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YA Strieber has a reputation for writing well-researched nonfiction. Were it not for this reputation, readers would be more tempted to dismiss as fantasy this account of visits he has received from a non-human group. In the winter of 198586, the visits became both more frequent and more visible. Strieber sought the help of a counselor/hypnotist, who did not accept the alien hypothesis. Eventually Strieber's wife was also hypnotized. The accounts both Striebers gave under hypnosis and the memories that surfaced after hynosis, as well as several witnesses to aspects of the visitations all corroborate that something abnormal occurred. Strieber is careful not to jump to any conclusions; in fact, he philosophizes at length about the possibilities which include aliens, an as yet unidentified aspect of the human mind, or some generally invisible earth inhabitant such as fairies. The book is fascinating as long as it sticks to the basic account, and the ways in which the Striebers chose to research the phenomena. The passages of hypothesizing are more longwinded and will be of less interest to young adults, but they do remind readers that the Striebers have not accepted a single answer to the puzzle even now. Any readers who have interest in the unexplained will appreciate this book. Dorcas Hand, Episcopal High School, Bellaire
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“Powerfully written and involving!” (New York Times)

“Strieber comes through as both sensible and sincere...His book deserves to be taken seriously.” (Boston Herald)

“Powerful...Strieber’s storytelling ability makes his own terror and confusion feel real to the reader...Compelling reading.” (Seattle Times)

“...COMMUNION is surely the most throught-provoking book on UFOs and alien visitation published so far.” (Rocky Mountain News)

“Patently honest...There is no doubt this man has endured experiences of compelling realism.” (Vermont Sunday Magazine)

“Vividness of detail and depth of feeling...Convincing!” (New York Tribune)

“A fascinating story...And it certainly could be true.” (Detroit News)

“Should give second thoughts to even the most hardened skeptic!” (Dow Jones News)

“A convincing case.” (Houston Chronicle)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (January 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061474185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061474187
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I publish both fiction and nonfiction. My most famous works of fiction are the Wolfen, the Hunger, Warday (with James Kunetka), Superstorm (with Art Bell), Majestic and the Grays.

My best-known works of nonfiction are Communion and the Communion series: Transformation, Breakthrough, Confirmation, the Secret School and Solving the Communion Enigma. I've also published the Key and have just finished Super Natural: a New Vision of the Unexplained with Rice University Religion Chair Jeffry J. Kripal. It will be published by Tarcher/Penguin in February of 2016.

I had a close encounter of the third kind in December of 1985. This was universally taken to be an encounter with aliens, and I became the media's poster boy for alien abduction. The fact that I had prefaced Communion with ""the enigmatic presence of the human mind winks back from the dark" was entirely ignored.

I do not understand what causes the abduction experience, but I do know that it is not presently identified and is in need of study, as is the whole area of what is generally called "the paranormal." This is why Jeff and I have written Super Natural. It is time to go beyond the millennia long debate about whether or not the paranormal is real and find out what it is.

This is why Tarcher is called Super Natural the most important book on the subject since Charles Fort published the Book of the Damned in 1919.

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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful By A. K. Berger on June 11, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
One of my friends, a deep NON-believer in extraterrestrials, told me that she was moved by this harrowing work. Out of mere curiousity I read it. And...it changed me. Most books on the subject of UFO's and extraterrestrials whiz right by me, and I've forget their message within days. However, Communion has stuck with me, and Whitley Strieber's riveting account continuously resurfaces in my mind. But, sadly enough, this book is not for the faint-of-heart. Its bizarre stories and explicit descriptions are downright frightening; I can honestly say that I have lost sleep over this book, lying awake, wondering if it's true. I would not recommend this book before bed. If Strieber's accounts of his alien abduction are true, then this book is more than a nonfiction work: it is undeniable proof that "they" do exist. But even if Strieber is lying through his teeth, Communion makes for a highly entertaining read.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 1999
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You can believe him, or you can think he's crazy. But after reading this book, you will believe that Strieber firmly believes in what he's saying.
Once in a great while, a book comes along that changes the way one perceives reality. For me, and I venture to say many others, Communion is such a book.
I don't know if Strieber's "visitors" are real physical beings, multidimensional travelers, creations of the human mind, or none of these things. Neither does he. But some of the things Strieber describes in Communion have been experienced by far too many people, to be pure fantasy. There is SOMETHING very strange going on, be it alien abduction or widespread shared dreams. Either way, the subject deserves serious investigation.
Read this book. If you come away believing it, you'll be a changed person. If you come away believing it's fiction, you'll have read one hell of a story.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By "carolyn5000" on November 13, 2001
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I have wanted to read this book for years but always held off because I was sure it would be terrifying. While it does contain a large amount of scary aspects, the book is mostly a very well written, very intelligent examination of one man's experience with the unknown.
Strieber's experiences with missing time, bizarre implants, and the now farmiliar Grey creatures are riveting and offputting at the same time. What makes this book really stand out from most of the ufoology is that Strieber really tries to figure out what the "visitors" as he calls them want with us. He comes up with several interesting theories, and the book is fresh and interesting throughout, never bogging down.
I would highly recommend this read for the open minded and the curious.
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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 2002
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I made the mistake of reading this alone in bed in an empty house over a period of 2 days - what a bonehead. It scared the bejeesus out of me. Every time the house creaked I was up like a shot with a baseball bat in my hands. Thanks Whitley, for depriving me of a good nights sleep. God knows when I'll ever be able to sleep peacefully again! Next time my employer asks me why I've got bags under my eyes and my work performance is suffering I'll say "I've been reading Strieber". Having said that I found the book fascinating, in a very creepy horrible way. I know deep inside of myself that there is a lot more to this universe than meets the eye, and I've even had some weird and unpleasant experiences myself when I was young. Though of the ghostly, not the alien, kind. That said, I was deeply disappointed with the end of this book. I got the distinct impression throughout the book that Whitley was gradually gaining an understanding of these beings, what they were, why they were here, why they were doing what they were doing. But at the end - nothing. I was expecting some final chapter on Whitleys belief of just what it was all about. But no, all I got was talk about the Triad and how it represents the pinnacle of Spiritual evolution. He was saying that he thought maybe these beings were trying to 'join' with us, hence the name Communion, in some way to produce a better, more enlightened, more spiritual byproduct. Well Whitley, I already know how to evolve spiritually, to expand my consciousness. All it takes is a moral ethical life, renouncing mundane worldly things and above all turning to God, the Infinite Spirit, every day in meditation and prayer.Read more ›
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. Wong on February 20, 2003
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This book is a true classic among the hundreds of alien abduction books out there. Whitley Strieber writes with sincerity on his feelings and thoughts about his abduction experience, and to the reader he'll come down as just an average human being who had this extraordinary experience. I've read many alien abduction books since, and still feel "Communion" is the best.
As the other reviewers mentioned, it is a chilling story. Yes, I also suffered from nightmares after reading it. Strieber was already known for his other books before "Communion" ("The Hunger", "Wolfen", etc.) Interestingly, Strieber claims that his horror novels were based on his subconscious fears caused by his lifelong abductions, unbeknownst to him when he wrote the novels. Because it is so well written, I think even skeptics would find it at least entertaining if not enlightening. Without a doubt, it's one of the scariest books I've ever read.
Readers of "Communion" might also find "Report on Communion" by Ed Conroy also interesting. I also recommend any book by Budd Hopkins, or "The Andreasson Affair" series by Raymond Fowler.
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