April 9, 2011

Trippy Tale #10...(Part One)..."THE RETURN OF THE HAT MAN"

So...WHO or WHAT is this mysterious HAT MAN?

While we may never know the answer to these questions, there is plenty of information out there about what he DOES...and that is...CREEP EVERYONE OUT!

Many people, worldwide, have claimed to see this mysterious being, and it's so strange that their stories are SO similar! There HAS to be something to it! Let's take a look at the information out there...

Shadow people (also known as shadow men or shadow beings) are a supernatural phenomenon reported by some individuals. Most accounts of shadow people describe them as black humanoid silhouettes, lacking mouths or eyes, although they are sometimes reported to have red or yellow eyes.

They are generally described as lacking mass, although their specific nature varies from two-dimensional (like a shadow) to vaporous or distorted.

Their movement is often reported as being very quick and disjointed, or "jiggly", in the sense that they first may move slowly like a fluid (similar to jello rather than water), then rapidly "hop" to another part of a witness' surroundings. Some witnesses describe this movement as though the shadow entities they have seen "danced" from one wall to the next.
Observers of shadow people most commonly report that the forms appear at the edge of their field of vision, and that they disintegrate or move into walls when noticed, usually within a split second. However, many also report shadow people appearing in the center of their vision, appearing very close to them, or remaining for several seconds before disappearing. Some individuals have described being menaced, chased, or (more rarely) attacked or raped by shadow people.

Sightings of shadow people have been reported all over the world. They are a recurring topic of the late-night talk radio show Coast-to-Coast AM. The former host of the show, Art Bell, seemingly resurrected the term "shadow people." The term appeared as early as September 21, 1953 as the title of a radio drama that was broadcast on Chicago's WGN-AM "Hall of Fantasy"* series.

 However, reports of beings fitting the description of shadow people have been recorded for centuries in literature. For example, in 1887, celebrated French author Guy de Maupassant pennned the story "Le Horla" ("The Horla") about shadowy beings who live on milk and water, bedevil human minds, and stalk the unwary.

Even though these creatures were never proven to exist, sightings appear to occur most often in Rhode Island and North Carolina in the United States of America.
Source: Monstropedia.com

It’s also been suggested that this strange entity is somewhat of an inspiration for Freddy Krueger.

Wes Craven has talked about an experience he once had when he was a young boy, in which he saw a scary looking man walking down the street wearing a bowler hat. The man had scars all over his face and looked up at Craven through the window and gave off a sense of foreboding.

While this could have just been an ordinary guy and not a shadowy person or demon, it was still a creepy experience. People who reportedly come across a hat man usually claim to feel a frightening feeling, as if they are being threatened. While some ghosts don’t seem aware of the presence of the living, it seems that shadow people do. Witnesses claim that, despite not seeing his face, they have a sense that the hat man is staring right at them.

From Unsolved Mysteries.com: "It would seem that this entity’s sole purpose in visiting people is to make them as uncomfortable and frightened as possible.  They normally don’t try to communicate, except for the fact they are emitting bad vibes.  Their mere presence alone is enough to make someone feel extremely uncomfortable and even threatened.

Still, there’s no evidence to suggest that something very bad happens after someone sees the hat man.  The “ghost” or “demon”, whatever it may be, usually goes away after a few moments and nothing bad ever seems to happen afterwards.  So, shadow people really malevolent?  Is the hat man really a threat to anyone?
It seems that this phenomenon provides more questions than answers.  Most people who witness hat men claim that they’re solid and definitely an outline of a male body.  The outline of the hat is also distinct and solid.  It’s only natural to assume that they’re real enough to be more than just the witness’s imagination. 
One theory is that they could be physical manifestations of one’s own psyche, and are somehow created subconsciously after an individual experiences some problems in life.
Whatever the case may be, anyone who ever witnesses a hat man will undoubtedly feel creeped out by him.  Whether he’s an actual entity or a psychic manifestation of someone’s subconscious, he definitely gives of negative vibes and a sense of foreboding to anyone around!"

Stay Tuned for Part Two, featuring stories from the Hat Man's "victims"

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