What is the Hat Man?
This has been a question that I have asked myself for the last nearly
two decades. Ever since the time I saw the dark shadow man with a long
cape and a wide brimmed hat standing in the dark doorway of my
great-grandmother’s hallway, I have wondered in the back of my mind as
to what he (or it) could be? Is he a ghost? Is he a demon? Is he some
kind of interdimensional being? Is he an alien? Is he Satan himself?
As I stated in the section on this web site devoted to my story, I
first saw the Hat Man when I was 14. Since that time I had not given a
lot of thought as to what I had seen that night. I simply relegated it
to being a figment of my imagination—a curious dream as I laid there
in bed drifting in and out of sleep. This was what I believed and this
is what I told others…until the day I learned that my story was not
the only one out there.
In 2007 I was listening one evening to a radio program and on the show
there was someone talking about a phenomenon known as the “shadow
people”. They described these shadow beings as being like shadows only
darker. They stated that they would often appear in people’s rooms at
night and just stand there—staring at them while the person being
stared at would feel a sense of fear and dread. They noted how the
shadow beings were all similar in appearance—some would be large and
some would be small, some had what appeared to be reddish eyes and
some were just faceless. They even mentioned that some shadow being
appeared in other forms like cats and spiders and indiscriminate
shapeless dark blobs on the ceiling, etc.
None of these descriptions really struck a nerve with me or even
reminded me about my own experience until the person mentioned a
phenomenon that she said was very strange—a particular shadow being
that seemed to show up all over the world. As she went on to describe
this being, I felt chills go down my spine as the hair on my arms
stood straight up. I immediately remembered my experience and worse
yet—relived the sense of dread and fear. She mentioned that the being
that shows up most often is that of a dark shadowy figure of a man
with what looks like a long cape and large wide brimmed hat. She
descriptively called the being: The Hat Man.
Immediately at that moment I knew I was faced with a new reality—a
fork in the road if you will. In order for me to cope with what had
happened to me, I had to find some way to make sense of all this. The
first thing I did in my research was scour the Internet for as much
information as I could find on this “Hat Man.” I was shocked by at
least a couple of things, one being the fact that there was not that
much out there about the Hat Man (meaning nobody knew what he or it
was) and two, the sheer number of people who have had this exact same
experience (there are literally thousands).
Since there was nothing out there that adequately addressed the issue
at hand, I decided to take it upon myself to begin a research project
on this phenomenon. My research into Shadow People and the Hat Man in
general began in late 2007. Immediately as I began my research I knew
that there needed to be a place for people to share their stories—a
central location where encounters and eye witness accounts of the Hat
Man could be catalogued, researched, and analyzed. So in early 2008 I
launched The Hat Man Project, an online medium through which people
could connect and share their stories of the Hat Man experience.
After reading over hundreds of stories and speaking with numerous
individuals about the Hat Man, I have begun to draw some preliminary
conclusions as to what The Hat Man is and what his purpose is in
observing those he appears to.
Copyright: The Hat Man Project