Whitley Strieber – A Life of Contact

Anyone who listens to this show knows the work of Whitley Strieber. His 1987 book Communion was a watershed document that made millions aware of the phenomenon of UFO abductions. It defined and codified the experiences for thousands of people, many of whom wrote to Strieber and his late wife Anne with their own stories. His influence can truly be described as “iconic.” To me, he is the best currently active artist dealing with this subject.

In this conversation, we discussed the beginnings of his experiences, indications of what came before, and the deep influence of his wife in framing and presenting his story. We also delved into the enigma of materials supposedly taken from UFO crashes, the brain physiology of abductees, how Anne has apparently communicated with him since her death, and the times that author William S. Burroughs visited Strieber’s famous cabin looking to make contact with the Visitors.

Commenting on the events of his life, Strieber says he has come to believe that “what we see here is another level of human beings who are in control of souls.” His next book is entitled A New World.


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6 Responses to Whitley Strieber – A Life of Contact

  1. I loved listening to this and perhaps my favourite show so far. Much great food for thought and much love to Whitley Strieber for candidly sharing his experiences with the visitors and the great love that he and Anne shared and continue to share.

  2. George K. says:

    Too bad all what Strieber says is pure fantasy.Like Anne once said : ‘It’s all in his head’.

    • Bethany Herward says:

      Why did you bother watching, George K? If you didn’t watch, why waste time to come on here and make a comment? Either way, you have too much time on your hands with nothing to do.

  3. Jason Doss says:

    Has Whitley ever provided any corroboration of his claims of childhood military psych testing/manipulation or his relative’s involvement at Roswell? Seems like every time I hear him talk, I hear something new that seems unlikely he’d not have known in the 80s.

  4. Corvinus says:

    Strieber is a perplexing figure in this UFO milieu – more than anyone else in the field he exhibits the characteristics of the much ballyhooed (in some circles) ‘Trickster.’
    There are times when he seems eminently credible and down to earth and other moments when he comes off as an arrogant know-it-all with a overblown sense of his own importance and authority in these matters.

    Anyone who has listened to his Dreamland podcasts over the years will notice that he frequently seems to come up with new, previously unrelated experiences that relate to something or other that his guests are talking about – a sort of ‘me-too’ thing that at times really stretches credulity. How many of these hidden anecdotes does he have?

    Even more consternating is the fact that he never really seems to commit to one version or another about what the ‘visitor’ experience actually is despite, at the same time, claiming a level of communication with them that seems, by his own account, to be quite intimate and involved. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for the mystery, complexity and enigmatic nature of this experience but Strieber makes claims at times that imply a level of knowledge and certainty about the nature of the phenomenon that few people demonstrate. More often people having these experiences don’t know what to think.

    To my eye he seems more similar to a classical contactee than the more modern notion of an ‘abductee.’ For example, he is frequently warning about coming disaster (replace ‘atomic destruction’ with ‘climate change’ in this case). He promotes ‘spiritual understanding’ of a sort to offset that problem. A quick perusal of the comments on his site will show a consistent group of what can only be described as followers who hang on his words and whose comments are almost always praise and so on.

    In any case it was an interesting interview as it is nice to get the somewhat different tone of having Strieber be interviewed instead of doing the interviewing.

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