View Full Version : The Big Black Blob at the Bedroom Door

January 23, 2012, 10:25 PM
About twenty three years ago,my wife ( girlfriend then) and I were sleeping in bed when I was woken up sudennlty by a load sound near the foot of the bed.

It was like something clanking and rattling like someone trying to get in our apartment.

On reflex,I leaned over to the side of the bed,grabbed my 357 mag Dan wesson six inch barrel revolver,aimed it at the bedroom door opening and looked up at where the the bedroom door was wide open ( as we left it).

Where I saw a huge black blob in the doorway.

I had a bead drawn on the doorway and the blob never moved and as I leaned in my bed,gun drawn oin the door the blob simply melted away and the door way was seen in the dim night light clear and open.

The noise was a fan we had at the end of the bed that the bearings had failed in and the fan had simply gone nuts when the motor went bad.

That blob was a phenomenon caused by my suddenly waking up in a hurry and looking as hard as I could into a darkened door opening looking for a potential bad guy.

Thankfully,I never let a 357 158 grnr fly into the open doorway that night.

It was a sobering thing to have happen and it taught me to indeed wait until my eyes adjusted to the light before I ever engaged my weapon again.

My wife likes to talk about the night I almost shot the fan in our bedroom but I like to think of the night that I did'nt discharge my weapon until I knew there was a reason.

I am telling you this story so that you might try yourself at night-suddenly opening your eyes and see if you see the same dark blob I saw.

It's a optical illusion you need to know about when dealing with light changes and eyes trying to adjust to that.

And train yourself accordingly to not engage until you can truly see what is in front of you.

January 23, 2012, 10:39 PM
I dont engage the blob until the dogs get done with it, cause thats likely all thats going to be left by the time I get there. :)

January 23, 2012, 10:51 PM
A good reason for a flashlight.

In my martial arts studies we did a fair bit of night "scouting" and fighting. The most important part of seeing in the dark is NOT staring directly at the "object", but to the side. Keeping the object in the middle use the "clock" to watch outside the center, moving from point to point in a circle. It takes practice, and I don't expect many people besides pilots and "Ninja" to do it. Rant over, just felt I should mention it.

January 23, 2012, 11:21 PM
This might not pass a doctors muster, but it's pretty close:

The blob was an artifact of your night vision. Your retinas have rods and cones on their surface that allow you to see. Cones are for "day vision" as they are activated by light and allow you to see fine detail and color. Cones are predominately located in the center of your retina, so under day vision conditions, you can see with great detail what you are looking directly at. In the absence of light, your rods take over, but they see mostly black and white and less detail. Because rods are located on the periphery of your retina, you see "best" in the dark when you don't look directly at what you are trying to look at. Since this is so annoying, the best night vision technique is to move your eyes back and forth or around the thing you are trying to look at. Your brain will fill in the details and allow you to see the object as if you were looking directly at it. It will still be largely black and white and fuzzy, but at least you won't see a black hole (or blob) where your cones are failing you.

January 24, 2012, 08:09 AM
I had a similar experience with a fan.

We had a pedestal fan about 4 1/2 foot tall setting about 3 feet from the foot of the bed.

I woke one night for some unknown reason and saw that fan when my eyes first opened.

I finally awoke fully to a strange thumping sound and my wife yelling "HONEY DON'T KILL IT"

I had tackled the fan and was in the closet floor choking it to death.
The strange thumping sound was my fingers pushed through the wire cage and the plastic blade still turning.

Willie Lowman
January 24, 2012, 08:58 AM
Thank you for that one, Rusty. Made my morning. :D

January 24, 2012, 09:48 AM
Willie Lowman
Senior Member

Thank you for that one, Rusty. Made my morning.

The good thing about this incident, my wife says she feels safer knowing that I am willing to put my life on the line to protect her from "Pedestal Fans" while she sleeps.:D

January 24, 2012, 10:32 AM
Thanks, Rusty35, . . . my wife was equally impressed on night as I listened to someone removing the cover from my motorcycle so he could steal it.

Went out the back door in a rush, . . . my trusty .38 detective special in my hand, . . . came all too close to shooting the part of the cover that had come loose and was flapping in the breeze.

She hasn't brought it up in a while, . . . and I have been content to do likewise.

May God bless,

January 24, 2012, 11:13 AM
That's why I'm hesitant to have a gun in arm's reach of my bed. It usually takes me a few moments to transition from dream to reality when woken.

January 24, 2012, 01:23 PM
That's why I'm hesitant to have a gun in arm's reach of my bed. It usually takes me a few moments to transition from dream to reality when woken.

Exactly why mine is in the dresser a few feet away from the bed, and I don't leave a round chambered. I want to have to think about what I am doing before I can fire a single round. It's also the reason the Mag Light is right by the gun too. I have 5 dogs and they don't bark unless something is wrong, and when something IS wrong, I know they will let me know.

January 24, 2012, 02:44 PM
Never attempted to kill the fan at night but did come face to face with a deer looking in the bedroom window, I still do not know what stopped me from emptying a full magazine into that thing.. I scared the crap out of bothmy wife and I.

papa shooter
January 24, 2012, 02:46 PM
It was 0300 for me when the house alarm went off. Oh what a thrill it was. My son was communicating to me as he came down stairs and I came from the master bedroom across the house. At that time the alarm panel was located in the kitchen. A frightfully log way when you hear the alarm. Anyway as I made it to see what set the thing off my son thought he saw something move on the back porch. By the way it was set off by the back door being pulled on. There was wet foot prints coming and going on the sidewalk leading to the door. He went looking into the night for a boogie man but I new whoever it was, was long gone from there.
Now there is a second control in my bedroom so I know instantly what has set the alarm off. There is also a nice new Remington 12 gauge pump sitting by the bed.


January 24, 2012, 06:16 PM
I had one dream that was a violent nightmare, some particular creature was after me and I started myself awake. I could clearly see my room all around me, yet the creature was still coming. As it reached me, it slowly dissolved into nothing. I sat awake for a half-hour wondering why my dream and reality had seemingly melded with each other, something that has never happened before then or since. About twenty years ago.

January 24, 2012, 06:21 PM
The OP made a good point! :D

You can talk about the dogs, or the flashlights if you want. Not every person is going to have a flashlight within reach (a flashlight can drop on the floor-out of reach), reliable dogs with teeth are not going to be living under every roof.

Let's be a bit more realistic concerning this topic, and discuss life outside your perfect world. :rolleyes:

January 24, 2012, 06:52 PM
...reliable dogs with teeth are not going to be living under every roof.

Let's be a bit more realistic concerning this topic, and discuss life outside your perfect world.
Hey, for me it is reality. We have two 125# Rotties sleeping with us, and unless youre a Klingon beaming in, youre not getting in the house without a fight, let alone anywhere near the bedroom. Even if they did, they'd do the Klingon's proud. :D

Dont rag on me because youre not prepared. ;)

January 24, 2012, 08:00 PM
the idea of using the peripery of vision at night is something I've used since I was a child.

It would behoove everyone here to learn how to do it in night driving, as I do. cast your eyes off 20 degrees as an oncoming car is in your eyes, and you will not have any problems with headlights.

The trick is to keep that intense beam of light off of the center of the retina, as was already stated.

January 25, 2012, 06:38 PM
One of the benefits of being color blind is excellent night vision. Failing to have that a night light in the hallway, the kind my mother used when we were kids, would have backlit the area and eliminated the Blob.

You have experienced what Skeeter Skelton desfined as a miss in his book on misses.

January 25, 2012, 07:36 PM
One of the benefits of being color blind is excellent night vision.

ltc444, I & others have a very distinct advantage at night, more likely with good results. I've always been able to see much fainter stars and people walking in dark areas where others didn't see them. The problem is if someone says 'shoot the bad guy in brown but not the good guy in green" or the officer asks what color shirt they were wearing ...:D Another reason we have full perimeter low light cameras on-property.

We might not have been able to tell what color the fan was but sure as heck wouldn't have tackled or drawn on it.

January 26, 2012, 08:29 AM
If no one other than me and my wife were residing in the house, I would have fired off a couple rounds at the big black blob and asked questions later.:D

January 26, 2012, 10:58 AM
a good something to keep in the back of my mind... thanks

January 26, 2012, 02:10 PM
Dealt with this last night.

BOOOOOOM! Right outside of our bedroom door at 3am. Wasn't my GF since she was working overnight security and my son is with the ex this week. Rolled over and grabbed her S&W and waited a couple of minutes. Eventually cracked the door open and stood back for a few min. Then peaked. Some one knocked a mirror off the laundry room door. :mad:

I dont wake well attitude wise. I was ready to put 5 rds in someone's face and call 911 in the morning.

Instead I just hosed down some punk cats with the squirt bottles.

I had one dream that was a violent nightmare, some particular creature was after me and I started myself awake. I could clearly see my room all around me, yet the creature was still coming. As it reached me, it slowly dissolved into nothing. I sat awake for a half-hour wondering why my dream and reality had seemingly melded with each other, something that has never happened before then or since. About twenty years ago.

This is something that's in the back of my mind a lot about nightstand guns.

While I understand the OP's "blob" I often wonder about night terrors or whatever folks call them. Apparently it's actually really common, even a condition for some folks, for the various chemicals and nervous system components that cause us to dream (and our voluntary muscles to paralyze) to have trouble "turning off" when we wake. It causes visions and various other hallucinations and things that can be frightening and confusing.

January 28, 2012, 08:30 AM
I was staying over at a friend's apartment. I was sleeping in his living room, he was in his bedroom. There was a loud crash and glass breaking from his other bedroom. He came through with his .45, I grabbed my .357. In the bedroom, he was barking commands at the silhouette in the window. The man in the window didn't move.

I flipped on the lights, and we both collapsed laughing. We had drawn a bead on George Bush. You know, one of those life size cardboard cutouts that people take pictures with? At a party that weekend someone had brought one over. We put a cowboy hat and bandana on it. The crash was the garbage pickup that had hit the dumpster.

Here we are, two guys in their underwear with pistols with "President Bush" well and truly covered.

January 30, 2012, 05:05 PM
The "perfect world" is one I made for myself to keep my family safe. To not take certain precautions is foolish to say the least. A gamble in other words. Simple to do, secure a house or apartment, to give you a early warning if someone tries to get into the place. Or not. It is everyones choice, to set the level of security.

Willie Lowman
February 2, 2012, 01:11 PM
If no one other than me and my wife were residing in the house, I would have fired off a couple rounds at the big black blob and asked questions later.

Skans, kicking up a notch! Forget shooting an intruder in the dark. Just shoot the dark! :D

February 2, 2012, 04:34 PM
Sounds like you followed one of the many important firearm rules. "never fire unless you are sure of your target" This is just a great example as to why it was pounded into our heads at hunting safety class.

I could never sleep with a gun right next to me, when I was a kid I would routinely sleep walk and have HORABLE night mares that played out while I walked around the house in a half daze. Once woken I could remember everything, was almost like I was in a trance. Sometimes I will sit up and be in a dream but I do not seem to walk anymore, just sit there talking, looking crazy to my wife lol

There have been a few times I have woken in the night and checked my house out. Not haveing a irearm avaliable at the time I grabed the next best thing, a very large knife that is kept in my room.

February 11, 2012, 10:31 PM
One night while sitting in the living room watching TV, my daughter came in and said someone was trying to get in the back door. I grabbed my .45 and went to investigate. It was a dog trying to get into the garbage can which sits on a pad next to the back door.

A second incident happened one morning as I was preparing to leave for work. There was a loud bang as something hit the front door. I had the .45 out and was just about to jerk open the door and confront who or what was there. But my daughter came running in and said "Dad, no!" Turns out it was a friend bringing her baby for my daughter to baby sit that day. She had one hand full of diaper bag and such and the baby in a carrier in the other hand. As she tried to reach for the doorbell she banged the carrier against the door. I didn't tell her until a couple of years later how close she was to coming face to face with a .45.

Doug S
February 11, 2012, 11:39 PM
I think the OP's comments were good food for thought, but I'm not so sure about all of the comments from others stating "that I don't keep a gun next to the bed because I might grab it and shoot". Talk about a perfect world...expecting the bad guy to always provide you time to get to your gun, and cycle the first round...just not so sure the world is always that perfect. I mean there is such a thing as self-control, isn't there? Just because a gun is close to the bed, and loaded, doesn't mean that someone has to jump up, grab it, and start shooting blindly when they hear a bump in the night. I would hope most people are wise enough to do as the OP, and identify the target. Now those with sleeping disorders, and vivid nightmares, may be a different situation, but barring that sort of thing, I pray the Lord, protects me from making such a mistake, but I also hope most people are smart enough to hesitate just long enough to ascertain what is going on before they start shooting. As a point of reference, I live about a mile away from where a famous shooting tool place 40 something years ago. A wealthy family (local political figure) that lived in a nice fortified house, were killed in their beds by a group of hired thugs who managed to get into the house without waking any of them before they were in their bedrooms.

February 12, 2012, 07:20 AM
I mean there is such a thing as self-control, isn't there?

I think it's a necessary prerequisite for anyone using firearams for defense purposes. If someone doesn't have it, they really shouldn't have guns around.

Your brain is the real weapon, and the gun is just a tool for carrying out your brain's plans and strategies. Be in command of your weapon.

February 12, 2012, 07:37 AM
Never attempted to kill the fan at night but did come face to face with a deer looking in the bedroom window, I still do not know what stopped me from emptying a full magazine into that thing.. I scared the crap out of bothmy wife and I.

I had an Elk do that to me once. Fortunately, my dog woke me up by growling at it, so I knew something was wrong. I guess he prepared me, so when I saw the Elk looking in at me, I just had to laugh. They are big creatures.

February 12, 2012, 07:49 AM
".357 vs. ghost at the end of the bed" would have have been the title if this was my thread.....not sure how well even a .357 would stop a ghost.

February 12, 2012, 08:25 AM
A gun should be your last line of defense in your home.
Fencing exterior lighting, video surveillance, quality locks, an alarm system, and/or a dog should be used to deter, slow down, prevent people from entering your home.
The more you do to make your home less attractive to thieves helps.

Not everyone has the luxury of being able to afford all of the above but a few lights and $1.00 a day will get you a monitored alarm system.

Glenn E. Meyer
February 12, 2012, 05:06 PM
There was a loud bang as something hit the front door. I had the .45 out and was just about to jerk open the door and confront who or what was there.

With no offense, you could have opened the door to a gun blast.

I know of two cases where guys who confronted folks at the door and shot innocent teens and ruined their own lives forever.

I also know of a case where a wife shot the big blob coming out the bathroom. Said she couldn't ID it - so who usually comes out of the bathroom at night? Now she lives in the government hotel. Know the guy who testified that she could have ID'ed hubby.

February 17, 2012, 07:47 PM
+1 for a nightlight in the hall, saved me from killing a woman I loved.

and helps make the blob go away when your eye sight is in the neighborhood of 20/50

February 17, 2012, 08:11 PM
Nice post.
If there was a big black blob in my door it would likely be my dog.

It's not popular here but I always keep my bedroom gun with the magazine loaded but the chamber empty. I feel the seconds it takes to load the chamber gives my brain time to clear the fog and ensures some amount of coherency before pulling the trigger. People are known to do funny things when just coming out of sleep ... or even while partially still asleep. I don't want to shoot one of my kids while in a groggy stupor! Of course part of my thinking is based on a second floor bedroom and a large dog both of which ensure extra time that wouldn't be available if dogless and on the first floor. I love having that dog!

Nice job keeping your head and your cool!

February 19, 2012, 07:57 AM
We've been retired 6 years now and our sons have not lived at home in over 15 years...that said, over Thanksgiving #2 son was here with his wife for the holidays...the two of them came home late the 2nd night after an evening partying with their old friends in the big city. They'd had a problem with the car we'd loaned them and my son decided to tell me all about it at mid-night.

I'd had two tours in Vietnam back in the 70's, the first in a Special Forces camp down in lll Corps and had always considered myself a light sleeper. I have kept a revolver by the bedside for as long as I can remember; but I didn't hear my son come into the bedroom that night, and through the closed door, too. He made it to the foot of our bed where he stumbled over a chair, and it woke me up. I grabbed my Smith and was turning to engage him when he muttered, "sorry Dad, just wanted to talk with you..."

I about messed my jammies...and he was pretty worked up too. He's a former Marine, knows that we keep loaded handguns by the bed for security, but under the influence of some KY "fruit juice", he and I nearly made a fatal mistake. It was a big eye-opener for us both....

My wife and I now lock the bedroom door each night...figuring that the commotion of trying to get through a locked door will help to awaken us...and I'm back into the hard reality of taking time to remember who's in the house, and advising all guests of the danger of surprising us after hours.

Too, at the time, we were between dogs...our old lab had died some months before, or we'd have had ample warning. Our new lab is really good about announcing visitors, day or night....friends, aliens or family, they all get a bark or two.

HTH's Rodfac

February 19, 2012, 09:09 AM
I still cant believe there are people here on this forum who don't keep some kind of flashlight within arm's reach from their bed.

February 21, 2012, 06:38 AM
thats why it's a good idea to have a flashlight attached to said bedside pistol.:D

Irish B
February 21, 2012, 09:21 PM
That used to happen to me almost every night after I had a bear try to break into my house three times, one of which i had left my bedroom window open and i woke to the bear trying to tear out my screen, another time a bear was sniffing at the glass at my window, and one time he wassuccessful and actually broke into my kitchen. After that I would always wake up and see a figure standing there. Really messed with me for a long time. As it turns out it actually happens when you wake up suddenly in the middle of REM sleep. You're still partially in REM sleep and just waking up so your subconscious is projected into reality. I learned quickly though that reaching for a flashlight first instead of my gun brought me a lot more security.

February 21, 2012, 09:48 PM
Motion sensitive exterior lighting, a good strong security door on all external doors with strong deadbolts and a dog (even little ones) are great security systems. Some will also install an electronic security system as well. Me I don't feel like paying someone else to monitor my home 24/7 so I just put those cool little magnetic alarms on my doors and set them to go off when the door is opened before I go to bed.

Indoors I have night lights set strategically throughout the house - they're cheap and don't cost a lot in electricity if you get the ones that are LED and have a light sensor on them so they turn off in brighter light sources. This isn't because I'm afraid of the dark - but because I have very young children in the house who will get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. Don't want them to trip over something, walk into the counter etc. as they make their way to the bathroom.

This also helps eliminate the dark blob in the dark doorway problem. When I awake in the middle of the night I can see perfectly fine (albeit everything is fuzzy since I need glasses for really good vision) but at least I don't just see a dark blob.

If anyone broke into my home they'd have to contend with my dog - a big female mastiff. She's friendly and all cuddles when during the day and when she's with family but at night she's extremely defensive of the house. I nearly got attacked one night when I came home late after a party with some old friends - I opened the door to a very ferocious looking barking and growling dog that was frothing at the mouth. Of course once she realized it was me she proceeded to wipe the drool off on my pants as she nuzzled against me for attention. My wife was awakened by the noise the dog made and had come to investigate with my 12 ga. in hand.

So in my perfect world first a criminal would have to decide if they want to try to access a well lit home. Second they'd have the security doors to contend with or go through a window. Once they gain access they'd have to contend with a ****** off 180lb mastiff. IF they somehow got past her they'd meet me armed with my pump 12 ga.

Just to be clear I sleep with a loaded 12 ga. next to my bed - 5 rds of 2 3/4" 4 shot in the mag and the chamber clear. I also have a Bersa Ultra Compact 45 under my pillow - 7 in the mag and one in the chamber - decocked. My wife sleeps with her LCP loaded (full mag with one in the chamber) in her night stand. Are we afraid of being broken into? Not particularly. We live in the country and the chances of someone coming to our home to burglarize it or invade it are slim. Are we going to set ourselves up to become victims in case the slim chance becomes reality? Hell no - not with young kids in the house.

Oh and about the kids - my 4 yr old daughter spends time at the range with my wife and I - she shoots her pink Cricket .22LR rifle. She already knows and can recite the 4 basic rules of firearms safety and can knock soda cans off posts at 25 yds with her rifle. My 13 yr old daughter has been shooting with me since she was 4 and because she has better eyesight I think she can actually out shoot me from a bench... My 8 yr old shoots with us - he has his own 10/22 with a youth stock. He enjoys picking off soda cans at 50 yds on the range. I also have a 2 yr old but she already knows that she can't touch my guns unless I say its ok. She also comes to the range with us although she doesn't shoot. My kids all know where my guns are - especially the loaded ones. They've NEVER touched the guns except when I tell them to go get their guns for the range. In that case they each get their own respective guns and don't touch mine or my wife's.

Raise your kids knowing what guns are and what they can do - raise them with a good understanding of firearms and a healthy respect for them - and you won't have a problem with the kids shooting themselves.

Of course this is ALL in MY perfect world. Yours may vary quite a bit.

bruno diaz
February 23, 2012, 07:38 PM
When I was in college, living at my parents house, I had a similar experience. I walked out of my bedroom and turned to go into the bathroom. It was in the middle of the night and it was dark. As I rounded the corner, I saw a figure standing in the bathroom doorway that was definitely a person and at least as big as me. Without thinking, I punched it as hard as I could. Turns out, it was the mirror on the door, and the figure was my own silhouette from the picture window down hallway behind me. I know this is a firearms forum, and I was unarmed, but that's what this story reminded me of. I had lived in that house for 20 years and that mirror was always on it, but that night it scared the hell out of me. I was just thankful it was a hollow-core door and that I didn't punch my dad (who was pushing 70 at the time).

Ben Towe
February 23, 2012, 09:21 PM
The nightmare thing worries me the most. I had one just a week or so ago, the subject of which was a female, uh, friend for whom I care deeply, and someone was presenting a threat to her. In the dream the "perp" turned a corner and drew his weapon and I drew mine and dove to cover her. I swear to God, I felt his slugs burn me, one on the shoulder, one on the neck. The whole time I'm triggering the Sig... but it won't shoot. I woke in a cold sweat, on my side, arm outstretched with nothing but air in my hand. Crazy, huh? But it was the most realistic dream I've ever had. I think that the only reason my hand was empty was because in the nightmare I drew from the hip and the Sig was laying on the floor. It does give me pause, but such instances are very rare.

Irish B
February 24, 2012, 12:40 AM
My wife is a nurse who often works nights. I used to keep my gun loaded at my bedside till one night she had to come home in the middle of the night and walked into the bedroom. I immediately woke up and drew on her before I even woke up. I was impressed at my reaction but I also scared myself not to mention scaring her. She tried to call me to warn me she was coming home but i didnt hear the call and i'm not willing to take that risk anymore. The time it takes to rotate in order to have a round ready is enough time for me to wake up and realize what's going on. If that's too much time then hopefully the intruder shoots me first and buys my wife enough time to shoot him with her gun.

February 25, 2012, 05:21 PM
Flashlight, flashlight, flashlight...and training in its tactical employment.;)

February 25, 2012, 10:06 PM
Good (physiologically correct) advice to look somewhat away from the "blob" to let your rods do their thing in low light - 20 or 30 deg will do. I haven't flown at night in a while (as pilot-in-charge of a light plane) but doing this can help at times, trust me.

But yes, using a flashlight is better of course - just don't temporarily blind yourself with the darned thing .... ;)

I keep a loaded (357 magnum) revolver in the bedside table. No kids. Like engine-out in a plane, you need to keep sharp by mentally practicing emergency scenarios.

And like everyone says, BEWARE THE FALSE POSITIVE !

I've learned a lot already from this forum (this is post #1). Think I'll stick around.

February 26, 2012, 08:05 AM
I keep a loaded 1911 rail gun with an attached light at bedside. No kids. Shine the thing at the ceiling and the entire room lights up. You don't have to point it at anyone to see them clearly, unless they are somebody who needs to be shot. Then they see two flashes, the first one brighter than the second. :D