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Communion [Mass Market Paperback]

W Strieber
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Feb. 1 1988

On December 26, 1985, at a secluded cabin in upstate New York, Whitley Strieber went siding with his wife and son, ate Christmas dinner leftovers, and went to bed early.

Six hours later, he found himself suddenly awake...and forever changed.

Thus begins the most astonishing true-life odyssey ever recorded -- one man's riveting account of his extraordinary experiences with visitors from"elsewhere"... how they found him, where they took him, what they did to him and why...

Believe it. Or don't believe it. But read it -- for this gripping story will move you like no other... will fascinate you, terrify you, and alter the way you experience your world.

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From School Library Journal

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
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


“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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5.0 out of 5 stars Scared the heck out of me June 17 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was afraid to read this book and finally I did, it helped me bring back memories of my own abduction as a 4 year old child and also strange things that happened in the same vein when i was 12 years old. It still scares me to death and it seems as Whitley says, there is no escape, if you are marked, they will come after you, and it's no fun being one of the "chosen." Also I have personally seen the saucers in the skies on different occasions. Scarey!! How can it be denied?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Questionable, and ....Believable? May 24 2004
By L. Berk
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It is important to go into this book with an open mind.
For me, the entire premise seems to exist outside of the realm of fiction and nonfiction, as both of these genres connate a certain type of book. Communion is neither. It is to be read and absorbed, not analysed or debated for its veracity. The premise of the story, for me, exists outside of what is "true" and what is not.
Rather than being a story about an alien abduction, it is much more about Strieber's own journey of realisation, discovery, and healing. The reviewers who say that this book frightened them, I can see why: The first fifty pages or so are fairly frightening. However, the other threehundred-odd pages deal with Strieber's grappling with how to heal himself, how to deal with what he had perceived to have happened.
It is important to read this book not as a science fiction or science fact book, but rather as a man's struggle to heal. I found some parts of this book to be slow and occasionally confusing. Additionally, Strieber's writing can be difficult to follow and repetitive. Finally, he tends to get a bit too "new-agey" for me at points. Despite this, however, you cannot help but to feel the resurgance of hope, the renewed faith and tenacity which he experiences with his facing of the unknown.
This book is not meant to be frightening, it is meant to be a testament to inner strength.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great sci-fi horror by a fiction writer! Jan. 18 2004
Wake up and smell the surgical fluid people! Whitley Strieber was, and still is, a fiction writer. He writes fiction! This is just his "Blair Witch Project" or "Fargo". To be honest the whole alien abduction thing is probably best looked at from John Mack's observations as a psychiatrist who has worked with these people. The other guy Budd Hopkins is just plain dangerous and is suggesting things to people during his therapy sessions.
Strieber has done brilliantly with this book but unfortunately he went the extra mile and did not say that is was a load of bunk after the release. He did however reverse his whole position on it one time...
from "The Communion Letter"
Whitley Strieber's cover letter from the Spring Issue, 1991; Volume 3, No. 1.
Dear Reader:
I would like to thank you for your patronage of the Communion Letter. Your subscription ends with this issue, and we are not taking new subscriptions or renewals. A list of available back issues is printed on the reverse of this letter for those who may be interested in collecting.
I had always intended to run the newsletter about two years, and that amount of time has now passed. During this period the Communion Letter has gained a large circulation and, I believe, published some remarkable articles.
But all good things must come to an end. I am not a UFO researcher and do not wish to endure the continued media attack that is associated with being involved in this field. In addition, the so-called "UFO-ologists" are probably the cruellest, nastiest and craziest people I have ever encountered. Their interpretation of the visitor experience is rubbish from beginning to end. The "abduction reports" that they generate are not real.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long before X-Files..... Feb. 20 2003
By J. Wong
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Spooky Dec 14 2002
By pdirt
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My dad had this book on his bookshelf when I was a kid. I remember taking the book out often just to look at the cover. The drawing of the alien on the cover seems full of intent, detail, like it was really looking at me. I didn't start to read it until several years later. I got about halfway into the book. Finally, I looked up from the book as I was reading it late one night in my bed and swore that any minute one of these grey creatures would come walking through my bedroom door. Or even worse, they would come through the window that was behind my bed. I had never read a book that scared me so bad (Stephen King's "It" was a close 2nd). In a fit of fear, I through the book across the room where it landed behind the closet door. It lay there for over 6 months before I picked the book up and promptly through it into the garbage.
I had dreams of my parents being abducted as a kid, but I don't remember seeing these creatures, but their faces are really unnerving to look at. I've never seen one that I can remember, except in pictures and drawings. It's their eyes, they're so big and dark.
I think part of what contributed to my emotional response to this book is what I perceived as a very strong underlying tone of Whitley's own terror, expressed in the words of his book. Whitley has a radio program now and he's certainly toned down quite a bit and sounds much less fearful nowadays.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
I love this book. Whitley Strieber takes you deep into his abduction experience with the 'Visitors'. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Tracey L Ferguson
3.0 out of 5 stars Communion
The book did not "blow-my-socks-off" but I am still pleased to have it in my collection of books to read.
Published 9 months ago by C. Boisvert
5.0 out of 5 stars Believe or not, a great read.
This book is a well written account of alien sightings and abduction. Even for non believers. I read it when it was first released and have since sent it to a friend.
Published 13 months ago by Beckey Langley
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor effort, Dont waste your time.
I read to page 50 and the bad grammar and atrocious spelling took it's toll.
The subject matter (alien abductions), is being used by a hack writer to make a buck. Read more
Published 20 months ago by a reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for the beginning UFO researcher
Whitley Strieber claims to be an abductee -- a person taken by aliens against their will for their own unknown reasons. Read more
Published on April 25 2011 by LeBrain
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep an open mind
The events described in the book are hard to believe, the author admits as much. But what you learn from Communion is that there is a lot to learn if you can keep an open mind. Read more
Published on May 4 2004 by Thomas Bonar
5.0 out of 5 stars "Honey, I'll be back soon - Gone to buy a night light."
I was twelve years old when I first saw the image on the cover of this book worn on a novelty button by one of my friends. I promised myself to one day read it. Read more
Published on April 19 2004 by T. M. Mewborn
3.0 out of 5 stars sad reality
This book is well-written, and the author should be well praised for his skill in his art. On the other hand, understanding that this book is a matter of non-fiction, it can be... Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2004 by J. M. Krassin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!
Communion is by far the best UFO and Paranormal Phenomena book I've read ever. Whitley Strieber is a great story teller that will change your view of human perspective. Read more
Published on Dec 20 2002 by Clau
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