Posts Tagged: ‘nightmares’

Last week we looked at the mara or nightmare, a chest-crushing entity that preys on the breath of troubled sleepers. While we discussed several varieties of mara, we didn’t explore the sexual world of incubi and succubi.

The Incubus: Translated as “that which lies upon,” incubi carry out the same basic torment tactics as your common nightmare, only with more grinding…

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This week’s monster takes a variety of forms, but its modus operandi is always the same. It attacks during the night, a dark and oppressive form that slithers on top of us in bed, crushing our bodies and stealing our precious breath.

The most common English name is of course “nightmare,” stemming from the Anglo-Saxon “mara,” which translates to “crusher.” The fiendish mara…

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We’ve all experienced frightening or horrifying dreams, but can our nightmares really scare us to death? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I discuss the CDC’s investigation of 18 sleep deaths in the 1980s — deaths that inspired horror director Wes Craven to create his “Nightmare on Elm Street” franchise. We’ll discuss the condition known as Brugada syndrome and discover how it can cause an otherwise healthy adult to die in their sleep.

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The idea of Freddy Krueger, the villain who kills you in your dreams, freaked me out when I was younger. Which is to say it also enthralled me.

The adult me, however, finds the science of sleep and paranormal experiences quite fascinating, so I was far more intrigued than terrified when I read that “A Nightmare on Elm Street” creator Wes Craven was inspired by actual news stories about nightmare-related deaths.

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You’ve probably noticed by now that sometimes your dreams are very day-to-day and other times they’re far more bizarre. One night you might dream you’re at work or that you forgot to drop a college course and the next you’re hanging out with the squid emperors of Xakatu 7 and chatting about the finer points of all-cowboy jazz quartets. What determines the weirdness of our dreams? One psychologist believes the planet’s magnetic field may play a crucial role.

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