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Darkness Walks: The Shadow People Among Us Paperback – April 27, 2009
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Darkness Walks is easy to read and the stories Offutt relates of those who've seen these ghostly apparitions are compelling and, in some cases, chilling. But he digs deeper, drawing on his skills as a reporter to explore possible scientific and metaphysical explanations of the phenomenon. Offutt touches on physics, psychology, biology, and religions of all types without advocating any particular view as the definitive answer.
There are consistent themes that emerge, however: almost universally, religious scholars cited by Offutt view shadow people as ambivalent entities at best. The most one can hope for if a shadow person appears, it seems, is that it takes no notice of humans nearby.
Offutt details the categories of shadow people reported by experiencers, and he includes chapters on why some people seem haunted by them and how to rid oneself of the shadows. While not an explicitly religious book, Darkness Walks seems to confirm the research of deliverance ministers who believe that certain behaviors can open metaphysical doorways through which shadow people -- and demons -- can enter.
Darkness Walks is highly recommended.
The problem is that this book is so SCARY that I couldn't finish it.
It has me starting at every unfamiliar noise, no matter how faint. It has me looking over my shoulder and looking around the room at intervals. It has me looking twice at every shadow cast by anything in my house to make sure it isn't moving. It has me sleeping with the light on. And I may not be able to ever sleep with it off again.
This book is that scary, so be warned. You may never feel safe and secure again after reading it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a fascinating study of the phenomenon known simply as Shadow People; the dark, mysterious entities that could be simply ghosts but, also, something far more sinister. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. O'Toole
Not well written and feels more like just a bunged together collection of 1/2 stories from a bunch of people. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Alexandra S.
The book documents several eye witness accounts of shadow people encounters and puts the numerous sightings into eight or nine categories. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mitchell Wilson
I have an interest the paranormal, and I thought this to be an excellent book on the subject of the shadow people.Published on December 4, 2013 by Chris
...so many of the stories begin with, "I woke up" or "I was lying in bed" that I wonder (as anyone should, IMO) how many of these stories are about an unknown... Read morePublished on November 28, 2012 by Kindle Customer
Darkness Walks attempts to pass off a paranormal study - one deeply embedded in religious and cultural mythology - as a common, hitherto undervalued, phenomenon. Read morePublished on April 25, 2011 by Matthew
Are shadow people real? If so, what are they, an what are their intentions? This book takes you at least partway towards an answer about these mysterious entities.Published on September 27, 2009 by Scott R. Gothard