Better late than never, I finally got a hold of Ed Conroy’s Report on Communion. The first thing I noticed was that the opening chapters of the book are “Through a Looking Glass Darkly,” and “Will the Real Whitley Strieber Please Stand Up?” That got my attention, and here’s why:
The original version of my Strieber piece, in 2008 and as it first appeared at Rigorous Intuition, had the title “Will the Real Whitley Strieber Please Stand Up? Through a Fractured Glass Darkly“! It was kind of embarrassing to see that, because anyone who’d read Conroy’s book can only have assumed that I had brazenly ripped him off, when the truth was (maybe even more embarrassing) I hadn’t actually read it.
Now I finally have, and what most impressed me about it is the closing interview with Strieber. Since I couldn’t find it anywhere else on line, I am reproducing a full scan of it here. Of particular note is how WS uses the term “companions of God,” which ten years later he attributed to the Master of the Key. He also posits multiple universes, which he claimed was a totally new and even absurd idea to him when TMOK mentioned it, in 1998.
More generally, I was struck by just how lucid, profound, and original a thinker he comes across as being back in 1987, and how many of his more unique and inspiring ideas were never developed further. Why not? Chalk it up to one more of the many enigmata of Whitley Strieber.