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Encounter with the Shadowman

Posted on January 20, 2010

I was all of four years old when I saw him the first time. I was staying over at my grandparents. It was the middle of the night and I had gotten up to go to the bathroom. As I came down the wooden staircase I held on to the railing with the front door before me. As I descended, I thought I had seen someone outside through the small window on the front door.

I had to know if he was really there. I hit the landing, ran, ducked and impaled myself to the door. Slowly I stretched upward tiptoe until I could see outside through the little diamond shaped window. There he was, blacker than night standing on the sidewalk in front of the house. I could tell he was a man, wearing a raincoat and hat but void of features and standing very still facing the doorway. He watched me watching him.

My heart pounded in my chest as I slinked down from the windows view. I thought about running up the staircase fast as I could and waking grandpa. Before I did I had better make sure I was seeing what I thought I had. Again, slowly I stretched up to peek through the window. There in the misty rain under the streetlight he stood there. I made the decision to be brave and not wake grandpa from his slumber. I moved down from the window and went back to my pillow and blanket on the couch. I did not however sleep the rest of the night. Trembling in fear I pulled my covers over my head and tried to disappear.

At breakfast the next morning I told the tale of my fear filled night and of the man in the raincoat. “That’s the boogeyman,” my uncle Earl only seven years my senior, said quite plainly through his mouthful of Cheerios. “That’s why we have to come home when the street lights come on, he will get you if you go out after dark.” I looked at him and blinked. Thinking it might be a good idea not to go outside for awhile even if it were daylight, I spent the day indoors watching cartoons and coloring pictures.

The shadow man would return several times over the course of my life. Each time would be more frightening than the last, until I learned just what it was he wanted.

Written by Kathy Houck, Copyright 2010




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Comments

16 Responses to “Encounter with the Shadowman”
  1. DarStarr says:

    Kathy,
    And what was it that he wanted?

  2. Believer says:

    What did he want Kathy?

  3. ilovejonasbrothers says:

    omg thats such a cool story! but please tell me what he wanted! its killling me!
    peace love jonas

  4. Kathy says:

    Hmmmm, that’s actually part of a bigger story. Can’t let the cat out of the bag quite yet. Sorry!

  5. scarygirl67 says:

    Oh this has me so intrigued! Thank you for sharing a bit of it, Kathy…two thumbs up! I can see the images as you are describing them. (including the mouthful of cheerios, lol!) And from the perspective of a child…that’s what it would appear to be..the “boogeyman”.

  6. giselle says:

    how many times have u seen him?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Kathy, i have experienced the black man many times in my life. Thats what i call him, and the first time was when i was four years old also. From that time untill 1993 i saw him on a regular basis. I hadnt seen him for 16 years untill a few weeks ago in my living room. He is tall with a suit, and tall black hat, no facial features, just all black. There are many stories here of just such a man.

    Now, you have got me curious!!! What did he want?

  8. anna says:

    ok you cant just end thye story by not saying what he wanted what did he want?that was kind of mean what your uncle said.That wasnt cool.thanks for the story.

  9. Sandi says:

    Kathy- thats quite the intro for a teaser story. I cant wait until you spill the beans on the rest of it. If you research the shadow man, you will find all kinds of similar stories relating to a “dark man” that dresses in the coat and a tall hat. They are all over the internet. I have read several of them and they are all quite interesting. My family had a somewhat similar experience except that ours was with a small man who wore a coat and hat that was always in my kid’s bedroom. My son submitted the story. You can read it under : The Demonic Little Man. Hope to read the rest of your story soon!!!

  10. Enalya says:

    I am also interested in knowing what your shadow man wanted Kathy. Please write the next installment of this story soon!

  11. esmeralda says:

    Have your grandparents seen it to jK

  12. Darwin says:

    Very cool but please tell us want he wanted

  13. Heather says:

    So did he speak to you, my son has a shadow man that has been with him for over ten years and really wants to know how to find out why he is with him.

  14. Kassie says:

    I have a shadow man and I don’t think that it wants anything but to harm me. I am actually searching for anything that will make me feel better I saw mine last night and I’m terrified its going to far . Mine is tall and a manly figure but no coat or hat or anything. I’ve moved and still it finds me but as I get older it gets creepier comes closer to me and I see it more frequantly. I dont think it likes noise or bright lights. medically I think they say it’s when ur exhausted or when ur asleep with your eyes open but I’m sure I’m awake and my eyes aren’t dry. when I was little I saw it with my brother it ran downstairs. It picked me and Its not some guy that wants me to fix his problems not some trapped ghost! It’s a weird very unnatural thing cold not like us. Don’t follow them

  15. Anonymous says:

    that sounds like my story, i saw him in mexico as a kid. i want to rip him apart now that im older and leave a dark stain in this world and the next.

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