I used to think it maybe didn't happen but now I see all the comments and the sketches and I know now in my heart that it really happened... I don't know why we all saw him but god bless us all and let's hope were not so evil as humans that we got singled out for a bad purpose
OnlyReasons28 (2 posts)
13 years ago (2010-11-25)
I've had almost the excat same thing happen to me. But my mom saw him looking at me. See I was asleep on our couch when in happened & I wonder do you think ill see him more often now that his occurence has happened once? See I'm 14 & it happened this motnh (novemeber) around, the 8 or 10 I htink. & I wonder will I ever see him, maybe hes watching over me & other people that see him, I wonder is he bad or good? Let me now, if anyone knows or wants to be in contact. Home page, is OnlyReasons28. Thanks:)
robojoe95 (1 posts)
14 years ago (2010-07-31)
OMG NOOOO HES REAL! This is terrible! He been haunting me since I was a kid I had to look it up and now others seen him! I am so scared... = (( ((
srvtheservants (1 posts)
14 years ago (2010-03-04)
Hello, I do not know if you check this often. Your story really disturbed me because for the past year or 2 I have been seeing this man in a black trench coat. I began seeing him when I was getting out of my car a few feet away. I would see him between 2 and 4 a.m. I then began to see him coming out of my sister's room, then the amount of times I would see him increased. I was afraid that he followed me, and now that I moved out, I see and hear different things. But I am glad I do not deal with this mysterious man. He tried to attack me one time as I walked by her room, and I felt him so close. I have never been able to relate to something like this, and I am a little scared, and intrigued. There must be a reason why I saw something similar. I want to figure it out.


didssy_ (4 posts)
15 years ago (2008-11-12)
well, I've seen this really tall shadow with a strange hat and coat in black. Right like Mustang said, it was right in the corner of my bed, but I wasn't lying on it, I was chatting with some friends and I just had some strange feeling that something was staring at me. It was two days ago, and I decided to check it... And it turns that there're many people who have seen similar shadow. And, in my apartment, there are also some strange things happening... And I'm a little bit frightened. It is scaring the feeling that you don't know what is in your room, or even in your bed?! What if it isn't a friendly... Eeeer... Spirit?
Hullabulu (1 stories) (8 posts)
16 years ago (2008-08-02)
Maybe the man is some kind of Guardian watching over you. I like the name "The Dark Guardian"
mustang (5 stories) (749 posts)
16 years ago (2008-05-06)
Hello Josh. I have seen this man with the trench coat and hat many, many times. I oftern wondered who he was. I started seeing him when I was about 18 or nineteen years old and he was always in my bedroom. Every place I moved to he would show up only once each time. He eventually showed up one night at the end of my bed right at my feet. I thought it was my husband at the time but when I felt my husband laying next to me I realized that it was the 'shadow man'. When I sat up in bed and started to speak to him he turned and glided towards my bedroom door very quickly and disappeared before he went through it. Anytime that I would experience this, it was between 2:30-3:00 AM. What time did your 'shadow man' show up? I personally haven't seen him in the house that I live in now and I have lived here for six years, but my husband has seen him in our living room by the tv. My husband has also experienced him one time in a warehouse at his old work place a long time ago.

MOTHERPANN (10 stories) (77 posts)
16 years ago (2008-04-02)
We call that man the Traveler, my sister has seen him in every home she has moved to in the past 40 years. He usually stands in the hallway and looks in on her, like he is making sure she is safe. I have seen the traveler peek around corners in my home, tall shadowy man with a hat, I ususally say hi and he goes away. My daughter's friend described a similar figure to her too and was shocked when my daughter told her about our encounters. Recently I met a man in the emergency room (I work at a hopsital) and his wife was reading a book by John Edwards and we started talking about ghost and stuff and she told her husband to tell me what he saw shortly before he was brought the the ER. He saw a shadowy man, with a hat and trench coat out of the corner of his eye. He was afraid especially since a short time later he got sick and was being admitted. (thought it might be the grim reaper) I told him of the traveler and he calmed down. I said oh he's worried about you and was checking on you. After that the patient wasn't so scared to be admitted. He was ok in a few days and went home.
Josh (1 stories) (10 posts)
16 years ago (2008-03-31)
Thanks for all the great information everybody has provided me with! Everybody is so great on this site, it is all a huge help in satisfying my curiosity. I guess I should try and clear some of the questions up!
1. I never did ask my father if the guy in his dream ended up being the same guy I always see. I do think without doubt that the shadow he saw when he woke is the same one I always see! I just thought it was a huge thing that he saw the same thing I always do!
2. I did have a chance to take a look at the site that Frawin posted and as soon as I saw the "photo" of the one shadow with a hat gave me crazy chills! That is pretty much what I was seeing every night only a lot bigger!
3. I've always chalked up my dog incident to be a nightmare too! I am for sure that on the night I saw him, it started to attack me! No playful playing there! Lol
whitebuffalo (guest)
16 years ago (2008-03-31)
Hello Josh.
What are the chances that while your dog was attacking you, he was actually playing with you aggressively? After that thought is all worked out, you will know whether that was a dream or not.
I too would be interested in knowing if the man who was in your Pop's dream had the same description as that of the Shadow man that you saw in your doorway. Somehow I do not think so, but did you ever ask for a description?
I have also added a link in my comment that deals with Shadow Spirits. Http://
What I find as most interesting is that once your friends started talking about the activity in the house, things started to "pick up..." That would sound to me as if all something or someone needed was a bit of recognition to "light the flame".
Thank you.
KimSouthO (27 stories) (1960 posts)
16 years ago (2008-03-31)
Welcome to the site! Thank you for feeling you can share your encounters with us. You will find some very understanding, out going, helpful and curious individuals on this site.

I am wondering if you were able to check the site FRAWIN listed? Is the illustration of the shadow man with the hat?

There are many different theories involving shadow people/men, etc. I guess before comenting further on this man you and your father see, I wonder if this illustration is close.

As far as your dog Max, some of these shadow entities that are dark/demonic are said to be able to assume other shapes and beings. As Max was your loyal and loving family friend, I would say that the animal with the red eyes that tried to attack you WAS NOT Max!

I can't wait to hear more!

God Bless!
ChrisB (6 stories) (1515 posts)
16 years ago (2008-03-31)
Hi Josh. Glad to meet you and welcome to this site. I'm glad you shared your satory with us. I really liked your story. I think that the part with your dog was just a dream. But the man in a jacket! Well you for sure know he is real and I believe you. I hope you share your next story soon. I hope to hear from you soon and take care
etodaj (6 posts)
16 years ago (2008-03-31)
very interesting mate. Please don't keep me waiting too long for part two yeah... Tc man.;) regards ej
Chrono (2 stories) (41 posts)
16 years ago (2008-03-30)
Hi Josh!
Wow, that's crazy with your dog. But, just like everyone said, I'm sure it was just a bad dream.;]
The man in the trenchcoat though, he does seem like a nice spirit, not one that would harm you! I agree with Pakman, you should try to communicate with him one night, maybe say hello or ask him what he wants.
Good luck and take care,
Chrono 😳
FRAWIN (guest)
16 years ago (2008-03-29)
Hello Josh. The dog part of your story was more than likely a bad dream brought on by your grief. The trenchcoat wearing specter is a classic description of a shadow person. I have included a link that talks about these "beings" that you might find interesting. I hope this helps.

Pakman555 (1 stories) (5 posts)
16 years ago (2008-03-29)
Woah. The dog part I cannot explain, but the man staring at you is easy. He is a lonsome spirit, with similar energy readings as yours. He is simply someone who is wanting a freindship with you, or maybe some human communication. Try communicating with him. If he does not give a sign of any form of communication whem you do, he most likely is someone who you have somthing that used to belong to it. If you find that neither of my theories of correct, you should keep trying to communicate. Somthing should happen eventually.
Sorcha (59 posts)
16 years ago (2008-03-29)
Hi Josh,

Did your Dad describe what the man was wearing when he saw him in his dream and also when he saw him going into the kitchen area?

Just curious =) Thanks for posting your story!

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