This nightmare submission comes from Jeanine.

In 1999, I was in Southern California on business training for a new job. I was 29 years old, and it was my first time in California, and first time traveling alone. On my first night at the hotel, I was thrilled to have a huge room all to myself. It was on the first floor of the hotel and there was sliding glass doors that lead to the outside. There were parking spaces right outside the sliding door, so that night when I went to bed, I made sure to close all the curtains so no one could see inside, and to shield the room from headlights should someone park outside my door. When the curtains were closed, the room was pitch dark, not a speck of light anywhere. I go to sleep probably the second my head hit the pillow.

During the night, I become aware of a shadow in the shape of a man standing at the middle of the end of the bed. The room is pitch dark already, but I see a shadow. I can tell it is a man, and not a woman. I laid very still and think to myself “maybe if I don’t move, he won’t see me”. Then the shadow head appears to be glaring at me, and I realize it sees that I am awake. I instantly felt afraid. Suddenly the shadow quickly in a gliding motion came around to the left side of the bed, and I felt an ice cold breeze across my face. The shadow was on the side of the bed, watching me. It put both hands on the edge of the bed and leaned closer to me. I rolled towards the shadow as he pressed down on the mattress. I tried to pretend I was sleeping. Next thing I feel is my heart racing and the shadow is gone.

After this night, I brought a nightlight to all my hotel trips. I still don’t like to sleep in pitch dark. This occurred 16 years ago, and the hairs still stand on my arm when I tell this story.

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