A True Story
- Excerpt from Communion (authorized by the publisher)
- My Experience With the Visitors by Whitley Strieber, MUFON UFO Journal, December 1986 (pdf)
- 'Communion': Whitley
Strieber's encounter with another dimension by Michael Heaton, San Francisco
Examiner, 5 March 1987
- Invasion of the Strieber Snatchers by Tracy Cochran, New York magazine, 30 March 1987
- What 'Communion' Really
Said by WHITLEY STRIEBER Where are the outrageous claims in Communion?
They aren't there, unless extracted by out-of-context quotation PUBLISHER'S
WEEKLY: My Say, 2 October 1987
- On the Road (with Visitors) by Whitley Strieber, International
UFO Reporter, Jan/Feb 1987, Vol.12, No.1, is not available on this site due
to copyright restrictions. A five page essay in which Mr. Strieber shares
his personal feelings about his recently completed 18-city Communion
book tour. The love and support that have poured into my life as a result
of Communion have been extraordinary, he writes. Mr. Strieber
attends to some of the questions asked during his tour, including how his
horror fiction background relates to his experiences. He then makes an appeal,
stating that the debate between skeptics and believers is sidetracking true
investigation by the open minded, inquiring, careful and intelligent
people he met during his trip, of a mystery which is very real
and very strange...[and of which] the future existence of our species may
well depend on. Available for $5 from CUFOS
- Making Communion with Another World, People magazine, 11 May
1987, is not available on this site due to copyright restrictions but may
be found on microfilm in most libraries.
- Associated Press (AP) article,
- Beyond Communion:
An Encounter with Whitley Strieber, April 1988, an interview by Stanley Wiater
- An Open Letter by Whitley Strieber, MUFON UFO Journal, May 1987 (pdf)
- Ted Seth Jacobs: An
Interview with the Artist, October 1999, interview by Will Bueché of BeyondCommunion.Com
- Cover Art — Uncorrected
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- Promotional pin from paperback release of Communion,
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Communion: A True Story
by Whitley Strieber
Published February 10, 1987 (Paperback Jan 1988)
Reprinted as Trade Paperback with new preface (Jan 2008)
Hardcover sales: nearly 300,000; Number 1 New York Times Non-Fiction
Bestseller; On the list for 15 weeks.
Paperback sales: Over 2,000,000; 3rd bestselling mass
market paperback of 1988; Number 1 New York Times Non-Fiction Bestseller; On
the list for 36 weeks
Communion is the story of Whitley Striebers attempt to deal with
a shattering assault from the unknown. To all appearances, he and his family
have had a series of elaborate personal encounters with intelligent nonhuman
beings in his isolated cabin in upstate New York.
At first he thought he was losing his mind. Unconcerned
with the whole phenomenon of UFOs and extraterrestrials, he viewed them as a
false unknown, easily explainable as misperceptions or hallucinations. But the
visitors marched right into the middle of the life of this indifferent skeptic.
Who are these visitors? Where do they come from?
Do they represent some as-yet-unidentified aspect of the human mind incredible,
almost beyond human comprehension, but essentially human or are they
what they seem to be, visitors of unknown origin?
Whitley Strieber describes the stunning effects
of his encounter in the most candid terms possible. Frightened but fascinated,
he faces the unknown with clear and open curiosity as he struggles to understand
these fierce little figures, whose eyes seem to stare into the deepest core
of being, seeking the very depths of the soul seeking communion.
© 1987 Wilson & Neff, Inc.
Synopsis courtesy of William Morrow & Company, Inc.
Cover illustration by Ted Jacobs, jacket design by Cheryl Asherman.
German title: The Visitors (Die Besucher)