Why Do We Dream?

“What does my dream mean?!” “Sorry…?” “I’ve heard you study sleep. I mean I think I’ve worked it out myself but I wanted an expert opinion.” “Erm…” It doesn’t take long to drift into questions about dream analysis when I tell people that I study sleep. I don’t entirely blame them. It’s a subject which…

Can a Lack of Sleep Kill You?

“Have you forgotten so easily?” the subject asked. “We are you. We are the madness that lurks within you all, begging to be free at every moment in your deepest animal mind. We are what you hide from in your beds every night. We are what you sedate into silence and paralysis when you go…

The Creature at the End of the Bed: What is Sleep Paralysis?

My limbs won’t move. I can’t scan the room or, more importantly, run if I needed to. This feeling in itself is terrifying, but I become aware of an evil presence in the room. It’s behind me and is waiting there. All I’m aware of is a jagged shadow which means me some ill. I’m…

Hearing the Voice at Durham Book Festival, October 2013

I was going to write something about the exciting Hearing the Voice events, held at the Durham Book Festival, this year; however, it seems it is already here in a far superior format. Hearing the Voice at Durham Book Festival, October 2013. I hasten to add there are also a number of other interesting talks…