Jeff Kripal is the Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Rice University and the author of the introduction to Whitley Strieber’s upcoming book "Solving the Communion Enigma." Here, he tells us about the new mythical figures of our age, the superheroes, supervillians and ‘dangerous strangers’ that populate our imaginations and–in the form of apparent aliens and ‘others’ of all kinds–our lives.read more

What does a highly qualified academic researcher think of the work of Whitley Strieber? Whitley Strieber and Jeff Kripal talk about Whitley’s upcoming Communion sequel, and Jeff’s deep understanding of what the whole modern experience of the unknown means.

This is one of the most intimate and searching conversations we’ve ever heard from the very private Whitley Strieber. Jeff Kripal opens him up and offers extraordinary insights of value to every close encounter witness and everybody who is interested in this strange unknown.

Whitley tells a stunning, overwhelmingly powerful story of what it was like to hold a visitor in his arms, something he has never discussed before. And yet, what was really happening?
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You’ve never heard of Jeff Kripal, but he’s a prominent professor of religion and philosophy at Rice University, and he’s written the best analysis of the work of Whitley Strieber that has ever been published. He understands the close encounter experience deeply, but with a professional academic’s rigorous mind.

So, what does he think of the edge of reality? Is it just folklore, or are we reacting to something real? Listen as he discusses writers like Charles Fort, the great chronicler of strange events, in ways that you have never heard before.
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