His experience-centered methodology for dealing with strange phenomena is worth studying. -- Journal of Operational Psychology, Vol. 14 No.1, 1983
It's a provocative exploratory work with numerous firsthand accounts. -- The Book Review, Los Angeles Times, May 1, 1983
This is a scholarly book, but very readable by a person without a technical background. -- Choice, May 1983
From the Publisher
David Hufford's academic work, subtitled An Experience Centered Study of Supernatural Assault Traditions, deals with the so-called 'Old Hag' experience, a psychologically disturbing event in which a victim claims to have encountered some form of malign entity whilst dreaming (or awake). Sufferers report feeling suffocated, held down by some 'force', paralyzed-and extremely afraid. It is an experience which is surprisingly common, with Hufford estimating that approximately 15% of people undergo it at some point in their lives. Various cultures have their own name for the phenomenon, and have constructed their own mythology around it; the supernatural tenor of many Old Hag stories is unavoidable. Hufford, as a folklorist, is well-placed to investigate this puzzling occurrence.