Monday, March 3

The Black Stick Men Who Stalk Our World At Night

Black Stick Man climbing a wall
A Stick Man climbing down apartment block (head first) - see the video below
I've heard of Shadow People and the likes of the Mothman but a Stick Man or a Black Stick Man might be stretching things a touch too far. But, there again, it's often said that anything is possible.

Here's a story / experience that JC sent, thinking it might appeal to me. This supposedly happened to a friend of his. Here we go:

Stick Man
"It was very late at night and me and the girlfriend, Liz, were walking home from a club in the Greater London area. There's a park with lots of trees that is usually closed at night but was open for some reason, so we walked through the gate as it would be a short cut to home.

It was very dark but there was a proper path to follow with trees and bushes either side. We hadn't been through the gate for more than a minute when Liz said, "Did you see that?"

I had seen something that appeared to move ahead of us. The moon was out so I thought it was trees blowing in the wind and making reflections.

"It looks like someone is coming towards us," said Liz holding my arm more tightly.

Whatever it was kept on coming. I could see it, a tall thin man but very skinny. It got taller as it got nearer to us and I started feeling a little scared.

"What the hell is it?" Liz whispered.

I can only describe it as being like a stick man that kids draw. It was black, completely black and was wearing no clothes. It's face was blank except what appeared to be an opening something like a round mouth.

Liz was freaked out but the stick man bounced by us like some sort of cartoon character. It's head turned slightly towards us but it kept on walking, its long, thin legs and arms waving about as it passed.

We started to run. I turned round and the creature had gone but we hurried out of the far gate and kept walking fast until we got home.

We were both scared and locked the door of our flat. I don't know what it was but we weren't on drugs or anything."

Pinch of salt
A stick man! Has to be something to take with a pinch of salt surely.

I did a Google search and there's quite a bit about the Black Stick Man. On the Listverse website, for example, they have a post Top 10 Bizarre Modern Paranormal Phenomena and at number 3 is - yes, the Black Stick Man!

They describe this 'Paranormal Phenomena' as being:

" ... totally black, thin, stick figure drawings, such as teachers would make in kindergarten. They have been reported as between average height to impossibly tall. Their heads are just a black circle with no facial features being discernible. They are totally two dimensional, without any depth. Usually they’ve been sighted walking along roads at night, or at transitional times such as twilight or just before dawn."

Looking through the comments on the Listverse post there's one from Simon Howes, written two years ago. He wrote this about his experience:

"In 1982, when I was a student nurse at Warley Hospital, Brentwood in Essex, England, I encountered a 'stick person' in the grounds of the Hospital as I was walking home one night. It lopped across the roadway having been, seemingly, pressed up against a wall. It stopped when it saw me and raised it's arms in fright and quickly walked off into the undergrowth. It was very tall with very thin, extremely long arms and legs and a very small oval head. Totally black and no obvious clothing. I saw no face even though it emerged very near a street lamp and so was well illuminated. I was terrified and to this day, no-one believes me."

Then on the Above Top Secret forum there's this strange picture, which is said to have come from a "Spanish anonymous image board". Here's the photo.

Black Stick Man

So, I thought I'd have a look on YouTube to see what I could find and this is what I came up with. The scene is in Russia and a stick man like thing can be seen climbing down the apartment building. Only they now call 'him' a Slender Man.

With my pinch of salt still at the ready I did a Slender Man Google search. The first entry is Wikipedia and it does seem that Slender Man is fiction (but this doesn't mean that Black Stick Man also is). This is what they write:

"The Slender Man (also known as Slenderman) is a fictional character that originated as an Internet meme created by Something Awful forums user Victor Surge in 2009. It is depicted as resembling a thin, unnaturally tall man with a blank and usually featureless face, and wearing a black suit. The Slender Man is commonly said to stalk, abduct, or traumatize people, particularly children. The Slender Man is not tied to any particular story, but appears in many disparate works of fiction, mostly composed online."

Going back to the photo of the Black Stick Man I found on the Above Top Secret forum. I thought the following may have been significant because it had the number 67 on the entry!

This is the story:

"Yesterday at 20.30 hrs. just when I was about to leave the office I heard a very strange sharp buzz that came from the outside that made me look to the outside to see what it was about. When I looked in the direction the sound came from I saw a long and very thin shadow with a copper color that after a while of not moving it started walking towards the light.

It was in that moment that I got very scared because I could see clearly that it was not a normal person. It had no face and its body looked like a stick made of one piece. I went looking for my cell phone camera to take a picture of it and to my surprise, when I came back, that thing was higher than the wall of the building and it kept growing and stretching until it reached the second floor windows of the neighboring building. It suddenly jumped up the walls and began to climb up to the roof where I lost sight of it. I kept hearing the buzz for some more seconds until it disappeared completely. I was able to take pictures of it. I have spent the whole night thinking about it but I have no idea what could that be."

There we go. It's easy to chuckle about the likes of real Stick Men roaming the shadows at night - but how often does 'reality' follow fiction? Quite a bit.

Mind how you go ...

Other Weird Stuff:
Was This A Mothman Sighting?
The Shadow People Who Stalk Our World
The Experience Of Seeing Shadow People

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  1. Suzie12:33

    I'll have to walk home in the dark after my yoga class tonight, scary. But I'll take my pinch of salt with me!

    1. Perhaps you should take up Karate instead of Yoga.

  2. It sounds like some sort of inter-dimensional creature. Weird. I would be freaked out running into one of those!

    1. I think I'd be running away from them!

  3. oh man, another scary creature to add to the ones in my head *grin*

  4. It would certainly be a moment you wouldn't forget!

  5. 'Stickmen' are one of many demonic entities that Satan has unleashed upon our world because he knows his time is running out.

    1. Anonymous01:00

      I agree with you - Some scary things happening the world over.

    2. you've got to be kidding!!!!!!!

  6. I hear you can fend him off with a big eraser.

  7. Hi Mike! Loving the blog-i've followed you on Google plus and I'm just wondering if you post your latest articles on your profile when you write them as I would very much like to keep up too date with all of your work. Thanks again for everything you do!

    1. Hi! Yes, all my post should be on Google+ - am also now following you. Best wishes, Mike.

  8. This is actually a pretty adorable concept. Little stick people walking around.

  9. Anonymous04:44

    Posting this anonymously because I don't want to be called crazy, but I actually stumbled across this forum because my husband and I were googling stick men sightings because he just encountered this while taking our dog out to the bathroom at our apartment complex. He was walking by the pool area, and it is night mind you, and looks over and sees a tall stick figure man who he said seemed surprised and took an odd startled stance when he realized he'd been seen. My husband looked at it for a second and took of running as fast as he could to tell me. He was out of breath and visibly shaken so we started looking this up and are quickly finding out there are a lot of people who have seen the same. He's definitely not crazy, so I just wanted people to know that this is definitely a real thing.

    1. Thanks for your experience - interesting!

    2. I encountered stick people in Grand Rapids Manitoba in 1962. They were peeking in our window and I let them in. I was a child then and only my older sister was with me at the time. They came in, 3 of them, cornered me by the bathtub, tickled me and then left. My sister saw the entire event and we never did find an explanation for this. We told our mother, whose Native and she said they were spirits. They were flat with a head like a frying pan, no expression and their arms and legs were like thin pipes, perhaps 1 inch in diameter. There were 3 of them. We moved from there and never saw them since. I suspect they may live underwater because Grand Rapids is on the shore of Lake Winnipeg. Thanks for reading.

  10. Anonymous09:27

    My husband saw a stick man this morning in our yard. About 5 feet tall, no face, a head that was just a branch formed into a loop. Arms and legs were tree branches, very thin. It "looked" at him then walked down a hill behind the house.

  11. Anonymous08:00

    About 8:50pm tonight I was driving out of my driveway and noticed the neighbors across the street had their curtains open and football was on and I thought to myself dang that is a huge tv, I wonder if it is 65 or 75 inch. Then a huge spindly organism walked through my field of view in front of the neighbors house, stepped over their window without blocking it. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. It looked impossibly tall and thin. The legs looked to be at least 12 feet long and the body was small and triangular, I didn't see a head. It took another step then reached up and climbed over the neighbors house. I was like what the hell did I just see! I tried finding anything on the Internet that resembled it and I found black stick men. I saw your video and thought I would post what I saw a few hours ago. I didn't notice any feelings of electricity or sounds like you mentioned, but I was in my car so that could explain that. I found a photo on line that looked like what I saw, I do not know if this photo is real or fake but it does look very much like what I saw.