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About the Author

Jason Offutt is a journalism instructor at Northwest Missouri State University and a syndicated humor and paranormal columnist. He is author of On Being Dad and A Small Town.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Anomalist Books (April 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933665378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933665375
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #581,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Drawing on personal encounters and his experience as a journalist, author Jason Offutt has created a well-researched, balanced analysis of a phenomenon that's only become widely known over the last couple of decades. Shadow people are present in many cultures around the world, yet nobody really knows what they are or where they come from.

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.
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I found this book to be very interesting, educational and informative on this subject matter. There is very little in book form on this subject so I was pleased when I found this book. The stories do get a little "old" at times in the book; you really want information on shadow people, not always someone else's experiences. There were no photos of shadow people which was a disappointment as they are out there, especially if you look on line. All in all, I found this book to be a keeper for my library and would recommend it to anyone who is in the paranormal world for the long haul and is building up their library.
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Not a bad book, not outstanding, not worth 10 bucks. I would have rated it higher, but the shocking amount of grammatical errors made it a real chore to read and made it hard to understand. This guy definately needs a proof reader or a decent editor. I found myself having to read it over twice to understand it!. Nothing in it that you won't find yourself on the internet. I was hoping for some new information or new approach to the subject. Overall I wouldn't recommend it. If this subject interests you, surf the internet, don't waste your money.
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Interesting reading, but know what you're getting; it's essentially a compilation of incidents regarding the shadows, with not much analytical work. Unfortunately religion permeates the text, so there's not even an attempt at objectivity.
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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. Offutt presents the evidence in an entertaining way that pulls the reader in and keeps them enthralled 'til the end.
Whether you believe or not when you start, Jason Offutt will have you thinking twice by the end. For anyone with an interest in the paranormal and the world of the mysterious, this is a must read.
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Well worth the time and money, as I thoroughly enjoyed it. Didn't really answer any questions about shadow people but gave many theories. Filled with a plethora of personal experiences that were quite interesting.
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...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 phenomena vs. simple dream-state hallucinations. I love the subject matter, don't get me wrong, but I'm not sold on the fact that "shadow people" really do walk among us and this book didn't seal the deal.
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I'VE SEEN EVERYTHING THESE PEOPLE HAVE DESCRIBED TO HAVE SEEN AND MORE. I HAVE EVEN TAKEN PICTURES, DRAWN THEM, PRAYED , SAGED AND THEN QUIT DRINKING TO GET THEM OUT. I KNOW HOW ITSLEEP PARLYSIS WORKS, PARASOMNIAS, SLEEP TERRORS, GREAT JOB EXPLAINING.THERE ARE EVEN MORE QUESTIONS I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW BUT NOT ENOUGH TO PEAK THE INTEREST OF ANOTHER SHADOW MAN. THERE ARE A MILLLION OTHER THINGS I CAN SPEND MY TIME TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THAT WON'T FOLLOW ME HOME, LOL.
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