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2006 Library:
Spirit Rescue
by Wilma Davidson

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Love Lives On
by Louis LaGrand, Ph.D.

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Pagan Christmas
by Christian Ratsch and Claudia Muller-Ebeling

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Llewellyn's 2007 Almanac Series
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Chakra Mantras
by Thomas Ashley-Farrand

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The Mystic Foundation
by Christopher Penczak

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The General Principles of Astrology
by Aleister Crowley

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Calls to Mystic Alice
by Alice Rose Morgan

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Brady's Book of Fixed Stars
by Bernadette Brady

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Four Seasons of Mojo
by Stephanie Rose Bird

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The Key
by Echo Bodine

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PSIence
by Marie D. Jones

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The Yoga of the Nine Emotions
by Peter Marchand

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Wicca for Beginners
by Thea Sabin

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The Museum of Lost Wonder
by Jeff Hoke

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Ghosts of War
by Jeff Belanger

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Dream Exploration
by Robert P. Gongloff

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Darkside Zodiac
by Stella Hyde

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The Ghosts of the California Missions
by Richard Senate

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The Knights Templar in the Golden Age of Spain
by Juan García Atienza

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The Way of Four Spellbook
by Deborah Lipp

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The Wicca Handbook
by Eileen Holland

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The Sacred Embrace of Jesus and Mary
by Jean-Yves Leloup

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The Essence of Tantric Sexuality
by Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson

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Soul Journey from Lincoln to Lindbergh
by Richard Salva

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The Revelation of Saint John
by Zachary F. Lansdowne

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Family Wicca
by Ashleen O'Gaea

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Phantom Felines And Other Ghostly Animals
by Gerina Dunwich

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Kabbalah, Magic and the Great Work of Self-Transformation
by Lyam Thomas Christopher

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Founding Fathers, Secret Societies
by Robert Hieronimus with Laura Cortner

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Hymns of Hermes
by G.R.S. Mead

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Protection & Reversal Magick
by Jason Miller

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Spirit Faces
by Mark Macy

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Creative Visualization for Beginners
by Richard Webster

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Breakthrough Astrology
by Joyce Levine

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Ghost Science
by Vince Wilson

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Elemental Witch
by Tammy Sullivan

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Jesus, King Arthur, and the Journey of the Grail
by Maurice Cotterell

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Our Haunted Lives
by Jeff Belanger

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A Treatise on Angel Magic
edited by Adam McLean

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Dancing the Goddess Incarnate
by Dorothy Morrison and Kristin Madden

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Pet Ghosts
by Joshua P. Warren

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Dragonlore from the Archives of The Grey School of Wizardry
by Ash "LeopardDancer" DeKirk

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Walking with Grandfather
Joseph M. Marshall III

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Pagan Every Day
by Barbara Ardinger

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Be Blessed
by Denise Dumars

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Witch in the Bedroom
by Stacey Demarco

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On the Prayer of Jesus
by Ignatius Brianchaninov

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Voices of Flowers
by Rhonda PallasDowney

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Creepy Chicago
by Ursula Bielski

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On The Toltec Path
by Ken Eagle Feather

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Tarot Talismans
by Chic Cicero and Sandra Tabatha Cicero

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The Remote Viewing Training Course
by David Morehouse

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The Dream Culture of the Neanderthals
by Stan Gooch

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The Mysteries of Druidry
by Brendan Cathbad Myers

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Astrology for Yourself
by Douglas Bloch and Demetra George

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The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes
Richard Firestone, Allen West, and Simon Warwick-Smith

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The Pocket Guide to Rituals
by Kerri Connor

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Ghosts of the World
by Susan Smitten

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Reader of Hearts by Darrin Owens
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Supernatural California
by Preston Dennett

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Da Vinci Tarot
by Mark McElroy

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The Weiser Concise Guide to Alchemy
by Brian Cotnoir

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The Case For Ghosts
by J. Allan Danelek

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Interview with author Devadatta Kali
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The Healing Power of Neurofeedback
by Stephen Larsen

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Tranceformers: Shamans of the 21st Century
by John Jay Harper

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Companion for the Apprentice Wizard
by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart

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The Lost Civilization of Lemuria
by Frank Joseph

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Haunted Rhode Island
by Thomas D'Agostino

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Kali: the Feminine Force
by Ajit Mookerjee

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So You Want To Be A Medium
by Rose Vanden Eynden

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The "True" Story of the Woodland Haunting
by Dennis Baker

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Glimpses 2
by Martha Jette

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Chakra Yoga with Gurutej Kaur
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Sacred Signs
by Adrian Calabrese

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The Mystery Traditions
by James Wasserman

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The Book of Lilith
by Barbara Black Koltuv

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An Unlikely Prophet
by Alvin Schwartz

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Shamanic Journeying
by Sandra Ingerman

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Herb Magic For Beginners
by Ellen Dugan

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The Virgin Mary Conspiracy
by Graham Phillips

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Facial Reflexology
by Marie-France Muller

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Ghost Tech
by Vince Wilson

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Silver's Spells for Love, Abundance, and Protection by Silver RavenWolf
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Aleister Crowley and the Practice of the Magical Diary
edited by James Wasserman

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Sacred Plant Medicine
by Stephen Harrod Buhner

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Self Hypnosis
by Dr. Bruce Goldberg

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Merlin and the Discovery of Avalon in the New World
by Graham Phillips

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The Reflexology Atlas
by Bernard C. Kolster, M.D. and Astrid Waskowiak, M.D.

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Roads to Eternity
by Sarah Wilson Estep

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Beyond Reincarnation
by Joe. H. Slate Ph.D.

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Shamanic Christianity
by Bradford Keeney

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The Spiritual Practices of the Ninja
by Ross Heaven

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Trigger Point Therapy
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The Enchanted Cat
by Ellen Dugan

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Chinese Home Remedies
by Lihua Wang

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The Ibis Western Mystery Tradition Series
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Pagan Spirituality
by Joyce and River Higginbotham

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Inner Journeys
by Dr. G. Michael Vasey

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Encyclopedia of the Undead
by Dr. Bob Curran

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Oracles of the Dead
by Robert Temple

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Witch in the Boardroom
by Stacey Demarco

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The Druidry Handbook
by John Michael Greer

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The Cherokee Herbal by J. T. Garrett
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Conspiracies And Secret Societies
by Brad Steiger and Sherry Steiger

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Inner Power
by Colleen Deatsman

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The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult
by Clement Cheroux, et al.

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How Would It Feel?
by Mary Beth Goddard, illustrated by Anna Mycek-Wodecki

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Radical Knowing
by Christian de Quincey

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Sex and the Erotic Lover
by Mabel Iam

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Magickal Crafts
by Kristin Madden and Liz Roberts

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Raphael
by Richard Webster

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Crystal Ball
by Sibyl Ferguson

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The Brother of Jesus and the Lost Teachings of Christianity
by Jeffrey J. Butz

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Vocations: The New Midheaven Extension Process
by Noel Tyl

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The Secret History of Freemasonry
by Paul Naudon

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Three Oracle Card Collections from Connections Book Publishing
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The Secret Initiation of Jesus at Qumran
by Robert Feather

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The Sacred Power of Huna
by Rima A. Morrell

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Hidden Language Codes
by R. Neville Johnston

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Tarot Journaling
by Corrine Kenner

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Mary Magdalene, Bride in Exile
by Margaret Starbird

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Babylonian Tarot
by Sandra Tabatha Cicero

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Elemental Magick
by D. J. Conway

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St. Mary Magdalene
by Tau Malachi

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Coyote Healing
by Lewis Mehl-Madrona

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The Nightmare Encyclopedia
by Jeff Belanger and Kirsten Dalley

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Nocturnicon
by Konstantinos

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The Dreamer's Book of the Dead
by Robert Moss

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Dion Fortune's Book of the Dead
by Dion Fortune

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Sexy Witch
by LaSara FireFox

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Working With Fairies
by Anna Franklin

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Seeing the Dead, Talking with Spirits
by Alexandra Leclere

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January 16, 2006

The Nightmare Encyclopedia: Your Darkest Dreams Interpreted by Jeff Belanger and Kirsten DalleyThe Nightmare Encyclopedia: Your Darkest Dreams Interpreted
By Jeff Belanger and Kirsten Dalley
Publisher: New Page Books (November 2005)
Pages: 357 - Price: $19.99

Interview by Lee Prosser - leep@ghostvillage.com
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Jeff, it is always a pleasure to visit with you. This interview is about your book, The Nightmare Encyclopedia: Your Darkest Dreams Interpreted. Let me begin by saying that you continue to bring entertaining and informative books to the reading audience, and once again, you have succeeded well with The Nightmare Encyclopedia. Was the research as involved with this book as in your previous writings?

This book was very research intensive, but it was also a fun book to work on. Covering the way nightmares have affected and inspired art, music, literature, and pop culture was of special interest to me. There were some obvious entries that came to mind, like the Nightmare on Elm Street film series and Alice Cooper’s “Welcome to My Nightmare,” but there are a myriad of other great works that owe their existence to a nightmare of their creator. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is just one example. 

In coming up with the meaning of nightmare symbols, we looked at some of the old dream dictionaries from centuries past, but, also looked at the great dream work of psychologist Carl Jung and his archetypes. We made every effort to understand the ancient meanings and combine them with our modern understanding of psychology and human behavior to come up with modern meanings.

Which culture or cultures did you discover had the most original approach to the world of dreams and nightmares?

The Hmong people of Laos in southeast Asia had a particular focus on a nocturnal monster they called tsog tsuam, which is very similar to what Westerners would call “Old Hag Syndrome.” With Old Hag Syndrome, dreamers awaken to find they are paralyzed. They may see a dark form coming at them, then they’ll feel a crushing sensation, have difficulty breathing, and then the frightening episode usually ends within a few seconds. Even people who believe the “Old Hag” is a spectral attack will say it could never kill you. But here’s the rub; with the Hmong people, the tsog tsuam can and has killed. 

The Hmong have traditionally made regular offerings to their ancestors to keep this monster at bay. In the 1970s, the Vietnam War displaced many Hmong people who started new lives in other countries – countries where ancestor offerings were seen as weird. So the offerings stopped, and some otherwise healthy people were dying in their sleep. Doctors had no explanation – but Hmong folklore did. Those who didn’t make offerings no longer had their ancestors to protect them from the tsog tsuam.

What’s the worst nightmare you have ever had?

When I was around ten years old, I had a very vivid dream that I was in an airplane. I recall where I was sitting in the plane, I recall exactly what the people looked like who were sitting around me, and I recall what the flight attendant looked like. The plane suddenly went into a dive, we broke through heavy clouds, and a large cornfield below us was coming up fast. I woke up petrified. I didn’t step foot on an airplane for about 10 years after that dream. Now I fly somewhat frequently and have gotten over my fear. But I made a deal with myself. If I ever get on an airplane and see those people from my dream around me, I’m getting off!

How was the theme of nightmares handled in your household when you were a child? How did the adults explain your nightmare to you?

When I was very young and had nightmares, my father would come in and make the sign of the cross on my forehead. It was a ritual that I believe protected me for the rest of the night – and I recall it usually working. In my family, we didn’t have deep discussions of dreams and nightmares, but my parents certainly took nightmares seriously when they occurred – they knew they had a frightened child.

In the paranormal world, nightmares can be perceived as omens of something to come. Yet, in contemporary American culture, nightmares are oftentimes seen as the unconscious struggling with repressed conflicts. What is your personal view?

I believe both are possible. How’s that for diplomacy? Some dreams are simply our deeper selves working through issues in our lives. Nightmares likely represent more serious or urgent issues. But there are other dreams and even nightmares that have much deeper meaning for some dreamers. I’ve spoken with several people who discussed a dream that actually came to pass – or what they believed to be a precognitive dream. An example was a woman who dreamt of a faceless baby with a very high fever. The following day she watched her toddler son very closely. Nothing seemed wrong for most of the day, but when she checked on him again in the afternoon, her son was burning with fever. She rushed him to the hospital where doctors were able to treat him. She believes that without the dream, she would not have been checking on her son so often.

In modern times, psychiatrists and psychotherapy have replaced the role of the priest, shaman, medicine man, and holy man. How do you perceive that shift as a reflection on how society confronts social problems on both an individual and group level?

For the most part, I think psychiatrist, psychologist, priest, medicine man, and holy man are simply labels – all of those people have been around forever, and all of those people are still in our lives today. Maybe 200 years ago you didn’t call a particular person “psychologist,” maybe he was simply a stable worker who was always ready to lend a sympathetic ear and offer advice. Even today we may have a “psychologist” in our own lives – though this person has no advanced educational degrees. Maybe it’s your bartender, or hairdresser, or mom. My point is that the roles these people have served have always been around and are still around today. I think science has offered us a lot of advancement, but science has helped to create a culture that must try to explain everything, even the mystical. So we no longer consult oracles or shamen, we consult PhDs and the Internet, but the roles are the same. And I believe there’s still magic in the world, too – it just wears a better disguise than it used to.

When a person dreams of the dead speaking, is that a message from beyond to be recalled upon awakening when possible, or is it part of the nightmare?

Context is everything with understanding dreams. Sometimes dreaming of a dead person may simply mean the end of something, or a dead issue. Something from your past that you’re not letting go of. But some people have had experiences with deceased loved ones in dreams that seemed “too real.” Usually these visitation dreams aren’t described as nightmares – they’re more emotional connections. In the end (or in the morning, if you will) the dreamer will decide what’s “just a dream” and what is actual contact.

Do you see nightmares as terrors of the night, or do you see them as potential guides? Perhaps, a paranormal link?

We can learn from any human experience and that includes nightmares. I’m one of those people who wants to know how things work – especially things that pertain to myself. Dreams and nightmares offer us a way to decode our deeper selves. We may not love everything we find, but better to know than not know.

Do you believe such a thing as Freddy and Nightmare on Elm Street could exist?

If you ask the Hmong people, they would likely tell you that such a creature has been around long before Wes Craven was even born!

Your terms and definitions in your book are splendid examples of well thought-out ideas, presented in a clear, straight-forward manner. How did you achieve the clarity? Did it take many rewrites or did it just happen?

I don’t consider myself all that smart. I need to really absorb a subject, read all I can, chew on it, and then break it down into the simplest form/least common denominator so I can understand it. Once I’ve broken a subject down as far as I can, I usually don’t see a need to fluff it up after that. I don’t revise that much, but I prepare quite a bit before I start writing.

Kirsten Dalley, who was my co-author on this book, also did a fantastic job of research and writing. I can’t take all of the credit!

What group of readers did you have in mind for your Nightmare Encyclopedia?

The Nightmare Encyclopedia is for dreamers -- for people who enjoy their dream worlds -- and those who pay attention to the imagery and meaning. The book is a study in meaning of the darker side of dreaming and a look at how these wonderfully horrific experiences have altered the political and artistic landscape of our world.

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