The Black Eyed People

Modern mythology is riddled with unexplained phenomenon, but to this day I haven't run into anything quite as unexplainable as the Black Eyed People.

They're often called Black Eyed Kids or Black Eyed Beings, but what they really are is a complete and total mystery.

Most accounts of encounters follow a lot of the same patterns, though slight changes in each scenario only make the mystery of the Black Eyed People that much greater.

In most cases, a human-looking being with pure black eyes (including the normally white parts) will approach a person at their home or car, asking to be let in.  They usually have a very dry personality, almost no personality at all, unless they are told that they can't come in, to which they get very agitated.  Most people describe a feeling of intense dread and fear when in the presence of these Black Eyed Beings, but they can't say exactly why.  

Usually, the Black Eyed Being has very pale or sickly-looking skin, and very dark hair.  They are usually men, but not always, and often wear all black or very dark clothes.

Not all cases go this way, though.  Some people have been approached in public by these beings.  One woman reported running into a female Black Eyed Being in a gas station restroom who just stood there and stared her down.

The term "Black Eyed Kids" is used very often as a generalization for this phenomenon because of the high number of cases involving children with black eyes.  In almost every case, it will be one or two children around ten years of age that ask either for a ride home if someone is in a car, or ask to be let in to a home.  They often wear no shoes, and look dirty and disheveled.  They are just as devoid of personality as their elder counterparts, until risen to anger when being told no.

I've spent quite some time doing some intensive research on the topic and a couple of key things strike me as important.  I'm not sure exactly what these beings are or where they come from, but in this case, I'm going with my gut to provide some answers.

  1. In every case, the Black Eyed People must get permission to enter a home or a car.  They cannot come in without an invitation, even if they want to.  In one case, a young man reported a girl trying to get in through a doorway but was stopped by some invisible force when he wouldn't give her permission to enter.  Anyone who is familiar with vampire mythology will recognize that the invitation to come in is a classic trait of the vampire.
  2. In a couple of the cases, one involving a man and one involving a young boy, the person encountering the Black Eyed Person drove away in their car, only to see the same person on the street two or three different times on the way home.  There is no physical way that the Black Eyed Being could have traveled that far that quickly.
  3. One of the Black Eyed People was caught on security tapes in an elevator.  When the man riding the elevator with him watched the tapes back, he appeared alone in the elevator - no Black Eyed Person to be seen.
  4. Almost every story of an encounter with Black Eyed People ends with the person feeling great fear and running away.  In a couple of stories, people have had very intense instinctive reactions telling them to not let the being know that it is affecting you.  In a sense, these people sense the 'danger', but have a 'fight' reaction, rather than a 'flight' reaction.  Either way, it seems best to trust your instincts in these situations.
  5. Those who have spoken to them say that they often make reference to not having a home.  They seem to be wandering around, looking for... something.  I have an eerie feeling that their idea of "home" isn't a house - it's a body to live in.
  6. I only know of one story where someone actually did let one of these Black Eyed Beings in.  It was actually the first time I heard about them.  A visitor to this site named Carol who has had, and continues to have, experiences with a certain Black Eyed Person from which she senses no fear.  You can read her story here.  All I ask is that if you have any insight into Carol's situation, you leave a comment on that page.

So what are these Black Eyed People?  Some think they are demons taking the form of humans in order to steal someone's soul.  Others think they are vampires, looking to take someone's blood or energy.  Another explanation is that they are alien life forms, trying to fit into society, and possibly find a place to live.

All are as 'reasonable' an explanation as the other.  There are demonic traits, vampiric traits, and even alien traits to all of the stories, but not a lot of direct evidence to support any of them.

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