The abduction of a man from his
secluded vacation cabin is featured in this autobiography by
author Whitley Strieber. Strieber, a man on Christmas vacation
with his family, goes skiing, eats holiday leftovers with his
wife and son, then goes to bed early. But strange things happen
during the night. Striebers effort to reconstruct bizarre
memories of floodlights in the bedroom, owls, and strange dreams
trigger an exploration into Striebers buried past. As
Strieber begins to unlock hidden memories, he learns the truth
about what happened to him on December 26, 1985 in upstate New
Hypnotic regression produced
memories of robot-like humanoids which lined up in formation to
physically carry him out of the cabin that night. Attempts to
unlock buried memories of Anne, Striebers wife, result in
statements made under regression that suggest her duty is not to
remember what happened. Rather her role in the repeated
abductions of her husband is to serve as his security blanket.
Striebers son was also an
apparent witness to part of the abduction of his father. Other
witnesses to some of the strange happenings on that vacation were
another couple, who became so distraught by their dreams, that
they cut their vacation short and went back home.
Strieber links the memory of
another abduction experience to its cardboard scent and to
cinnamon as the closest fragrance describing the female Alien. He
remembers a needle being inserted into his brain and the terror
he felt each time the Aliens touched him.
Strieber recalls an abduction as a young boy and sees soldiers
from Earth. He asks the Alien why the soldiers were brought here.
The Alien answers, "Because they were alone." As
Strieber points out to the reader, perhaps so many abductions
occur in isolated areas because the risk of detection is less
than in the cities.
Strieber describes a four to six
week period of missing time experienced while in his thirties
when he traveled through Europe. He recalls being in a hospital
setting during that time, although he knows he was not
hospitalized on that trip. Strieber also discusses being tattooed
by the Aliens with a triangle mark, which Strieber ascribes to
ancient traditions of mind, body and heart.
typical screen memories of other abductees including deer, owls,
and rabbits. Strieber is also one of the few abductees who writes
under his real name.
The book contains other
fascinating elements, such as alien architecture, a blue crystal,
and nasal surgery. Hearing voices talk to him inside his head and
believing he has been chosen for a special purpose by the Aliens
are other interesting subjects. Differences exist between the
book and the movie version of Striebers story.
book, the movies fictional climax shows Strieber
confidently walking back into a landed UFO to visit his newfound
friends. "Communion" is a classic in its subject
matter, having awakened a new generation to contact with others
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