Communion has ratings and reviews. On December 26, , at a secluded cabin in upstate New York, Whitley Strieber went siding with his wife an . If you grew up in the s, you were probably traumatized by the work of Whitley Strieber—the author whose work inspired the ultraviolent. Reading these letters, chosen by Anne Strieber from the thousands they received after publishing Communion, is a life-changing experience. Now available for.

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Strieber not only wrote about terrifying otherworldly creatures; he claims to have actually encountered them. He opened his eyes to see a small inhuman creature rushing toward his bed.

A few months later, he recalled under regressive hypnosis a series of terrifying events. His memories became the basis for the bestseller Communionin which Strieber asserted that he was sttieber and physically assaulted by unknown Visitors.

What has haunted him striebr since that night is the never-ending search for meaning: Who were these Visitors? What did they want from him?

Beyond COMMUNION: The Strange Case of Whitley Strieber

Were they trying to tell him something? Maybe warn him about something?

Communion posed the questions, and subsequent books offered speculative answers. Ouspensky, and concluding that the important comkunion to be drawn from his experience was about overcoming fear.


Successful confrontation with it is the breakthrough that leads to understanding. In essence, he suggested that fictional creations may have more physical substance than we normally assume.

He cited his own fiction as his example. In Strieber published his first horror novel, The Wolfen.

The book is about a pair of NYPD detectives who stumble upon a secret society of ancient wolf-like creatures. This discovery srrieber a profound awakening to a new perception of the world around him. In Strieber published his second horror novel, The Hunger. Her latest target is a scientist named Sarah, who will soon become fascinated by her own transformation into a vampire. Something not quite of this world. The skin was as white and smooth as marble.

Communion: A True Story

There were no eyebrows, but the face was so noble, so much at peace that just seeing it made Sarah want to sob out the pretty passions of her own humanity and vommunion done with them forever. Strieber emphatically denies that Communion was a hoax, but concedes that his imagination has played a significant role in his experiences with the unknown.

As to the specifics of that role, he is uncertain…. Did his early horror novels in some way predict what would happen to him in ?


Beyond COMMUNION: The Strange Case of Whitley Strieber – The 13th Floor

Did they perhaps even cause what happened to him in ? Did they help to feed communiion elaborate self-delusion… or did they make him aware of something that is usually hidden but demonstrably real? In his book Breakthrough, Strieber offered a new theory: They came, he concluded, to teach him how to time-travel.

In his books he is doing just that, using imagination to prompt readers to overcome their fears of the unknown. Often, he suggests, worlds of imagination overlap with our own. In TransformationStrieber reflected: A vivid dream because of where he was sleeping? But I would communon think it foolish to consider that the only possibility.

Summaries and Excerpts: Communion : a true story / Whitley Strieber.

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