Shadow People

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What not to do at one o‘clock in the morning if you don’t want to get the creeps …. Google Shadow People, and then read articles about them. I’ve got lots of things on the go right now. One of them being the second book in the Shadow People series. I woke up at midnight with all my projects, and currently hectic real life bits also, zooming around my frontal cortex. Trying to go back to sleep was futile, so obviously it was time to start my day. There I was, innocently sipping a nice hot cup of tea, about to check my emails, when it occurred to me to have a squiz online for inspiration to resolve a tricky bit of Return to Lapillus. So…

The first article I opened told me what I already know. Shadow People is the name of things that many people claim to have had experiences with. They are shadowy apparitions that sometimes appear once only, but often hang around and terrorise specific people. They’re completely black, some have blood-red eyes, some totally white, and some have no eyeballs or features at all. There are quite a few theories about them. One scientific theory is that they are visions caused by an anomaly in certain individuals brains. Others range from the ghosts of dead people trying to manifest as full-body apparitions, alien beings from another dimension, or demonic entities. My Nefandus in Shadow People are a bit of a combination of all of these things, so not new news that brought on any light-bulb moments for me.

When I originally researched these critters I never looked at any of the comments attached to the articles I read. This time I did, expecting the laughter and jeering that this sort of thing seems to bring out in the online universe. Not so much this time though. Most of them were from those sharing their own experiences. Judging by the couple of hundred of accounts that I read, from people (most of whom seem to be just normal folk, leading ordinary lives) who say that they’ve not only seen these shadow people, they’ve been rendered immobile, and sometimes touched or hurt, I started to wonder how close to reality some of our fictional tales are. Given the weirdness of reality in general, I don’t see any reason to doubt the existence of these things.

Each one of the billions of us that inhabit this particular space-rock lives in a totally different reality. Life is experienced differently by all, and seen differently by each different set of eyeballs. Not one of us has any kind of proof as to why we’re here, or even if we’re here, and not part of the fevered dream of some unimaginable being, or the denizens of some wild computer game being played by more unimaginable beings. Scientifically we’re only starting to find out where we are, and it’s highly unlikely that the known universe that we can actually see is all that there is. What we can see is still a mystery anyway. We know that there is more “dark matter” (the invisible mass that must exist because it has a gravitational effect, and therefore weight) than there is matter that is visible.

I also read about a study done years ago, where it was found that the human body lost a couple of grams of body weight when we spiritually depart this mortal coil. I don’t know how true that is, but then again, maybe those grams are what make up the mysterious dark matter that makes up most of the universe. And it’s all over the place, so who’s to say whether or not, apart from possibly the souls of our benign great, great, great, great grannies, there aren’t a couple of Shadow People, lurking about in there, waiting to scare the daylights out of us in the dark of the night. Now I think I’ll just be off to turn on a few more lights.

Till next time friends.

Text © Jo Robinson 2013
Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

16 thoughts on “Shadow People

    jcckeith said:
    June 17, 2013 at 4:25 am

    This was so excellently written and so interesting! I quoted one line on my fb page – hope you don’t mind – I credited it back to you and this post.


      jorobinson176 responded:
      June 17, 2013 at 5:25 am

      Thank you Julie! How could I mind such a lovely compliment? You’ve put a large smile on my dial now. 😀


    ihidemychocolate said:
    June 17, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    So interesting! What about the flip side – Guardian Angels? Yesterday, in Savasana at the end of my yoga class, I felt someone touching my index finger. I opened my eyes to make sure it wasn’t the teacher or a fellow student. Nope, no one there. I am sure there is a scientific explanation. Or even a yoga explanation. Open chakras! It felt like a kind touch. My daughter said I should speak with the “Long Island Medium” – my daughter’s theory is that it was a beloved departed soul, like my cousin Elizabeth.


      Jo Robinson responded:
      June 17, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      I totally believe in guardian angels! I’ve felt mine around giving me a helping hand, or word to the wise, too many times not to. It would be brilliant to find out who touched you – you’re vulnerable at times like those. It could be a loved one saying Hi. I think there’s a whole party going on on the other side, and we’re all going to get a big surprise when we get there. 😀


    Marian Allen said:
    June 17, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Well thank you very much, Jo, for something else to creep me out in the night! I had a bout of night terrors last night — haven’t had one of those in years. Wonder if I’ll have another one tonight, after reading about these Shadow People, whom I’d never heard about before! Eee! Lucky for me, we have a protective, benevolent spirit who lives in our house. I called on him last night, and he made the terrors go away and I went right to sleep. Whew!


      jorobinson176 responded:
      June 19, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      Sorry Marian! How do you mean night terrors? These days I only entertain the good guys, but we have had a couple of “interesting” experiences with baddies. I reckon that we’re all just as strong as each other – spirits with bodies and those without. Squish the scary thoughts – those dark doodles can’t hurt you unless you let them. Sleep tight tonight – you’ve got a bevy of gorgeous dragons at your command!


        marianallen said:
        June 20, 2013 at 12:02 pm

        I just looked “night terrors” up and that’s much stronger than what happened to me. I woke up with my heart pounding, terrified of absolutely nothing. When that happens, my mind generally jumps to all the things that I’m frightened of: something bad happening to Charlie or our children or grandchildren or my mother or my friends, home invasion, ticks…. And then it usually settles into intense, urgent worrying and trying to identify a problem and think of ways to fix the unfixable.

        I’d rather have shadow people, I think. 😉


          jorobinson176 responded:
          June 20, 2013 at 12:40 pm

          Goodness Marian! The shadow people don’t have a chance of scaring you with all that going on. Sounds to me like you need a rest, and a bit of getting away from it all. I know how you feel though – it’s hard to convince yourself that those things are really unlikely to happen, when they wake you up at night. Careful of the old cortisol though – that’s the sort of thing that get’s it going. Best to have a drop of champers in the evenings I think – sleep the sleep of the bubbles. 😀 xxx


            marianallen said:
            June 20, 2013 at 1:21 pm

            Heh! I’m not a champers fan. (Don’t judge! It just leaves more for you – lol) I take Benadryl or the generic equivalent. Lexapro in the morning, Benadryl at night, and I’m usually fine. I have dysthymia, a low-grade, chronic anxiety/depressive disorder. I can usually manage it, but sometimes it sneaks up on me. heh!


              jorobinson176 responded:
              June 20, 2013 at 2:15 pm

              I like the more for me. Not that I’m greedy or anything. 😀 That dysthymia sounds rotten Marian. Having had some of that sort of thing, I’d much rather get kicked in the knee twice a week. Writing helps though, doesn’t it?


                marianallen said:
                June 20, 2013 at 2:17 pm

                I haven’t found much of anything that writing doesn’t help. 🙂


    Vashti Quiroz-Vega said:
    June 18, 2013 at 4:00 am

    Oh Jo! You just creeped me out completely! Haha! Great post. I couldn’t stop reading, but now I’m going to sleep with one eye open.


      jorobinson176 responded:
      June 19, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      Ha haaa! Sorry Vashti! Cool in a not cool kind of way. 😀


    lulu920 said:
    June 20, 2013 at 1:40 am

    humans are very fragile mentally. your brains are complex but you have very little understanding as to how deep they go. it is not unusual that you would rely on childish theory to explain the phenomenons you experience. in reality, all you see, feel etc is made up – made up by you.


      jorobinson176 responded:
      June 20, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      Thanks for reading Lulu! Another interesting theory. If a tree falls in the woods, and nobody hears it fall, does it make a sound? It’s a fascinating concept that we’re making up our own reality as we go along, and anything’s possible. But still… 😀


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