Shadow Man, a.k.a Shadow Men, Shadow People, Shadow Beings, is a reported distinct classification of supernatural beings that believers claim have been sighted for centuries, if not longer. Unfortunately, the Shadowman legend is just an example of modern folklore or may even be a hoax.
Appearance: Shadowmen appear as a darkened humanoid silhouette or a moving shadow unconnected to a living person. For images of shadomen, click HERE, HERE, and HERE.
Fakelore: The Shadowman phenomenon is an example of a modern legend or folklore, possibly even originating as a hoax. Despite what believers claim, reports of shadowmen, as a distinct entity, date back only to the 1990s. As such the history of the legend can easily be traced backwards to the point of it's origin. In the case of the shadowman legends, such seems to have originated in a work of fiction, more specifically, an episode of The Twilight Zone t.v. series that aired in 1985.
The episode in question is actually titled The Shadow Man, and features such a being than lives beneath the bed of a boy. The entity exits from the bed at night to roam the land and attack children. The Shadow Man appears as a darkened silhouette, or living shadow, complete with large, broad-rimmed hat. No facial features or other distinguishable characteristics can be observed. So here we have a being called the Shadow Man, a being that appears as a darkened silhouette or living shadow, and a being that attacks people. All of these characteristics are found in the modern shadowman legend. It is far more likely that the legend of the shadowman began with one person who reported the story of the fictional Shadow Man from the episode as being non-fiction. As time passed, the legend of the shadowman took on a life of it's own.
The Truth: The only true elements in shadowman legends concern tales of ghosts. Reports of seeing moving shadows are a mainstay in reported hauntings. It is likely that if it wasn't for the modern shadowman legends, such experiences would have been classified as ghosts and not believed to be a unique supernatural entity.
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