The Shadow People. They lurk in obscurity. Looming human figures, blacker than darkness. Millions across the globe see them. The unfortunate feel their touch. And some awake in horror to their red, unblinking stare. Join Jason Offutt, who has interviewed dozens of eyewitnesses, as he shines some light on the world of the Shadow People, viewing these beings through the lensThe Shadow People. They lurk in obscurity. Looming human figures, blacker than darkness. Millions across the globe see them. The unfortunate feel their touch. And some awake in horror to their red, unblinking stare. Join Jason Offutt, who has interviewed dozens of eyewitnesses, as he shines some light on the world of the Shadow People, viewing these beings through the lens of science, religion, and metaphysics. Are they ghosts, demons, hallucinations, or something else entirely?...
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Darkness Walks: The Shadow People Among Us Reviews
I'd like to rate this one higher, simply on the basis of there being so few books available on the subject. It's written decently well, and the author includes numerous cases, apparently gleaned from his website on the subject. The very nature of this subject somewhat necessitates the use of anecdotal evidence -- I'm not sure there are any scientific tests to measure spiritual or psychic activity of this nature -- but the stories included were a bit . . . less than believable. Which is not to say that I don't think the people involved believe these things happened. I just have a lot of trouble believing people who claim to interact with demons, see ghosts, and tell the future are entirely all there.My apologies to these folks, of course -- I don't mean to belittle anyone's experiences, and I do wish I found them more believable.Just OK, and I'm still on the hunt for another book on the subject that suits me better.
I want to read it.I would counsel every adult the reading of this book. It’s in the bibliography of the movie “Shadow people”.For any adult mind. (view spoiler)[ Anyone would be puzzled by this movie. Anyone would seek for answers,I guess.As a psychologist, it surely opened in my mind some avenues of questioning. One reason is that I was not aware of several of the facts approached in the movie.The movie first. You can see by the end that it was dedicated to the “victims of sudden unexplained nocturnal death syndrome” (SUNDS)”.Though knowing it was based on a “true story”, I got convinced for a while it was more of the fiction (including horror-like scenes) domain, than a reality-based narrative. But the movie follows part of the life of radio-host Charlie Crowe Camfield (born August 6, 1961; died December 13, 2010). So, it’s about re-enacting what (maybe) really... happened sometime ago.The movie starts in Cambodia, back in 1979. A child dies while sleeping; his mother had told him that the stories he heard from the elders were “only stories”. But something shadowy was responsible for his unexplained death. Images suggest.Then action switches to the USA. Charlie, a compulsive-smoker, works at a radio station, in Easter-Kentucky, in 2008. He’s been through a difficult time, as regards to his own family. Even the radio job wasn’t that much popular, according to ratings. Basically, people had a time to speak up their minds… Charlie was a good listener. He also had the voice.Things get weird when a 17 year old man speaks “on air” of his terrors (he’s apparently locked in his room): “how do you stop thinking about something?”, …which is causing you terrors?. Jeff, the guy who sees “ghosts”, speaks of “a fear to close eyes and never wake up again”. That something refers to the Shadow People.A Shadow creature later on will be deemed responsible for Jeff’s death. Jeff’s death gets under the investigation of the center for disease control (CDC). The CDC finds no biological agent as cause for Jeff’s death,...as well for the Vietnamese people that died from SUNDS.Jeff sent a mail package to Charlie with material on the subject. Charlie makes research on a library and ends up with the studies of doctor Aleister Ravenscroft [the Camden studies, whose subjects had died]. This draws Charlie into a real maze; he himself gets into a similar situation: isolated…fearing shadows, emptying his own house of (almost) all furniture. Quite sleepy, he conducts his radio shows, now with high ratings. The problem is that he got access to films left by doctor Ravenscroft. Charlie says there’s evidence in the films: of the Shadow creatures. But the investigator of the CDC disagrees. Charlie wants to make it public; not so with the investigator-officer.Somehow, the CDC officer persuades Charlie not to divulge the films, based on the strong argument of the “placebo effect”. Those who died were “believers”; “when you sleep you cannot control what you think”; so if Charlie shows on TV the evidence, that would represent a “public health risk”.Charlie resigns from the radio job. His son, however, uploads on Youtube the Camden Sleep studies films…-- Back to my musings: it’s a good start watching this movie. Hypotheses abound: is it a disease? …a lack of Oxygen in the brain?...It’s all about hysteria?... Were the Camden studies films a hoax?... Is it a matter of belief? …evil spirits??Anyway, it’s well recorded, by the ancients, stories about nocturnal appearances. Horace, in the 1st century BC, wrote about “a nocturnal fury”. Middle-age texts speak about “horned beasts attacking women”.I watched recently a tape on the Shadow people and the Hat man... and got interested on the report of Jamie Jackson, a 32 years old woman, from Houston, Texas. She recalls, since the age of 5, she saw (others couldn't see): a “couple”…an old, short woman, who sat on Jamie’s chest ….and the Shadow-man, very “violent” towards Jamie,… arms around her throat. Jamie would go into “paralysis” while these attacks occurred.An important book on the subject (Hmong Sudden Unexpected Nocturnal Death Syndrome: A Cultural Study )by Bruce Thowpaou Bliatout, reports on those over-the-sleep deaths this way: “Autopsy findings were of acute cardiac failure without underlying disease. No signs of toxins or drugs have been found,nor any evidence of suicide”.The illustrious physicist Stephen Hawking spoke some time ago that “other dimensions” may be science-fact, not fiction; and the possibility of “dark-matter” be felt, though not seen.(hide spoiler)]In the Philippines they call it bangungot.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>
This is one of the best paranormal books that I have read. Some of my family and I have had some run-in's with Shadow People and I know there are some resources out there but they really didn't fill my hunger for wanting to know more about this subject and one of the many podcasts I listen to was interviewing Jason Offutt and he had said that this book was out. So I went out and got the book and I could not put it down. I loved every page of it and when I finished it I could not believe it because it was such a great book. It was so great I am rereading it and you should read it also.
Oh, lord help me, I love books like this. I love reading people’s accounts of the bizarre and how they filter their experiences through their own beliefs and fears. This book satisfied several book urges of mine at once. Paranormal tales, people telling their own stories, high pathos and low humor. Despite the fact that I had to create a category for this book called “Paranormal Squick,” that is not the fault of the author. Offutt structures this book in a manner wherein he categorizes the stories people have to tell. This book is not an advocacy – it is mostly Offutt’s attempts to sort and label people’s experiences. At no point does Jason Offutt attempt to say that he had a line on an explanation of Shadow People and since he does not have a specific advocacy, the at times horribleness that can come from books about paranormal were not his fault – but more on why I got a definite squick from a few of these stories, squick that could be avoided with a judicious application of science and reason. Read my entire review here.
Interesting stories an speculation. I think some of the accounts can be dismissed as dreams, sleep paralysis and mental illness. (The explanation of mental illness with hallucinations was not dealt with in the book, though just about every other conceivable possibility was) It's always interesting reading stories like this. In light of my own strange experience, which I believe there is most likely a reasonable explanation for though I have never been able to find one, I do entertain the possibility that some of these accounts may be true in the sense that the people really did experience something strange and difficult to explain, perhaps even (though its hard for a logical person like me to make the leap) paranormal. Or at least governed by forces not yet known to science. I liked that the author included interviews with paranormal "experts" of many different stripes from new age practitioners to witches to ghost hunters to priests to fundamentalist Pastors. He never comes to any real conclusions, but allows for many different interpretations and possibilities to be true.
Deeply disappointing. the vast majority of this book, which had been reviewed as scary ghost stories, turned out to be New Age and religious speculation on the nature of shadow people. The stories were way too light on atmosphere. A bit of showmanship could have created some true tales of terror, but what we got were mere anecdotes attributed to people on the internet.I don't even want to resell this book, I'd feel like I was ripping someone off.
Well written book that laces personal accounts into thematic chapters. I also liked how the author presented several ideas on what/who the Shadow People are, what their motivations could be, and how to deal with them. It was especially interesting reading about the Cherokee evil medicine man angle. There were plenty of times I had to stop reading this at night, though.
Attracted to an ebook of this after an unnerving "encounter" early last night. Not worth skimming.
Darkness Walks: The Shadow People Among Us