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Dark Intrusions
An Investigation into the Paranormal Nature of Sleep Paralysis Experiences

by Louis Proud

Trade Paperback, 280 Pages

$18.95, ISBN: 1933665440

Genre(s): Paranormal

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.  

About the Author:

Louis Proud was born in Laura, South Australia, in 1984. He currently lives in Melbourne. An avid writer and researcher of paranormal and occult phenomena, his work has appeared in Fate, Mysteries Magazine, and New Dawn. His interests include film, radio-controlled models, and anything to do with the mysterious and unexplained. 

Colin Wilson and David Hufford, Ph.D., have written forewords for the book.



Foreword by David J. Hufford, Ph.D. 

Foreword by Colin Wilson 



Part 1 

Chapter 1: “I Literally Fear for My Soul”

Chapter 2: Strange Hallucinations 

Chapter 3: A Search for Answers

Chapter 4: The Terror That Comes in the Night 


Part 2 

Chapter 5: The Ghost of Bowling Green 

Chapter 6: The Poltergeist According to Spiritism 

Chapter 7: The Enfield Poltergeist 

Chapter 8: Mediumship, Channeling, and the Joe Fisher Story 

Chapter 9: Stan Gooch and the Hypnagogic State 

Chapter 10: Chico Xavier – The Pope of Spiritism 

Chapter 11: Dion Fortune on Psychic Attack 

Chapter 12: Those Troublesome Voices 

Chapter 13: Caught Between Heaven and Hell 

Chapter 14: Spirits in the Brain

Chapter 15: Robert Monroe – Out of Body Extraordinaire 

Chapter 16: Whitley Strieber and the Visitors

Chapter 17: Trevor James Constable – Etheric Organism Pioneer 

Chapter 18: Postscript 




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What they're saying:

“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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