The Shadow Creatures, are otherworldly spirits tasked with taking the recently deceased, whom died doing evil acts to hell. They are first alluded to when the hospital ghost, gives recently deceased Sam Wheat pointers regarding his death. Said ghost compares them to the Light Beings that take the good deceased to heaven. However they aren't shown until Sam confronts and scares Willy Lopez, causing the latter to run into moving traffic. The spirits later take Carl away after he dies, trying to kill Oda Mae Brown and Molly Jenson. Unlike the Light Beings, the Shadow Creatures, don't seem to let bad ghosts linger in the world over unfinished business.