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Shadow Man With a Top Hat

Posted on May 13, 2011

This is an experience that happened 6 or 7 times, in fact so many that instead of terror I would feel anger when I saw him and eventually I refused to sleep in the basement. Even in college. It started when I was 14. I woke up for some reason and I couldn’t move. I was absolutely paralyzed but I could look around, think, blink, just not move my body. I looked towards my feet and at the foot of my bed was a shadow man, all black, with a black top hat on. I couldn’t see any details because he was completely dark. Like the absence of light since it was 2 a.m. and he was darker than the surrounding room. He just stood there not moving at all. I don’t know how long I stared at him, but I finally was able to move. I bolted up and he was gone.

There were other experiences too, and my brother also saw him. We never spoke of it until one day we were sitting around telling stories about all the weird phenomena that happen in our house and I mentioned the man with the top hat. I asked him to describe what he saw and he described what I saw including the hat. The man would come even when I had my girlfriend over. I would wake up, she was asleep and there he was at the foot of my bed. I could feel him just staring at me. Finally I got angry, bolted up again and gave him the finger and he vanished. I saw the man so much that I refused to sleep in the basement anymore. Even into college when I would come home I would sleep on the couch upstairs. I tried sleeping with a bible once and I got punched in the face when I was in bed that night. I thought it was my brother, but then I realized that I had bolted the door from the inside irrationally thinking that that would keep out the shadow man. The last time I braved sleeping in the basement I had the same experience as before. Woke up paralyzed, there he was. But, I had become accustomed to it and started to experiment a little to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. I tried to make sure I could look around, blink, close my eyes for a few seconds, look, he would still be there. I would try and move and finally the last time I forced myself up and he disappeared. All these experiences were accompanied by being paralyzed, and at first an overwhelming feeling of panic and terror.

Myself, my friends and brothers all had weird experiences in the basement besides the shadow man. Light bulbs would unscrew, sounds of footsteps upstairs or walking down the stairs when nobody was home, boxes falling (we never had boxes in the basement) doors opening and closing, a ghost of an old woman and a blur that I would only notice out of the corner of my eye. When I was little I would be terrified of the basement for some reason. My brother and I slept down there for a year or so when I was 5. I would always wake up around 2 or 3 a.m. and go upstairs and sleep on the couch or on the floor in the family room. The first time anything ever happened was when I woke up, walked upstairs and tripped at the top of the stairs. I looked back and there was a hand sticking out of the door jam. Other things that happened were me lying on the couch when I was little, having migrated upstairs from the basement and seeing the curtains blow above me like there was a breeze going through them and the hanging plants spinning in place. From then on until I was 26 when I slept upstairs I always slept with the TV on.

Since we sold the house 5 years ago, I’ve always wanted to knock on the door and see if the current owners had ever seen anything.

Sent in by Shane, Copyright 2011 TrueGhostTales.com

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5 Responses to “Shadow Man With a Top Hat”
  1. Child of Artemis says:

    This man you saw was an evil entity known as “Zozo.” His other name is Sir Topham Hatt, such as that of the children’s cartoon “Thomas and Friends.” He was once written about in the Necronomicon but has since been removed because he is also believed to be the Devil himself. There is also a symbol with his name that I refuse to drawn due to the fact that it is pure evil and you are basically inviting trouble. He is also represented by the number 666. I do not advise saying his name out loud as bad things may happen. He is the evil spirit behind the Ouija board as well. I am an empath and have seen him several times myself and he has manifested himself to friends of mine as well. I hope this info helps you out. I will check up on this page for more updates.

  2. joshua says:

    wow. thats pretty close to some of the experiences that i have had. i had the same type of entity that would watch me while i slept…he was darker than the darkness around him, and he had on a hat….good story thanks for sharing…you can read mine by searching on this website under the name ” demonic little man

  3. josh says:

    it didnt seem to me like he was trying to hurt you.people are always afraid of what they dont know.and of course christians will tell you everything is demonic.this could had been many things,it depends on what you believe maybe you opened a door you shouldn’t had.he could’d been a dead ancestor trying to relay a message to you.or simply someone that knows your family way back.a familiar spirit.if your family was involved in any kind of occult activities in the past this will also happen,as the spirits usually follow the bloodline.where im from if this would’d happened to me i would think it was ellegua,papa legba or lucero.and just standing there without moving would mean he wanted to tell you something.but being that you were hostile towards him he decided to leave you alone instead.

  4. liquidsnake says:

    Hi all,i went through all the ghost stories what my brothers and sisters wrote,see there is a simple logic to it ,when someone tries to do something negative,bad occult activity or simply drinks alcohol ,things like that always happens,coz these things feed on negative energy,it feeds on the lust,greed,desire and power,they are fades and jealous of living creatures,they always want to come to world and try to transform or possess a living creatures.when someone elder in your family does something very wrong,it magnatizes negative buffs which actually sticks to their bodies and when they come home they eventually bring them along,now being a demon itself those buffs cant harm those who do wrong stuff but they try to possess innocents who has nothing to do with it,like yourselves,the best thing to do is to ask your elders not to drink alcohol.always wash before going to bed,always wear clean clothes if you masturbate or get involve in any kind of sexual activity dont wear the same clothes,make sure not to make your surroundings dirty,keep clean and holy and they wont come.Believe in GOD and no one else,learn versed to protect you from them and use them when needed.

  5. Rashel says:

    I just recently looked up what was happening to me and I find it crazy that so many others have seen the same man with a top hat…I really thought I had a ghost in my damn house..it’s kinda comforting to know it’s called sleep paralysis and your brain basically makes up things..but how do we all see the same thing??..that’s strange..for me..the shadow was holding me down..I was frantic..I could try my best to scream but it came out like a whisper..I had to force my way up..and then you have other times when I’m on my stomach and I can see everything around me and I kno he is there behind me..I now have to sleep with my light on because it terrifies me..anyway just wanted to share that I’m going through same thing

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