In an exciting and disturbing report for Quartz, reporter Corrinne Purtill talks about the troubling phenomenon that has penetrated the dreams of thousands of people all over the world. In these nightmares, a silent, faceless man in a hat shows himself in a hazily menacing manner just before a screaming episode of sleep paralysis sets in. Purtill speaks with professionals who found this dream to have common cultural meanings based upon worry and fear but just a construct of the mind.
In truth, there is no stranger lurking in the corners of our rooms at night. The Hat Man is only in our minds, and that may be even scarier.