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Are Those Black-Eyed People Creeping You Out?

All over the world, people are reporting disconcerting encounters with people with all black eyes.

By black-eyed people, I am not talking about folks who have recently been punched out.  Nor am I talking about people with very dark brown or blue eyes.  I am talking about folks whose entire eyes, irises and all, are black.  People are seeing them everywhere and the phenomena is growing.  What is going on here?  Are these hoaxes, medical conditions or… something else. 

Black-eyed people exhibit odd behaviors and attitudes.  Those who encounter them are usually overwhelmed by a deep sense of dread, feeling disoriented, panicked or threatened.  According to Barry Napier of UFO Digest, most encounters occur at the person’s home.  A twelve to seventeen year old kid knocks at the door and asks the person who answers the door to let them in. 

When the person sees their eyes, the sense of fear and wrongness sets in.  Some believe that the black-eyed person is an evil spirit that must be invited into a house or car.  Since most of these encountered people are children it may be posing as a child rather than a man may get them invited in faster. 

Journalist Brian Bethelgave us the first major account of a black eyed person in 1998.  Two preteens approached Bethel as he sat in his car in a parking lot.  When they asked for a ride, he noticed their all-black eyes.  Since then, there have been hundreds of reported incidences.  At an I-75 rest stop in Michigan, a woman named Chris came face-to-face with a thin woman with black eyes who was coming out of the ladies room.

According to paranormal researcher Stephen Wagner, a young man of around eighteen asked an apartment manager about renting a flat.  The manager later said the man’s black eyes made the hair on his neck stand up and made him tremble.

Of course, black eyes do not necessarily have a paranormal cause.  Pupil dilation can be caused by drugs, medication, emotion, eye drops and brain injuries.  What sets a lot of these cases apart is the feeling on the part of the beholder that not only their eyes are dark but  it is as if their very souls are wrapped in darkness.  Some even get the feeling that the black-eyed person is not even human.

And the black eyes may be caused by contactlenses.

The paranormal explanation is that these people are aliens, inter dimensional or demonic.

Napier believes that the first reports of black-eyed people resulted from active imaginations and the reports that followed were hoaxes.  Until there is proof, such people will be just Internet hearsay.  He concludes that the phenomenon is hard to believe but intrigues people.

My own opinion is that there is not enough evidence to support a paranormal theory about black-eyed people.  Right now, it looks like the phenomenon is either a normal condition like drugs or medication or a hoax.  The fact that most of the cases involve teens or preteens, who are notorious pranksters, supports the hoax theory. If you have had any encounters with black-eyed people, please leave a comment so I can use it in a follow-up article.

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  1. Bunnicula2000

    On June 2, 2009 at 10:17 am

    This is a very intriguing article, and I enjoyed it very much.

  2. redflora

    On July 6, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    My son and I had an encounter with a child who had these eyes back in approx. ‘98 or ‘99. We were shopping at a Walmart in Lakeside, California when a woman with a shopping cart turned into our aisle. She was very average looking, heavy, about 35 years of age but, in her cart was a boy child.

    He looked to be between 8 and 10 but, he was playing with a pre-school toy and he seemed much too old to be riding in the cart. At one point, he looked up and my son couldn’t help saying out loud, ” Mom! Look at his eyes!” I turned around and looked and my first thought when I saw those black eyes was that this child is not human. They reminded me of a deer’s eyes and, yes, it creeped both of us out. But, it wasn’t just his eyes. Everything about this child seemed wrong, weird, eerie….but, there was another twist to this one. My son said afterwards that the boy’s eyes returned to normal before we left the aisle. In other words, his eyes were brown, now, and they had visible whites. I didn’t see that but, I can say just as others are saying, that there was something otherworldly about that child. And, I have to add that this evening is the very first time I discovered that other people have had experiences with other black-eyed people….I’d never, ever heard of this phenomenon before today but, every since I first saw something on the subject earlier this evening, I’ve been checking it out on numerous sites around the web.

  3. Jasper Aguayo

    On September 11, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    in 98 or 99 i was 4 or 5 years old and i was walking through a motel hall with my parents and we saw a boy dressed in a tuxedo type suit ( funeral maybe ) he was with his parents who also had funeral type clothes on. I looked at him and as soon as i saw his black eyes I yelled and I hit the hallway wall… my parents saw his eyes aswell and when we got back to the room we looked outside and the scary family was leaving. HERE IS THE SCARIEST PART… My mom and I were looking at them leave through the window and he turned and looked directly at us! (we were in a 2 story room)

  4. fugdabug

    On October 19, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    I have seen such a person. She was in the image I was ‘told’ to look for, tall with white hair kind of wild looking. The person I encountered was exactly that, with dark eyes like black mirror and this was at 10 feet at least! No pupils… I didn’t remember that until I read your article. Thank you, I may return I need to talk about this… Thanks again.

  5. tina

    On November 4, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Yes,I also have seen a black-eyed man.I believe it was the year ‘98,I was 18 year old girl..He was just standing on the corner and I could not see he from where I was….As I passed by him, he started walking alongside looking at me and wouldn’t look away as we continued walking…The thing is,his eyes were completely black and empty….fear is not a word to describe the negativity surrounding him…his hair was blonde-light orange and skin was very pale-not like an albino,but still very very light…I know that people say that they saw the black-eyed people with olive skin…but not me.I needn’t say how I felt! It was more than dread,horror-it was the kind of fear that paralizes you as you realize that you are doomed.Yes,doomed! It is like a realization that you are a prey and your hunter doesn’t have a kind bone in his body….just horrible
    It gets weirder! He spoke to me! Not in my language-croatian,but some strange language that I have never heard before (and I speak few languages and I happen to recognise many of them)…not whispering but not talking loudly either….I swear I thought I was going to die as he wouldn’t quit.As I was approaching my bus station,he started to walk around me not allowing me to walk the straight line….I stopped as he continued walking around me in small circles.I was petrified and people on the street didn’t react to any of this.Strange.When I finally gathered my strenght (and it wasn’t easy),I hurried towards my bus station and he did not follow.When I turned around he was nowhere to be found.When I got home,I literally couldn’t talk.The thing is,I saw him number of times since.His eyes were normal but he was still following me although not as agressively,and even though his eyes seemed normal,the negativity and evil that I would sense just being near him,was still huge…there are no words to describe how betrayed,deserted and alone I felt in that period of my life.It took me couple of years to finally face him and tell him to leave me alone….as I have realized that evil feeds of our fear.Even though it is not easy to stay strong in your faith and trust in God,it is absolutely essential.I was never a very religious person but believed in God nevertheless….when I asked him why is he so strange,he was calm and told me that all his friends were like him,whatever that means….and he just wouldn’t say or couldn’t ,what he does for a living….My mother talked to a priest about this and he told her that evil is walking among us and is searching for pure souls to win them over to the dark side….If you ever experience sth like this,try not to be afraid and show them in any way you can think of,that you are stronger-because you are.

  6. k.murnane

    On June 5, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    I saw one on the road driving by our truck by nashville . i stared in disbeliefe this was way before the hype hit the media , i think all kinds live amoung us of “other sorts” . evil not necessiarly , frightening yes. if there was “for real” existance of “others” our gov. would never let on to it anyways . there out there YES !

  7. Leeannalyn

    On January 23, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    I am having a problem i think you guys might be interested in, i’ve had this problem since i was a little girl. Nightmares or in my case mightterrors, or atleast thats what we thought, All of them had the same person an man who had black eyes, exactlly like you guys are talking about in this article, I am 21 years old now and have consistantly had these night-terrors since i was very small, 4 maybe… It wasn’t until about a year ago that i started actually seeing this man outside of dreams, every time i see him i start to freak out, he is alwyas surrounded my a giant… cloud? of darkness… i see him in strange places like school or the store. I can feel him before i see him, normally when i feel him i dont stick around hoping to not see him.

  8. Carole

    On January 23, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Leeannalyn is my daughter and she has had a problem since age 4 well now her brother is also dealing with it i wish i knew what we could do about this.

  9. rick

    On February 13, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I have only seen one of these beings, it was back in 2004, so I would have been 12 years old. I had been on a fishing trip with my grandad and we had to catch two trains to get home one from the place we was at, and then change trains at a different station. I got off the train with my grandad and fishing equipment. Then we went over to our stand just waiting for the train to come. Then I turned around and there was this man about 10 feet away he was staring right at me, not my (grandad), and his eyes were completely black with no pupils, and he was a big guy too, at a guess I’d say he was around 6′5″ and about 250lbs. So I stared right back at him showing no emotion like he was doing to see what he’d do, I am brave like that. Then my grandad noticed us two staring each other out and my grandad said just ignore it. So I went and stood around a corner so he couldn’t see me. Then the train arrived. So me and my grandad gets on the train and what does the black eyed man do? Gets on the same train AND sits directly at the side of us on the next row of seats, so at this point we was staring each other out for about 20 whole minutes until we reached the station and got into our taxi home. He stayed on the train. I am not sure where these black eyed beings come from, or what they want. But my advise is if you see one don’t show any fear or emotion of any kind, because if you do so they know they’ve got one up on you…

  10. Shann Gilmour

    On February 2, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Hello, I have never personally encountered these beings, but I do believe you all in your encounters. I’ve had some wierd encounters myself and from what I’ve read and from what I know about my own experiences… evil feeds on our fear. Not that it literally feeds on it, it’s just that our fear empowers evil some how. Fear weakens our resolve and because we are weakened, evil seems that much more stronger.

    Knowledge is power, and the more you can understand the workings of evil- such as finding a ‘familiar’ pattern with these creatures… the familiar pattern I’m seeing is the eyes… and the fearful fealing… this has something in common with alien entities. Aliens have the same kind of eyes, and they cause the same kind of fear and dread in people. So now… you have something to go on… if you believe that aliens are from out of this world… you may have a bit more digging to do to realize that what we are led to believe is not the actual truth. Many people are believing in what these entities say- and how can we ‘trust’ what they say, based on what it looks to be true? No.

    As a person who did some pretty wild and stupid things in my life, I let evil into my life and I have a pretty good understanding as it was in my life for over 12 years. I no longer have it in my life, and those who are encountering aliens/demonic activity have found a really good way to keeping these things out of one’s life. I know it works because I did it before I ever knew that other people were utilizing the name of Jesus to fight evil!

    You can do an internet study- ‘using the name of Jesus to stop alien abductions’ I know this will work when we encounter beings in the form of black eyed humans. It’s sick but evil will use children, as evil plays on our sympathies. Having a child in our presence lets our guards down as we assume that they are not threat to us… and evil will use the younger ‘ all the more better’ to tempt and lure us in. If these beings talk telepathically, stand your ground, put your faith and trust in God, for He is with you- if you are a believer- and rebuke as Micheal the Archangel did. ” The Lord rebuke you!” IT works. I use it all the time… in my mind or by using my voice. Don’t be angry, just stand your ground in your faith. These creatures have come to take away our faith as Jesus talks about about the theif binding up the owner of the house ( See parable in Matthew) If you ever want to talk… I’m willing to listen.

  11. julisa

    On February 15, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    When I was about 7-8 I was goin to elementary I wasn’t able to find my house phone nd I wanted to call my mom soo I went to the nearest corner store to use a pay phone and buy candy . The minute I rushed back out the market i saw a strange guy about the age of 25, he had pale skin, long dirty hair with all black clothing and a white shirt I looked at his eyes and they were all black I didn’t make eye contact because I felt this weird tension I jst ignored it for the moment and walked home then ran home. Years later now age 20 in 2012 I see a few people on facebook that color their eyes all black like its a trend I looked up “the black eyed people” the other night nd couldn’t read any more until today I was able to read more into it. I thought tht day was left in the past and tht it was a bad illusion but I looked more into it and it comes to the fact tht not only I have encountered these people.

  12. Jr

    On March 4, 2012 at 3:53 am

    Hi, just wondering if black eyed people (BEK). My opinion is that why does it happen to good people, as myself I’m a black eye person that experiences those feeling of others to see what life go on and what happen next into life visual point.
    People of earth have to learn black eyed people are no harm to others we see what other don’t see. Once a black eyed person is harm you will eventually see the human within it’s mind you will not be satisfied or like it.
    That’s all I could say nothing much.

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