Throughout my life, I have frequently seen a dark shadow creep slowly up my wall and across my ceiling coming towards me. When I was younger I would just hide beneath my covers and hope it would go away or that it was just my imagination. However the reason that leads me to believe the shadow is a real manifestation of something evil is because when I was about 15, I had a budgerigar in a cage in my room and one night I saw the shadow come over the wall and ceiling towards me and spread out when it reached me I blanked out and dreamt quite lucidly of my budgie being let free. Bear in mind that my room door was kept shut at night, as were my windows. Downstairs was also alarmed and there would be no way of me sleepwalking downstairs without triggering the alarm and waking the household. Well the morning after seeing the shadow and having the dream my budgie was missing. We searched the entire house and never found it, not even its remains. To this day my parents swear blind they did nothing to the budgie and it is as much a mystery to them as it is to me.
2 years later when I was living in working with horses I had the same thing happen again, I saw the shadow creep over me and spread out across the whole room. I had the same feeling of fear and tightness of chest as I'd had the previous times and finally as it reached me I passed out and again I had a lucid dream of the horses being taken. The next day I woke to find that 2 horses had gone missing and again neither were ever found and assumed to have been stolen by horse thieves.
Once again years passed before I saw the shadow again, this time it was 7 years later, and I'd just had my second child when I was laying in bed one night with my eldest child laying next to me in the bed and the baby in the cot next to the bed. Again I got the terrible feeling and saw the shadow coming closer, this time I knew it was coming for my daughter and I leapt out of bed towards the light switch whilst screaming at the top of my voice "you're not having her, I won't let you take her". I managed to leap from the bed to the other side of the room in one leap and click the light switch. The shadow disappeared and I've not seen it again since.
Sometimes I think that I made the shadow leave me alone because I finally stood up to it rather than letting my fear win. Other times I wonder if it was just my imagination combined with strange coincidences. However the feeling I had, knowing it was there even before I saw it, feeling the malevolence oozing from it deep in my bones, I don't believe I could possibly have imagined, nor do I believe that if it had been some childhood over active imagination that it would have continued to follow me around into adulthood and in different houses.
I'm a little worried about publishing this story as I've never seen any similar experience and so worry that I will just be laughed at and disbelieved. What I really would like is to know that others have been through something similar or someone that can tell me what this was.
Also I wanted to mention that my fiancé has epilepsy, we've been together for three years and from day one when we met he used to have frequent seizures that have now died down, but before each seizure, perhaps about 30 seconds before I get the same tight chested feeling and always know when he's about to have a seizure. Although this is unrelated to the shadow itself I wanted to mention it simply because the feeling of the air around me as if suddenly closing in on me, the tight chested feeling, thin air is almost exactly the same as the feeling as when the shadow used to appear to me.
I've had other spiritual and ghostly encounters but nothing that lasted as long as this one. I will publish the other stories shortly.