Published in 1987, Whitley Strieber’s Communion may be the definitive book on alien abduction. Jettisoning the stylistic tendencies that had characterized his earlier horror novels, Strieber approached the subject with a journalist’s attention to detail, coupled with the genuine curiosity of a child. In this initial account of his experiences as an abductee, Strieber was careful not to come off as a raving lunatic. He insisted that he did not know who his “visitors” really were, or what their intentions were; he was simply a man who seemed to have a bizarre experience, and this book was written as a way of making sense of that experience. Along with the cases that came before Strieber’s, Communion set the template for the abduction experience and gave the phenomena a tremendous boost in popularity and credibility. Alas, the releases that followed weren’t quite so easy to swallow…
After publishing Communion, Strieber claimed that his abduction experiences continued, and he sought out to chronicle them in several other books, notably Breakthrough and Transformation. Although these books continue on the same philosophical course as Communion, featuring Strieber’s personal ruminations on humankind’s greater role in the cosmos, the encounters described in them are far more baffling than anything that came before. Strieber has claimed that aliens, not content to simply take him aboard their spacecraft, would whisk him away to other parts of the country, where he would visit old friends whom he had not seen in some time.
Things got weirder when, on a trip to New Jersey to drop off one of his son’s friends, he took a wrong turn and found himself in a bizarre, unfamiliar town that certainly wasn’t on any map he was aware of. Now, unlike other abductees, whose encounters with the aliens are restricted solely to a few vague memories of their time aboard a space craft, Strieber claims that aliens are living around us, infiltrating our society like foreign spies, and that he, because of his unique experiences, is able to see and identify them. Whereas most individuals who believe they have been kidnapped by aliens feel, at best, that the experience has given them a wider perception of reality and, at worst, that they have been through a great trauma that they would much rather forget about than embrace, Strieber has developed a grand, dramatic narrative around his experiences, telling a great sci-fi story that, sadly, is no longer as believable as it was in 1987.
Since alien abduction has become part of the public consciousness, thousands of people from across the globe have come forward to share their own stories of strange visitors who subject them to frightening, often cruel experiments. Is it all the product of a generation inundated with too much science fiction, or might there be something legitimately happening to these people?
Although the involvement of beings from another planet is, for the most part, exclusive to stories coming from the mid-twentieth century and beyond, similar tales of supernatural nocturnal abductors have circulated through various cultures for centuries. The sexual encounter reported by Antonio Villas Boas sounds remarkably similar to an encounter with a succubus, and there are remarkable parallels between fairy tale lore and alien abduction narratives. Perhaps these experiences are simply modern manifestations of something that has already been occurring for ages, with the major details shifting to mirror the society of the time.
Got some first hand experience on the mothership? We want to hear about it. Join the discussion in the comments section.
- - Antonio Villas Boas: http://www.conspiracyarchive.com/images/boasPage1.jpg
- - Betty Andreasson: http://ufocasebook.com/bettyandreasson2.jpg http://www.theironskeptic.com/articles/andreasson/wall.jpg
- - Whitley Strieber: http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n4/n24128.jpg