The Nightmare

Just watched a documentary called The Nightmare. Ostensibly, it’s about sleep paralysis. Problem is, some experiences don’t involve sleep. Some don’t involve paralysis. Some involve more than one person. And most of the experiencers don’t find the medical definition for sleep paralysis meaningful. What a refreshing documentary!

It’s streaming on Netflix now, for those with that service. Do check it out. And if you’re an observer or member of the ufological club, ask yourself what would happen with these people if they went to a hypnotist. I couldn’t help but think that every one of them, in the hands of a David Jacobs, would retrieve a story of rapey hybrids, then be asked for their undergarments for study or offered a genitalia defense mechanism he found in a sex shop. Then he’d be welcomed on all of the radio shows that claim to take this seriously. Then be invited to speak at any UFO conference he likes. Then be given an award by MUFON. Then be defended by sicko-phants.

Oh, sorry. I fell asleep. Had a bad dream there. The one where the promoters of truth-seeking didn’t give a shit and the audience that patted itself on the back for thinking outside the box of the mainstream was equally full of shit. The one where guest speakers at conferences were nothing more than self-appointed experts, con men, and glorified book reviewers. The one where….



The Experience: Updates Are Flying In

experience-adFor those of you who don’t know, I have been hosting a podcast at for a little under a year now. My show is called The Experience and it is mainly concerned with speaking to experiencers of high strangeness from around the world. As of this writing I have broadcast 42 episodes. I find it strange, then, that just in the last few weeks, 5 guests have written to give me updates on their experiences. One name Stephen actually came back on the show to talk about his latest find: evidence that a dream he had a number of years ago where he found himself in an afterlife waystation speaking to dead people was more than dream. He has been doing some snooping and recently discovered that 2 of the deceased people who told him how they died and where were real. He found their death notice in a newspaper article with photographs. He sent me this article and assures me that these are the people from his dream. I have no reason to distrust him.

There was  another episode about dreams, this one involving a man who had one recurring dream about our future from the ages of 13 to 19 that has been coming true over the years, bit by bit. He wrote to me with evidence that one of the final three details of the dream is unfolding right now.

Then there was Steve who considers himself a skeptic even though he experiences psi phenomena. He called to tell me that he had another psychic hit recently. This occurred as he was speaking with a woman he barely knew about a wedding when he all of a sudden blurted out, “You better not forget the water guns.” As the seemingly incongruous words flew from his mouth, he suspected they were a psychic hit on something yet to be revealed. Startled that he knew about the water guns, because how could he possibly, she made the reveal: the wedding reception was to have a childlike theme involving a large quantity of water guns, which she had yet to purchase. That’s fairly specific wouldn’t you say?

The other 2 guests have written to tell me that since doing their episodes they’ve had memories of forgotten encounters with the highly strange surface and are considering coming back on to talk about them.

I don’t know what this deluge means, if anything. Probably it means it takes a while for things to gestate once you’ve exposed these experiences to the public, and so new flowers are just now breaching the soil at the same time, so to speak. Or it’s completely meaningless coincidence. One of the two. Either way, I find the growth and evolution of not just this show but people within the show, guests of the show, a fascinating thing to observe. A phenomenon within itself. And perhaps the only true meaning we can derive from extraordinary experiences as a whole.

Maybe shows like these are not about entertaining an audience, winning over skeptics, or even providing therapeutic value to experiencers. Maybe there’s a web being spun made from the silk of personal epiphanies. And maybe that is enough.

October Surprise: Whitley Strieber Resurrects Me From The Podcasting Dead


Premieres Oct. 22nd Exclusively

UPDATE: The Experience is now available:

Two years ago I left paranormal podcasting behind. I felt like I had nothing left to give and that Jeff and I had done some fairly revolutionary things with Paratopia that we could be proud of. Likewise, we had guests that revolutionized the way we thought about high strangeness phenomena. Now it was over. I’d served my time. I learned what I was going to learn, taught what I had to teach, and that was that. Neither Jeff nor I wanted to do a show for the sake of doing a show, so we called it.

Still, the episodes that stuck with me as a way to pursue this in the future were the listener episodes. Hearing real life encounters from real people with no agenda and exploring them together–that held my interest. I tried branching off into new video territory with the short-lived Paratopia Presents: Talk Story. I thought doing interviews and roundtables via Google Hangouts would be the wave of the future. Perhaps it is, but the technology simply isn’t where I need it to be yet. It was impossible to synch up people from different countries or using different speed modems. And then there’s the problem of it randomly hanging up on me–not good when hosting a show.

That it didn’t work out was fine by me. More time to write and snorkel and play my part in small town Hawaiian living. Plus, there was still a matter of seeing Project Core to its finish. (Almost there. For real this time.)

I’d been asked a number of times over the years when I would be coming back to podcasting or when Jeff and I would resurrect Paratopia. Jeff has moved on to his own show, Paranormal Waypoint. Paratopia lives on in its archive. The idea of doing some specials for that archive with Jeff was appealing,  but beyond that I didn’t see a future for me in this. In fact, last month I was a guest on Project Archivist wherein host/friend Roejen was doing his usual haranguing, telling me I was going to get back into podcasting eventually as if it were a forgone conclusion. But he was wrong. It wasn’t. Until about a week later when friend and Paratopia listener episode alum Joe Gooch messaged me asking if I’d seen this.

This was Whitley Strieber looking for a new half-hour show to fill the open slot left by William Henry. Henry hosted Revelations on quite successfully and was moving on. If anyone could drag me out of podcasting retirement, it would be Whitley Strieber. So, I pitched him an idea. An idea based on the Paratopia listener episodes. An idea that he loved and here it is….


Premiering exclusively at, The Experience is a weekly half-hour program wherein I interview experiencers of all high strangeness phenomena. Anything and everything is on the table. Let’s explore it all: what it means to be an experiencer; what the experience itself may mean beneath its obvious surface. And what is an “experience of high strangeness?” Does it hold at its core a singular intelligence using numerous facades like tools to interact with us, or are we embedded in a much larger ecosystem filled with multiple intelligences and energies that live on the periphery of our senses? Or is something else entirely going on?

Each episode will have a particular theme in mind. Because it’s only a half-hour show, there’s a real learning curve here for me in trying to key in on the important questions to ask. I may have to actually write questions down beforehand!–The horror!

In the inaugural episode I talk to Joe Gooch who not only lit this fuse but also kindly donated the theme song. We get an overview of some of his experiences through the years leading to the question, Are experiencers special?

We often get that question, “Why you?” And we think to ourselves, “Why me?” Who better to ask than a man who was once told by a psychic medium that he himself would one day be a psychic medium so powerful that she’d be coming to him for readings? (And to date, it hasn’t happened!)

The Experience can be heard every Wednesday exclusively at It is a show by experiencers, about experiencers, for everybody. For it to succeed I’m going to need your help. If you’ve had a high strangeness, paranormal, ufological, spiritual, by whatever category experience and would like to be a guest, write to me at:

theexperience808 @

All interviews are anonymous unless you’re already a public figure in this, so the pressure is off.

And if you’re not an experiencer but would like to talk about anything you’ve heard on the show, write to me at the same address. Every ten episodes I will be doing a review of details that jumped out at me over the course of the previous nine. This can be a solo show or with anyone from the audience who would like to discuss it.

Really, this is all of our show. That’s something we worked for on Paratopia. It was one of those revolutionary ideas: Hey, what if we gave the show over to the listeners? It may have been an idea ahead of its time a few years ago but it feels right on time now.

On October 22nd some undisclosed date in the very near future, possibly tomorrowit’s time… to hear from you.