They vanish as soon as a person realizes what they saw. When people see shadow people a feeling of despair and fear overcome them. There have been some reports of being attacked or chased by these shadows.
The shadows are usually larger than a normal shadow and notable don't resemble the shadow of the person sighting it. They are often reported moving with quick, jerky movements, and quickly disintegrate into walls or mirrors.
They range from being mist-like to being completely solid like a regular human.
Though this is not true to all shadow figures. Some of them may possess eyes, the eyes vary in color and are classed as having certin traits of behavior based the color of their eyes. Although this list is still being documented it is known that the white-eyed shadows are typically faster, more logical, and much more still.
They are believed to be evil and aggressive in nature, although a few people consider them to be a form of guardian angel. A Shadow Person's behavior tend to vary, suggesting they may be as varied as regular people. Some report that when looked at in the chest or eyes, they emit a loud scream that sounds like screechy static, loud winds, and/or creaking wood.
They often cause their victims to feel unable to move, and stare at them in silence, rarely ever speaking. Sometimes they will even sit on their chests. Many are spotted within hospitals, or otherwise near those who are dying.
Hat ManOne commonly seen Shadow Person is known as The Hat Man, who has been reported worldwide with very few variations in overall appearance and behavior.
The Hat Man is a solid black man (sometimes with red or black eyes) with a wide rimmed hat (usually reported to either be a Zorro hat or a Fedora) and a long trench coat (sometimes cape). Unlike other Shadow people, he is generally seen as much more physically solid. He is sometimes reported to have a goatee, or be clean shaven. Some reports claim he has no face at all.
Those who see The Hat Man report feeling a sense of malevolence coming from him, and he seems to show curiosity towards witnesses. He seems to take great pleasure from the fear of witnesses. Some witnesses have gone as far as to claim him to be the devil.
Other types of Shadow People spotted include:
- The Hooded Monk
- Black Smoke/Mist People
- Shadow Animals
- Peeking Shadows (usually child-sized)
- Red Eyed Shadows (generally more malevolent)
- Victor Surge stated Shadow people to be one of the inspirations for the creation of Slender Man.
- Shadow People are sometimes spotted in hospitals, and considered ill omens.
- Shadow People are one of the earliest sighted creatures by mankind, making them one of the oldest cryptids worldwide.
- Official Shadow People Archives (website includes submitted stories of accounts)
- Game by dimelotu on Deviantart (briefly explains some of the commonly seen ones, along with some fan-made concepts)
- Long Island Paranormal Investigators
- Complete Paranormal Services
- Darkness Walks: The Shadow People Amung Us
- Coast To Coast webpage on the subject of Shadow People
- 7 things you need to know about Shadow People