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diWhat do people think of Dark Intrusions: An Investigation into the Paranormal Nature of Sleep Paralysis Experiences, Louis Proud’s remarkable new book? Read on!

In There’s Something in the Bedroom, Nick Redfern writes: “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 known as Sleep Paralysis (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…That situation has now changed (and radically so, too), thanks to Australian author Louis Proud…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.”

In Shadow Visitors: Sleep paralysis and discarnate “dark ones,” Matt Cardin of the Teeming Brain, explains: Louis Proud “argues that sleep paralysis is actually a cousin to spirit mediumship, in that the experience represents an actual visitation by paranormal entities that live constantly among us. Usually we remain in a condition of mutual ignorance — we don’t see these entities, and they don’t see us — but sometimes they become aware of us, and then, if they’re the lower and more craven kind, they latch onto us to feed on our life energy.”

It’s an idea that makes many people uncomfortable — and rightly so. In Things in the Night, Don Nod, who has had SP experiences of his own, writes: “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 Strieber’s Visitors & tying these threads together so that new avenues of research are opened…I highly recommend it. It will have you second guessing what you thought you knew about life, the universe, & ‘reality.'”

And finally, Micah Hanks, in his review of the book, says: “This volume, no doubt, will solidify Proud’s presence in the Fortean community… it will also become a reference for others who frequently encounter this strange aspect of human consciousness, which they will no doubt look to in trying to better understand the nature of their own experiences.”

You can read an interview with Louis Proud on TheoFantastic, or listen to Proud discussing the scientific and paranormal nature of sleep paralysis experiences on The Gralien Report.