Whitley Strieber Essay, Research Paper
Whitley Strieber is the author of many non-fiction bestsellers. His most famous books
include: The Wolfen, The Hunger, Night Church, War Day, Wolf of Shadow, Nature?s
End, Cat Magic, Transformation, Majestic, Billy, The Wild, Unholy Fire, Forbidden
Zone, Breakthrough: The Next Step, The Secret School, Evenings With Demons: Stories
of Thirty Years, and Confirmation: The Hard Evidence.
Whitley Strieber is best known for his autobiographical account of his
experiences with strange ?visitors? who came to his cabin in the New York countryside,
titled Communion. Communion was published in 1987 and sold more than 250,000
copies and was number one on the NewYork Times non-fiction best seller list for two
weeks. It is the story of Strieber?s attempt to deal with an assault from the unknown. He
and his family allegedly have had a series of elaborate personal encounters with
intelligent non-human beings. At first he thought he was losing his mind. Unconcerned
with the whole phenomenon of UFOs and extraterrestrials, he viewed them as easily
explainable misperceptions or hallucinations. Strieber was rudely awakened when these
?visitors? began to take over his life.
Strieber describes the stunning effects of his encounter in the most graphic way
possible. Frightened and curious, he faces the unknown,?whose eyes seem to stare into
the deepest care of being, seeking the very depths of the soul – seeking Communion.?
Whitley Strieber is also greatly known for his follow-up book to Communion,
called Breakthrough : The Next Step. After writing the book, Communion, Strieber
mysteriously retired from public life in 1989. At the time, he said that he would not
return until he had something new to say about the beings he had come to call ?the
In 1989, Strieber had gotten compelling proof that the visitors were real. His first
impulse was to rush the information to the press, but Strieber was afraid how the world
would react to this stunning evidence. He decided to put his information into another
book, Breakthrough: The Next Step. This book deals with Strieber?s five year struggle to
understand. He asks many questions: Who are they? What are their intentions? What do
they want and need from us? He observed as they entered the lives of his family and
closest friends. He watched over the years how the family changed and the remarkable
effect of the visitors on their child.
There has never been an unexplained experience so carefully documented or
extensively witnessed by others. He has passed four lie detector tests and he has been
examined for many diseases both physical and mental. Not only is he entirely normal,
the proof he presents in this book could convince a jury.
Another book that Strieber wrote is Billy. This book is about a psychopathic
kidnaper who is looking for the perfect child to keep as his own son. This deranged man
moves from child to child and finally comes across Billy. he attempts to brainwash Billy
and tries to get him to believe that he is his father. Personally, I found it hard to put the