“I have never repudiated one word...”
An email message from 25 Feb 1997

Date: Tue, 25 Feb 1997 00:56:22 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Strieber "crazy nasty ufologists" controversy on usenet

Not a quote from me. The first sentence is a misquote of something I said in my last Communion Letter, when they were being especially mean to me.

However, I don't think that much of the abduction phenomenon, as reported in UFOlogy, is accurately described. The letters I get from people are just too far from the post-hypnosis accounts. I suspect that people are being hypnotized into repeating back the investigators' theories, especially in the case of much of Budd Hopkins' and David Jacobs' work.

However, I NEVER said that I thought the experience is fiction. Far from it, the experience is damn real. We just don't know what causes it, but that cause is certainly outside of the mind of the witness. It is not self-generated hallucination. As far as aliens being the cause--I wouldn't be a bit surprised. But that has not been proved.

I have never repudiated one word of any of my close-encounter books or called them fiction. This claim comes from a stupid misreading of the foreword I wrote to Ken Ring's book, The Omega Project. Please feel free to post this as widely as possible.

Whitley Strieber ~