Podcast: Are Shadow People Dangerous?

Are you worried about shadow people?

I created this 11-minute podcast to accompany my article at Ghosts101.com:  Are Shadow People Dangerous?

During the podcast, I talk about several topics, including:

  • Shadow people (v. fleeting shadows)
  • “Hat Man” and why he’s different
  • An odd shadow form seen in 2009
  • Protection for paranormal researchers

Ghosts 101 – Are Shadow People Dangerous?

This is a podcast by Fiona Broome, created to accompany the Ghosts101.com article, Are Shadow People Dangerous? In this 11-minute podcast, Fiona discusses shadow people, “Hat Man,” and protection for ghost hunters and other paranormal researchers.

In the podcast, I mention the shadow person I saw – and photographed – in Laconia, NH: Laconia, NH’s Ghostly Places, and the photo of the man in a hat, at the former bank in Old Town Spring, TX.

Books I mention: Paranormal Parasites, by Nick Redfern, and The Ghost Hunter’s Survival Guide: Protection Techniques for Encounters with the Paranormal by Michelle Belanger.

This podcast is also available at HollowHillPodcasts.com (hosted by Libsyn).

What Do You Believe In? – Poll

Do you believe in ghosts? What about shadow people, or demons, etc.?

Here are some general definitions, for this poll:

  • Do you believe in ghosts? A poll.Ghosts – Spirits of people who once lived in our world, and have experienced physical death.
  • Shadow people – Shadowy, human-ish figures that move, or are there… and then vanish. They may or may not be translucent. Most don’t have facial features. Shadow people are definitely the shape of human bodies.
  • Demons – Evil and malicious entities that may be connected with the concept of devils and Satan.
  • Angels – Kind and benevolent entities that may be unique to a spiritual context, or might be ascended spirits of those who once lived on Earth.
  • Fairies – Also spelled “faeries,” these creatures may be humanoid or fantastical (like unicorns, mermaids, etc.), and may be large or small, and friendly, helpful or mischievous, or – occasionally – malicious.
  • Banshees – A spirit that protects a family, and wails to predict danger.
  • Cryptozoological creatures – Non-human beings often labeled “myths,” including Bigfoot, chupacabra, pukwudgies, and so on.
  • UFOs and aliens – Beings from outer space, and the vehicles they travel in.
  • Mandela Effect –  Belief in a reality shift, based on clear memories of a history that doesn’t match our world’s popular history. (Ex: Berenstein Bears instead of Berenstain Bears.)

This poll is now closed, but you can see the results at What Readers Believe – Jan 2019.


Do Ghosts Scare You?

Do ghosts scare you? They probably shouldn't.“Do ghosts scare you?”

“What’s the scariest place you’ve ever visited?”

Those are the questions most people ask me when they learn that I’m a paranormal researcher.

My simplest answer is: No, ghosts don’t scare me.

And, since ghosts don’t frighten me, a simple haunting (or two or three) won’t alarm me.

In fact, I’m more likely to whisper, “Ooh, cool!” and members of my team will nod in agreement.

Most investigators want to encounter ghosts.

But, if you think ghost hunting is as exciting as it looks on TV, and – just for fun or a “good scare” – you just stumble into a “haunted” site, you may be disappointed.

You may also put yourself in danger.

Ghosts… and Not Ghosts

Most ghosts are just people, without solid, physical form.

They may be able to interact with our world – by moving objects, touching people, or speaking so they’re recorded as EVP.

Since most ghosts aren’t able to do much, physically, in our world, I’m not afraid of them. They’re just spirits.

  • Most seem to linger here for their own reasons. They may have unfinished business, or want to protect “their” family or former home.
  • Some are mischievous. They may tap you on the shoulder, give you a gentle nudge, or slam a door to surprise you.
  • A few are angry, and perhaps territorial. They’ll do what they can to frighten you away. As the saying goes, their “bark is worse than their bite.” (I usually imagine myself bigger and stronger than the spirit, and don’t flinch. After a while, the ghost usually gives up and leaves me alone.)

But, not all “hauntings” are ghostly. That’s what scares me.

What you’re experiencing could be caused by someone (or a few people) who are very much alive.

OR, it could be an entity that’s not human, not a ghost… but definitely a threat.

Dealing with Pranksters

Of course, if someone – or a group of people – might be trying to scare you, it’s best to retain your composure (as best you can), and leave immediately.

When a haunting turns out to be a joke - HollowHill.com

In most cases – especially deserted locations like cemeteries, battlefields, and abandoned buildings – your most likely tormentors are party-goers. Those isolated sites are popular among young adults who want to drink, smoke, or have a laugh… or all three.

It’s never smart to try to argue with someone who wants to have a laugh at your expense. It could turn ugly in a hurry, especially if the person is drunk.

Just leave. Stop arguing. Say nothing more. Just leave, immediately.

Whether or not you’re dealing with party-goers, carefully consider whether someone in your group is part of the problem.

That includes jokers who don’t take ghost research seriously, and predators.  (I’m not sure if they’re magnets for problems, but every time I include a researcher who makes me a little uneasy, we seem to encounter other issues, too.)

When it’s Something More Dangerous

Ghosts don’t scare me, but other entities can, so Vale End Cemetery is the scariest place I’ve ever investigated.

That’s partly because I don’t know what those entities are, and how to protect myself from them. (Of course, in unfamiliar and creepy settings, it can be helpful to invoke spiritual protection before entering the site.)

Some entities might simply be weird energy, manifesting because… well, I have no idea why.

Yes, maybe they’re things people call “demons.” (Actual demonic attacks are far more rare than TV shows and movies might lead you to believe.)

What if it's not a ghost - but a demon?

Take no chances.

If something is clearly malicious, and starting to cause physical or emotional harm, leave the site immediately. That’s especially true if problems began with someone provoking the spirits.

Whatever demons really are, they’re dangerous. Despite what you’ve seen in popular media, a simple exorcism rarely resolves a demonic attack. The victim – if he or she survives – can battle dark entities for months or even years.

I’ve written about this in the past. See Possessed? Need help?

A personal note: I still recommend John Zaffis if you may be dealing with something demonic or malicious. I’ve known John for decades, and  I respect his work in demonology. (In my opinion, the TV series The Haunted Collector portrayed John in a truly unflattering light.)

John is actually one of the top authorities in the field of demonology, and donates many hours of his time to helping those in need.

This video – a trailer for a film – shows John more clearly.  (Yes, the b&w segments may not impress you. Pay attention when John is actually on the screen.)

That video is at https://youtu.be/9JYlegyVBmc

The best thing to do is avoid anything that might be demonic or malicious.

This means nobody on your team should use a Ouija board. (We have no idea why they seem to attract bizarre and scary entities, but Ouija boards do.)

The most complete protection guide I’ve ever read.

And, as I said earlier, no one should provoke spirits, unless the investigator is very experienced with this technique, and there’s no alternative in the situation.

If you feel frightened for any reason at any haunted location, get out of there. Trust your angels, spirit guides, intuition, “gut feeling,” or whatever you call the impulse that signals danger.

I’m not scared of ghosts, but ghosts aren’t the only entities out there. It’s important to keep that in mind.