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DARK INTRUSIONS: An Investigation into the Paranormal Nature of Sleep Paralysis Experiences (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Louis Proud

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Since his late teens, Louis Proud has suffered from chronic sleep paralysis and has undergone hundreds of such episodes, many of them terrifying but ultimately transformational and eye-opening. These experiences, he believes, allow access to the “spirit realm” and could well hold the key to a whole host of paranormal phenomena, including poltergeist disturbances, out-of-body-experiences, mediumship, spirit possession, and succubi and incubi encounters.

Drawing on the work of Colin Wilson, Joe Fisher, Stan Gooch, Whitley Strieber, Robert Monroe, Dion Fortune, and a number of other paranormal experts, Proud lucidly demonstrates that many sleep paralysis experiences involve genuine contact and communication with incorporeal entities, some of them parasitic and potentially dangerous. In this comprehensive, open-minded exploration of the sleep paralysis phenomenon, filled with fascinating descriptions of his own experiences, as well as those of others, no stone is left unturned as Proud attempts to get to the bottom of the mystery.

“Louis Proud has demonstrated with this book that he is one of the most acute commentators on the paranormal to appear in recent years… It gives me immense pleasure to be allowed to introduce a writer who will, I suspect, become widely admired for his enviable brilliance and clarity.”
- Colin Wilson, author of "The Occult"

“This insider's account of his own sleep paralysis experiences, in detail, is of great value. Then for that insider to knowledgeably place the experience in the broad paranormal context is unique. It provides a badly needed view of the cultural/interpretive framework that this experience naturally suggests. Louis Proud has been bold and thoughtful in providing this.”
- David Hufford, Ph.D., author of "The Terror That Comes in the Night"

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Sleep Invaders Exposed and Explained 22 décembre 2009
Par Nick Redfern - Publié sur Amazon.com
In the References section of my book, There's Something in the Woods, I briefly noted that: "In the early hours one morning in late 2002, I had a nightmarish encounter with a wolf-like, cloaked figure that manifested in our apartment while I was in the depths of a sleep-paralysis-style slumber. It took all my strength to wake up, at which point the foul beast vanished into the darkness."

Collectively, I think, I've had maybe 2 other experiences of a similar nature: one (around 2003) involving a cloudy, shadowy figure leaning over me and preventing me from rising from the bed, and the other of a presence (that I interpreted as malevolent) slowly climbing the staircase at one of my old abodes in England. I struggled to wake-up, knowing full well that its destination was my bedroom (and which occurred at some point in the early-to-mid 1990s).

As a result, I've always taken a keen interest in reports such as these - hence the review that follows!

A lot of words have been written about the strange and unnerving phenomenon (or, perhaps, phenomena would be a better and more accurate word to use) that has popularly become know as Sleep-Paralysis (SP).

Some of those words have been good and some of them have been bad. Others have been wholly skeptical; while many have been firmly pro-SP.

But, what has been lacking until now is a truly in-depth, book-length and definitive study of the mystery written by someone who has actually experienced repeated episodes of sleep-paralysis, first-hand - and in all their terrifying glory, no less.

That situation has now changed (and radically so, too), thanks to Australian author Louis Proud, whose title (just published by Anomalist Books) Dark Intrusions: An Investigation into the Paranormal Nature of Sleep Paralysis Experiences, makes for both remarkable and essential reading.

One might argue that anyone with an above-average knowledge of the paranormal and a keen writing talent could sit down and deeply research the subject of sleep-paralysis and then, as a result, write a paper, a report or a book on the subject.

Well, maybe that's possibly true. But what would be utterly lacking would be the sheer, intense and harrowing personal touch that Proud skilfully brings to his book time and time again.

It's clear to me, at least, that the writing of Dark Intrusions was very much a cathartic experience for the author. And that's a good thing, taking into consideration some of the nightmarish events that he chronicles within the pages of his book - and with refreshing openness and clarity, no less. Indeed, Proud is not at all afraid to dig into his personal life, experiences, beliefs and ideas pertaining to the world of the paranormal as he searches for the answers relative to SP.

And, I suspect, possibly as a result of the fact that he has - in his 25-years - experienced numerous SP episodes, Proud displays the zeal, drive, inquiring-mind and enthusiasm that are needed when addressing such an emotive topic.

So, as a result of not just wanting to get an answer to what lies at the heart of SP, but also to understand, appreciate and reconcile how the mystery impacts upon his own life, Proud brings to the table a vast array of data that is thought-provoking, unsettling, creepy, ominous and...well, you get the idea!

Thankfully, Proud does not fall foul of the mistake that many authors make when writing about such anomalous phenomena: namely, simply reeling off case-after-case in mind-numbing and yawn-inducing fashion. Rather, he also provides the reader with a variety of theories to explain what may well be afoot with respect to SP, and what its relationship to us may be.

It must be said that there is much in the pages of Dark Intrusions that readers of a nervous disposition (or those who have experienced SP) may find unnerving. But for those of you who may be of that particular mind-set, I would say do not avoid Proud's book. In fact, I would actually urge you to digest its pages very carefully: you may very well come away from it profoundly changed and informed - and in a positive fashion, too.

But, that doesn't take away the ominous nature of SP: "Defiled" and "Unclean" are just two of the words that Proud uses to describe at least some of his SP experiences, a number of which have been very sexual in nature.

And, they are highly appropriate words, too - and not just in Proud's case, either. "You knew that I would come" are the bone-chilling words that one victim of SP reportedly heard uttered by an icy, female intruder from the outer-edge.

So, who - or what - are these uninvited guests who have, for countless generations, tormented probably millions of people all around the world in the middle of the night? From where do they come? What is their motivation? Can they be stopped?

These (and many more) questions are carefully addressed by Proud as he takes us on a wild-ride that includes such matters as: the Old-Hag controversy; Incubus and Succubus encounters; poltergeist activity (such as that relative to the famous Enfield Poltergeist saga of 1977; out-of-body experiences; Buddhist teachings and beliefs; the nature of the human-soul; the afterlife; altered states of mind and body; and much more.

Certainly, for me at least, one of the most fascinating aspects of Dark Intrusions was the material that focuses upon Alien-Abductions. If you read this chapter, and come away still thinking that AA's are merely the result of genetic experimentation undertaken by bug-eyed scientists from Alpha-Centauri, then there's absolutely no hope for you.

Proud demonstrates (and in a way that a number of AA researchers and writers are now beginning to suspect and understand) that the AA puzzle is one that also has major bearings upon questions relative to the after-life and the human life-force - and, of course, SP.

Those acquainted (or even unacquainted) with the studies of Dion Fortune, Stan Gooch and Trevor James Constable will find much of an enthralling and captivating, too.

But, for absolute downright creepiness, there is the story of the late Joe Fisher, author of The Siren Call of Hungry Ghosts, which is as cautionary as it is mind-bending.

Equally fascinating is the story of how Proud himself deliberately tried to place himself into SP mode - with startling and notable results.

In other words, this is a truly excellent and wide study of a phenomenon undertaken by a man who has not only been touched and changed by SP himself, but who has had the courage to seek out the answers to this mystery, and who ultimately triumphs, rather than merely playing the role of victim to the menacing entities that invade our slumber.

As Proud states: "...the SP state puts you in direct contact with your soul."
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Things in the Night---a Review of Louis Proud's DARK INTRUSIONS 2 mars 2010
Par D. Hill - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Let me preface here that I am neither a skeptic nor am I a wooly eyed believer. What I am is an open minded agnostic seeker of knowledge...which is to say that I am in awe of the Boundless Unknown in which we live. Now we come to Louis Proud's brilliant & terrifying book- DARK INTRUSIONS. It really does shatter the limits on research on Sleep Paralysis. I will try not to give too much away as to the book's content as I think some of the other reviews have nicely summed it up & some of the content is so surprisingly strange it has to be read as if you were journeying with the author for it to have the jarring impact it did with me.

I have also had numerous episodes of Sleep Paralysis when I was growing up & they were of the horrifying sort where you wake up paralyzed & the shadowy 'presence' tries to smother you out like a candle. These episodes are the most frightening experiences I have ever had. Seeing this book mentioned online-I knew I had to read it-though I have to admit his premise that the cause of S.P. was paranormal wasn't something I wanted to entertain too much. I have spent many years trying to deny & rationally explain away my own S.P. experiences. But any misgivings I might have had about this book were soon smoothed over by Louis Proud's intensely fascinating & intelligently written explorations of S.P. & such diverse phenomenon as poltergeists-U.F.O.s-Whitley Streiber's Visitors & tying these threads together so that new avenues of research are opened & suddenly the 'world' seems to have been exposed as very much similar to H.P. Lovecraft's Weird Tale-"From Beyond" Once I finished I really did look at the 'world' with fresh eyes & it really did bring on the awe of the Boundless Unknown. Though to be honest while reading this I did start to entertain certain paranoid notions that some events in my life were manipulated starting with those S.P. episodes in the childhood-resulting in a devastating rite of passage in my twenties. I am hoping this will remain nothing but a paranoid notion or a plot for a weird tale rather than an alarming truth about our 'reality'.

While Sleep Paralysis can be frightening I have found that certain Spiritual practices have helped me to ward these attacks off. You see initially I hated having S.P. as a child but I do have to say that they did lead me into greater awareness & so does Louis Proud's book. His wide ranging knowledge & well written exciting work is a strong guide in the wild sea of Unexplained Phenomenon. I highly recommend it. It will have you second guessing what you thought you knew about life-the universe & 'reality'.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Impressive Scholarship, Fascinating Read 1 septembre 2011
Par Pamela Grundy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Anyone who has ever experienced sleep paralysis knows that no amount of professional reassurance that the phenomenon is purely physical is totally convincing to the victim. After all, sight is also a physiological process, but does that mean that the objects of perception (that is, the things we 'see') are not real? Does documenting the physiological process negate the experience of, say, appreciating a painted masterpiece or awe-inspiring sunset?

These are age-old philosophical questions, and most of the time few people care about them. They are boring. What is reality? and blah blah blah. It is only when the topic relates to occult phenomena and paranormal experiences that these physiological explanations are used to label the objects of perception false, and to totally deny the experiential quality of the event. The problem is, explaining things away doesn't really explain the things themselves most of the time, and we're left feeling ridiculed and forced into silence about gut reactions and intuitions.

Louis Proud's willingness to share his personal experiences with sleep paralysis and his struggle thereafter to understand the phenomenon on his own terms makes for spell-binding reading, but what I found really impressive about his book was not so much his personal sharing as his willingness to then dive headfirst and without apology into careful and serious scholarship on various facets of occult history and tradition.

Most people today are not aware that modern Western culture even HAS an 'occult history' much less one that can be seriously researched, but it does, and sadly, researching this parallel tradition without constant apology can mean the death of a serious academic career. For instance, Julian Jaynes never regained his academic standing after publishing The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, and the situation has not improved much in recent decades, despite inroads made by pioneers in the study of consciousness.

Aristotle and Plato both had valid points of view, but Plato has been locked in the basement of science for about 500 years, and to no good end. It's about time somebody let that guy out. Finally a number of thoughtful researchers are taking anomalous experiences seriously (and taking experience itself seriously) and coming up with a few answers and even more fascinating questions. This, in opposition to science's kneejerk reaction of just throwing what doesn't fit the dominant paradigm into the trash.

This is an awesome book, a quick read, and an absolute 'must have' for anybody who has come face to face with anything that can't be explained. I loved it and hope Mr. Proud writes more, soon.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent material 7 novembre 2010
Par NovaStar - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
It was about time a book about this controversial subject was written by someone who has suffered from Sleep Paralysis on a regular basis and who has not conformed to the short-sighted view that "scientists" have on the subject. Those who have experienced this phenomenon first hand will find valuable information in this book. Mr Proud discusses different types of spirit/entity intrusion as well as the phenomenon of poltergeists. Those who are completely new to the subject will find a wealth of information about paranormal phenomena. Mr Proud will point you in the right direction for more research since he has indeed done his "homework." More experienced researchers will not be disappointed as Mr Proud first account of his experiences will certainly contribute to their understanding of the spirit/entity intrusion phenomena. In a time when gullible "new agers" communicate with "guides" and "ascended masters" of dubious origin, this book is a wake-up call to those questing spirits who are reluctant to fall prey to the mumbo-jumbo trickery of "the hungry ghosts." A must read for all those interested in this subject!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The only Sleep Paralysis Book focusing on the Fortean Literature 6 octobre 2010
Par Ryan Hurd - Publié sur Amazon.com
"Dark Intrusions" by Louis Proud is a much needed investigation into the paranormal aspects of sleep paralysis visions. Proud digs deep and views SP within the philosophical and literary traditions of spiritualism, mediumship, ghost hauntings and channeling.

Proud is a sleep paralysis experiencer himself, so his narrative is grounded in his first-hand knowledge of what it feels like to be held down while you sleep by various unsavory entities. This is the classic sleep paralysis encounter, recounted by millions around the world in many cultures as the old hag, the incubus effect, and being ridden by the witch. Proud uses his experience as a touchstone as he reviews the connecting threads of SP with the fortean literature.

No other book on sleep paralysis -- including my own -- focuses this deeply on this secret Western history of sleep paralysis experience. Louis suggests that this history has been marginalized from scientific inquiry. SP encounters can be seen spanning the centuries, from Swedenborg's works, to 19th century spiritualist texts, to the voluminous writings of Chico Xavier, and most recently Wesley Streiber's harrowing account of night visitors in "Communion." Proud methodically reviews this literature, pointing out trends and similarities, as well as theorizing how sleep paralysis visions may be one of the authentic ways to contact spirits--or be terrorized by them.

Proud's central thesis is that some sleep paralysis experiences are "attempts at possession by discarnate entities" that occur when one's psychic guard is down. This is certainly a powerful meme that deserves review as its historical root are deep and influential, running parallel with western science as a kind of shadow culture for the last 200 years.

The book contributes to the literature by reviewing the history of the Western spiritualism as it relates to the interpretation of sleep paralysis events. While I don't necessarily agree with Proud's hypothesis that discarnate entities are behind negative sleep paralysis experiences or "supernatural assault", (as a dream researcher, I plead the 5th), I definitely agree that SP vision encounters are more than the projected fears of a dreamer during REM intrusion, which is the "flatland" perspective espoused by mainstream cultural materialism. Let's face it, sleep paralysis and hypnagogic visions are a big mystery in dream/visionary psychology, and many threads (cultural, psychodynamic, archetypal and transpersonal at the very least) contribute to the particular cloaks worn by the shadow characters of the night.

"Dark Intrusions" also wades into some pretty weird and fascinating waters, including ghost rape, phantom voices, poltergeists and energy vampirism, but he always brings the material back to the experiences of sleep paralysis sufferers.

One more comment: I recommend reading this book in the daylight hours, or you might have trouble falling asleep when the lights go out!
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