The Black Stick Man Phenomenon

by Tony Harrington

In the world of the paranormal, there is seldom anything new to write home about. Ghosts are ghosts after all, the tried and true staple of an investigator’s diet.

Rarely do we see an emergence of a new phenomenon. We might see an older type of entity experience resurgence in popularity due to a high-profile expose on shows like “Ghost Hunters” or “Destination Truth”, but that is not the same as a true emergence of a previously undocumented event.

That theory was flipped on its ear in 2009 when website featured “Black Stick Men” as one of their top 10 most bizarre modern paranormal phenomena.

The list; which included Black Eyed Kids, Dog-Head Man, and other cryptids immediately caught fire due to the inclusion of the Black Stick Men. As it turns out, there was something to be said of the recent phenomenon.

The black stick men are just that…walking stick figures, the kind you would draw as a child, or as an adult if you lacked any ability to draw whatsoever. The male gender is usually attached to the figures, though to be honest, they seem rather gender-neutral.

The figures have been described as unusually tall, black in appearance, lacking any facial or bodily features and very lean. Their appearances have been documented on message forums and websites since 2008 and unlike shadow people as a whole, do not coincide with a mention on Ghost Hunters or other paranormal program. Accounts of encountering the figures just started creeping up.

Could they be part of a viral marketing campaign, in similar fashion to an alien being caught on a game camera in Louisiana turned out to be viral marketing for the film Super-8 or could they be some part of a collective of urban legends?

The complete lack of photographic or video evidence quickly discounts the fact that these stories are part of a marketing campaign of any sort. They also do not appear to be centralized to one location such as the mysterious website which seemed to be more of a performance art piece rather than a fully-realized otherworldly phenomenon.

Also, there is no “A friend of a friend” accounts to tie these encounters to an urban legend. The details involved in the accounts are scant at best, mostly fleeting glimpses. So, unlike true urban legends, there is no moral or sense of irony.

The details, of what little there are, about these creatures/apparitions seem to be consistent from story to story.  The appearance usually takes place along a deserted road, or in an alley way, away from bright lights and prying eyes.  The person encountering the stick men more times than not report being tired. The figures move smoothly as if gliding, they do not make any sound although the air around them is reportedly charged with static.

The actual stick men themselves seem indifferent to us unless provoked or if they realize they have been spotted. Then they will flee quickly or in some rare instances will approach quickly in a frightening display of aggravation. However, there have been no reported incidents of anyone being touched or harmed by the mysterious beings.

The only indications of their intent have been reports of vague feelings of malevolence, though some feel this has to do with the disturbances in the atmospheric/barometric pressures that often accompany a sighting.

Are they paranormal? Who is to say? Most of the accounts are not associated with a known haunted spot and most sightings are not tied to any other ghostly phenomenon. They are simply things that exist outside of our realm of the normal. So in that sense, yes, they are paranormal…but not necessarily ghosts of any type.

The Black Stick Man phenomenon is fairly new, not enough research/evidence has been conducted on just what or who they are and why they are visiting us. They could be ghosts, yet they could be alien as well if you are inclined to believe that we are not alone in this world.

Either way, to those who have seen these things, they are very real and are among us. As to where they go and what they do once out of our line of sight can only be speculated.

Have you encountered one of these mysterious beings? If so, please share your story with us in the comments below.

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147 Responses to The Black Stick Man Phenomenon

  1. Jeannineholesovsky says:

    When I was about 12 my brother and his friend were forced to take me with them to a movie. On the way back it was dark and something was coming across thwarting road. My brother had to stop the car so we wouldn’t hit it. It was a stickman and it looked right at us as it crossed the road. It wasn’t black. It was actual wood, about 1 by 2 inches. Not branches, like sawed wood that you would build something with. I’ve been telling this story ever since. Of course people don’t believe me. They believe I say something. I know what I saw. I wasn’t the only one who saw it. Also we were talking about it about 12 yrs. later and my oldest brother movie

    • People tend to find things they can not comprehend suspect. Because they can not imagine such a thing existing, then obviously what you experienced did not happen or it was just your imagination. That is the mentality we deal with day in and day out. It is good to hear from someone who had a legitimate experience with a stick-man.

      If I had seen it, that would have been the exact moment I cried like a school-girl!

      Thanks for stopping by and for commenting!!!

      • Sakura says:

        I saw one of these crawling down the fire exit stairs. OMG. I thought it was my imagination but after a few days, one of my classmates saw it too and again it’s crawling down the stairs. So creepy.

    • secret says:

      I can’t believe i’m not the only one who saw this. Last night I was trying to get some sleep in my room and I heard someone knocking on my window. I fearfully looked up and decided to open my door. That’s when I first saw these so called “stick mans” The ones I saw were tall and incredibly lanky. They walked slowly and they all had medium length tin strands of hair. First I thought I was just tired but when I got up out of fear to open my door I could feel this powerful feeling of pressure. I swear on my life it was one of the most terrifying/paranormal feelings I’ve ever encountered. I’m so happy I’m not crazy. thanks for sharing your story!

    • chris.s says:

      i seen a black stick man go passed the windowe and it moved its head side to side
      then went dowen stairs but there was no dowen stairs

    • TheodenN says:

      That’s exatly what I saw too. The entity I saw looked as if it was made out of newly sawed bright and clean wood. Head and hands were just black spheres. It looked exactly as if it was made of gaint match sticks with every feature and color. The entity I saw was wearing some sort of hat by the way which is very wierd in my opinion.

    • Cassie says:

      I have seen one. April 16th 2014. My daughter is 3, shes special needs and doesnt talk that well. She starts screaming and crying and I go in there. She keeps saying I saw someone, I saw someone she DOES NOT SAY ANYTHING like that. She barely has 10 words that she even says. She draws on her etch a sketch and says here mommy. Again, special needs, cant draw that well. I have the pic and can send to anyone just leave their cell number, otherwise I cant upload or dont know how. SHE DREW A PIC of what SHE SAW, PERIOD. I am not lying, I am NOT playing with anyone at all I am telling the truth. She drew it. Next night, I see the same stick figure like thing trying to go RIGHT out my window, I am so terrified, and yet I have seen a LOT in my life, I am 26, so I have seen a LOT of spirits etc. This stick like figure was hanging over her bed, like it was going to take her, before I came in the room. It is now April 24th, I havent slept at night since then. I go to bed at 7 am. in the daylight, when my kids go to school I cant sleep at night anymore. If anyone can help me with this that wuold be great. I will give my cell number or heres my email just put subject title Stick Figure thanks

    • pang says:

      I saw something in my younger childhood similar to this. This is the only thing that comes close to a legitimate description. I was 10 or 11 at the time (now 30). Not a day goes by where it doesn’t cross my mind. I lived in the mountains throughout my childhood up until I was a teenager. The encounter happened while I was getting out of the shower. I heard some shuffling coming from outside the window, but we had a holographic, plastic, adhesive covering over the window so I wasn’t able to see anything. Once I peeled the plastic back from the window a little bit, I could see a long, black, slender creature laying down next to the swing set. The weird thing was, was that I wasn’t really scared. More in shock than anything, so I called my sister into the bathroom to come see it, but it was already gone. Little did we know, it was going to make another appearance. The next day in the late evening, we invited a friend to come stay the night with us and we were all sitting in front of the massive window (no curtain) in our living room on the couch. We were just hanging out talking when my sister (brought to our attention) an extremely tall (9-10 ft), dark, skinny figure with gold glowing eyes watching us from a couple hundred feet from the window outside. We freaked out and bolted to the bedroom where we looked out the window again to see that it had disappeared exactly as it did the night before. I don’t know what we saw, why or how we saw it. Dunno what it wanted. For the longest time, I thought it was an alien or something, but by the description (from everyone), this sounds the closest. I’ve told a couple people about it, but they act like I’m crazy. Good to know I’m not alone.

  2. Karen says:

    Approx 3 -5 years ago I was very I’ll with the When I was very ill with the flu. I saw a black stickman out of the corner of my eye in the passageway. Interestingly some days later I asked a clairvoyant if she knew anything about black stickman and she told me she had a friend ring her in the last few days and said look out for the black stick man. She was wondering what it was all about. I can’t recall whether she saw the figure. The figure I saw was very tall much taller than a human I guess approx 8-10 feet. It moved very fast in a gliding motion. I felt it was a good energy. Maybe a nature spirit. I did wonder if it had anything to do with Aboriginal Stick figures.

    • Karen says:

      I have been thinking through time frame and it was more like 5-7 years ago not 3-5.

    • I have personally never seen one of these figures, and I am glad I haven’t. They sound downright creepy. I wish there was more information on them. they seem to be a relatively modern phenomenon which makes me wonder…are they truly new and why show up now or have they been around a long time and are just now showing themselves. Ah, sweet mysteries of the paranormal world. Thank you for sharing your experiences.

      • i think they are not new at all.. it is possible those cave paintings from ancient times are depictions of these figures… just a thought

      • That is actually a very good thought. Cave paintings do depict tall, slender figures, sometimes interacting with “regular” sized people. Perhaps these things have been around a lot longer than we think.

        Thank you for stopping by and contributing to our discussion!

  3. darkangel says:

    I cant believe I actually found sites about stickmen! My daughter who is 8 swears on her life that she sees stickmen and have been saying this for years now and ive been just a bit skeptical cause i didnt know really what to think because ive had my own paranormal experiences where i thought i was crazy. So i never really said anything to her, but when i finally looked it up i couldnt believe there are other ppl who have seen them! Then something clicked, this must be the same thing she was seeing when she was 1-3 years old, she could barely talk but she would be looking down the hallway or in a room and hug me with fright and say “Man, dark Man!”

    • Thank you for reading our blog and sharing your story.

      One of the reasons we open comments up from our readers is so that people can share their experiences so that they don’t feel alone. It is a way for those who have experienced something unexplainable to reach out to others who have shared this experience.

      While I personally have not seen a stick man, the number of people who have continues to grow. It is a relatively new phenomenon in the grand picture of the paranormal field, so the entities are either new or have just started showing themselves more frequently.

      Hopefully other people who have experienced these manifestations are able to read your experiences and take some comfort in knowing that they are not alone.

      Thank you again for sharing your story.

      The Spirit Seekers

      • Angellss says:

        I saw a stick man a few days ago, I was walking down the street and a car was driving past and as it did I saw this long tall figure that looked like…I don’t know…a really weird drawing, and I was like ‘It looks like some sort of stick man’ and the second it seemed to notice me it was gone, it was weird.

  4. margalita holladay says:

    I’ve see stick men in the last year after a difficult move to another town. They come when something is going to happen to me that makes my life extremely difficult, like a fall and a long healing process, costly damage to apartment, robbery, stressful human interactions, etc. They are absolutely unforgettable and I am glad I am finding web sites about them. They come when you are very tired, worried and fretful and when it’s dark. Or when you are overconfident, like at dawn. I’ve always just woken up and am standing. They run up to you and tell you bad things are coming with no sympathy or hug – they just say it – but those things DO happen and in a way I am thankful for their frank warnings although I do not want to see them ever again. I call mine pipe cleaner men. They are just like any moving stick figures a child would draw but mine are a little fuzzy everywhere like black pipe cleaners, and their faces are oval with no hint of playfulness or friendliness. They seem to be fast moving harbingers of bad news but they are helpful. Mine have features but they are not exactly features like ours but they do have a mouth and piercing eyes with some color maybe, they seem to be male, no hair or ears, and their emotions seem strung out and a bit stressed and they move like they are in a hurry, quickly addressing you face to face and disappearing. I think they are creatures that are very upset about certain things and they know about the future and they must tell you. They do not stick around long, thank goodness. They do not sit down or stand at the end of the bed or just show up night after night, thank goodness. Each time I’ve seen them (3 times) it had been less than 10 seconds. I thought at first I was dreaming. My counselor says they are consistent with the stress I am under but I’ve been under lots of stress before and have never had such visitors. A friend of mine says they may be sent by loved ones who are very concerned about us.

  5. Ben says:

    I really hope I’m not stepping into a nice, storytelling goo of terrific imagination: simplicity with curiosity. But in any case, I wanted to express the need for characteristic information.. people need to add their specific environments, what kind of home is it, what kind of geography surrounds them (mountains, plains, city, etc), and even more specifically what kind of Governing system surrounds them (Southern States, Industrial areas, Commercial districts, nearby Military/Intelligence installations, etc.). These characteristics are absolutely essential at developing a database that puts these phenomenon into definable trends. Until this is met I can only continuing reading for the sake of personal enjoyment as these are mind-bobblingly terrific stories.. I prefer non-fiction as it is more exciting because of the truth behind it.. so I can see why, with fiction, it would be terrific to add the artificial aspect of reality. But even without individual credibility, if individuals report characteristics we can start gathering data. We are an information society now, we know how to manage this stuff. “Investigation” requires data… and data comes from source. If the sources are unreliable then the lack of data should not be trusted.
    P.S. has anyone ever watched the movie: Ink (2009) ?

    • Ben:

      I am aware you wrote this almost 3 months ago, and I apologize for just now seeing it. Our blog gets hundreds of readers a day and in filtering out the ridiculous amount of spam I get in addition to real responses, I somehow overlooked approving your comment.

      I am truly sorry for this as your reply is truly sound and the call for more information is truly needed, lest we are just left with speculation.

      Could there be similarities that we are overlooking? Perhaps, and it is imperative that we do our due diligence when reporting phenomenon. That is a truly valid point.

      As for “INK”, I have not yet seen it, it is on Netflix streaming and I pass it over every time Netflix suggests it. If it is worth it, I will check it out.

      Thank you for contributing to the blog and again I apologize for the long delay in approving your comment.

      Tony Harrington
      Editor/Contributor of The Spirit Seekers blog

  6. EmmaLol says:

    As soon as I heard about these stickmen, I instantly thought about that short story by Shaun Tan called ‘Stick Figures’ about strange wooden stick figures who are constantly found around a town and how the locals interact with them, in the book Tales From Outer Suburbia (by Shaun Tan, obviously). Ironic, huh?

  7. bobshocker says:

    I was 5 or so, you ever open your eyes after you’ve been asleep and the room is so dark, that it’s oppresive, and not like dark at all?

    That’s when I saw the Stickmen, (or that’s the only way I can describe them) and it scared me up big time,

    They were not black, as I wouldn’t have been able to see. They were 2 dimensional, I recall seeing 4 or 6 in the room, but it wasn’t like I was looking in the room, my room was never that dark. Hovering they were, not touching the ground, glowing, but not bright, like a very dark red,

    Maybe it was just my mind adding visions and depth where none existed, or some kind of manifestation of illness.

    I think that the reason I was scared was because as a five year old little tough guy, I new that this was not a natural thing. This did not fit into my understanding of the world, I got out of bed, shut my eyes as I could not see, and blindly ran for the door, with this awful sick feeling in my stomach.

    Of course I had to have the door ajar with the light on after that.

    Even now, nearly 40 years later I still remember it very vividly, and I have no appetite to ever see anything like it again.

  8. Kristina says:

    I was searching for something about stickmen because my 14 yr old nephew was just telling my husband that he had seen one of these at his mother’s funeral at the cemetery. He said it had a white face with eyes and red lips. The arms were long like tentacles. He showed my husband a picture on his phone. I’m assuming one he found online. My sister died from her battle with cancer over a year ago. I know that my nephew had also seen and spoken to the spirit of his older sister. My sister had a mis carriage about 2 yrs. Before she had my nephew.He said the stickman made him feel uncomfortable.

  9. Alex says:

    My little sister keeps waking up screaming and pointing to nothing. She describes them as lanky black stick figures that scream in agony as if they were dying or dead. I believe her as I’ve heard the screams as well, but have not been able to see them. She says that after they scream for around 12 seconds, they speak normally in a deep voice. Most recently she says that one of them asked her to “End the pain and bring him to life” It’s odd because nobody believes her or say that it’s a dream. She’s seen a hypnotist who’s “looked into her mind” and saw them as well, he told us that it wasn’t a dream and that she had seen them for real. Our family see’s things like this quite often, my brother spotted a horse headed man, I have seen and communicated with multiple ghosts, thinking they were real people I talked to them, later to learn they were either dead or just not there. Does it mean anything to be able to see these things?

    • Thank you for visiting our blog and for commenting on the article.

      You asked whether seeing things that don’t exist for others means anything specific.

      Here at SPIRIT Seekers, we believe in psychic phenomenon, the evidence, though not specifically scientific, does point to the possibility that certain people are more in tune with the environment around them.

      Let’s face it, NOBODY can prove the existence of ghosts and other paranormal creatures, but they cannot disprove it either.

      With that said, if your family has a long history of communicating with the dead, then it is very real for you, but more importantly, it shouldn’t be your job to prove that ability to people. If you encounter people who do not believe that you can do what you say you can do, nothing you do can convince them.

      Overall, being able to see and communicate with spirit beings simply means that your mind is not closed off to the things that we cannot see, and because your mind is open, sometimes, things unseen to others will present themselves to you. This can be scary for those just beginning to realize their abilities and at times it may seem difficult to rationalize what you are encountering.

      If you feel a presence means you harm, sever communication with it, close your mind to it. If you feel they are benevolent, then communicate with them and perhaps help them move on or achieve whatever objective holds them here.

      I hope that helps, let me know if you have any questions.

  10. Nicola anne Kovacs says:

    When I was around 6 or 7 years of age 1969 I had my Nan come visit us from England to Australia . I was sleeping in the spare room with my nan on the opposite side of the room , it was dark it was night time . Opposite me there was a single window , a very old and heavy window that worked on a heavy cord to lift it ,and then 2 stick figures i would say men lifted the window from the outside and crept into the bedroom making no sound at all ! I mean they lifted the window but there was no sound ! W ell i was terrified ! I could see that these figures were not human but resembled 2 very tall stick figure men ! They stood there for a few seconds and seemed to be talking to each other though they made no noise , my nan was fast asleep and she was snoring loudly , I called out to her Nan ! Nan! but she kept snoring , then the 2 stick men walked over to her slowly and peered over her ! Looking at her and talking to each other but making no sound ! I was so frightened I couldnt move and was praying they would not see me or hurt me , I was staring at them and then they walked past my nan then past me then opened that window again without making any noise and slowly climbed out the window one at a time and closed the window on the way out ! I would describe them as very tall between 6 and 7 feet , they were black , blacker than the room and night as there was no light , they both had black hats on . like a rounded shape , they had no faces , they made no noise , they moved slowly and strangly ! Till this day no one has believed me but now i have found this site I will show it to everyone ! I did not feel that they were evil or trying to hurt someone , more just like curious travellers that decided to climb into that room at night and have a look around ! This is the truth and I remember the experience as if it were yesterday . Nicola .

    • Nicola:

      Thank you for sharing your story with us. This particular entry has garnered a lot of attention and a lot of comments.

      It is continually in the top results for internet searches on the topic.

      For the most part, as you can see, people who have encountered these entities all experienced similar things. And they have clearly been around a lot longer than we initially thought if your encounter dates back to the late sixties.

      I imagine the experience was horrifying and unsettling to have stayed with you so long. I know it isn’t easy to talk about without thinking people are judging you, so that makes me appreciate you sharing the story all the more.

      Thank you for stopping by and feel free to look around the site at some of the other blog entries.

    • TheodenN says:

      Oh man, the entity I saw was wearing a hat too. I am getting chills down my spine. I was doubting myself for all these years and now I see that I am not the only one that saw this thing.

  11. Nicola anne Kovacs says:

    Thank you for your reply . Yes it is an experience I will never forget , I would also like to add that the home this happened in was quite isolated . We were living on Bulli Pass Thirroul a small suburb near Wollongong in N.S.W . It was very old and run down home , im guessing around 100yrs old, and the homes around us were also very old,the surrounding towns all very run down,not what it is today is now very established . Yes remote and rundown certainly not a lot of people lived there . Also the history of the area were coalminers . I dont no if this has any revelance but it gives you a picture of the surroundings of where this event happened .I would also like to add how strangely these Stick Men moved . They moved in a very slow fashion like slow motion and made not one sound ! Till this day i cannot fathom how they opened that window and closed it without any noise ! Very eerie ! Thanks again Nicola .

  12. Lauren says:

    In 2006, on the day I moved into a new apartment in an inner-city suburb of an Australian city, I saw a black stick figure. He was 7 to 8 feet tall, and as soon as I entered the loungeroom and saw him, he looked across the room at me, seemed startled, ran around quickly and then ran out of the room, After that encounter, I saw him 6 or 7 times and sometimes I would encounter him walking quickly in the opposite direction in the corridor of my apartment. The sightings occurred either at night or the late afternoon/early evening and I was never under the influence of any substance (being a non-drinker and non-drug taker). He instantly seemed male to me though I cannot say why. I did not sense that he was malevolent, on the contrary he seemed a bit frightened to see me. He had no facial features, was black, had an oval for a head and thick-ish sticks for limbs. My partner, with whom I lived at the time, never saw the stick man. I was 40 years old when I saw him and those sightings were the only inexplicable experiences I have had. Those experiences changed the way in which I see the world. Today, I know that the universe is much stranger than I could ever imagine. Thank you everyone for your posts. While I have no doubt that what I saw was real, it’s so great to discover that others have also seen stick men.

    • Lauren, thank you for sharing your experience with us. This article is quickly becoming our most commented upon proving that this fairly recent type of paranormal encounter is far more common than expected.

    • TheodenN says:

      I saw a stickman only once. It was as you stated late afternoon/early evening. It was in the hallway of my apartment. I saw it through the hole on the door. Its body looked as if it was made of large matchsticks, head and hands were black spheres with no features and weirdest of all was that it was wearing some sort of old fashioned hat.

    • Lauren says:

      I should add they the stick man was two-dimensional.

  13. SammyB says:

    My senior year of high school, I went for a run at around 5:00. Of course everything was dark and there wasnt much people up at the time. As I was running past my old elementary school I saw this black figure walking on the street across from me. It was this tall creature, moved kind of slow, lanky, but it also looked as if it had horns on its head and it was walking on all fours (so it wasn’t really a black stickman, but it was similar to one). I slowed down to a stop and just stared at it. It was just walking, until I saw it stop and its head slowly turn towards me like it was contemplating on coming to me. I got scared and just sprinted away. Have never seen it since. Even to this day, I have no idea what it was. I’ve mentioned it to other people, and nobody else has ever encountered something like it before.

    • Sammy,

      Thank you for visiting our site and for sharing your story. Your experience validates what many people encounter with regard to the black stick man phenomenon.

      While I have never personally seen one of these creatures, the rate at which people report experiencing their presence seems to steadily increase as this modern paranormal phenomenon becomes more widely accepted.

      Thank you again for sharing your story, hopefully others will come forward and share their experiences as well.

  14. veronica says:

    Omg. I seen on of these black Stick men when I was ut 28 18 so 11 yrs ago I was driving in the car with my mom and it was walking in and out if trees and through an empty parking lot it looked just like described here. It frighten me . My mother wanted to follow it I didnt weird i

  15. John says:

    I am on this webpage because I just had this experience not more than 45 minutes ago, and I came here while researching “black figure sightings” at the urging of my dad and brother who listen to coast to coast radio with George Nory. I live in a small town in northern Minnesota, and I was just out walking my dog Wilson at about 9:15pm. Our normal walking route is right on the edge of town and we normally walk over Long’s bridge over the river, then turn around and head back toward home. To get to the bridge we take a right turn at a “T” intersection with rural mailboxes on the far side of the road, and some street lights behind us. Anyway, as we were approaching the intersection a tall figure walked very quickly across the intersection that appeared to be dressed entirely in black and wearing what looked in silhouette like a cowboy type duster coat. With the street lights behind me I should have been able to make out some details on the person’s face, but it was like he was in silhouette and there was absolutely no detail at all. He (I say “he” because the figure seemed to be male) seemed to have an easy stride, but was moving unnaturally quickly as he made his way toward the bridge. At this point Wilson seemed to take no notice of the figure at all…until we crossed the street to the mailboxes where he habitually stops to pee. Suddenly Wilson started to get very agitated and clingy. And as I looked up the figure had reached the bridge and it seemed to turn and “look” at us, but I can’t be entirely sure. I was only aware at how incredibly fast the figure had actually reached the bridge, and that it had stopped on the bridge. The figure was dimly silhouetted from the house lights and few street lights on the far side of the river. I was also now keenly aware that it was “aware” of us, and furthermore that it had made absolutely NO SOUND! As we had approached the intersection we were perhaps no more than 30 feet from the figure at the closest point. Being that it is a relatively quiet night (with an unseasonably late, light snow flurries falling) and that this is a quiet area I should have heard footsteps at least on the wet pavement. I would also mention that until the figure reached the bridge it never turned to look in our direction. In rural Minnesota people greet or at least acknowledge each other on the street when they encounter each other walking. At this point I was telling myself that this was all just my imagination, yet as I was trying to walk toward the bridge and the figure now standing still in the middle of it all I had were alarm bells going off in my head! Now I need to mention that I am a college instructor and I teach defensive tactics (fighting techniques) to criminal justice students and that I have been training in martial arts for the past 36 years. I don’t consider myself a coward or overly superstitious, however my training has taught me that if something “feels” wrong it IS. So trusting my alarm bells I heeled Wilson and turned 180 degrees and started walking the other direction. I swear I could feel the weight of the this figure’s stare on my back as we walked away so intensely that I couldn’t help but look over my should 7 or 8 times making sure that this fast moving figure wasn’t moving up behind us quickly and quietly! However it did not follow us, and the last couple times I looked over my shoulder I could no longer make out anything on the bridge at all. I have to admit that I am still a bit uneasy about this situation, and I’m not really certain what I just saw and encountered….but I do NOT like it. I thought I’d share this experience after reading a few of the others above.

    • John,

      Thank you for sharing your story with us here. The rate at which this article has grown in comments leads me to believe that sightings of this type are reaching pandemic levels.

      Stick Men are being reported all over the United States, and as previous comments indicate, the phenomenon has been experienced globally.

      Your story confirms many of the details others report including the manner and speed at which these things move, their featureless faces, their uncanny speed and long gait.

      Did you get any sense from this thing that it may have been ghostly or alien?

      Thank you again for replying and of course for stopping by our blog.

      • John says:

        I really didn’t feel that this was a ghost, it sure seemed real enough. As for it feeling “alien”, well not in the traditional Hollywood “little green men” sense of the word. It did however feel other worldly. Having had a couple days now to process this situation, it seems like it initially ignored me until it realized that I had seen it- almost as if it was used to being unseen moving through the world. I would add that once it did become aware of me, it was definitely malevolent and I did not like it’s attention focused on me! I had a flashlight in my jacket pocket at the time, and in hindsight I really wish I would have had the presence of mind to shine a light on this being.

      • Thank you for the follow up and the additional details. My apologies for taking do long to reply, work has been busy and the last thing I gave been doing is working on the blog.

        I wonder how similar your experience is to others who gave experienced the stick man phenomenon.

  16. Taryn says:

    I have had a very close encounter with what you call a stick man, it was on a deserted road, but it was in my passenger seat of my car, it put it’s hand on my arm it is cold and feels like petrified wood,it hurts but I don’t think it is intentional, there were several things that happened before this, and it did not want to leave me alone, the sence I get it it is alien or interdimensional, almost lost. Please contact me on, this is not the only entity I have seen, there is also another one that disturbs me, i cannot see it but it feels like a spider and it hurts me around my lower back…..please help PS I live in cape town

  17. Taryn says:

    This is Taryn again, I have looked into what everyone else calls a stick man and what I saw was very different, firstly it wasn’t wearing clothes, was pitch black and not as thin as the pictures I have seen of the stick man, rather slender humanoid and very tall, what could this be?

    • Hey Taryn:

      I have not had a lot of time to look at the blog or the responses in the past few weeks, I am just now getting around to reviewing the responses.

      Your addition to the comments is intriguing, and I am not quite sure what it is you have experienced/encountered. It seems to share a similar design to what others are calling the Stick Man, but your encounter varies. Is it possible more than one type exists? I suppose anything is possible, or perhaps you are simply encountering something that completely different and not yet documented.

      Because this may very well be the case, I will be happy to leave your encounter listed here so that others can stumble across it and add their experiences if they indeed have a similar encounter. It is always nice to know that we are not alone in our experiences no matter what they be.

  18. dania611 says:

    I know this post is old – I moved to a little town called Altamonte Springs, FL in 2007. From my bedroom, on the 3rd floor, was a bay window I could look out of, past the parking lot and into the street. One day, simply looking out the window I see an incredibly tall solid black flat figure walking along the street. Other passerbyers didn’t seem to notice them. They had an odd walk, kinda laid back, but just kept walking. I stared at it, surely I was just not seeing clearly, I grabbed my binoculars – I didn’t know what to think – in the binoculars I saw the same thing – a very very tall flat black creature just walking along, no features, just flat black. I watched him until he was passed out of my view. I can’t explain what it was.

    • Dania611:

      Thank you for stopping by. Yes, the post is old, but it still remains the most popular post on the entire site.

      I never imagined how many people would have experiences to share when I wrote it. Considering that I have only heard of the phenomenon but never experienced it myself.

      I am glad that I have not encountered one of these things, they sound terrifying to witness, though they seem rather benevolent, or not interested in us at the very least.

      Thank you for sharing your encounter, I still have no idea what these things could be, they seem to be a fairly modern phenomenon. Maybe one day we will be able to figure out why they are here, but more importantly, just what they are.

    • Beverly says:

      Dania, This was around the same time I saw a black stick man in my home in Osteen Fl just outside of Sanford. He (it ?) was standing in the doorway of my kitchen where the light was on but behind him (it ?) was my “unlit” dining room. I saw him from another room in my home as I was sitting and talking with my husband and an old friend from Ohio. I stopped mid sentence as we were talking to go and investigate and as I got up the figure disappeared. I went to where the figure was and of course, there was nothing. Very weird ! My husband and friend did not see it as they had their backs to the site where it appeared. They thought I was seeing things when I explained why I had gotten up and gone into the other room. The figure was about 5-6 ft tall and was black with no facial features at all. I felt it was surprised that I saw it. I have never seen one since but have had an uneasy feeling from time to time in my home here out in the country. I live on ten acres off of a dirt road in a private community with security gates and everything including a dog who never even barked or acted strangely that night but has acted strangely every once in a while since the sighting like she sees something behind me that I can’t see. This occurs day or night. I am so curious about what we are all seeing.

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  21. Ryan says:

    Hi, im from Germany and i came accross this website while beeing boored at work and finding strange youtube videos (as ususal) and there was a reply of one single person in the comment section that immediately reminded me on my childhood experience with this, indeed quite astonishing paranormal phenomenon called “The Black Stick Men”. The video i was watching was about random “paranormal” creatues, and the comment post mentionened a part in the video where 3 pictures have been taken at night on a regular street where a very tall stickman like creature was walking along the street and immediately climbing up a 9 floors high building.

    And now i came accross this website and i want to share my experience with the Black Stickman:

    I can still remember really precicely, while i was a child probbably about 7 years old (and im 24 now) about my first and so far only sighting of this strange creature at where i as living with my family years ago:

    Me and my family, we lived in an old military home complex from the US-Army wich back then and now has ben transformed into normal homes with appartmends for rent. So there where quite a lot of other familys and kids back in the day and a loot of traffic from people walking around with there kids and stuff.

    One day, i was outside playing with some kids on the block, but it was at DAYTIME. We played hide and seek and random stuff. After we sort of seperated and stopped to play i went inside. Shortly after i was going outside again and i felt like i wanted to go to the big deep-level garage where the people can park there cars from the block we where living at. The garage was relly long probably about 500m more or less as i remember and even at daytime pretty dark.

    So i was running at the garage entrance where the cars usually drive in and out. The garage had about 4 entrances about the same size and at the far end, only an exit for pedestrians. (there is a small metal door, it leeds into the garage with a few steps). When i entered the entrance for the cars (wich was number 3, so about in the center of the garage complex) i looked arround, but even there i was feeling kind of frightened and bad beeing there for myself. When i was seeing that nobody was nearby, i started to shout into the garage for fun, hearing my own echo, echoing along the garage walls -> All of a sudden, as i was looking to the right of me, THERE i saw it:

    I immediately felt a chilling and cold air sorrounding me, the fear was building up immense in me as i stared at the black stickman on the far end of the garage. The metal door was opened before, you coud see the sunlight shining in, but the stickman was, without making ANY SOUND at ALL! Walking slowly down the few stairs and for some reason, it immediately stopped! And looked at me! I felt like it was staring at me the whole time! I coud feel the presence immense and the feelings in me where telling me to leave this place, NOW!

    While i was frozen in place because of the immense fear i felt, i coud see it was completely BLACK with NO Facial details. It just looked like a Black Stickman without any clothes on, really slim in shape with long arms and legs, standing in place looking at me while holding the stairway grasp with its left arm. Arround it the air seemed like moving arround, the same effekt you have when the sun is really burning the ground and you can see the air kind of moving, the same effekt sorrounded the Black Stickman.

    THEN all of a sudden, the Stickman turned arround, and ran out of the door incredibly fast as if it was literally trying to flee from me! As if i wasnt supposed to see him there…. i was running out the same way i came and tried to look at the end of the garage to see it somwhere runing away….but there was nothing there…nothing as if it just completely disapeared after it left the garage thru the door that leads outside…i was so afraid of it that i was running back at home.

    I did not came back outside this day and i was afraid of telling my family or any one because i thought no one woud believe my story.

    All in all an interesting, but really frightening experience with this phenomenon..i had never seen it again since then but i can remember it that well because it feared me so much!!

    • Thank you for stopping by and for sharing your story with us. It goes to show that this type of phenomena is occurring globally.

      I am sure the experience was indeed very frightening! Having never personally experienced seeing one of these things, I rely on readers just like you to share their stories.

      Sorry that it took a few days to get this approved, I have been very busy with work. Thank you again for sharing your encounter with the Black Stick Man!

  22. TheodenN says:

    I have encountered this entity when I was a kid.

    The incident took place when I was about the age of 8 or 9 (I am 28 now). It was a nice and sunny afternoon and I was at home with my mom. She was in the livingroom watching TV and I was in my study room playing games on my PC (I can even remember the game I was playing. It was Robocop 3 for DOS if anyone wonders). I thought I should call my friend from school and tell him to come over so we can play some two player games together. He was living just on the next street and said he will be coming shortly. I resumed playing the game and after a while I noticed that he was late than usual but I didn’t worry much about it at that moment. After a while I heard the apartment door being opened and then closed. I thought that should be my friend and got to the door to check. I looked through the door hole and I still can’t explain what I saw infront of our neighbour’s door. I know this is going to sound very wierd but there was a stick figure man standing there in the apartment’s hallway. Very humanlike in general features expect it looked like it was made of very large matchsticks. The color and texture were also the same with a matchstick. There were pitch black big spheres where the hands and head supposed to be. Those looked like the tip of a matchstick too. The figure was wearing a hat which I believe was yellowish but I can’t really remember the exact color. I remember seeing some sort of black stripe across the hat’s top half. And there was a black net hanging from all sides of the hat that covered the figure’s spherical head. The position of the joints were like you would expect to see in a person and for a very brief moment I saw it moving its arms to a different position. Another wierd thing was that the apartment’s lights were switched on which at that time there were no motion sensors that turns the lights on. So someone must have switched them. By that time I was more than freaked out and rushed to the living room shouting that there’s something in front of our neighbour’s door. We opened the door and checked the apartment but there was nothing there and my mom said that I might have imagened things or just got blurry vision while looking through the lens in the door hole. I don’t have further memory of that particular day and I don’t even remember whether my friend evetually came or not which is wierd in my opinion. So that’s about it.

    • TheodenN,

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your story with us. It is yet another entry in a long line of responses that provides some validity to the existence of these creatures.

      The responses to this article have fascinated me in how similar everyone’s experiences are. For random people spread across the globe to search something like this only to find our site and see that their experiences are mirrored by those sometimes countries apart is intriguing.

      Perhaps a bigger study is in order, there has to be some logical explanation for the sightings.

      Thank you again for sharing your amazing story regarding your encounter with one of these “things”. And thank you for stopping by our site!

  23. TheodenN says:

    I want to give some more details about the place I saw the stick figure.

    I am from the western coast of Turkey and I am living in the city of Izmir. It’s just across the Greece and the city is at the shores of the Aegian sea. The region we were living is a quite peaceful and nice place, where mostly good people are living. It’s very close to the sea shore (about 3-5 minutes of walk). I believe I saw the figure at about 4’o clock in the afternoon and the sun was starting to come down but it was still pretty light outside. The weather was clear, warm and sunny (as it usually is in Aegian shores) and I believe it was spring (possibly April). We were living in an apartment flat on the second floor. The apartment itself was not very new but I can’t say it was an old building. I saw the stick figure standing in the hallway of the apartment in front of our neighbours door. As I stated before I was about 8 or 9 years old, I am not really sure about my exact age but I was going to elementary school. There are no millitary/goverment buildings around our building or around our region. That’s all the details I can think of at the moment.

    I am also really suprised by the similarities of these encounters around the world.
    From what I have read, the sightings seem to concentrate at late afternoons and nights, mostly kids around the ages of 6-10 see them and these figures are mostly seen indoors. I don’t think this is a new phenomenon, it’s just that the people aren’t talking about it. My encounter took place almost 10 years ago. I think the reason we didn’t hear many stickman reports is the fact that the phenomenon itself sounds absurdly unreal and ridicilous even to the person who witnessed it (even I can’t believe what I saw was real). So people like me prefer to keep these bizzare sounding stories to themselves and try to discard them as if it never happened. For long years the only people I talked about my encounter was my family. I have an open-minded family and they believe that I really saw something. My elder brother is also curious about these paranormal entities but he never witnessed anything paranormal to this day.
    I am really very curious about what lies beyond our perception of reality that surrounds us. I feel like there’s MUCH more to the universe than we know. Simply mind boggling.

    Thanks for making this blog about this phenomenon!

    • You are most welcome. I am glad people are comfortable enough to share their experiences with us.

      Thank you again for your very detailed encounter. I appreciate your time and candor.

    • TheodenN says:

      “My encounter took place almost 10 years ago. ”
      That’s was a wrong statement it should have been 20 years ago. I am 28 years old now.

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  25. Sandyi says:

    Hello, My names is Sandyi, I too have experienced the Black Stick man…
    April 2012 In Charleston SC, living on 4 ac. woods are on both sides of property right on the river.
    It was around 1;00 a.m. I was sitting on my porch with my dog , I was looking out the door into the yard . all of a sudden I saw movement in the yard and my dog even saw something , he made a light bark he was just as confused as I was, he made only one little noise then was just a mesmerized as I was. In front of us were three tall black stick figures gliding steadily across the yard I watched them and wanted so go out side but I was just frozen with amazement . saying
    ” am I really seeing this”, I watched them glide across yard and it lasted at least a good 15 seconds, then they just vanished into the tree line and night they were Tall my husband is 6’3 and they were at least another foot and a half taller then him, My dog and I sat there and I could tell he was puzzled like I was he just sat there was not agitated , I grabbed a flash light and went out side just to the first step, I was a little nervous but had to know what I saw. These tall Black stick figures were darker then the night there was no light on in the yard or house where I was sitting. I could see them no face just black stick figures long skinny arms and fingers and odd shaped heads. they looked all the same height and all same build exactly alike and glided so effortlessly across yard. I have mentioned to other people what I saw just a few others and no one else had encountered them. Well Yesterday in broad day light I was out on my porch oh! it was June 25 th 2013 time was 11;30 am I was on porch this is in Florida now .I am on my computer and when I shut off my computer, you know how the screen turns black? well over might right shoulder I saw One black stick figure it was maybe 2 seconds I made a light gasp sound and it was gone. that is when I decided I need to see what this is . Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would come upon a web site that others have had the same experience. .. it was the same exact black stick man but it was only one this time that I could tell, it was standing behind me right shoulder.
    I never did feel threatened or scared just amazed that I was seeing what I was seeing. I am in my 40’s a good head on my shoulders educated. enough said I know what I saw as well as all of you have expressed what you saw. so now I am on a mission to find out what it was. I have been doing some research into history and it seems that they have been in and out of history, Are they exactly the same that we saw? unsure, but there is something stirring out there , and what ever it is they are watching , I really felt like the one I encountered yesterday was just observing me. The ones last year I saw I really don’t think they were aware that I saw them. Thank you all of you for sharing your stories, I for one will continue researching…….. Sandyi

    • There we go Sandyi.

      My apologies, your story got captured by the spam filters for some reason.

      About your encounter, you sure handled it a lot better than I would have! I have never personally experienced an encounter with these “things”, but from what everyone is saying, the sensation, while scary, is more of confusion, as if you almost can’t believe what is happening.

      There needs to be a lot of research done to determine just what it is people all over the world, you included, are experiencing? Are they alien? Are they ghosts of some sort?

      One constant is that they have yet to cause harm and do seem to be curious about us up until the moment we return the curiosity, it is then that they flee.

      Thank you for sharing your story and adding to our long list of replies of shared experiences. My sincere apologies for it taking almost a week to approve.

      -Tony Harrington
      The Spirit Seekers

      • Sandyi says:

        Thank you Tony , I agree I think any fear from these particular beings are just that confusion .i have grown up in a family of mediums , so with that said I am familiar to the unusual ,
        Even though it still til this day can startle me at times . I try not to let that over come me . Yes much more research needs to be done and the more stories you gather the more Information we will have to try and understand what the beings purpose is . When I saw the one behind me . I do feel like I surprised it .I did take notice that I was not aware of it being behind me , but yet I a medium and aware when spirits are around especially right next to me . The curiosity continues …..
        Thank you again .

  26. dana says:

    I’m so thankful I came across this blog! It is pretty common for me to have supernatural-like dreams and I’ve had several encounters in my life. I’ve seen my grandpa after he’s passed away; heard my very spiritual grandma’s voice while she was meditating 4 rooms away; felt “things” in people’s houses; and have dreams that my boyfriend says is disturbing but I know are harmless. I grew up in California but when i lived in Hawaii my strange dreams got very strong. I don’t talk about these things to really anyone. My dreams tend to be very detailed of buildings, rooms, sometimes clothes, often violent, several reoccurring, but rarely scary. But I have never been scared like I was last night. And before finding this post, I had never heard of these black stick figures.

    I was having another strange dream last night, when suddenly I was in my childhood bedroom but with the placement of the bed where mine currently is. It was night and in the doorway I saw a very lanky, elongated black but almost opaque figure. Immediately he ran/floated at me, his arms and legs moving strange and jerking-like but still smooth. It felt very bad. No face, no distinguishable marks, just dark. He came at me fast and in a frightening way. Right up to my face then disappeared. He was back at the doorway and began coming at me again. I am able to make myself scream to wake myself up, so it took me a few tries but I was able to yell before he got to my face again. I woke panting and shaking and it took awhile for me to calm down. I was really scared. I’ve never had anything like this happen before. It felt very bad. And I’m concerned what it may be.

    I’m concerned at the way the figure came at me, arms and legs flailing unnaturally. Fast and violently, head first, right to my face. I’m not sure what to do. I have a nightly mantra i try to say to only allow positive energy as at times i tend to feel a lot of negative things around. I’m questioning whether I interpreted it incorrectly. But I’ve never had something come at me like that.

    But it does give me some relief knowing this is something others have encountered. Thank you for letting me share.

    • And thank you for sharing, Dana! That sounds most disconcerting and horrifying, let us know if you encounter this strange phenomenon again.

      Thank you for stopping by our humble site! This article seems to have spoken to quite a few people. It is my sincere hope, that over time, we can analyze these stories to figure out just what it is people all over the world are seeing.

      • Sandyi says:

        Oh I see I am still awaiting moderation approval. Mmmm. Not sure what that is about I shared my story a week ago . Have had no reply .

      • I found it! It was in the spam folder for some reason. I am approving it now.

      • Sandyi says:

        Grrrr. That darn spam ! Hee hee thank you !

      • It has been posted and I replied. Thank you again for contributing such an amazing experience! Sorry for the spam filter, I don’t know why it grabbed your post, but at least I found it. I should check the folder to see if any other unfortunate soul has had a story gobbled up into the abyss of WordPress.

  27. Sandyi says:

    I left my story about my experience recently about the black stick man , I was Hoping to at least have a little feedback with the computer incident . . You did ask to share our stories .

    • Sandy I, apologize if your story was overlooked. I will look through the replies to the story and see if yours was overlooked.

      I have approved all replies I have received, so if yours has not been posted, then it did not make it to my inbox for some reason. Either a glitch on my end or yours, or somewhere in between.

      • Sandyi says:

        No worries ! I saw my story posted . And like I said . I was just Hoping for a little feedback .
        I would think everyone’s story plays an important part . Thank you for responding .

  28. Sami says:

    I am so excited to have discovered this site! Although, I was initially searching for a different subject, I stumbled upon the stick men article and wanted to share a story because I wonder if this has happened to others. I suffer from sleep paralysis and when I was younger (about 8 or 9) I would sometimes have a hard time determining whether I was really seeing something or if I was actually “dreaming”. When it first started I had a “dream” about such figures, I saw them standing in my room when the lights of a passing car shone threw my window. I couldn’t move and could barely muster a moan because the pressure in the air was so thick. One turned towards me, but there was no face although I heard it shriek. I don’t recall it looking as though it was made of wood texture wise, but I would say it resembled slightly blurry black branches. It would make sense to be wood as we lived off the highway with a thick forest behind our house. They disappeared with the passing of the cars, although I’m not sure how they left. I’ve always thought this dream was odd as I usually would have these dreams about normal things I already thought existed that terrified me. Having read this, I wonder if these figures were not a dream, but something I actually saw.

    • Sandyi says:

      Thanks for sharing that story Sami
      I think sometimes we all want to dismiss things we experience at night as a dream . I for one believe you experienced it . When we are in dream state our conscious is opened for unusual activity even astral travel .
      However it was experienced being awake or dream honor it . Again thank you for sharing . i experienced thenlack stick men but was wide a wake my story is on this website also .

      • Very excellent response Sandyi. You covered everything I was going to address.

        Sami, thank you so much for sharing your story and visiting the site.

      • Sandyi says:

        I am very sorry I did not mean to jump in there , I got so excited to see another brave soul add there story .
        I love this site and a big Hug to you for having it . I had made a posting a few weeks ago about an Incident that has occurred to me several times re spiders .I did not hear back anything . Just wondered if it got gobbled up by spam .
        Would be so kind to check ?

      • No need to apologize! We are a community here, it was awesome to see someone respond. I was very happy to see your response.

      • Sandyi says:

        Thy is why you and this community are awesome ! it is nice to share incidents that happen to a community of open minded people ! Bravo !!! 😄

      • Sandyi, I don’t see the spider post at all. I am on my phone browser though at the moment. I will check this evening when I get back to my hotel. I am away on business this week.

      • Sandyi says:

        Thank you Tony !
        Oh! And don’t work to hard ! Hee hee

      • Sandyi says:

        Thank you Tony!
        Don’t work too hard ! Hee hee
        Be safe on your travels . 😄

  29. Amalthea says:

    Thank you for this! When I was growing up I had a best friend who lived down the street. We lived in a quiet, small town where her dad was always working. I would walk to her house everyday after school and we would often take walks, walk to the liquor store to buy candy etc. I would often see a stick man following us, peeking out from behind her coach etc. He was all black and changed sizes. Sometimes the size of a small cat, other times taller than a normal size man. I felt very scared of him and felt he was mischievous at best, perhaps evil, I finally got the courage up to tell my best friend and she admitted to seeing him too. I always got the feeling he was the same one, not different stick figures. One time he appeared in the shape of a stick figure horse (like a bad child’s drawing.) I always believed him to be somehow following me and watching me. Until, when my best friend passed away suddenly our senior year of high school. She had a genetic heart condition that nobody (including herself) had known about. I’ve never seen what we called “stick man” ever since. I believe now perhaps he was some form of grim reaper awaiting his time to take my friend.

    • That is a very interesting theory, and for your specific circumstances, your friend’s rather, that may very well be the case.

      Thank you for sharing your story with us. It is another entry in a long list of people who have encountered these…things.

  30. Sandyi says:

    I agree with Tony, that is an I interesting theory about the connection maybe being to friends death “grim reaper” it is hard to say . All we can do is continue to keep our eyes and mind open to the events that occur and maybe one day we will find an answer . The world is filled with amazement .

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  32. mary says:

    good grief, I had no idea this was a phenomenon. I was actually haunted for years by one who seemed to wear a red fez.

    • Hello Mary:

      I think this takes the prize for the most unique instance of a BSM encounter.

      As you can see though, based upon our comments section, the types of experiences with the Black Stick Men are wide and varied.

      Thank you for adding your experience to the growing list of personal experiences, and for stopping by our blog.

  33. Ethan says:

    I had a dream last night about me and my dad going to some place out in the woods with a few houses and one main building. My dad said he had to go the main building for some sort of meeting. That building was the only one with its lights on. I wandered around a bit when I came across this house. I put down some textbooks on the front porch(I have exams coming up so I’m guessing that’s why they turned up in my dream). There was a hedge to my left and I remember seeing a tall black stick creature. It stared at me for a few seconds and I stared back, before it ran away. Then I woke up.

    • Sandyi says:

      Thanks for sharing . It seems the lack
      Black stick men show up in an awaken state and dream state . Now if we could just figure out what there purpose is ……

  34. Tracy says:

    When I searched for a “stickman ghost” I really didn’t expect to find anything. Glad to know l’m not alone!
    Yesterday my mother told me that she saw a matchstick man in her room. She was sitting on her bed an said it was standing at the end of her bed and moved very quickly around toward her. She immediately screamed and pulled the covers over her head. She said it was very black and about the height of an average man.
    I’d like to give a brief history on our house. We live in Southern Michigan. Our house was built in the 40’s We have lived there about 14 years. Shortly after moving in we realized we were not alone there. We have had a variety of activity in this time but never a visual sighting…until the day before the stickman showed itself.
    Again my mother was in her room and saw a dark haired women in a white uniform. Again she went right under the covers.
    My husband discussed the sightings with a friend who had one theory. He asked if anyone had passed away recently. My mother lost her sister, who had been a nurse, earlier this year. He thinks she may be the woman who appeared to my mother and speculates that if a new spirit has moved in, it could be conflicting with the original one?
    Has this stickman always been there and is only showing itself now because of a new presence????
    I would love to hear any thoughts you may have. Mine are all over the place!

  35. Beth Hewitt says:

    Hello.I just thought I would share my experience with the black man. I was around the age of nineteen and lived with my grandmother. I had a makeshift room in the basement with a lace curtain as my door. I woke up one night and looked toward my door. As I do this I see a” stick figure” tip toeing across my door way. It was black and very thin but the oddest thing was it looked like he was being very dramatic about it. Lifting his legs very high while staying on his tip toes. I wasn’t frightened and I didn’t think it meant harm. I am now thirty eight and have told my story a few times but haven’t thought much of it till I stumbled across this article. It actually blew my mind! To know that I am not crazy and that other people have experienced the same thing is very comforting. I hope my story can provide the same comfort to someone else.

    • Sandyi says:

      I for one thank everyone that shares there story . Not only does it bring me comfort to know so many others have experienced the stick man , the stories also give me inspiration to continue to research , to question and to maybe one day find the reason the stick men are here .or maybe they have been here as long as we have …..

  36. Sylvia says:

    My 7 year old saw this just the other day. Said they are grey no face and he was running towards my couch and vanished! Makes me wonder😁I’ve been burning sage blessed be❤️

    • Thank you for sharing your story, Sylvia. It actually ties in with an entry I am writing about how kids seem more in tune with the spirit world than we are as adults.

      But, I don’t know what these stick figures are. Are they ghost, aliens, demons, or what?

      As more and more people respond to this post it only seems to add to the mystery.

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment on our blog.

  37. Javierfigueroa says:

    so i was going to my kitchen to get some tea. so i get my tea and the i go the hallway in my house then there is a tallk black figure with a white face with dreadlocks and it asked me to come with him then i awake in my bed

  38. Carolyn Moore says:

    I was driving out the loop one night and saw two black figures crossing over the two lanes on my side and then going across the median and crossing over the two lanes on the other side. I leaned forward to see if I could figure out what was crossing the highway and then they disappeared into space or into a wooded area. I covered the side of my face with my hand so I couldn’t see if they came back and went home and to bed with my clothes on and covered my head.

  39. Bev says:

    Approximately 6 years ago I saw a black tall stick man ( or figure) in my home standing in a doorway between my kitchen and dining room. I was sitting at a table in our family room off of the kitchen and was the only one of three of us facing the doorway when it appeared. As soon as it realized I saw it it vanished. I wasn’t frightened. I got up and went into our dining room from another room to investigate but of course nothing was there. It was NOT three dimensional, rather exactly the same as a child’s drawing of a stick man. It was NOT wearing any article of clothing and had no facial features at all. Just looked like a drawing that had come to life. ???? My friend from Ohio was visiting and I had just stated to her that it was too bad our deceased fathers hadn’t gotten to really know each other in their lifetime. As soon as I said that I looked up and there was the stick man. He (IT ?) was approximately 6-7 Ft in height and was approximately 20 feet away from me. No sightings by me since.

  40. Dream Catcher says:

    Last night I had a dream I was walking in the woods with my mom and brother. As we got deeper into the woods so did the dark. Shawdows moved all around us. Suddenly I saw in front of me maybe 300 feet a very tall, very skinny, black, featureless stick man. As I spotted it, it started running back into the woods very fast. It was hard to see because it looked just like a skinny stick and it was black. The tall, black stick thing ran off with the sound of crunching leaves and sticks. I woke up and now I’m writing it……..

  41. Annoymo Alyse says:

    Hello there, been doing a lot of research about this so called tall skinny black figure. It was about a few months ago when my daughter and I were in the living room around 1-4pm playing with a puzzle/ learning game. When I noticed something poked their body around the corner. It was at least 6.5-7 ft tall and very skinny. The hands/fingers were at least 10in long. What made me even notice more about this figure was that it almost like a hologram. The eyes were not glowing or red or orange, but the eyes were translucent – they eyes were the only translucent thing on the body.. I could def. see that there was some type of eyes. No other facial features , just eyes…. once I noticed the figure, it stopped looking at my daughter and (turning its head) then looked directly at me as if it forgot that I could see it and then disappeared. Have been doing research and cant find a thing on it….Any suggestions????

  42. Barbara says:

    My brother my friend and i have seen this thing for the past couple of days. Frequently i’ll be walking and see it in the corner of my eye. My BFF had been having dreams and seeing the creature often. Though my brother has come eye to eye with it in school and at our house. The figure tries to run after him and when he turns around and then looks back its gone. I don’t know if this is the creature but in our description its tall, black and fast.

  43. Cody says:

    this happened to me and a friend this weekend I only found this page while looking up what I saw. we were traveling in the mountains threw Idaho on a dirt road. we were pulling in to a gas station when my friend said “what the fuck” then “nevermind” when I pulled up to the pump and got out I took one step out of the car to the pump. and something made a very loud and scary noise from behind the pump like a sort of clicking sound and I saw the trees shake I jumped into my car and took off as fast as I could. later down the road I saw it move quickly at my car from the edge of the road. I just kept driving I didn’t swerve or anything and I kept silent about it tell about 1 hour later I told my friend what I thought I saw and then he explained to me he saw the same thing standing at the pump and it ran off when we were pulling in he assumed it was his eyes playing tricks on him. the weird thing was it killed my cellphone battery messed with my car stereo and made the lights on the pump grow very bright when it was near. when I described to him that what I saw looked like a picture drawn on a whiteboard he teared up cuz that was exactly what he saw.

    • Thank you for sharing your story. When I originally wrote this article I never suspected how many people would respond to it and share their experience.

      While I personly have never seen one, I do not doubt for one second, based upon all the comments I have read, that these things exist. Just what they are remains a mystery.

      Thank you Cody, your contribution is appreciated and will help others validate what they have seen.

  44. Billie says:

    After seeing this video taken in Russia, of a stick-like creature swiftly crawling along a building, I became intrigued because I had a weird feeling about it that I can’t explain. After doing some research I saw many people dismiss the video as a fake, however there’s been loads of sightings (as shown on this page) and with no evidence against/ for the video, it remains a mystery.
    I really wish to know more about this phenomenon and when I came across this page, I thought I should share it with you. (
    Personally I’ve never experienced seeing one of these creatures, but I’ve heard many stories.
    (Even if the video is fake, it doesn’t take away the fact that loads of people have witnessed these beings, which leaves me very curious.)

    • I am not sure of the validity of the video, but I thank you for sharing it. At this point in history, with the advent of always-on cameras and the ability to upload footage instantly, there will always be naysayers. Just as there will always be people perpetrating hoaxes.

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your find.

  45. Alicia says:

    when I was cleaning my house I turned around and all of a sudden I saw this long dark stick man!I turned around because I felt like somebody was watching me!and when I saw it it just disappeared.this left me a little bit confused.

  46. yvonne says:

    I had a dream last night, after doing a deep 936 hz pineal gland activation meditation, about a black stick “alien”-like being. limbs literally looked as scrawny as frosty the snowman’s, but just black and was clearly not wood, it almost had a slight shine to it. my dream is a bit fuzzy now, but it felt so real and i remember i asked “him” a question and from his torso he “magically” pulled out a cord-like object, looked similar to an electrical cord but the tip was radiating with a bright type of light, but it was a unique kind of light. He looked a bit creepy but i didnt feel threatened. I have never seen or read about anything like this before, which is why i find this whole experience interesting.

  47. Makenzie says:

    I came to this page because I’m trying to find answers to something I saw last night.
    Four people were with me.
    Three others confirm the exact thing I saw.
    We were in my local park which is very rich in history. There were a few cemeteries and many apartments uprooted from the park in the 1800s.
    It was about 1 am. One of my friends said they saw something tall, thin, and black walking through the trees. It took a few minutes of staring off into the trees, but finally we all saw it. We all described it the same. Tall, black, and very skinny. That is all.

    • If you compare your experience with what others have encountered, you may have just had a first hand experience with the black stick man.

      • Makenzie says:

        That’s what I’m realizing. All four of us described the same thing and all these stories, that’s what gets me. It was real. It happened. And I’m having a hard time believing it. And the area we were in, it has such an overwhelming amount of history of anger and resentment and sadness. The person who first noticed it is someone who isn’t easily shaken. It was the first time I’ve ever seen him truly scared in the four years I’ve known him.
        And the moment my eyes fixed on it, I got the most intense feeling of fear I’ve ever felt.

      • Even though I wrote the article, I have never experienced the phenomenon of seeing one.

        The has never been a documented case of these things harming someone.

        Would you say these things are alien, ghost, ir something altogether different?

      • Makenzie says:

        I’d say it could be some type of spirit that has become something else. From unsolved anger or just from being there so long, maybe it could be a type of creature that absorbs smaller weaker spirits and morphs them into some kind of disfunctional more powerful entity?
        It seemed to just disappear after we all saw it which tells me it’s an energy rather than a physical being.

      • Thank you so much for the information and for sharing your story.

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  49. Paige says:

    i was staying in my brothers room with him his only a year older than me but has really bad paranoia now, i was just sleeping next to him cause we were watching a movie then fell asleep…i had woken up to a male voice come from the corner of the room talking about love or some thing like “You never loved him” or something like that Then i saw a 8 foot tall REALLY thin man standing next to my brother i started freaking out and woke him up, i told him everything i had seen\heard he told me i was seeing and hearing things but i don’t think i was….i kept see this man around him since that day…

  50. Kathy Casey says:

    Last year in late April or early May 2013 I was stepping out my studio door, my studio sits behind my house about 50-60 ft., when I noticed movement. It was dark out and the only lights on came from my back porch to my left and the neighbors backyard. The neighbors light is on a pole behind my building and another building in their yard about 50 ft away. Somewhat back light but not enough to cast a shadow with two buildings in the way. I saw a solid shadow, no features, very tall, along side my husbands 16 ft. tall barn/workshop. It was very thin, about 12-13 ft tall. It moved fast, I could see it’s outline and I noticed an elongated head and very long stick thin arms and fingers. At this time I was facing it as it moved from right to left and kept going across my yard and in between our house and our neighbors. It was taking large steps but was fast, a run even. I was so stunned, I’ve never seen a shadow figure but this is more solid than I thought one would be. There were no facial features that I could see. I processed this thing so fast, like in short hand, what I noticed; this was not a shadow thrown onto the barn, it was upright, moving fast. I felt it was old and alien. This last thought was something I had to reject, it is just too far out of my frame of reference. I’m not frightened easily…but I think twice before I go outside at night now. Since my encounter I have contacted many people. No one seems know anything about what I saw.

  51. bob bobson says:

    When I was thirteen, my parents sent me to an agricultural school in south africa, and I loved it, I loved the freedom of having a massive game reserve as my playground, every weekend, I would go onto the farm by myself and hunt, fish, braai, and just have fun. This was my life for my first seven months there, it was bliss. Then one day, one day that I will never forget, I went down to the bottom of the farm with some friends and swam in the river, it was a nsormal saturday, eventually we noticed that some clouds were rolling in, so we began the two hoir walk back to hostel. We were about half way back and very tired when we all agreed that we felt as if we were being watched, so we turned around, nothing there, so we carried on walking, a few minutes later (now drizzling) we got the feeling again, this time we looked hard at the forrest behind us, we stood there for about a minute, just as we were about to carry oj walking a tall, black, featureless creatire crossed the road about twenty metres behind us, it was like nothing I had ever seen before, the way it walked, itnwas as if it was gliding, and it was extremely fast! None of us spoke, for a second none of us moved, then the fear set in, we ran most of the way back, as we got back to school the sun came out, the next day me and my friends spoke aboug what had happened, we had all seen the same thing, nothing like this has ever happened to me since then

    • Bob,

      Thank you for adding your encounter to our most popular article on our blog.

      Your contribution helps others who have encountered one of these entities know that they are not losing it, that they didn’t imagine it, and that it has happened to quite a handful of people.

      Thank you for the time you took in writing your encounter. We appreciate you and everyone else who commented.

  52. Mina says:

    I see them or him all the time at night right beside me usually i don’t feel frightened they dissipate as soon as you spot them but they leave some messages (as crazy as it sounds! I know!)

  53. Danny says:

    I saw one in broad day light it was so creepy and scary! I thought it was a manican at first then it moved :/

  54. art says:

    I was approx. 10 years old residing in lower ny (west cty).. my friend and I were walking near a location called strongs woods.a wooded area between two streets. it was twilight, summer ..the year was 1964…”we” saw a figure walking; long legs and arms; thin, and as it walked , quickly, you could actually see waves of air around the body and limbs as it moved…now 60 and I still see it in my mind..i know what I saw

    • Art,

      Thank you for sharing your story. I had assumed in my initial writing that this type of “creature” was a new paranormal manifestation of some sort. Several responses have indicated that they indeed go back quite a few decades.

      Very curious indeed, I imagine encountering one of these things was a very frightening experience.

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your story with us.

  55. chris says:

    i saw these wonderful disk shaped clouds majestically hovering on the very edge of the east side of grey mountain , near cameron arizona. ( near grand canyon). i deicided to take pictures and pulled over beside the road. it was a very bright afternoon. as i was attempting to get the picture, the cloud would not show up in my camera. the cloud was still there… i can see it, but my camera cant. i take pictures anyway. i forget about the pics. a few days pass by and i decide to clean out old photos. i came across the photos i wanted to take of the cloud disk. i examine the photos, strange that, the clouds did not get in the picture…but then i see about 3 stick figures that are seeming walking around right under where the cloud disk would have been. excited i wanted to show my co workers., a whole section of my photo albums were gone as i tried to show my co workers. i have no prevoius knowlege of stick people or anything such. i just decided to look it up.. n found you guys.

    • Chris,

      Thank you for sharing your story with us. Sorry it took so long to approve your comment, I have been super busy with work and putting the final touches on a novel I have been writing.

      As you can tell, this article has been very popular and people from all over the world are leaving comments, some dating as far back as the 1960’s which tells me that whatever these things are, they are not as nearly new of a phenomenon as I had originally suspected.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and for sharing your story with us and adding to the ever-growing catalog of experiences with these creatures/things…whatever they truly are.

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  57. Bodiccas says:

    Okay here goes … Today I saw a ‘stick man’.
    I was walking in the park with a co-worker and we were about 20 feet from the street walking parallel to it. I saw a ‘stick man’ run across the street from our side, across in front of cars. The whole thing took 2 maybe 3 seconds. I turned to my friend and said “did you see that” and she said “what?” and between saying it and her reply my mind tried very hard to put what I saw into context. After she said “what?” I said “I think I saw a deer … but it wasn’t a deer, I saw a stick man” she looked at me like WTF and I said “not like you draw a stick figure but like a man made from tree branches (?) kind of like a walking stick bug but not and he was running like pumping his arms and legs to get across the street.” In retrospect, it went from a tree area in the park to a tree area at a midrise building. This is a very urban area in northern Virginia and I think the only reason I saw it was because it was in the road where there were no trees. None of the cars or rather drivers reacted to it being there (not that that’s a stretch) and it did happen really fast. There is no way it could have been a costume because a person could never have fit into the shape I saw. Extremely slender not smooth but irregular and branch like, the color of dark tree bark.

    • Thank you so much for sharing your story with us and the ever-growing list of people who have repotred seeing these odd entities.

      My apologies for taking so long to approve your post, I was out of town on business and am just now going through the replies.

      Your experience, like most, sounds unnerving and seems as if it leaves you second-guessing yourself.

      I personally have not seen a black stick man, but I do appreciate everyone who has sharing their stories and experiences. Thank you for the time you took in writing your experience out and sharing it with us here at the Spirit Seekers Blog.

  58. Karen says:

    My friend and I seen one when we were 14 yrs old. We are 37 now. And I have never forgotten it. From a distance, it looked to be very tall and wide. About 8 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Solid black. No features. Glided when moved. And moved extremely quickly. Was standing in front of someone’s house, on their front door step. We stopped and I said, “do you see what I see?” She said yes and I asked her to describe it. (To be sure). And we then ran to our destination and it was there, standing in front of a window. In front of a building. We froze. It glided to the corner of the building and turned the corner and I have never seen anything like it since. It was very late at night (we snuck out), in the middle of winter. I used to reside in an isolated town. I was afraid of it but it never appeared “evil”. Just shocking. Anyone else experience this?

    • Karen:

      Sorry for the delay in approving your comment. I was in Alaska on business the past two weeks and I am just getting around to approving entries.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your story about the time you encountered one of these strange beings. I am not sure just what they are, but the rate at which people continue to find this particular entry and respond to it, leads me to believe that they are real, they exist, and they are here.

      Thank you again for your response and for contributing to the discussion!

  59. Holly says:

    I too have seen these black stick men figures however in my dreams and I sometimes see them, but they seem to be scary, and don’t do anything, but look creepily however when I saw them in the street one time they’re not really there, so I wondered too what they meant.

    • Thank you for your response. Not having personally encountered a “Stick Man”, I am not one to say whether or not they are dreams or hallucinations, or if they are indeed reality.

      The number of responses this article has received in the positive, seems to indicate that they are real, or at least very real to those who have encountered them.

      Thank you again for stopping by and sharing your experiences with us here at The Spirit Seekers Blog.

  60. justis says:

    I saw a stick person while I was in my car we rode right past him I’m suprised no one seen him but me and my brother.

  61. Don says:

    Hi, my name is Don. many years ago my father took me and my best friend , who was staying over for the weekend, to visit my Grandmother who was having a mental rest in a facility located in Brisbane Australia. I have never forgotten what I saw on this night. i saw a very tall very skinny thing come from the bush and run a distance of about 200 meters in roughly 4- 5 seconds. It was very dark whatever it was and it was light on its feet if it had any, there was very little noise from it running, I remember thinking that it was only a shadow accept for the arm and leg movement that is the same as a human running, it moved so quick and the darkness of it it stood out in an area of shadows. i have never said anything about it as what i saw seemed too strange as my friend and I , Well we thought we had a pretty good knowledge at that time about ghosts & Bigfoot and everything else supernatural..and what I saw isn’t anything we knew about.
    over the years I have asked around if anyone knew anything about a story/legend about such a being – no one knew anything. I saw no facial features, there didn’t seem to even be a head as what above the arms was the same thickness as below them.i have also asked my friend i was with at the time if he remembered anything about it. even he kind of give me a strange look , he has never denied what happened on this night but he has never agreed with my story either, rather saying that he was freaked out enough to not return to that place for a long time.

    My reason for telling this now is my son who is 12 and likes the supernatural stuff much the same way i did(and quietly still do)asks me a lot of questions about are they real. my response to him is that that there are things in this world we stiill know nothing about.

    • Don,

      Thank you for taking the time to share your story with us. The rate at which people are sharing their stories about these creatures and their interactions with them, amazes me.

      I personally have not encountered one, I am not sure how I would react if I ever do.

      Your experience is very similar to what others have shared, which leads me to believe that these stick men are real and they have been around a little bit longer than initially thought.

  62. Heidi says:

    I saw one for the first time about 4 years ago but have seen him, or them, frequently in the past year. The first time I was driving at night and went under a bridge and immediately slammed on my brakes because there was suddenly a man in the road. I was terrified and I thought I killed him, but there was no impact. However, driving out from under the bridge and back into the street lights, there was a crack across my whole windshield. I didn’t see him again until 2013. It was about 6 months after buying a house with my then-boyfriend. He was standing in the stairway looking at me. Extremely tall, about 8 feet, dark, long black cloak. Sometimes he has a face and sometimes he is headless. He seems so sad. He just stares at me and when I look at him he turns around and slowly walks or glides away. I’ve seen him at work, in my rearview mirror, at my parents’ house, up north at their cottage, everywhere. Sometimes it’s when I’m in a bad frame of mind and sometimes it’s when I’m on top of the world. He doesn’t seem evil or malevolent; he honestly seems like he needs help passing on or SOMETHING from me. One time it wouldn’t stop, I’d see him multiple times a day for weeks. I pitied him and wanted to help (mind you I had never heard or spoken to anyone about this) but he would not do anything, he’d just keep showing up and I started losing sleep and getting irritated. I mean it was like he was showing up so frequently that it was annoying. I’d have a beer on my back porch and he’d watch me through the kitchen window. I’d have a conversation with someone and he’d stand in the corner. WHAT could he want from me? Then I woke one night instantly awake and fearful. My dog was by the door wimpering, and it looked like a clearish-blue imp, like 2.5 – 3 feet tall with long scraggly hair RUN, I mean JOLT by the doorway and into the spare bedroom. The curtains were moving from how fast it was, and there were no windows open. I could hear his clammy and speedy little footsteps. My dogs would not go in that room after that, and that’s where we kept them when we left for work. I started yelling out of frustration (assuming it was tied in with the tall sad man) WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME?! STOP! LEAVE ME ALONE!!!!! I was losing my peace of mind, though the tall man was never frightening, but that imp creature sure was. Nothing happened for a long time after I freaked out like that. I’m posting now because I’m finally researching this because he’s been showing up again this week.

  63. crissy says:

    I can’t believe what I’m reading, my kids were walking on a riverbank near our home in ohio with their stepmother, they came home swearing they saw a very tall stick figure near the water, I thought they were just letting their imagination get the best of them, maybe I was wrong.

    • Crissy,

      I am sure you are not alone in assuming seeing one of these things was just in the imagination of the beholder. I would have thought the same thing, never having experienced seeing one myself.

      Thank you for stopping by and for reading our blog…but more importantly, thank you for taking the time to respond and sharing your story.

  64. Holly says:

    I have seen something like this. It was a black slender stick figure and I couldn’t see facial features. The head seemed alien shaped like In the picture, not really human looking. I woke up one night and seen this figure standing beside my bed side with its hand over my chest. Not touching me but hovering its hand over me, at this point I am very scared and I try to move and scream but I was paralyzed and could not move and I could see my boy friend laying beside me and with the screaming he still didn’t wake up. I felt helpless…then all of a sudden once it knew I was awake I felt the release from being paralyzed and the figure disappeared out of no where. I’m not sure what this thing was but from the shape of the head and how slender and tall it was I feel like it was a type of alien.

  65. I have a 54 year-old woman, and I just saw this figure last night in my house. I was on the internet trying to describe what I saw. I live in the country, in an area that is near a river and was housed for 10,000 years by Pamunkey Indian tribe. A Civil War battle was also fought near us, and tobacco slavery was evident. I’ve seen/heard multiple things in my home, and have photographic proof of drawings in our driveway (which are apparently sacred geometry? At least that’s what one woman told me), wings on my BMW windshield which I sent to a scientist friend at Uconn who couldn’t disprove them, and a water mark on my door that appeared after I went back into the house and consisted of water (all of this in the last 3 months).

    Anyway, I woke up early this morning because my husband was already awake and in the kitchen. I saw, near our bed, a black “stick figure” character – probably 6.5 or 7 feet tall, bending at its waist. The bending caused a sharp angle. I didn’t see any features, but noticed something that looked like knobs on its skull? It was looking at our dog, his face was just inches away from the dog who was on our bed. The dog didn’t react.

    The closet light was on, and it was approximately 6:30 a.m. I shut my eyes for a minute or so, and when i reopened he was gone. I did notice that he was blocking some of the closet light when he was bending over. He was not transparent. I’ve seen a few things at the house, but this one felt weird. Let me know if you have any additional info for me. I’d be happy to share my pictures with you of the other stuff. I’m just looking for answers. Thank you!

    • Thank you for sharing your story Donna. I don’t doubt it was a creepy thing to experience. As it stands, we are still unsure just what this type of manifestation is.

      It does not appear to be a ghost, perhaps some other type of paranormal event altogether.

      We will continue to allow others to share their stories here so that we can review all the evidence and try to determine just what these creatures/things/people are.

  66. Gudrun says:

    Let’s just put my crazy full on the table: I’m not sure of the time, but I sat bolt upright just as the sky was getting light. I looked out my window, which has no curtains, cos that’s how I roll. The window looks out to basically, woods. Aside from around the house, I live on 34 acres of untouched land. I often look out that window. Anyways, I sit upright, and see one tree, a tree I’m particularly drawn to staring at in my waking hours, and see a black stick figure. It is scrambling up the tree. I remember one of my first fleeting thoughts was: Wow, is that my cat, Free? Free is a plump black feral that I have taken care of since he was a kitten, but I realize quick enough that there is no roundness to the shape. Eventually, actually, all this takes place quite quickly, this stick figure I see, stops. Almost disappears, I guess. The shape that I saw could, If you will, quickly blend into a barren tree. I remember being…, huh?? Not scared, but perplexed. I laid back down and guess drifted off to semi-sleep, cos naturally, on my own, I’d wake up shortly. There ya have it. Make fun if you must, but I’ve seen enough in my lifetime, to not throw up the mental blocks, or assumptions that what I saw wasn’t just what it was.

    • Thank you for stopping by and for sharing your story.

      I can assure you, as a paranormal investigator who has experienced some weird things, I do not think you are crazy, and I am sure the many others who have shared a very similar story here wouldn’t find you crazy either.

      This particular entry is consistently the most popular on our blog and has received the most comments. You are not alone in your experience.

      I just wish we could determine what these black stick figures are, where they come from, and why now they are suddenly appearing with alarming frequency.

      Thank you again for stopping by and for sharing your experience.

  67. Midwest Squatch says:

    I was driving home tonight, December 21, 2015, and it was really foggy. I was on the usual road i take home, all dark outside. a tall, thin character, possibly 12 feet high, ran across the road, through my lights, ignoring me. it seemed as if it was etherial, as my brights went right through it.

    • Midwest Squatch says:

      Correction, i mean December 2014. i am tired, it seems.

    • Thank you for sharing your experience with us. It is very similar to the many experiences gathered on this article.

      I wish I could tell you what you saw, but just like all the other people encountering these strange creatures, I am at a loss.

      Hopefully we can figure it out. I may reach out to others in the near future to try and meet with as many people as possible who have witnessed a black stick figure creature and see if we can’t find one.

      In the meantime, we simply have to rely on the stories from people like you.

      Thank you again for the time you took in reading the article and providing your voice to the mix.

  68. Alex says:

    About 2-3 years ago me and my friend decided to go for a run up the lane in our village, and on either side of the lane are fields. While we were running we saw a shadow at the top of one field. At first we thought it was just someone messing about but it looked to tall and slender to be human and it started to mimic us but it over-reacted our actions and seemed to move in slow motion. Being normal people, we got scared and started to run back down the lane, but the figure started to run with us taking quick, long strides. Also the same friend recently saw a similar figure but near the village hall at about 11:45pm and she said that it dropped to the floor and disappeared but when she started to walk away the village hall door flung open and a light flashed on then back off again.

    • Alex:

      Sorry for the delay in approving your post. Holidays and all that kept me away from the site.

      Thank you though for sharing your story, it sounds like a pretty harrowing experience. I am constantly surprised at the number of responses this article has generated, it seems that there is indeed something or somethings out there resembling tall stick figures.

      I will eventually spend a greater amount of time researching and documenting the phenomenon and perhaps writing a book about it, so I appreciate not only your response and you sharing your encounter, but the responses of everyone who has contributed their personal experiences so far.

      Tony Harrington
      SpiritSeekers Blog

  69. nilnil1 says:

    I knew a kid years ago that saw one at night. He told me he saw one walking down the street and into the woods at night. Creepy. The kid was psychic and he saw a lot of creepy things in his life. I never had seen a black stick figure in my life. I seen shadow people to black eye adults. People I knew seen ogres, shadow people and the grim reaper. Creepy.

  70. Jordan says:

    its crazy because I’ve seen one and when I saw it, it was sooo out there I didn’t believe my eyes. Until i read these accounts tonight I finally believe what I had seen. It was very late at night (2a.m.) I was probably 21 or 22 at the time, I stayed up pretty late with a couple of friends drinking.. I didn’t drink enough to where I was stumbling, I got a heavy buzz then drank water because I had to drive home. . I was hanging out in front of a friends house when I looked down the street and saw a pole next to the street light.. it was black and it moved, when it moved i realized the black pole I was looking at was connected to a body, it was a LEG THIS THING WAS AT LEAST 20 – 27 ft tall as I looked up i saw a stick body and it proceeded to walk on the roof of the house it was next to and disappeared because of the angle I was seeing it I only saw it for about 6 – 7 seconds, it made no sound it was just floating along like it had something to do. IDK how to describe it but it looked like it had intent… if that makes any sense… Like it was doing something…. it blew my mind, I literally thought I was hallucinating but after reading this I’m sure of what I saw… Its really weird I haven’t read and Giant stick man accounts… cuz this thing was massive… it was walking on top of the neighborhood houses… I’m getting goosebumps thinking about it, this experience changed my life… Glad to read I’m not the only one that has seen it. I live In Phoenix, Arizona.

  71. chad says:

    A guy I work with a good christian man swears that he has seen this on 3 occaions here in western nc.

  72. Brian says:

    I saw one of these a few months ago. I just finished working four double shifts (16 hour days) in a row, so it’s safe to say I was tired. I walked in the front door, took off my watch and saw something out of the corner of my eye. It was down the hallway in my bedroom, it was black, about six to six and a half feet tall, and extremely thin. It almost looked like sticks from a tree, it had no facial features, and appeared to glide to the right when I saw it. I immediately drew my weapon (I am a police officer) and shouted ” Get the f@$k on the ground” multiple times. I cleared every room in the hallway between my location and my bedroom and when I got to my bedroom there was nothing there. It was about 12:30 or so at night. I know what I saw, as a police officer I am trained to be an expert witness. It made no noise at all and seemed to glide more than walk. I didn’t tell anyone for a while until I researched this topic online. I am glad to see other people have seen this as well, I thought I was going nuts. I have not seen it since, thank God. Very few things scare me, but this thing scared he crap out of me.

    • art says:

      trust me; i know they are real and i know what i saw when i was young..i have been a police officer for 35 years and still active…your description is spot on…i also saw waves of what i call air around this being when it walked; its arms also moved….can still see it in my mind to this day and i am now 61

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