I haven�t 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 wasn�t especially afraid. I thought he�d come to carry me off, but he never did any harm, and wasn�t 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. I�m nearly 36 now. It�s interesting to me that so many that experienced the man in the top hat are about my age.
Over the years, I�ve read various stories involving a similar figure, both fiction and non-fiction, and have noticed this particular archetype, if that�s what it is, showing up in movies and on TV, in variations. In the Ghostbusters cartoon from the 80�s, 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. I�ve read a Batman story written by Joe Landsdale that involved a horrific dark figure with sharp teeth, glowing eyes that wore a top hat. I�ve 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 there�s a basis in reality for these depictions, that maybe the creators of these characters were visited themselves, even if they don�t remember.
At this point, I�d really like to have a better idea of what the shadow man is. But, at the same time, considering he�s apparently real, I�m not so sure it�s wise to delve too deeply. Religious interpretations don�t ring true at all. Whatever he/it is, it�s not the devil. I don�t think it�s 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 doesn�t fit the bill, since I�ve had that separately, as an adult, and it�s 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?
There�s certainly much more to life then this physical world, but I�m not sure where this shadow man fits in, with his top hat (why, of all things, a top hat? Because it�s 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. It�s happened three times, just enough times to realize that it wasn�t a coincidence, that, holy crap, we were dreaming TOGETHER. I�ve practiced remote viewing, and had eye-opening results with that. My point being, again, that incredible things happen that can�t be explained by conventional western materialism.
But what this shadow man is, what he�s doing in our rooms at night, often when we�re very young, why he dresses like a gentleman of the 19th century (this could be a real clue, though � does it mean that�s when he�s from?), are questions I can only wildly speculate about.