Through a Fractured Glass, Darkly (Part One): The Facts in the Strange Case of Whitley Strieber

By aeolus kephas

What are we to make of the strange case of Whitley Strieber? Already well-known for his horror fiction (Wolfen, The Hunger, both made into Hollywood movies), Strieber underwent some extremely unusual personal experiences back in 1985 and wrote a book called Communion, after which his name became more or less synonymous with alien abduction. Yet Strieber is far more than just a man who claims that aliens did some highly strange things to him. Looking at his work so far, from Communion to The Communion Enigma: What Is To Come (which I have not yet read), a picture emerges of Strieber as the John the Baptist of the alien paradigm — the “chosen one” of a race of preterhuman, apparently ancient, unimaginably advanced beings. Crying in the wilderness of 21st century civilization, mocked and derided by orthodoxy (in this case science rather than religion), he is nonetheless regarded with awe and fascination by a large number of devoted followers, all eager to partake of his strange baptism. (Between his website and his radio show “Dreamland,” Strieber’s followers apparently number in the hundreds of thousands.)…..

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