08/23/15

Reader Submission: The Shadow Man

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“This happened when I was around 14 years old, and it still keeps me awake at night.

I’m from India. We had just moved to our new house in Delhi, and my mom was out shopping and my father and younger sister were in the kitchen cooking dinner. My elder brother and I were in the study room and were sitting facing each other with a lamp between us. It was a rainy day, so there was a power cut. Our father asked us to finish our homework before dinner, however we were chatting and giggling in a very low voice so that our father could not hear us.

All of the sudden, I realized that my father was coming to the study room. It was dark so I could only see a black figure coming towards study room. I whispered to my brother, ‘Shh, Shh. Papa is coming.’ He turned around and saw the shadow too, so we both started staring at our books. After a second, I saw my father enter the room from the corner of my eye and he was walking in a weird. He was facing us and walking sideways close to the wall. I looked up and smiled at him, and only then did I see his big, red eyes and twisted hands. Within a second it disappeared in the corner of the study room.

I was shocked and I shouted to my brother who was still pretending to study. He turned back again, saw that my father wasn’t there, and started running towards the kitchen. I followed him. We were both terrified and told our father there was ghost in the study room. He didn’t believe us, but we knew something was there.”

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