The Shadow Creatures of Gabendoor

The shadow creatures of Gabendoor aren't really bad. They're just what they are. Most of them are harmless. Some are annoying, but none are really dangerous. They do have fun making our heart beat, or our palms sweat. They giggle silently when they make us sit up in bed or turn on a light and search around a room.

Not all of the creatures are in the book. And, they aren't just in Gabendoor. I think there are some I've run into in my life. I know my father-in-law has a Tellagain.

Think up your own shadow creature.  At the bottom of the page is a place where you can submit a shadow creature you know about or made up that isn't on the list. Be creative and have fun. Click here to see what others have created.

J. Michael Blumer

Creature Name


Banter ButsSwitch things to small talk. You want to have a good conversation, but the person you are talking too will only make small talk. Chances are they are haunted by a Banter But.
BuggermutsThey dont bother humans, but make dogs howl and whine when there is nothing there.
Bump-thumpersMake bumping sounds, knocking sounds. More cousins to the Scrapes and Skittles and Scrape Sliders.
CrawlersThings that crawl across the floor, or so we think. Shapes move and catch our attention. When we look, there is nothing there.

Make floorboards squeak on dark stormy nights.

Flame-fluffersMake candle and other flames flicker even when there isnt a wind.
Gloom-spinnerLives in dark spaces like closets. They make us uneasy opening a dark closet or reaching in to the dark spaces behind boxes.
Hair PricklersMake your hair stand up.
Hinge-haglersMake hinges squeak even if you just oiled them.
HobnoblerOrchestrates the combined harassment of sounds by some of the above. Like an orchestra conductor for the night sounds.
Name-nuddlerWhen you thought you heard someone call your name, but no one was there, it was a Name-nuddler calling out to tease you.
Ponder-glitchSteals away your train of though. You were talking about something and were interrupted. You try to continue with what you were talking about but cant. A Thought Thief is the culprit.
Scrape SlidersThey make scraping sounds, like a chair moving across the floor. They are the larger cousins to the Scrapes and Skittles.
Scrapes and SkittlesSmall creatures we cant see. They make quick sounds that are always changing. When we think we hear something in the dark, its probably a Scrape or Skittle having fun with us.

Steals your scream so you cant make a sound.

ScritchTo snatch something away while you take your eyes away. You stop writing and put your pencil down. A second later its gone and you cant find it. The scritch took it. The pencil was scritched.
Shadow-glumpsShapes in shadows and corners. They are shapes we see out of the corners of our eyes. When we look quick, me might see a shape we think we recognize, like a small animal or rodent. A closer look sees only shadows.
ShutterflingThrow open doors and shutters.
Sweat-gliggersMake your palms sweat.
TellagainTellagains are very annoying. They make little old men repeat the same old stories over and over again, no matter how many times weve heard them.  The love to sit invisibly on the shoulders of grandpas and uncles.
Thumb-bumpersMake your heart beat fast.
Trundle-wraithLives under beds. Its the shadow creature that makes sleepers afraid to dangle their hand down, afraid something might grab it.

Submit Your Shadow Creature.  Please note: This is just for fun. I can't give any credit to anyone, other that showing your name with a creature.  Click HERE to see what others have submitted. Your creature won't show up until I have a chance to check it. We don't want anything inappropriate. If not appropriate, I don't post it. Remember, shadow creatures aren't people. Read the ones above for ideas.

  You won't see it with the others until I make sure it is appropriate.

Copyright 2003 J. Michael Blumer. All rights reserved.
Revised: 06/26/05