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10:30 PM. Late in the Summer Season. It’s storming outside. My favorite time of year and my favorite kind of weather. Whenever it storms I just have to smile. Storms are beautiful, or at least I used to think so.

Almost all the lights in the apartment were off, and I’m just talking to some friends over AIM. Then suddenly it became very very cold. As if the storm from outside was creeping thru the door. I just figure there was a temperature drop because of the storm, so I toss on a sweatshirt. After about 30 minutes or so I’m still freezing cold.

I start to get this feeling.


It’s a feeling we all have felt before.

The feeling that someone is staring at you.

The feeling that this someone is not very far away.

The feeling that if you turn your head the slightest bit, you would see them.

I shrug this feeling off because I am an extremely paranoid person and I get this feeling all the time. I continue to converse with my friends, I even mentioned this sensation that I currently had, and my friends naturally laugh at me saying I need to stop being a baby. The sympathetic ones say it will go away eventually and not to worry. I waited awhile…it did not go away. In fact it increased.

It felt like something was consuming the very Happiness within me.


Like something was filling me with Dread.

That chilling Terror we all felt as children when the lights were turned out.

A true Fear of the Dark.

But it’s not the dark we are afraid of….but of what lurks in the dark

I almost couldn’t take it anymore. Here I am, almost a grown man, and I’m jumping at shadows. It’s ridiculous, but as ridiculous as it seems, I still have this little voice in the back of my head telling me that maybe I have a reason to be afraid. Maybe I should turn around and see if there’s actually anything there.

Wait…why would I turn around?

I don’t want to turn around.

Whose thought was that?


That certainly wasn’t mine.

But who else’s could it be?

I reached my limit. If I stay in this chair another second I’m going to go insane. I wonder if I can make it to my room before this thing gets me. It could be nothing, but I am not staying here to find out. I’m a pretty fast runner, there’s no way this thing can catch me. Let’s do this.

The chair clatters as it falls to the floor. I don’t think I could move this fast again if I wanted to. After my first foot was through the gateway to my room, I was already in the process of slamming the door. I rush over and turn on every light, including the T.V. making sure there’s no room for any shadows. I put my ear to do the door to see if I can hear it following me.


Complete Stillness

The type of silence most people only experience once in a life time.

I don’t know why people would ever seek this type of quiet.

I never want to hear silence again.


I slowly back away from the door. I have one thought going through my mind. What in the hell did I just see, and why did I ever look over my shoulder. I will never forget what I saw. It was a shadow, but it wasn’t a shadow. It was free standing, as if it was a man. The surrounding night seemed to channel into this horrific being, making it seem blacker than the darkest pit in hell. It chilled me down to my very bones. Though something peculiarly odd stood out about this particular shadow being, it had a cane with a silver handle, and a top hat akin to something you’d expect to see in a movie from the early 20th century.

And the thing that was the scariest part about it:

To this day I swear it was smiling, and not the smile you ever ever want to be on the receiving end of.

A smile that said I’m evil.

A smile that said I had fun tonight.

A smile that said I enjoyed toying with you.

A smile that said I really want to hurt you.

A smile that said I’ll see you again.

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115 thoughts on “Hatman”

  1. I think that it wasn’t a bad story, however it does get confusing in the beginning when you randomly bring up the characters friends and then immediately ditch it right after. The story lacks coherence and fluidity and, quite honestly, is just not very scary. Although, it is a good start.

  2. The man in the hat,
    the man in the hat,
    his face is all shadows
    his clothes are all black.
    If he stares at me
    then I’ll stare right back.
    Go back into darkness,
    Man in the Hat.

  3. ive seen exactly the same thing when i was 6 years old and this happened to me but the only thing diffrent is that he struck me with his hand and i fell and got a headache from that i still have that headache to this day on

  4. imperitorReveals

    the one thing I really liked about this was the description of the shadow itself and it’s smile, but other than that, it needs a bit of work. had my attention than lost it.

  5. Alright, one. Can we STOP with the phone references?! Thanks. Two. Great idea, and it can go somewhere. BUT. (Always a but.) The one sentence enter to build up suspense thing? Dude. So cliche. Stawp. Everything else seems awesome. Pleeeeeze rewrite this and scare the shit out of me.

  6. ImaginationIsDangerous

    I scrolled down slowly thinking that there was gonna be a picture of this guy, and there wasn’t. Majorly creeped out lol. The story was okay but I found the fear of a picuture very thrilling. 6/10

  7. I cried. Not the story that scared me. But the shadow in it. You can believe me, or you can say I’m just fucking with you all. But ask a few of my friends. They believe. They’ve seen Him too. The shadow in this almost exactly matches the shadow that I know follows me. That I can occasionally feel watching me. The I’ve seen but once in my life. At first this one in this story didn’t scare me. Until I read “top hat”. Now I’m terrified.

  8. When I read the part about the smile all I could think about was the album cover of “Indestructible” by the band Disturbed.
    Concept was good, although the writing was poor and some of the physics were…what’s the word? Oh, right, NONEXISTENT. So, I’m supposed to believe that our poor paranoid friend here spins around to run to his bedroom, sees this thing standing in front of him that scars him forever, and then runs past/through it? No.

  9. Pretty poorly written. Concept was way overdone, and the idea that there’s a creepy shadow that wears a top hat and carries a silver-topped cane just makes me laugh.

  10. top hat man in shadows….damn, i didn\’t think you saw me. shit. well, time to change where i watch you in your house…… hehehehehehe.

  11. I loved the phrase “I’m a pretty fast runner, there’s no way this thing can catch me. Let’s do this.”

  12. I get it. He’s just a like a kitten.
    Toying with the mouse, never wishing to kill it.

    You’re nothing more than a toy, soon to be bored of, and soon to be finished off.
    If your happiness is completely sucked away, or the man just tires of your brand of happiness… You’re done.

    I rather like this one.

  13. also: “and a top hat akin to something you’d expect to see in a movie from the early 20th century”

    seriously? what an absolutely horrible way of phrasing that. video cameras are only 110 years old, going by century is arbitrary. you could have said “silent movies” and not have looked like a retard

  14. >As if the storm from outside was creeping thru the door.
    >was creeping thru the door

    Urge to kill. Rising.

  15. Anonymous Punk

    Wait a second. A dark shadow of a man? Standing up by itself? Wearing a top hat? It’s almost like… like… THE PICTURE LABELING THE RITUAL SECTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. I almost read the whole thing.

    Wait…why would I read it?

    I don’t want to read it.

    It felt like this pasta was consuming the very Happiness within me.

    Now I feel sad.


  17. “I rush over and turn on every light, including the T.V.”

    “I never want to hear silence again.”



  18. that was creepy but it kinda makes me wish i was in that position.nice ending…i wonder what would have happened if you didnt run and just turned around to face the shadow

  19. “I start to get this feeling.

    It’s a feeling we all have felt before.

    The feeling that someone is staring at you.

    The feeling that this someone is not very far away.

    The feeling that if you turn your head the slightest bit, you would see them.”

    srsly, STOP.

  20. @ Anon #49

    Lol, I wouldn’t know. I was just quoting someone who *claimed* to have seen the apparition and *claimed* to know other people that have seen him/it/whatever.

    I just thought it was funny, because to me, it made Hatman sound like some sort of seducer.

  21. @ #45

    so OP is gay? or a women?

    @ #47, cliche’s are used because they work for the most part

    thats why there hasnt been an original horror movie for like 20 years




  23. I googled “Hatman” but I keep getting links to clothing sites ¬_¬
    Can anyone post the link up? I am oh so curious to see it.

  24. Coming back to this story, I took Anon #39’s advice and googled Hatman.

    I don’t think I’m going to be getting any sleep any time soon o___o

    According to one person who claims to have seen the apparition (google “Hatman” and click on the third result), “It usually appears to women and occasionally to men, though men who see it are usually gay.” Lolwut.

  25. I actually thought this was a good story, better than some pastas i read and it gave me the same feeling like a weird shadowman was behind me too lol it was kool :)

  26. You guys should really google Hatman…

    read some of the “true” stories of people’s encounters. This idea really isn’t original. It just takes a common…fear/occurrence and attempts to make it creepy.

  27. “Why hello there, old bean! I’m here to devourer all light and warmth, if it is alright with you, good sir. Cheerio then!”

  28. The idea of a vaguely malevolent shadow hovering at the edge of your vision and sucking all of the happiness and warmth out of the room is cool, but dressing up the shadow with a top hat and cane is more ridiculous than scary.

  29. It was all right… rather long for the payoff, though. And I agree with Souris, the “lots of short sentences” crippled it some.

    There is indeed potential here. Practise, polish, by all means _keep writing._

    Also, I love the title. And not just because I had the same thought as Reptilian Liar.

  30. I think the whole ‘splitting up sentences to create suspense’ thing was used a little bit too often, it’s a ‘less is more’ thing, that technique.
    But the story had good potential, in my opinion [=

  31. Frightened Individual


    guess after reading all this i have to claim credit,

    yes it was poorly written and i freely admit it. This was my first ever attempt at pasta.

    Don’t know who submitted this though. I didn’t

  32. @ Para: lol me too.

    But yeah, I really like the concept, and the story reminds me of myself. Whenever I’m creeped out downstairs alone and I decide to go to my room, I run as fast as I can through the house, slam my door, and turn on all the lights. If I start to feel like something’s watching me, I’m gunna freak out. lol

    Not too crazy about the grammar though… =/

  33. The person formerly known as 'Noneya'

    Ah, there it is!

    Theres just nothing worse than when an evil entity invades the privacy of your home and smiles at you.


  34. That was a decent story. Could have been written better. I think the creature should have been a bit different. Seems too much like a Harry Potter Dementor.

  35. lol @ 15 i was thinking the same thing…

    i assume the tv was on mute to hear such silence.

    but naaw, i didn’t care for this one much…but i am the only one awake in my apartment…and the only light is a lamp near by…if i see him i’ll just grab the cane and give him a swift wack in the shadowy teeth…or i’ll just cry and pee myself…ye, that’s more like me =\

  36. “It felt like something was consuming the very Happiness within me.

    Like something was filling me with Dread.”

    lol that made me think of Harry Potter Dementors.

    1. Omg, Para, me too! I kept waiting for the reveal of the monster and muttering “Expecto Petronum” lmao.

  37. I know not who wrote this piece, Mr. Welldone, but I found it enjoyable.

    I would like to add that I very much enjoy your personal site, and your commentary on this site makes it very worthwhile.

  38. @ Noneya:
    Check the last sentence of the paragraph that begins, “I slowly back away from the door.”

    Anywho, not the best pasta, but beggars can’t be choosers. Thanks for posting, Dr. WHO. =P

  39. My writing is shit, so I have absolutely no right to talk, but…ah…I have to agree with BonerFruit; the concept is interesting, but I did not care for the way this story was written.

    I’m really sorry, I don’t know how to explain it.

    @ The Person Formerly Known as ‘Noneya’:

    “…it had a cane with a silver handle, and a top hat akin to something you’d expect to see in a movie from the early 20th century.”

    I suppose that’s where it came from.

  40. shortys roc my sox

    there’s a shaodw that i c in my room in the same spot every night and i thought it was a shadow from some thing in my room so i moved all my furniture and the shadow was still there in the same spot every night and it still is now but it actuly sames like when i turn out the lights to goto sleep it gets closer to me

    1. Then you haven’t read the whole story.

      “Though something peculiarly odd stood out about this particular shadow being, it had a cane with a silver handle, and a top HAT akin to something you’d expect to see in a movie from the early 20th century.”

  41. so the shadow was in his computer room? and he ran past it into his bedroom??

    i’m a little confused. and why didn’t the shadow do anything to him?

      1. Of course, sometimes they do watch you….. I have someone I call the man in black…. now if you want scary that is scary.

    1. This was not terrible!!! As a paranormal investigator I have SEEN the Hatman! It is terrifying to see him! He does smile like that! But I DO want to see him again because I want evidence!

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