I havenu0092t seen him since I was a little kid, but the shadow man in the top hat used to visit me in the curtains of my bedroom. I thought he was the Boogeyman, but wasnu0092t especially afraid. I thought heu0092d come to carry me off, but he never did any harm, and wasnu0092t very menacing. A few years after that, I told my best friend about him, and he said that the same thing used to happen to him. As Nic Kelly says, there is something going on here. Iu0092m nearly 36 now. Itu0092s interesting to me that so many that experienced the man in the top hat are about my age.
Over the years, Iu0092ve read various stories involving a similar figure, both fiction and non-fiction, and have noticed this particular archetype, if thatu0092s what it is, showing up in movies and on TV, in variations. In the Ghostbusters cartoon from the 80u0092s, the Boogeyman character wears a top hat. There is a Mexican horror film series involving a diabolical character, Coffin Joe, also with the top hat. An episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer features a creature in top hat. Iu0092ve read a Batman story written by Joe Landsdale that involved a horrific dark figure with sharp teeth, glowing eyes that wore a top hat. Iu0092ve read a UFO book by Raymond Fowler that involved an encounter with a dark figure in top hat. There was a play in London that involved the Boogeyman in top hat. The Nightmare Factory by T. Ligotti features a cover with a dark figure in top hat. Lon Chaney, in the lost film, London After Midnight, plays a horrific figure in top hat. I suspect thereu0092s a basis in reality for these depictions, that maybe the creators of these characters were visited themselves, even if they donu0092t remember.
At this point, Iu0092d really like to have a better idea of what the shadow man is. But, at the same time, considering heu0092s apparently real, Iu0092m not so sure itu0092s wise to delve too deeply. Religious interpretations donu0092t ring true at all. Whatever he/it is, itu0092s not the devil. I donu0092t think itu0092s a Jungian phenomenon, some sort of embodiment of something from our collective unconsciousness, because we see this thing in waking life. But it could be something in that direction. Could it be some psychical force used to examine us by, what? Aliens? Extra-dimensional beings? Sleep paralysis also doesnu0092t fit the bill, since Iu0092ve had that separately, as an adult, and itu0092s totally different and terrifying, and I was never terrified of the shadow man. Is there an entity that delights in nothing more than traveling the world, going from bedroom to bedroom, to either creep us out, or strangely comfort us? Does he sometimes do more than just stand idly by our bed? Are some disappearances the result of Mr. Top Hat?
Thereu0092s certainly much more to life then this physical world, but Iu0092m not sure where this shadow man fits in, with his top hat (why, of all things, a top hat? Because itu0092s creepy? But why is it creepy? Because the shadow man wears it? Which came first, the shadow man, or the top hat?). I have a friend that, on rare occasions, we dream together. Itu0092s happened three times, just enough times to realize that it wasnu0092t a coincidence, that, holy crap, we were dreaming TOGETHER. Iu0092ve practiced remote viewing, and had eye-opening results with that. My point being, again, that incredible things happen that canu0092t be explained by conventional western materialism.
But what this shadow man is, what heu0092s doing in our rooms at night, often when weu0092re very young, why he dresses like a gentleman of the 19th century (this could be a real clue, though u0097 does it mean thatu0092s when heu0092s from?), are questions I can only wildly speculate about.
Sent in by Jim, Copyright 2009 TrueGhostTales.com