Strieber, Whitley

Strieber, Whitley (1945– ) In 1985 novelist Whitley Strieber claimed to have been abducted by aliens in a supposedly nonfiction book titled Communion, which quickly became a best seller and helped spread the notion that aliens were abducting humans. He then devoted himself to ufology, researching the claims of other abductees in collaboration with hypnotist, ufologist, and historian David M. Jacobs. Eventually Strieber decided that the aliens featured in abduction stories might not have come from another planet; instead, he theorizes that they are from some alternate reality or unknown realm on Earth or in the human mind.


  • Jacobs, David M.


The Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Paranormal Phenomena – written by Patricia D. Netzley © 2006 Gale, a part of Cengage Learning

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