I believe I saw the hat man. I was asleep, and for some reason woke up and was staring in front of me. I couldn’t move at all, but I noticed someone standing in front of our door. We have a hall night light outside our room, so it’s not pitch black. My husband keeps his vitamins on his dresser where the door is. So when I first noticed the figure, I thought it was him as he wakes up before me. I started to wake up more (I still couldn’t move) and felt my husband and baby still asleep next to me. Fear started to take over more, and I convinced myself someone had broken in.. I still couldn’t move. The dark figure just stood there staring at me. It was tall and definitely a man. I couldn’t make out any details but I do know he was wearing a hat and trench coat (or long coat). He was very dark. I couldn’t see a face or anything, but I could just feel him staring.
I tried to think about what I should or even could do, as I felt paralyzed. I came to it more and knew it wasn’t a human man.. it was something else.
Side note: somehow I have always been able to talk myself down or out of scary dreams. Sometimes I have been even able to talk to myself in a scary dream and almost pause it and decide if I want to keep going or wake myself up.
Once I realized it wasn’t someone who broke in, I told myself its not real, and he is not there. I had to force myself to close my eyes, and it was so hard. I just laid there staring. I finally was able to close my eyes and reopened them to see if he was still there. He was but he had moved closer to the bottom side of our bed but on my husband’s side. We have a king so he still felt a little far away, but none the less I was still very scared. I kept telling myself it was okay, and it’s not real.. that I was just experiencing sleep paralysis. I still couldn’t move.
FINALLY, after was seemed like forever I was able to close my eyes again and sit up. He was gone.
I told my husband about it the next day as we have talked about sleep paralysis before and he has seen the Old Hag figure and has had that experience. He nodded and knew exactly was I was talking about.
Now, it hasn’t happened since.. and that was a few months maybe 6 or 7 months ago. I still remember it very clearly, and apparently other people have experienced him. I just wanted to share.
Submitted by Ashley Johnson to Weird Darkness and My Haunted Life Too
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