Demonic entities have lurked around Lana of Croatia since she was six years old. Entities would come to her in the night to give her visions or nightmares. The most frightening demons woke her to terrify her out of sleep. “They have many forms,” Lana, now 20, said. “Some look like regular human, except their eyes are empowered with some type of strange energy. Some have black wings, some blue skin and blue wings – those are the ugliest, or they can be pure darkness.”
As she grew, so did the terror of these demonic visitations.
“I saw more demons in my life that you can imagine,” she said. “No wonder demons spotted me and so I early became a victim of an incubus spirit.”
As an adult Lana sat in her room undressing for bed, not thinking of anything in particular, when vulgar images began to seep into her mind. The images quickly became sexual. “I felt like somebody was watching me,” Lana said. “I felt the strange urge not to put my clothes on so I sat like that on my bed hoping those feeling would go away.”
Lana’s breath came in short, clipped bursts as she tried to control her racing thoughts; thoughts she began to understand weren’t her own. “Demonic manipulation was so big,” she said. “Then, one by one, vulgar questions started popping in my mind. I believe the demon was trying to seduce me by talking dirty. I fell for the game, but it felt extremely wrong.”
A force Lana is convinced was an incubus suddenly threw her backward onto the bed and forced itself inside her. “Next thing I know I was being raped in my bed, very violently, not knowing how to chase that demonic manipulation away,” she said. “That night he raped me once more. It was very strange and I felt all the power he had over my mind and my body.”
Attacks by an incubus (a demonic entity that has sex with sleeping women), science says, are all in a person’s head. According to psychologists, incubus attacks occur when a person becomes partially conscious even though most of their brain is in the REM sleep stage. This leaves the dreamer paralyzed by sleep while their mind weaves concrete images with dream images into an encounter that seems “real.” This state, called parasomnia, often involves sexual arousal, which can include an invisible rapist.
Are these sexual assaults simply a dreaming mind playing tricks? To the people who experience the attacks, they are all too real.
Attacks in Alabama
An unlikely snow fell in usually warm Birmingham, Alabama, on the January 2011 night the demon came to visit Tsura. “I awoke to what I thought was my husband having a bit of fun with me,” she said. “I was very, very wrong.”
Adrian and Tsura, who was just showing her pregnancy, had been married a month and had only recently moved into the apartment. Long-time residents of the building hinted at something odd there, but Tsura could never pin down from them what it was.
It was an entity, and on that snowy night in January, it showed itself. With Adrian at work, Tsura fell to sleep, and woke to someone pulling open her legs. Tsura opened her mouth to scream, but the sight of her attacker in the dim light of the apartment stopped the voice in her throat – she knew it wasn’t human. “He was ugly and beautiful, a strange mix of Adrian and something else,” she said. “Suddenly, he fell on top of me, knocking the air out of my lungs.”
Then this entity sexually assaulted Tsura, laughing as she screamed. She eventually lost consciousness. She also discovered she’d miscarried. “I lost my child,” she said. “I explained to Adrian what happened, but he just shook his head. He said it was just sleep paralysis, but I knew I was attacked by an incubus.”
Attacks in Sweden
The attacks started slowly enough Erica dismissed them as dreams. “Half-awake, see a dark long shadow circling me super fast several times throughout perhaps two to three seconds,” Erica wrote in July 2010 in the diary she keeps to log her dreams. “Find myself immovable. Then several hands touch me over my body. Can’t move. Slightly uncomfortable. Relieved when it’s over.”
The fear, the helplessness, the discomfort of this night time encounter disappeared with the light of the new day, and Erica’s mind pushed the events away – until it happened again four years later.
While living at a youth hostel on the Swedish east coast in the late summer of 2011, Erica felt a weight on top of her and waves of sexual pleasure. Had she attracted the attention of a spirit entity? This wouldn't cross her mind until January. “Since January 4 I’ve felt a weight on my body, an energy, like the body of a being thrusting into me and moving back and forth above me. First I felt pretty good as I thought my body somehow made itself feel it, but that spooky night really turned things around.”
That ‘spooky night’ was January 4, 2012, when during a sexual attack loud, painful sounds raked her ears, and she realized it wasn’t just her body producing these experiences; it was something else. “I now realize how foolish that is as I don’t know what this (entity) is,” she said.
Pin-pricks began to plague her during the day and night, which elevated to the feeling of a knife blade being plunged into her body, although the attacks never left a mark.
On January 18, these feelings continued until she lay down for the night and her attacker crawled into bed with her. “When trying to fall asleep, an energy-like substance moved under or through me and I felt the energy of someone lying next to me while touching my shoulder,” she said.
Days later during a sexual assault, invisible hands grabbed her own and Erica saw a vague, shadowy face looming above her.
Erica tried threatening the entity, and praying for it to go away. Nothing helped. “It seemed to backfire because I felt something sharp against my throat in the bathroom and my breathing didn’t come naturally,” she said. “I yelled out loud to leave me alone. During my prayer I heard a chuckle, followed by a ‘hush.’”
She doesn’t care what is attacking her; she just wants it to go away. “How can I make this stop?” she pleaded. “Can this be a human being doing an astral projection to my location? Or is it more likely a spirit, demon, incubus?”
The Assaults on Lana Continue
Incubus or parasomnia, Lana continues to be terrorized in the night. A few days after her first sexual assault, she saw her demon attacker. “He showed himself to me in human form. He looked very handsome,” she said. “I know that's just his way of disguising himself.” The entity also showed her visions of a newborn child. “I thinks he's just trying to tie me to himself, because I'm sure I'm not pregnant.”
This entity has since visited her many times. She knows when it is coming because she can feel it, “like something is about to change.” The feeling is horrifying. “Sometimes I am very afraid of him, sometimes I just react hysterically towards him and tell him to go away,” she said. “Every time after I say such thing, he sexually assaults me really violently.”
The entity has spoken to her, as well. “He said he is a demon from water, that I need to do what he tells me to do, that I'm not allowed to break this connection, that he won't hurt me, that he'll kill any person I end up in relationship with,” she said. “The most interesting thing he told me few days ago is I asked him why do demons of his kind chase women?”
The demon told her, “There's no heaven without your beauty; there's no heaven without angels.”
Lana has sought help from a psychiatrist who prescribed drugs, and a priest who told her the encounters weren’t real. She’s still looking for help. “I hope one day he breaks the bond, and leaves me alone. I am tired of his attacks,” she said. “If somebody has a solution, I'd love to hear it.”