Over the years just a handful of UFO books have been able to creep forth and poke their icy fingers into the soft underbelly of our deepest collective subconscious fears, scaring the daylights out of millions of readers.
A good example is Whitley Strieber's Communion. When first issued, the book seemed honest, authentic, and believable -- therefore unsettling and creepy.
Another is Dr. John E. Mack's book, Abduction, a more scholarly and clinical work, but because it was written by a respected Harvard psychiatrist, it probably made even hardened skeptics think: "Gulp! I wonder if something like this could really be happening?"
But there is one book of UFO alien abduction which delivered that feeling of queasy fright like none other. This is a much more obscure book -- it's Searchers: A True Story of Alien Abduction. The author is Ron Felber.
An interesting and significant aspect of this book is that Felber is an outsider to Ufology. Unlike Strieber, or the likes of, say, Bud Hopkins or David Jacobs, who made careers and reputations writing about alien abduction topics, Felber is a mainstream writer and businessman.
Felber has produced several books of fiction and nonfiction. But "Searchers" is his only work in the UFO genre. He appears to have written it only because he found the story so compelling, it was just too good to pass by.
A Frightful UFO Night
The book describes a sizzling night of terror as experienced by an ordinary middle class California couple, Steve and Dawn Hess.
It was 1989 when the Hesses decided to head out to the Mojave Desert for a camping trip. Upon arriving and setting up camp in the middle of nowhere, the isolated couple began to see strange globes of light in the sky.
They were unnerved but tried to explain them away in all the common ways. But then, events rapidly escalated to a profoundly frightening degree.
The "lights" moved toward their camp. Steve and Dawn Hess hide in their camper, only to be accosted by an array of eerie alien beings who surround them, peer into their windows, and seem intensely bent upon getting at them. They want to probe every aspect of their beings -- to possess their minds and souls completely.
The aliens perform devastating psychological invasions into the minds of their human subjects - at times, the couple is surrounded by dozens of bizarre alien manifestations of wide variety.
Dawn Hess described it this way:
"They (the aliens) wanted everything we had ... everything ...our minds, our bodies, even our souls, I think. It was like they drew it out of us with a syringe ... every molecule. And it was painful and I thought we were going to die, or already had died and were being tortured in hell."
After enduring a night of this hell, Steve and Dawn Hess returned to their normal lives and jobs, but all was not well. Nightmares, fears, anxieties, post-traumatic stress - everything that had happened to them had shattered their sense of what it means to be a normal human being. They were suffering from intense eschatological shock.
It's a remarkable story. In the hands of an skilled writer - Felber holds a Ph.D. in Art and Letters - the result is one of the most terrifying books on alien abduction ever written.