Jan 11, 2022 I Nick Redfern

The Life of a Paranormal Writer/Researcher: How Weird Can it Get? VERY WEIRD!

Occasionally, I'm asked how weird can the life of a paranormal investigator/writer get? Well, I can say for sure that it can get extremely strange. Today's account is a perfect example. If you want weird, you’ve definitely got it. If you don't want it, look away; I'll understand. It didn’t get much more bizarre than Saturday morning, October 14, 2017. The night before, I gave a lecture in Fort Worth, Texas for a local group called Satori. It was a good turn-out and among those who arrived was good friend, Kimberly Rackley, who has had her very own run-ins with the M.I.B. During the lecture, I made mention of how certain supernatural things can invade our dreams – and, in the process, turn those same dreams into absolute, mind-warping nightmares. I guess someone – or something – was tuning in: the following morning I received at Facebook Message a pair of strange tales of – wait for it – Men in Black and Women in Black who had invaded the dreams of the victims. No, I do not jest. The first report came from a guy in Florida, and who I spoke with before. In my 2016 book, Women in Black, I told the very strange story of "A Hesitant Believer," who had a very chilling encounter with both a M.I.B. and a W.I.B. a few years earlier. It was a hostility-filled encounter, in which the clearly non-human pair in black put a hex on poor "AHB," one which left him extremely ill for a while. On this date, though, he wanted to tell me of a follow-up encounter, which was no less strange or unsettling. He told me:

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(Nick Redfern) Beware of the M.I.B and the W.I.B.

"Mr. Redfern, I wrote to you a couple of years ago about a possible WIB/MIB encounter in Tampa, FL. I noticed you recently posted my account on Mysterious Universe, and that reminded me to tell you of an incredibly vivid nightmare/sleep-paralysis episode I had in late December 2016 which involved the WIB. This 'dream' has been the only one I have ever had about my experience. I had meant to write to you earlier, but life got in the way, and I didn’t want to bother you with what may have been a perfectly ordinary night terror. If such 'follow-ups' are relevant to your research, let me know. Sincerely." A bit stunned that "AHB's" message should have arrived barely twelve hours after I spoke about dream-invaders before the Satori audience in Fort Worth, I replied quickly: "Many thanks for this! Yes, I'd be very pleased to hear about the dream, as I have quite a few cases on file where people had seen the MIB in their dreams, and as if the MIB can 'invade' our dreams and even manipulate and control our dreams too. Best, Nick."

"AHB" expanded: "Ok. Thank you again for taking this seriously. This dream was very traumatic, but I will try to describe it the best I can. A bit of background: I had moved in with my disabled parents in order to take care of them. The date of the 'dream' was December 21st, 2016. I remember this because my best friend's birthday was the next day, and we'd planned to make a day of it, so I went to bed early. I had not been drinking or doing drugs, etc. My parents were out of the house and staying with my aunt, and I was alone. I drifted off, and when I 'awoke' I found myself in a state of sleep paralysis. I've had these episodes since I was a child, but I'd never seen or felt any other presences during them. This time my bed was surrounded by pinkish-orange flames that took the shape of what I would describe as 'goblins.' At the foot of my bed loomed a large hand, larger than my bed, and wearing a tattered suede glove. I was terrified at first, but when I realized I couldn't move I knew this was just a dream and I was suffering from sleep paralysis, although I was seeing 'entities' for the first time. To try to explain it, I will say my mind was logical but my body was frightened, if that makes any sense at all. I tried to just ride it out and hope I would fall back asleep soon, but then I noticed a shifting from by the bedroom door."

"The woman I had encountered in the bar [the story of which is told in Women in Black] was standing there, but she was dressed differently. She did not have the bright green scarf, and was wearing a conservative black dress, like something a religious woman would wear to a funeral. No hat or veil, though. She had that same short hair with bangs that looked like a bad wig, and around her neck was a chain with a pendant that resembled a coin or medallion, which I do not recall her wearing in the bar. When I saw her my mind began to panic, and I am sorry, but I just cannot go into detail about how I felt at that point. I still realized that the goblins and flames and the hand were part of the dream, but I knew the woman was real. She was actually standing there, at least according to my mind. She did not move or speak. She just stared. Then the dream elements disappeared, but she was still there.

"For some reason, this was the most horrifying part: she didn't disappear, or flash out, or do anything supernatural, but calmly turned, opened my door, and left. I heard the front door open, and the sound of a car engine. I lapsed back into sleep after that. When I woke up, it was morning, and I was incredibly nauseous. I vomited, and needless to say cancelled plans with my friend. Made me feel like an ass, but I couldn't explain it to him. Anyway, that was my dream. It actually took a lot out of me to write that, and I hope it's sufficient, but if you have any questions, just ask. I'm hung up about the coin/medallion pendant the woman was wearing. I just felt this overwhelming urge not to look at it." Then, as I scrolled down my messages, there was this one from a girl named Emily: "Hello Nick! My name is Emily. I recently read an article you posted about a man in a black cloak, as I was researching a very scary dream I had of this figure last night. Something that stood out in the article was that the other women that encountered this were in their early 20s and have had alien type abduction encounters, another thing I have experienced in the past. Was hoping you might have any evolved info on this since that original posting. I am extremely interested in this phenomenon and would like to know more thanks!"

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(Nick Redfern) The M.I.B.: Silencing and Intimidating

I replied: "Hey Emily, Thanks for this! I actually have a lot of reports of Men in Black and Women in Black where the encounter occurs in a dream. I don't think these are normal dreams though. There is good evidence that the MIB and the WIB can ‘invade’ peoples’ dreams, and become part of the dream (or nightmare) and control and manipulate the dream. Yes, a lot of people in their teens and twenties who have had these experiences have had UFO experiences, or have been involved in paranormal phenomena, such as Ouija boards. I have many reports of ‘dream invasions’ by the MIB / WIB and they are all around the world and the numbers appear to be growing. If you want to chat about this, I can give you my phone number. Best, Nick." Emily chose not to call, but she added: "That is very interesting because I was definitely shook when I read that about the UFO experiences. I had a really realistic alien dream a while ago and then this scary dream about the man in black and he was wearing a grim reaper cloak that was billowing with wind. And he set my car on fire in the dream."

So, in conclusion, I think it's fair to say - based on what I said at the start of this article - that, yes, the life of a researcher/writer of the paranormal can get very weird.

Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.

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