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In the mid-80s, Whitley Strieber wrote Communion: A True Story, an account of his disturbing personal encounter with strange-looking nonhumans he called "The Visitors." When published, the book became a bestseller, topping national nonfiction lists. Its gripping story & vivid writing have made it a favorite source for science fiction writers & filmmakers.AcknowledgIn the mid-80s, Whitley Strieber wrote Communion: A True Story, an account of his disturbing personal encounter with strange-looking nonhumans he called "The Visitors." When published, the book became a bestseller, topping national nonfiction lists. Its gripping story & vivid writing have made it a favorite source for science fiction writers & filmmakers.AcknowledgmentsPrelude: The Truth Behind the CurtainThe Invisible Forest: First MemoriesDown the Cave of Mind: HypnosisThe Color of the Dark: InsightThe Sky Beneath My Feet: A Journey Through My PastAlliance of the Lost: Recollections of My FamilyA Structure in the Air: Science, History & Secret KnowledgeEpilogueAppendices...

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  • Craig
    2019-02-17 11:46

    This book was stupider than a circular firing squad.

  • Ethan Miller
    2019-01-20 05:52

    I have never read an Abduction/ UFO study book before. I picked this book up at a record shop on tour on the east coast this year. It's been out for a long time and I remember what a splash it made upon its initial release. I also used to listen to Strieber's radio show in Santa Cruz on AM while delivering pizza's around town on Saturday nights. Communion was so much more than i expected. For one, Strieber is coming to this book as a writing talent so the book reads very eloquently, like that of a great fiction writer. The book is a page turner but more importantly his thinking, philosophizing and meditations on his experience take you beyond the sensational and controversial aspect of the subject matter into deeper meditations and thoughts about our psyches as individuals, as a race, as beings of history and the universe. Without giving a spoiler I will say that the most beautiful and thoughtful thing about this book and his reaction to his experiences is this: while most UFO/ abduction/ ET studies look to the skies and obsess over government cover-ups for discovery and understanding, Strieber looks more often to the uncharted hallways of the human soul. This book is at times frightening, haunting, mysterious, insightful but always deeply thoughtful and illuminated with a great sense of exploration led by his bold and creative mind. My own mind is still haunted and illuminated by many of the scenes and ideas in this book.

  • William1
    2019-01-21 06:35

    On vacation in Martha's Vineyard, this book had me screaming in my sleep, nightly. I had to stop reading it until the vacation was over. Shall we say it touched a nerve...

  • Erik Graff
    2019-01-26 11:36

    Mike Miley told me of this book when it came out in 1987. I was suspicious, having known its author as the source of The Hunger and Wolfen, two decent horror movies based on novels by him. This skepticism was reinforced shortly thereafter by the reading of a review of the book by science fiction writer Samuel Delany in The Nation. Delany, at some length and with considerable heat, accused Strieber of fraud. In consequence, I began to look for and read Strieber's novels, planning to obtain Communion after getting a sense of the workings of his imagination.Now, having read at least five of Streiber's science fiction and horror books, now, many years later, I have finally obtained a copy of Communion thanks to the generosity of my stepbrother's girlfriend.It's better than the movie in which Streiber was played by Christopher Walken. It's broader than I expected, personal accounts being supplemented by some overview of the history of the UFO abduction phenomenon. It's less opinionated than I imagined. The author subscribes to no particular interpretation of what has been happening to him or of what has been behind it.Is it factual? This I do not know. Streiber is a good enough fiction writer to fake it convincingly. On video and audio he comes across as sincere and in earnest. I am, further, prone to believe others. All this notwithstanding, Communion well represents much of the so-called abduction phenomenon and I intend to proceed to the second volume of these memoirs, Transformation.

  • John Read
    2019-01-21 06:00

    When my nephew was about ten years old, he insists he was visited by aliens. He says he woke up in the middle of the night with a bright orb coming through his bedroom window. Then nothing. The next thing he remembers is being in his parents bedroom trying to wake them up to warn them - but nothing would wake them. Next morning, the foot of his bed and bedroom floor were drenched. His mother asked him for an explanation and he told her the events of the previous night. Naturally she didn't believe him and thought he'd been up to mischief. That evening, the local paper, had headlines of strange sightings and lights in the night sky. The location given, was directly over my nephew's neighborhood.He still insists to this day, as a 40+ father of three children, that something odd happened that night.So when I read Communion, I did so with an open mind and a small vested interest. I now have no doubts that we are not alone.Whitley Streiber insists that everything in this book actually happened. Even the biggest doubting Thomas would be hard pushed to explain some of Streiber's experiences - without calling him an out & out liar.Even for non-believers, if you simply treat this as a good read, it is an incredible, powerful and sometimes uncomfortable story."Communion is one man's gripping story of repeated contact with apparent aliens or visitors. Assuming that these events are factual - and I think they are - then we human beings must begin a re-evaluation of ourselves and our place in the universe." Dr M.Bruce Maccabee. US Navy research physicist."Communion raises more questions for science than a galaxy full of black holes. It is beautifully written and one hell of a good read: a moving and courageous book." Dr John Gliedman: Research psychologist."Communion is a brilliant compelling and provcative work." Dr David Webb. Chairman Of Space Studies: University Of Dakota.

  • Debbie Camberg
    2019-01-22 12:02

    Having personally witnessed 3 UFO sightings from the mid 60's, to the last one in August of 1970, his story both reminds me (and frightens me) of how close I was to my 3rd UFO sighting! Mom and I both saw the first 2 UFO's while dad was driving. I spotted them and then asked mom if she saw it too, and she did.(The first one was near the cliffs (actually hiding above them at times) outside of Warm Springs, Oregon on a clear blue sky day. It was silver and reflecting the sun. We could see it very clearly. The 2nd one was hovering quite low near the water next to Highway 30 between Linton and Portland, Oregon at night. The radio station announced he was getting quite a few calls reporting the same sighting we saw!) The 3rd (and thankfully the last) UFO that I saw hovered above my head (slightly above the 40' oak tree that I was standing next too! Seconds before that I had been hiding behind the trunk from dad. My brother and I were playing hide-and-seek and dad was supposed to come out to find us...) I had nightmares about it for years... I don't think I ever played outside in the dark much after that!! Then around 1990, I happened to work with a young girl who was actually living in the same house (104 May Ave.) that I did when I saw the 3rd UFO! One day I got the courage to tell her what I had seen when I lived there. I did not expect to hear the response she gave me! She simply said "So did I!" At first I didn't believe her, but she then explained that her dad saw it first while getting ready for work at 5am. He saw it through the kitchen window that faces the back yard and the old oak tree. He woke his wife and daughter and all 3 of them saw it, so in a way I finally had a witness. The oak tree is no longer there, and the property behind the house that used to be the baseball field for the old McBride School, is now home to storage units. The oak tree used to be at the back of the field. I've always wondered why the UFO returned to the same spot, just like they did to this author! This book reminds me of feeling like "they" had been following me for some reason!! No wonder I had nightmares back then, but for some reason I am fascinated by the experiences of others.

  • Mike
    2019-02-09 12:51

    I am almost tired of people reading this book expecting it to be 100% biographical in nature. Streiber himself has been clear that he is not totaly sure what it is really about. I always read it taking the visitors out of the equation and looking at Streibers subsequent examination of himself, and his life. I also believe it is wrong for anyone to claim it to be total B.S., as we have to face the one fact; we can not prove it to be true or false. This is the underlining problem for the hardcore believers, as well as the hardcore skeptics. It is no more believable than the Bible. Either you believe or you don't.

  • Anthony
    2019-02-16 10:54

    Did aliens abduct Whitley Streiber in 1984? Are the "visitors" as he calls them from another planet, another dimension, from somewhere deep in the human psyche? And why are they here? These are the questions Streiber raises in his book, probably the all-time definitive book about alien abduction. Interesting though the questions may be, unfortunately he doesn't provide many answers.The questions you will be asking yourself while reading it are more along the lines of : Is this guy totally crazy or a gigantic liar? (It does seem a big coincidence that he happened to write horror novels before this book, one about werewolves, and one about vampires . . . then aliens, hmm.)I really enjoyed the book at first. It starts off with Whitley's two abduction stories. These stories are really spooky, I read this part late at night and then didn't want to turn the lights off. One story involves vague memories of a night when a crystal fire hovers over his house. The other is a full on aliens abduct the author, take him to a ufo and he gets probed and the little grey men inject something up his nose etc. The dreamlike way it all unfolds makes the visitors much more nightmarish and believable than a more straight forward account would be.At this point you start to ask: what exactly is going on here, lies or madness, something actually weird, or a mixture. it's the tension between these explanations that keeps you turning the pages. The final effect is a puzzle, it leaves you unable to decide what category to place the book in: fiction or an honest but misled attempt at fact? And yet this parallax is actually strong enough to suggest that something unusual is in fact at the root of his stories. (The effect is similar to reading the Teachings of Don Juan.) However the book gets more and more unbelievable as it goes on however. As the book progresses the author goes under hypnosis to recover memories of his abduction and begins to remember more and more supposed encounters with the aliens, which get weirder and weirder. Pretty soon you can't even keep track of the dozens and dozens of supposed encounters. His chronology leaps all over the place, and sometimes he casually mentions incredible stories in a off-hand manner, as stuff that he suddenly recalls. His attempts at theory about what is in fact going on behind the scenes range from the very insightful and creative ( I especially liked the theory that UFOs are contacting humanity across all eras of time simultaneously, which explains why they can have been around for thousands of years and still be inquisitive about humanity) to an incredibly stupid and treacly epilogue where Whitley's attempts at poetic philosophizing are especially grating and facile.Bottom line: if you're interested in this sort of stuff this is one of the all-time classics on the subject. Otherwise, I'd skip this one, It is a mixed bag

  • George K.
    2019-02-11 05:01

    Βαθμολογία: 7/10Τρίτο βιβλίο του Γουίτλι Στρίμπερ που διαβάζω, μετά το καλογραμμένο και άκρως ενδιαφέρον "Οι λυκάνθρωποι" και το ψυχαγωγικό μεν αλλά προβληματικό "2012: Ο πόλεμος για τις ψυχές", τα οποία διάβασα το 2014. Τα δυο προηγούμενα βιβλία ήταν μυθιστορήματα, αυτό που μόλις τελείωσα υποτίθεται ότι είναι αληθινή ιστορία, με τον συγγραφέα να περιγράφει τις εμπειρίες του από τις επαφές του με άγνωστα και παράξενα όντα, εξωγήινης προέλευσης. Ο Στρίμπερ αναλύει όλες τις παράξενες συναντήσεις του με το Άγνωστο, με περίεργα πλάσματα αλλά και αντικείμενα, συνομιλεί με ειδικούς και ψυχιάτρους για το θέμα αυτό, μέσω ύπνωσης επιστρέφει στο παρελθόν και θυμάται γεγονότα, ενώ παράλληλα προσπαθεί να κατανοήσει τις επαφές του με τα άγνωστα όντα και τους λόγους για τους οποίους τον πλησίασαν.Αμφιβάλλω πολύ αν όλα όσα περιγράφει ο Στρίμπερ είναι αληθινά, αν και προσωπικά είμαι αρκετά δεκτικός ως προς την ύπαρξη των εξωγήινων και την πιθανή επαφή τους με κάποιους ανθρώπους. Πάντως όσα περιγράφονται έχουν το ενδιαφέρον τους, είτε είναι πραγματικά είτε όχι, κάποιες περιγραφές των "εμπειριών" του συγγραφέα μου πρόσφεραν αρκετές ανατριχίλες. Όμως κουράστηκα λιγάκι από την μονοτονία της όλης ιστορίας, τα μπρος πίσω στον χρόνο και ορισμένες μπερδεμένες καταστάσεις. Και ειδικά προς το τέλος με την όλη "τριαδικότητα", τις διάφορες αναφορές και τις φιλοσοφικές του προσπάθειες, μ'έκανε να βαρεθώ σε μεγάλο βαθμό. Μάλιστα κάποιες σελίδες τις ξεπέταξα τσάκα τσάκα, διαβάζοντάς τες διαγωνίως. Η γραφή δεν ξεχωρίζει ιδιαίτερα, σίγουρα είναι ευκολοδιάβαστη, αλλά μου φάνηκε κάπως επίπεδη και με έλλειψη συναισθημάτων. Σαν βιβλίο έχει το ενδιαφέρον του, αν δεν πιστεύετε ότι οι εμπειρίες που περιγράφει ο Στρίμπερ είναι αληθινές, μπορείτε κάλλιστα να το διαβάσετε σαν ένα μυθιστόρημα του Φανταστικού, με στοιχεία τρόμου και επιστημονικής φαντασίας. Να σας πω την αλήθεια, εγώ ως τέτοιο το διάβασα. Όσον αφορά τον συγγραφέα, έχει γράψει αρκετά ενδιαφέροντα μυθιστορήματα τρόμου και επιστημονικής φαντασίας (εκτός από αυτά που διάβασα, υπάρχουν και τα The Hunger, Warday, The Grays, Nature's End, Majestic και άλλα πολλά) και είναι κρίμα που κάποια από αυτά δεν έχουν μεταφραστεί στα ελληνικά.

  • Jim Mcvean
    2019-02-05 06:33

    Sometimes you read a book that changes your life. Was it a change for the better or worse I almost hear you cry?I don't knowI read this book many years ago at the tender age of 21. The thing that initially drew me to it was the cover art...the typical alien head...I devour the book in a couple of days and during the read I got what can only be described as a FlashbackSuddenly I remembered being with a pal at age 11ish standing on an Orkney hilltop in the night watching huge glowing red orbs passing silently over the town belowThis flipped me outI became paranoid as more memories of other events filtered into my consciousnessI ended up reading every UFO book I could track down in an attempt to read up on any reports of glowing red ballsIt took me ten years to sleep with the light outAre there aliens? I don't know...is there a coverup/ a pattern of ridicule or denial - YESI think you should read this book with a hefty pinch o salt and an equally open mind...maybe you will remember something too

  • Evan
    2019-01-20 06:53

    This book scared the pants off me when I was ten.

  • Laura
    2019-02-08 06:49

    This book totally freaked me out, and I couldn't finish it. When I read it I was living in Austin which is where Whitley Streiber was living when he claims these events happened. I woke up in the middle of the night for weeks seeing aliens in my bedroom.

  • Angus McKeogh
    2019-01-20 05:36

    I read this book for two reasons. I believed I had previously read it as a teenager, and Texas Monthly published an article at some point stating that The Secret School is one of the ten best reads by a Texas author written in the last 100 years. Unfortunately The Secret School is book 4 or 5 in this series so I thought I'd read it from the start.I quickly figured out I'd never have read this book as a teenager because it's monotonously boring. It's akin to reading the transcript of The Iran-Contra Affair or the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal. A large portion of the book revolves around memories from a long time ago and the phrase, "I don't remember". The book is also subtitled "A True Story" which makes it immediately unrealistic and unbelievable when you delve into it.The crux of the book revolves around retellings of vaguely remembered "occurrences" from years past or childhood. One "proof" comes in the form of hypnosis (completely disregarding scientific evidence which demonstrates that false "memories" are easily and routinely introduced into the minds of hypnotized subjects specifically from childhood). The author also ignores that in several of the hypnotized sessions a third person, Budd Hopkins, was allowed to sit in and question the subject. Uhhhhh...Hopkins is a painter by trade who became obsessed with UFOs and turned amateur hypnotist also writing a book about "missing time". And Hopkins goes on to ask the most leading questions. Way stupid.Another offered "proof" is a chapter chronicling the minutes of a UFO abductees meeting. This again produces zero evidence and is filled with a plethora of "I don't remember's" and "I just felt that's" in reportage leaving me baffled as to how this backed the author's thesis. The discussion in the meeting ultimately revolves around the sad lives of a few isolated souls and a strange cross in "cold reading" devices such as when the question is put forth, "Why was there such a lack of personality in these visitors?" Answer: "Oh I definitely felt that. Such a lack of personality. But then again they were inundated with a kind of personality!" Uh...what? You can't have it both ways unless you're just appealing to both sides so as not to be wrong. Even further "proof" is offered when Strieber's wife is hypnotized and basically proceeds to say she remembers very little to nothing about her husband's alleged events as well as stating she thinks he has a mental problem. I'm still not sure how this was promoted as proof. Furthermore the author finishes the book with a mind numbingly dull chapter about his belief in the special nature of "the triad". He talks about the triangle for dozens upon dozens of pages and goes into diatribes about how legitimate the tarot is and even makes some predictions (which oddly enough based on the date when the book was written have not come to pass).All in all I'll suffice it to say I'll never read The Secret School because this book was so awful. It read vague. It read false. It tried to support the debunked and unsupportable. Frankly it just sucked.

  • Jenni
    2019-01-25 05:02

    Regardless of your personal beliefs about aliens, this book is well written, well paced and quite riveting. Spooky.

  • Rachel
    2019-01-20 11:42

    Overall I thought this was a compelling read. If you take what he writes to be true, then this is a pretty scary book. After reading his descriptions, hypnosis transcripts and polygraph results, I'm definitely convinced that something happened to him and his family. Where the book lost me was in the odd discussions of ancient gods and reports of "visitors" throughout the ages, and some of the claims from the colloquy of abductees. I can pretty much believe that some people have been visited/abducted by alien beings (or those from another dimension). But some of these claims... No. It got kind of ridiculous at the end of this book. I did enjoy the Epilogue, though.

  • Chy
    2019-01-28 10:47

    World-building inspiration fuel, as pretty much every UFO-esque book I've picked up has turned out to be. Had to read this one because I usually seek out the ones that combine the idea of fae and religion and UFOs, and I thought this was the nuts-and-bolts aliens type of book.It's not. Actually, I always thought the majority of UFO-type books were all about physical beings from outer space. I don't think I've read one yet that is, though. Granted, I've purposefully gone for the ones that combine mythologies and really go broad with the interpretation of encounters. (Seriously, for the kind of series I'm writing, world-building inspiration fuel. But it's also...interesting.)Point being, I was ready to roll my eyes a lot at his interpretations. But he actually seems to focus most on the theory that it's all in his head. And I couldn't believe that it just seems like everything I've ever heard about this book completely ignored that and made him sound like a dude bellowing about aliens from outer space.His take on the possibility of it all being in his head was the most interesting theory he mused about, too. Because it's not a simple, "Aw, hey, I imagined it all" sort of "in his head." More of a Dumbledore's line to Harry Potter (if I may paraphrase because I'm not looking up the exact quote right now): "Of course it's all in your head, Harry, but why should that mean it isn't real?"I enjoyed reading him muse on it, and being a person who meditates, it really got my brain juices flowing. Musing on it myself.Now, I was glad to find out this book wasn't what I had thought it was, and it was an interesting read. But, there were many times where I was shaking my head at him. I mean, he's a fiction writer. So there were things he was amazed about that made me drop my jaw and go, "But you're a writer; isn't that normal?"The Number One thing that made me say that was when he was going on about this visualization of the cover-picture alien he kept seeing "in front of him," as if he could "reach out and touch it." He seemed rather amazed at how vivid and detailed it was. He went on, as if we should all be amazed, at how if he asked, the visualization would turn, zoom in, and move so that he could see every detail.And the whole time I was reading that, all I could think was, "But you're a writer; how can you be amazed that you can do this?"And then I got to thinking about tulpas, and collective consciousness, and just before my brain turned to steam I managed to make some notes for my series.

  • MadotsukiD
    2019-02-13 11:40

    Obviously, it is easy to be skeptical when reading a fantastical account such as this. I am not a skeptic for the sake of being skeptical. However, there are a few important facts that you ought to know before diving into this.1. Strieber was a science-fiction writer before he wrote Communion.2. Strieber had sat in on several meetings with abductees prior to writing the book.3. Since writing this, Strieber has made what some would consider to be an attempt to construct a new-age religion out of his experiences.Number 3 was what particularly irked me, and the deeply spirtual quality he tends to attribute to these events is quite prevalent in the text. He'll make all of this wild conjecture of the potential spiritual nature, and many of the claims are wholly contradictory. I understand that it is just that: conjecture, though I feel that its ubquitous presence heavily affected my enjoyment of the book. An example of how this conjecture is typically formatted is that he will follow up a description of his experiences with "Maybe, just maybe....this was indicative of humanity's innate spiritual ability to do [x]."If Strieber were truly encountering highly advanced beings from another star system, it only makes sense that his encounters with their technology may have had a sort of religious feeling to them; if someone from the Middle Ages were operated upon with modern medical technology in tandem with anastesia, their lack of an understanding of what anastesia is may lead them to conclude that they were the subject of magic. I also think that the constant emphasis on being "chosen" for a purpose that Strieber speaks of is another attempt to attribute meaning to something which may be wholly meaningless to him as an individual.A lot of environmentalist apocalyptic prediction/call to action stuff crept in there at the end, too; the book is truly a product of its time.Overall, it was worth reading. I will reiterate that the conjecture in regards to the (alleged) spiritual nature of Strieber's encounters was annoying enough to affect my overall reading of the book in a way that is decidedly negative.[EDIT]: Another thing I forgot to point out was that on Strieber's Dreamland podcast, he claims to have had just about every alien/UFO experience you can imagine, as if to continually one-up himself, and that obviously leads you to question the guy's credibility and motives.

  • Benjamin Atkinson
    2019-02-05 04:36

    If I had felt this supposedly true alien abduction story was in any way factual, then I would have given it five stars. Whitley Strieber is B-level horror and sf author and has been for many years before and after "the event." Communion is an extremely frightening and exciting novel. It sucked me in from page one and I did not put it down until the last page. I feel like a little bit of a jerk, by calling him out like this but, I have spent a lot of time researching credible paranormal events, activities, and sightings. The result is that there are very few that pass any type of scientific rigor. Once again, as persuasive as Communion seems, it just does not hold up to the cold light of reason. My main example, is Whitley's insistence that the aliens left a mark on his ear, that no matter how many times he tries to have it removed simply grows right back. He even has a doctor, on the special features of the movie attest to this "fact." Well, for the right price you can get some doctors to say just about anything. Dentists used to go on the radio and television and tell people, paid by Hershey Chocolate, Inc., that eating Hershey bars is good for your teeth. Right. Look, if all this had happened to Whitley and he had spent the time and money to novelize five or six books on the topic, why did he never offer to go on National television and have the a panel of independent medical experts examine his alien implant. If he did, and they concurred that he, in fact, did have an implant of extra-terrestrial or at least unexplained origin on his person, then that would be a world changing event. Why has he not done this? No one seems to ask these questions. I mean this would be the first proven contact with alien life in the history of mankind. It is not believable, sorry Whitley. I loved your book, but your energy level and persistence in getting your story out, has not been matched by your desire for independent scientific rigor. In this way, you are somewhat of a dilettante.

  • Ubiquitousbastard
    2019-01-19 10:44

    Honestly, I don't do the whole aliens thing at all, but the cover of this book used to freak me out as a kid (and a bit residually as an adult) so I decided to see what was inside.Alright, about fifty pages into this book I started to realize what direction this book was heading in. The author clearly believed that what he experienced was real and from there made a concerted effort to present facts and statements to support his belief rather than to draw objective conclusions, which is precisely what he accused skeptics of doing. He also offered several different possibilities for his experiences, but when it came down to it...I liked reading this twenty-six years after it was published, because it makes things like the "visitors" trying to help mankind because of the ozone hole a little bit discredited. (No, it's not still growing, it's actually shrinking.) And everyone is so concerned that the near future will be catastrophic. Actually, that leads into my theory about why the visitors are characterized the way they are. The way that they have a "hive mind" and the similar jumpsuits, and even the asiatic looks of the visitors can all seem to be projected fears of communism during the Cold War. More telling is the fact that most sightings and experiences have occurred at the rise of communism. I can understand how certain sensitive people, through some set of circumstances, could possibly see visitors that are an actualized form of their anxieties and hopes. (Don't know how, but for some reason it makes a whole more sense than aliens.)

  • Ken
    2019-01-30 10:37

    A very thought-provoking journal of not only Whitley's experiences, but the insights these gave him. I thought it was interesting how a bunch of the reading I've done recently kind of led up to this. For instance, Whitley mentioned Irish Fairy Tales to describe how the 'visitors' may have been viewed in earlier times, Also, the visitors warned Whitley about the hole in the ozone layer, and how the UV light would suppress immune systems, and according to him, this was not known when he was informed of it, but sure enough the global warming books I've been reading that came out in the last decade mention this. There's even some Kabbalah in there; when the visitors are questioned about god's role as creator, they reply that god is continuously creating the universe at every moment.

  • Greg
    2019-02-08 11:52

    Scary as hell! I read this book with the thought that it might be interesting because there is a film based on the book. I also felt that perhaps it was a tale that had been woven of partial truths. However, I walked away shaken by the reality I gleaned from the pages of Communion. Some readers may not rate this book quite as high. After all it's not a work of literary genius but it kept me glued to the story and most of all I rated 5 stars because I think folks should take notice of this story! I've also found myself re-reading this book time and again just to test my senses. Recently I finished it a second time. I believe Strieber's tale. That being said there is a fear that they, those watching us, can reach out to to any one of us any where, anytime.

  • Jocelyn
    2019-02-09 04:52

    This book gave me nightmares for years! I slept with the light on for months. I had to keep the book hidden under my bed because the picture on the cover scared me. The part about the white owls looking in his bedroom window and the white deer on the side of the road haunt me years later. I don't know what to make of this "true" account, but if aliens are really abducting people at night, there is no sense in worrying about it--you have no control. I am curious if he is still being abducted? Has he told the aliens about his books? Does he have any new insights as to what they want? Why don't they just say "we're here! Any volunteers?"

  • geekboy42
    2019-01-24 09:52

    Being an astronomy fan myself, I often encounter the issue of UFO sightings and abductions in my readings. It seems that once you begin to discuss the cosmos, little green men have to enter the equation. Even though I really have no opinion on such things I thought it necessary to at least have read this very often referred to account of an abductee. My thoughts: once you've read this, you need not read any other abductee story because this defines the 'stereotype'.

  • Thomas Strömquist
    2019-02-16 04:38

    Not badly written and some happenings have traces of suspense, but the author's insistence that these are true events brings down readability. Still, if you are curious, this is the one to read. Later books have less story and more ramblings.

  • Sarah
    2019-02-12 08:34

    Probably the best first hand account (with supplemental information for fact-checking) of the author's encounters with a UFO and with missing time. The author is also a fiction writer, so the book reads like a thriller. There's nothing definitive here. Instead, it allows the reader to step into the mindset of someone experiencing something they don't understand. There fear is palpable as he describes his family's incidents-- invasive and disorienting, one can understand the paranoia that ensues.

  • David
    2019-01-29 07:35

    This book scared the you-know-what out of me, gave me nightmares, and generally freaked me out for awhile. I loved it!

  • John Wiltshire
    2019-02-14 05:01

    Okay, wow...Wtf?Seriously? Are there people who genuinely believe that aliens are visiting earth, kidnapping people and experimenting anally upon them? I guess there are.I went into this book open-minded because it is kinda fascinating, I was a huge X-Files fan, and to be honest it's a nice distraction from the lights going out all across the civilized world at the moment. Alien abduction? Bring it on. But this is just beyond ludicrous. The detail with which it's all recalled (under hypnosis) and conviction that comes from it (and the endless best-sellers) just take any credibility from it. I mean, here is an author, someone who used to work in advertising, having paranoid delusions and unable to write by his own admission, and then suddenly he's a best seller at the top of the NY Times best-seller non-fiction lists year after year, sequels, films, etc. No, I'm not buying it. I think I'll go with the far more rational explanation of frontal lobe anomalies. Not as exciting, I agree, no anal probing (which is always a shame) but a little less loony. He's a good writer though. It was an entertaining fantasy.

  • Weathervane
    2019-01-18 10:33

    This book appears to be dismissed outright by many skeptics on the sole basis of the account being outlandish. It certainly is a remarkable story -- a man who claims he was abducted by little grey men he calls visitors. But on the surface, the moon landing is an impossibility, too.The fact is, I've yet to see a convincing and thorough debunking of the story presented in Communion, and I believe any skeptic who wants to call Whitley Strieber crazy owes it to the man to point out where his story falls flat, especially given Strieber's efforts to take a skeptical approach to the whole alien abduction phenomenon. Real doctors and psychiatrists are featured in this book, and they are not mere quacks. Look at their credentials.Purely as a story, regardless of whether it is true or not, I can safely say that Communion is the scariest book I've ever read. Granted, the last chapter was a ridiculous foray into metaphysical speculation, but the rest of the book kept me riveted. I am more interested than ever in this strange and disturbing phenomenon.

  • LQ (to the max!)
    2019-02-09 05:59

    Staring at you while you wait in line to pay for your groceries.

  • Fizzgig76
    2019-01-18 07:45

    Author Whitley Strieber tries to come to grips with his repeating encounters with alien life forms and what the aliens might be hoping to accomplish. Interesting book, Strieber claims it is all true and does a good job writing it in a way that shows he believes it. It doesn't read like a novel, and Strieber lets the reader discover what he has "lost" as he discovers it through hypnosis, etc. Near the end of the novel (once he's unlocked many of his past extraterrestrial encounters), Strieber begins to try to speculate why the aliens have come to Earth as they have and if they are aliens at all. The book is a relatively quick read. It sometimes gets repetative since it focuses on the encounters which forced him to remember and it would be nice if Strieber had put an organized timeline in the back to track what he uncovers about his past.