The Hat Man is a terrifying legend that has grown in infamy since the Shadow People phenomenon became a part of the pop-culture paranormal consciousness around the turn of the century. Though tales surrounding it goes back generations. There have been accounts of encounters with this mysterious entity from all over the world and throughout human history. According to some, the Hat Man is a demon.
Others claim it to be an interdimensional being which feeds off negative energy. Especially the feeling of fear which can permeate humans. It’s attracted to hostile environments. Like places saturated with conflict, violence, or sadness. Dysfunctional families or places of abuse attract the entity and some who claim to have encountered it say it’s been with them since childhood. There have been different descriptions of the Hat Man, but they all share similarities. It usually appears as a silhouette of a man that is a black darker than night. Like a void absent of light. It seems to be wearing a trench coat and always wears a hat that is usually described as a fedora, or a wide-brimmed hat. In many encounters, the Hat Man is said to have glowing red eyes.
But it also can appear in a more humanoid form, sporting a black beard and wearing a black suit, with a long overcoat or cloak, and of course with all attire being the darkest black. Yet no matter how it manifests, it is always wearing some sort of hat.
When it’s around, there is a tangible feeling of hopelessness and oppressive energy that fills the atmosphere of the area. While Shadow People usually vanish after being looked at, the Hat Man does no such thing. In fact, there are encounters where the entity has an entourage of Shadow People surrounding him as if they are his minions. Also, the Hat Man seems to be more of a physical threat, who can touch, attack, or even choke it’s chosen victim. There’s also those who say he can manipulate people’s minds, causing them mental torment, which can even lead to insanity. Encounters often occur when the victim is in some sort of altered state, like in between falling asleep and waking up. Often there are terrifying visitations during sleep paralysis, where the person is aware of everything going on around them but is unable to move a muscle despite the horror.
The entity either is attracted to or causes misfortune, violence, mental health issues, and even death. Whether the Hat Man is the source of bad luck or an ill omen of things to come isn’t known. However, what is known is the malevolent nature the entity exhibits to all who encounter it. Some even claim soul-stealing is its demonic intention if the victim’s sanity can be shattered enough. And the odd thing about documented encounters with the entity is that there are many different situations that have inspired a visitation, including things you would never think of linking to it, such as alien abductions. Abductees have claimed to see the Hat Man in E.T. encounters. Others have even said the entity has visited them after messing with a Ouija board. But it doesn’t require the paranormal to attract the Hat Man. It also visits people who’re in a state of chaos with their lives, such as those losing jobs, friends, loved ones, or lovers. And even stranger still, the Hat Man can attach itself to bloodlines. Some families report the entity visiting their kin for generations, similar to the Irish banshees. It inflicts paranoia, anxiety, and always emanates malevolence. But like most legends the Hat Man remains enigmatic and a source of much debate. And thanks to the internet, it doesn’t look like tales about him will die out anytime soon.