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1900-1959

Dreams from 1900 through the 1950s. During this era, Freudian thought dominated dream research, though a more balanced approach survived in the early decades and revived in the later ones.

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1900-1950s



ANOCHE / LAST NIGHT: by Antonio Machado; c. 1900; a joyful dream poem
Last night, as I slept, I dreamt--illusion blessed!--that I had a beehive, here inside my heart...
OVER THE VOLCANO: by AE (George Russell); c.1900, an embarkation dream.
We're spirits over a volcanic fountain of energy. And some of us prepare to ride the current up to...
CAUTION: ASSUMES MYSTICAL LITERACY
A FACTORY FIRE: by J. W. Dunne; 1900, a detailed predictive nightmare.
Dunne dreamt of a fire so smoky it killed people on a balcony in open air! Then came the evening news...
COACH AND ARCH: by William Cavendish-Bentinck; 1901, a practical warning-dream.
I dreamt the King's coach got stuck in an archway on the coronation route. Awake, I checked the heights of coach and arch...
STALAGMITE VALLEY: by Maude Meagher; 1902?-07, a recurring childhood dream.
I found myself upon a stone pillar in a valley. Invisible people sat on other stalagmites, but my voice couldn't reach them...
ALL HALLOW'S EVE: by (Mrs.) D. M. Barrett; 1904, a psychic dream
I dreamt ghosts visited us, and for each scream, a relative would die. Two of us cried out. That morning the first letter came...
UNEXPLODED SPHERE: by "Anonymous #10"; c. 1904, a precise predictive dream
As a boy I dreamt of a war; officers marked the landing-spot of an unexploded black sphere. Years later...
ANTIGRAVITY RESEARCH: by Mary Arnold-Forster; 1905?, a dream of teaching dreamflight
I'm showing the Royal Society how to levitate. Confidence is the main thing. I teach a hesitant Fellow to lift off...
LITTLE NEMO'S BED: by Winsor McCay; c. 1906, a famous if probably fictional dream icon
Little Nemo's bed gets restless and takes him for a wild ride through town and up onto roofs...
HE REMARRIED: by an Iowa divorcee; 1907, an unlikely oracular flash
My mother's face took on a sudden expression of astonishment--possibly agony. She said "Your father is remarrying." I laughed. 'Impossible. He'd have told me. I had a letter from him only a few days ago..."
RED UNCLE, RED CANYON: by JB Priestley; c.1907 and c.1925, two short dreams making long-term predictions
As a boy I dreamt my uncle (a calm man) glared at me in red rage; I was terrified. A decade later, in a bar...
I dreamt that over a balcony rail I saw bright-colored, spectacular scenery. Years after, I took a detour in Arizona...
SIGNORINETTA: by Alfred Douglas; late May 1908, a predictive (and profitable) dream.
I dreamt a grey filly won the Derby. My friend, a fan, said no fillies at all were racing this year; but he forgot a loser named...
THE DREAM: by Henri Rousseau; 1910, a (collaborative?) dream painting
Rousseau's famous painting of a woman who falls asleep on a sofa and finds herself in a glorious jungle may just be a real dream...
CAUTION: NUDITY, SLACKING
CHANGING IDENTITIES: by Mary Arnold-Forster; 1910-14? a dream of alternating selves.
I was the new girl among richer students, then my adult self among snobs, then a schoolgirl again--always craving freedom...
MIND OF A MURDERER: by Mary Arnold-Forster; between 1910 & 1920, a dream on self-justification
I sink into a book on a murderer who rationalizes away all guilt, but pull out thinking "How morbid!"...
AVENUE OF TREES: by Anonymous #34; July 1911?, early 1924?, March 30, 1934, and January 1947; four death-omen dreams, one predictive
Every decade or so, I dream a loved one says farewell and walks down an avenue of trees. I wake to find that person's dying...
TITANIC NIGHTMARES: by J. C. Middleton; 1912/4/3 and 4/4, two lifesaving predictive dreams
I saw the Titanic go down and people struggling frantically in the water. After my second nightmare I told my wife. She urged me to...
TITANIC IMAGE: by Graham Greene; 1912/4/14?, a childhood nightmare of the Titanic--before the news came.
One image has remained with me for more than sixty years: a man in oilskins bent double under the blow of a great wave...
NEW BRIGHTON MURDER: by Annie Howie Mudie; 1912/12/20, a sloppily oracular dream
Someone said "There's been a murder in the Victoria Hotel, and the murderer slept in your house." Three weeks later...
FALSE BOTTOM: by Edith Wharton; October 1913, a summing-up nightmare.
Demons open a trunk full of the horrors I've faced this year, and lay them out, mocking me... but is that all?
SIEGFRIED MUST DIE: by Carl Jung; 1913/12/18, an archetypal (and predictive?) dream.
Jung and a little brown man shoot down Siegfried the German Hero, riding his chariot of bones. Wait... his what?
JUNG'S PREMONITIONS OF WORLD WAR I: by Carl Jung, 1913-1914; five ignored warnings.
Jung was told in dreams and visions that Europe would soon drown in blood. But he just couldn't believe it...
TIN FISH: by a ship engineer's wife; 1914-1918, a precise lifesaving dream
I dreamed my husband's ship headed for India, where a 'tin fish' sank it with exactly one casualty--him. I rushed down to the dock...
FERDINAND'S ASSASSINATION: by Joseph Lanyi; 1914/6/28, a historic predictive dream.
Lanyi dreamed in detail of the assassination of his friend Archduke Franz Ferdinand hours before it happened...
DEATH CHANTY: by E.M. Martin's friend; 1914/9/21, a psychic dream
An endless parade of drowned sailors sing a dirge, the dreamer wakes in tears... and then the news arrives.
A FLYING DREAM IN WAR-TIME: by Mary Arnold-Forster; Nov. 1914, a hyperrealist dream.
I can always fly in my dreams, so the military command asks me to levitate across war-torn Belgium as a courier...
THE LAST MASS: by E.M. Martin; 1914/11/23, a dream of war invading a peaceful dreamland
For years Martin's dreams were all set in a peaceful parallel world. He hoped it was immune from WWI, but...
THE CHANGED RIVER: by E.M. Martin; 1914/11/25, the quietest apocalyptic dream on record
Humanity improves a river to death, so the river just disappears. Ominous since it's the river of nature, time and God...
THE UNWILLING GUIDE: by E.M. Martin; 1914/12/29, a nightmare of occupied England
In a wood full of snipers, Martin has a hard moral choice: lead, leave or turn in a group of strangers who may be spies...
THE FOUR WINDS: by E.M. Martin; 1915, a harsh antiwar dream poem.
Three wind-gods are so revolted by humanity they want to kill us; the fourth says we'll kill ourselves soon enough...
SWORD IN MY BACK: by Franz Kafka; 1915/1/19, a surreal but un-Kafkaesque dream.
I slept late and felt a bit stiff, but until my friends pulled it out of my neck I had no idea...
MAN OVERBOARD: by Sir Stephen King-Hall; 1916, a lifesaving premonition acted on
I was officer of the watch in the Southampton. I knew that as we passed an islet a mile ahead, a man would fall overboard...
F.I.P: by Dr A (c.1947), a Cambridge man (1960?), a London girl (c.1916) and a Midlands mum (July 1958)
Examples of inexplicable moods that appear (after the fact) to be reactions to future events...
A HAND AT CARDS: by Loomis C. Johnson; around Dec. 1916, a predictive dream.
I dreamt of a surreal poker hand where one card changed to create a full house. Next weekend, I was losing when...
DREAMS IN WAR TIME: by Amy Lowell; c. 1917, a chain of seven small dream-poems
Terse dreamlets quietly catch World War I's effect on civilians far behind the front. Who died in the trenches? Faith...
TUCCOTINE: by William Archer; 1917/1/14, a tasteful dream.
The innkeeper singled me out, insisted I try a strange-looking liqueur, a house specialty called "Tuccotine"...
CHE FANNO GLI INGLESI?: by William Archer; 1917/7/30, a senseless dream.
To help the King of Italy, I become a baker in Baluchistan--learning Norwegian, levitating, meeting quaggas, riding landslides...
A WHITE-FACED MARE, 29 YEARS LATER: by an Iowa grandmother; 1918, a postmortem predictive dream.
My grandmother dreamt a white-faced black mare trampled me in our orchard. We had no such mare. 29 years later, I boarded a man's two mares...
SURF DREAMS, DEEP DREAMS: by AE (George Russell) and Wayan; 1918 and 1996, twin images of our limited conception of dreaming
What you call dreams are just the surf-zone between waking and dream! Swim out past the foam to the deeps and you'll find...
SUN AND MOON: by Katherine Mansfield; 1918/2/9, a dream-story
I dreamed a short story--even its title. Not that I read it. No, I lived it, through the eyes of a 5-year-old...
WOUND-BARGAIN: by a Marine from New York; 1918/9/12-14, a prediction and possible alteration of the future
I was certain I'd be wounded, but wanted not to be maimed or crippled. So I tried on injuries and settled on a flesh wound in my left shoulder...
TOWARDS BREAK OF DAY: by WB Yeats and Georgie Yeats, Dec. 1918; simultaneous dreams sharing not image but mood and theme
Yeats sees but cannot touch the waterfall he loved so in childhood; Georgie, the magical white stag in King Arthur...
GUARDIAN GHOST: by an Oklahoma girl; 1919, a dream (?) of ghostly advice
I dreamed my late stepdad warned me to stand by my mother--she'd be in trouble and people would gossip and blame her...
HUMPBACKED COAT-THIEF: by "Anonymous #15"; c.1919, an acted-on warning dream
I dreamed of a beggar in our house who had been stealing. It was a very small man with a hump. Weeks later...
MISSION TO MACEDONIA: by William Archer; 1919/7/6, a pseudo-psychic dream-within-a-dream.
I dream I'm offered a spy-mission to Macedonia, and realize I dreamt of this last night--a prophetic dream! Then wake...
THE GREEN GODDESS: by William Archer; 1919/9/1, a playwriting-idea dream that paid off
I was held hostage in India by courteous revolutionaries who avoided spelling out that we were soon to die...
BROKE LIKE GLASS: by Katherine Mansfield; 1919/12/15, a warning-dream.
A long terrible shiver, and my whole body broke like glass. I may live months, but in that dream I died...
LOEWI'S NOBEL DREAM: by Otto Loewi, 1920, a dream that led to a Nobel prize.
Loewi thought nerve impulses were transmitted chemically, not electrically. But he couldn't prove it, until one night...
FALL FROM A STAR: by Edwin Muir; 1920, a hypnogogic shamanic initiation
Escaping the tiny red plush room inside a star, I dive back to earth. Oops. A beast eats my broken body. My soul waits...
LONG ROAD TO HEAVEN: by Edwin Muir; 1920, an epic hypnogogic shamanic initiation
Creatures in the primal sea touch my third eye, dragons cry their eyes out, I fight the Sphinx, and arrive at last in...
HELL HALL: by Anonymous #3; c.1920?, a dream of initiatory cannibalism
A revival meeting goes bad--hell gapes, suicides jump, mutton turns out not to be. If you sup with the devil, carry a long fork...
I WANT A SHILLING: Anonymous #4; c.1920?, a dream on the precise value of ideals
I'm at a lecture on Art, Beauty and the Nude, but no one paid the model and he wants a drink...
RIVERBANK BLISS: by "Anonymous #11"; c. 1920, a mood-predicting dream
Eleven years after I dreamt of that green dress and green riverbank and dreamy day, I was convalescing in...
DYING ONCE, DYING TWICE: by Walter de la Mare; c. 1920?, two dreams of death.
My only chance of life and freedom is to leap. He raises the gun and fires. I'm flooded with a soundless explosion of light...
HEART-SWING: by Havelock Ellis; c.1920? a dream-conversation with a heart
A young woman and I swing one another into the air. I asked her to swing me more slowly and regularly...
MOLLUSCUM FIBROSUM: by Havelock Ellis; c. 1920? A surreal dream of... sex? medicine?
A woman models an elegant gown baring her breasts. All five of them. Wait, those aren't breasts, they're...
ANIMAL TRANSFIGURATION: by Edwin Muir; c.1920, a dream of an animal Resurrection
A man with luminous hair leads me out to a field where all the world's animals gaze at heaven--except one...
BRIGHT BEAST, PATIENT BEAST: by Edwin Muir; c.1920, a dream of our primal struggle
Two beasts eternally fight, the proud bright peacock-tailed beast and the sad-eyed, ever-defeated sheepdog of...
THE GODDESS OF WYRE: by Edwin Muir; c.1920, a dream of soul-rebirth
After 25 years I land on my native island of Wyre, to touch an ancient clay figurine, who grows young and wakes...
SISTER TO LIFE: by Edwin Muir; c.1920, a dream of shamanic healing
The glow seemed to come from within her, but I knew it flowed from my own breast. Her eyes fluttered...
CHESTERTON'S POUNCE: by William Archer; 1920/4/6, a literary nightmare
G.K. Chesterton was a leopard, and he ambushed George Bernard Shaw... Oh, the blood! Why didn't I intervene?
THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF AN ANT: by Walter de la Mare; 1920s, a tutelary dream.
The book's first two pages showed an ant's awareness, then a human's wider grasp--both mere freckles on reality...
PRIMAVERA: by Walter de la Mare; 1920s, a dream persisting into day
I dreamt the Goddess of Spring paraded by my house. I woke and leapt to my bedroom window, and there she was...
THE ROWAN: by Graham Greene; 1921, a possibly psychic nightmare.
The ship I was on going down in the Irish Sea. It was not till yesterday, looking at an old paper, I saw about the sinking of the Rowan in the Irish sea...
A PROPHETIC DREAM: by William Archer; 1921/4/24, a quiet predictive dream naming names.
A literary agent--not my current one--is proposing a 'novelization' offer from a writer I've barely heard of. Twelve weeks later...
THE PERFECT MUSICAL GENIUS: by "Agnes"; before 1922, a Romantic romantic dream.
I'm to be martyred. I ask if the man I love can strangle me. Yes! I say farewell to our hermaphroditic genius baby...
SELVDROLLA: by Havelock Ellis; before 1922, an ignored prescriptive dream
A doctor recommends Ellis try "selvdrolla", but he gets off so much on the strange name he forgets the prescription...
MY HUSBAND'S DEATH: by Gertude Pritchard; 1922, a predictive dream
I dreamed I made my way through a great crowd to find my husband lying dead behind velvet curtains. Two years later...
THE GREAT PEACE: by George Antheil; early 1922; two dreams of the future, one seemingly psychic, that transform a pianist's life
I dream it's after a great war; I hear the music I must write, and meet the girl I must marry...
THE WILD HUNT: by Carl Jung; Sept. 1922, a clairvoyant dream.
In a dark wood, a gigantic wolfhound tore past me. My blood froze. The Wild Hunt was about to carry away a human soul...
LONDON TRAFFIC: by Gheury de Bray; between 1923-1938, a warning dream.
De Bray dreamed a speeding car nearly hit him; a month later, he abruptly recognized the street from his dream and paused...
LIONS AND TIGERS: by William Archer's friend; before 1924, a zootheological dream.
At the zoo, Archer's friend found the tigers caged but the lions roaming free. The reason? Lions fear hell, but tigers...
THE LOST RING: by Helen Fraser; 1924; an astral lost-and-found dream
A friend in Heaven promises Helen a lost ring would return to her. Three days later it did; but its path had been strange...
AVENUE OF TREES: by Anonymous #34; July 1911?, early 1924?, March 30, 1934, and January 1947; four death-omen dreams, one predictive
Every decade or so, I dream a loved one says farewell and walks down an avenue of trees. I wake to find that person's dying...
HIS VISIT HOME: by Anonymous #26 as told to Louisa Rhine; 1924/5/15, a predictive hypnogogic dreamlet?
I saw my husband come to my bedside, smile, visit our little son in his crib...then he vanished. But at dawn, my husband, dressed exactly as in my...
RED UNCLE, RED CANYON: by JB Priestley; c.1907 and c.1925, two short dreams making long-term predictions
As a boy I dreamt my uncle (a calm man) glared at me in red rage; I was terrified. A decade later, in a bar...
I dreamt that over a balcony rail I saw bright-colored, spectacular scenery. Years after, I took a detour in Arizona...
THE CREEK: by Louisa E. Rhine; c. 1925? a lifesaving predictive dream
I dreamed I was camping by a creek. I went to get the soap and returned to find my baby son face-down in the water...
NOT A NICE DAY: by Gladys Clarke; 1925/3/18, an aural premonition
All day I expected a terrible scream, but had no idea why until I heard it. A woman in flames came out of her house...
CAUTION: GRUESOME DEATH
JUMP OVERBOARD: by Graham Greene; 1925/12/11, a possibly psychic nightmare.
Wednesday night I dreamed I had to jump overboard... that night there was a wreck off the Yorkshire coast in a storm and the captain ordered his men to jump into the sea...
THE NIGHT DREAM: by Archibald MacLeish; 1926-33?, a dream poem.
A joyous day with a strange woman who seems not to be his wife, until he touches her hand and knows...
JAPANESE RAIL CRASH: by an Air Force wife; 1927, a clairvoyant or telepathic dream
The track gave way and many cars fell into the bay. People crawled like ants out of the windows as waves broke on the wreckage...
SHOOT THE MIRROR!: by Sir Oliver Lodge; 1927/10/15, a dream of stagy twists
A man gets his big brother blamed for his crimes, til their sister makes him shoot his own reflection. But neither one expects...
BARN BURNING: by Denise Levertov; 1929?; a childhood nightmare
I'm in a barn full of peaceful animals lit by a golden glow. And then they all blacken, crinkle, and corrugate like burnt paper...
CRAZY JANE GROWN OLD LOOKS AT THE DANCERS: by W.B. Yeats; spring 1929?, a dream-based poem on envy
Crazy Jane watches a dancing couple's passionate games, and envies even their hate; to her, it's part of love...
TRIGO: by Edith L. Willis; 1929/6/4, an induced automatic-writing prediction (profitable, too)
In an idle moment I held a pencil and asked the air who'd win the Derby. 'Trigo' meant nothing to me, but was listed at 32 to 1, so...
DISEASE OF THE HEART: by Virginia Woolf; 1929/11/2, a false diagnostic dream--or is it?
I dream I have just six months to live. I go through a dozen phases and moods, preparing for death...
BLACK PUPPETEER: by Anonymous #2; 1930s, an eerie dreamlet.
My friend F. was with a child in a garden, but every move the child made was controlled by a weird figure behind her...
INGENIOUS ADVERTISEMENTS: by Elizabeth Kew; 1930s?, a cynical dream come true.
My friend put an ad on her gown, so I try one on our house. I have big ideas for more, but a pickpocket steals them and...
NAMELESS HAT: by Elizabeth Kew; 1930s?, a comic dream.
Giant worms put me on trial for wearing a nameless hat, but it turns out I like their punishment, so I taunt the judge...
BREAD CHESS: by Helen's fiancé; 1930-33, a detailed psychic dream
Stalin's police held my fiancee Helen incommunicado. But I dreamt of her prison, cellmate, and the strange game they played...
MEOPHAM AIR DISASTER: by G.H.M. Holms; 1930/7/18, a surreal predictive dream
Suddenly, out of the clouds, a man came shooting down, head first, at a terrific pace. He landed on his head with a sickening...
CAUTION: GRISLY
R101 AIRSHIP CRASH: by R.W. Boyd; 1930/10/3, a predictive dream
A large airship crashed onto a hilltop and burst into flame, silhouetting people who tried to escape, but...
SCHNEIDER TROPHY CRASH: by J. Lloyd-Owens; c. 1931/8/1, an overwhelming premonition
As a newsreel showed a Navy flier for the Schneider Trophy Air Race, I felt a violent shock and said "He's going to be killed..."
A SHARP CLICK: by Herbert W., 1932/5/30, apparent spirit-rapping
My friend Mr D. was interested in psychic research but skeptical about psychokinesis. But 24 hours after his own death...
THREE SEVENS: by George Antheil; summer 1932; a psychic dream in a dreamlike time
I dream I play 7 and win three times at Monte Carlo, wake, tell my friends, and head for the casino with witnesses...
TROUT BECK by Nancy Price; summer 1933, an aerial comic dream-epic
I'm carried off by a crane, to meet birdfish, singing sheep, fell-spirits, mad shopkeepers and devil-bulls...
YOUR TURN: by Julian Green; 1933/10/18, a surreal but fair-minded dream.
I was nineteen again, riding my horse down a bad road in Virginia. After three hours, my horse spoke up...
AVENUE OF TREES: by Anonymous #34; July 1911?, early 1924?, March 30, 1934, and January 1947; four death-omen dreams, one predictive
Every decade or so, I dream a loved one says farewell and walks down an avenue of trees. I wake to find that person's dying...
JUST KNOWING: by a St Louis woman; summer 1934 and 1941/11/20, two very pure ESP experiences
I suddenly knew I had to get off the bus and wait for the next. We passed the first bus, on fire...
I was at Thanksgiving dinner when I felt my mother dying two thousand miles away...
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS by Anonymous #35; summer 1934, a psychic dream
The engine pinned a young man under it and a crowd gathered. But no one noticed the girl on the other side of the tracks...
A WORD DREAM: by Maude Meagher; before 1936, a wild word-association dream.
I often dream of words forming on a page as their corresponding images dance around me. Here's an example...
ANNE GOT LOST: by Anne's friend; 1936, a warning dream wisely acted on
She was headed for a rock wall. The brakes faded; she smelled burning. Then she woke. Her friends laughed, but she asked a neighbor what to do if...
ROSEMARY AND FRANCES: by Rosemary; 1936/6/5, a premonitory mood and flash saving one of two sisters
I love dancing, but a gloom settled on me; I wouldn't go. I begged Frances to take a certain car, and she did--but coming home...
GARDEN OF SWORDS: by Louis MacNeice; 1937, a dream warning of war.
I'm at a garden-party when They attack. I flee through a garden of swords, but a guard with a bayonet blocks the gate...
WORLD TOUR: by Sharon Boyle; 1937?, a nightmare told to her mom, poet Kay Boyle
This little man comes into the chapel, makes a fascist salute, and catches fire. He burns right down to his shoes...
THE SWORDSMEN: by T.A. Williams; late 1930s, a surreal dream.
Dusk. A plain. A troop of swordsmen approach me, draw their weapons... and toss their spinning, shining swords to the stars...
GRAVESTONE: by "Miss S."; late 1930s-1946, a recurring clairvoyant/predictive nightmare
I'm walking up a churchyard path. My long hair clings to me, damp. Horses wander aimlessly. I'm irresistably drawn to a graveside...
I DIDN’T DIVE IN: by Herbert Read; before 1938, a dream-poem experiment.
I watched her dive into the lake and not come up. Her golden cloak floated on the water. I hesitated just a moment, and...
LEFT EYE: by "Anonymous #9"; 1938, a predictive, quasi-reassuring nightmare
I dreamed of an explosion--a stabbing pain in my left thigh, right fore-arm, and left eye. Two years later, a grenade...
HELL-BOUND TRAIN: by Franz Jaegerstetter, summer 1938; a political dream
I was ordered to join Hitler's army. I dreamt a booming voice proclaimed, "This train is going to Hell!" So I...
TWO CENTURIES OF PROGRESS: by Edwin Muir; 1938-9, two dreams and an extraordinary mini-essay
Yesterday, Hitler marched into town. I was born before the Industrial Revolution, and am now about two hundred years old...
ORB: by Walter de la Mare; before 1939; a feverdream image
I held the strangest and most entrancing object I have ever seen: the very citadel of life itself!...
PYLONS: by Louis MacNeice; Jan. 1940. A surreal political dream.
I was on a steamer run amok, in a boiling yellow incredible sea out of which great pylons rose...
THE M9: by David Parkinson, 1940; a dream-designed invention.
Parkinson dreamed his new telephone device got added to an anti-aircraft gun. He told his dream; guns with M9 units turned out to be so accurate it gave the British hope against the Luftwaffe...
KELLY FIELD: by an air cadet, 1941; an almost-lifesaving dream.
I dreamed a plane took off northeast, and flipped by the main hangar, killing two men. I forgot the dream until the wind swung round...
TERRIBLE HORSE: by Louise Bogan; 1941, poem of a healing dream
A stallion reared to strike me. He was all the fear and rage I'd repressed for 35 years. I cowered til a woman said "offer him...
BEETLE: by Daniel Quinn; spring 1941; a life-defining shamanic dream
A black beetle points out I'm not needed or at home in the human world, and insists my lifework is elsewhere...
BUTLER'S CROSSING: by David's father; 1941/8/24, a (heeded or unheeded?) warning dream
He saw a vehicle coming toward him at great speed. The light was so bright it blinded him. He screamed to his son...
JUST KNOWING: by a St Louis woman; summer 1934 and 1941/11/20, two very pure ESP experiences
I suddenly knew I had to get off the bus and wait for the next. We passed the first bus, on fire...
I was at Thanksgiving dinner when I felt my mother dying two thousand miles away...
HEADLINES: by "Anonymous #21"; 1942/8/4, 1954/1/1, and 1958/8/16, a set of psychic newsflashes
All my life I've had sudden visions showing violent deaths accompanied by headlines naming the victims...
THE LESSON: by W.H. Auden; 1942, a poem on three linked nightmares
I'm told "Your lives are not in order." The golden crown's too heavy. I win my lover's hand--only the hand. What are my dreams accusing me of?
CAUTION: SEVERED HAND, SUBTLE GUILT
MOM ON THE WING: by a tail gunner; 1942-45, a lifesaving warning dream
I saw my mother standing on the tip of one wing of our plane. She was dressed in white flowing robes and calling my name, warning me of danger...
DANCING WITH EMILY BRONTE: by Alice Sheldon/James Tiptree; 1943?, a lesbian literary love-dream
Alli/Tip could only imagine loving the strange, intense, and unavailable--and Bronte was all three..
CHESTERFIELD MOVER: by an Oregon woman, 1943, a "meaningless yet profound" predictive dream
I helped my aunt and uncle move upstairs from the downstairs flat they rented. It was absurd--they love the one-story house they own...
PETE: by Norman, a soldier on Guam; 1944, either a ghost or hallucination with a lifesaving warning.
Pete warned me not to take the shortcut. Only after I'd turned the truck around did I realize Pete had died weeks ago...
SCORCH: by a California woman; 1944, a lifesaving olfactory hallucination (clairsniffance?)
I smelled scorching paint; my old heater was about to burn the house. But I'd moved--heater and house were six blocks away...
JACK IN THE DITCH: by Jack's mom; 1944/6/6, 6/7 & 6/8, three apparently telepathic dreams
Jack was a parachutist on D-Day. His mom dreamt of the strafings, the ditch he hid in, the deaths of his comrades...
BIGAMIST: by a Carolina waitress; 1945, a telepathic dream
A sad, frail, very pregnant woman with dark brown hair told me she was my boyfriend's wife. The next day...
FLIGHT: by Denise Levertov; 1945; a dream poem
I meet William Blake! He says "The will is given us that we may know the delights of surrender." While in my bedroom...
6-MONTH TOMBSTONE, 17-YEAR CABINET: by a California model, pre-1961, and by a Texas maid, 1945; 2 predictive dreams compared
Predictive dreams rarely hint how far they've peered ahead; they just place you in their foreseen future...
THE RAPTURE OF MY DARK DREAM: by Edna St Vincent Millay; 1945?, a nightmare in free verse
Millay dreams her lover's attacked in the street, and wakes to realize it's already happened; he's lost.
BILLIE: by Billie's Mom; 1945/1/20, a psychic warning dream
My son Billie, his Navy uniform soaking wet, cried "Oh, Mom--it's so terrible!" and shrank into a baby again as I held him...
CAUTION: EXPLOSION
BAYONNE: by a precognitive Floridian; 1945/8/6, a predictive dream
"There is going to be an explosion of two or three millions of gallons of oil or gasoline in Bayonne in three weeks or three months..."
GRAVESTONE: by "Miss S."; late 1930s-1946, a recurring clairvoyant/predictive nightmare
I'm walking up a churchyard path. My long hair clings to me, damp. Horses wander aimlessly. I'm irresistably drawn to a graveside...
THE WEED: by Elizabeth Bishop; before 1946, a dream-poem on death/rebirth
I was dead. A weed grew from my heart; then two streams poured out--not water or blood but experiences. I asked the weed what it was doing, and it said...
DON'T DO THAT, MARION: by Marion; 1947, a two-way telepathic intervention?
I was planning my suicide when my friend a thousand miles away said in my ear "Don't do that, Marion." Next day an airmail arrived...
SUICIDAL NARRATOR
F.I.P: by Dr A (c.1947), a Cambridge man (1960?), a London girl (c.1916) and a Midlands mum (July 1958)
Examples of inexplicable moods that appear (after the fact) to be reactions to future events...
INSURANCE: by a young widow; 1947, a dream of lucrative ghost advice
Soon after my husband's death, I dreamed he pointed at a small black bag I'd stored unopened. I found it held insurance policies...
PAT'S WARNING: by Pat, Allen and Gerry; 1947, a ghostlike warning from a living person--or her unconscious?
In Occupied Germany, Pat flags down two friends just before a truck crash. Only Pat was in England at the time. She sensed they were in danger, but...
AVENUE OF TREES: by Anonymous #34; July 1911?, early 1924?, March 30, 1934, and January 1947; four death-omen dreams, one predictive
Every decade or so, I dream a loved one says farewell and walks down an avenue of trees. I wake to find that person's dying...
HAIL AND FAREWELL by Nancy Price; 1947/6/6, a revenant dream-message
A dying colleague haunts me all night. He says "crossings are often unpleasant" but death's not bad...
PIANOS IN THE SKY: by an Illinois woman; before 1948, a happy recurrent dream come true
My heart's desire was a new piano, as hopeless as owning a yacht. The dream: a huge space in the air, full of wonderful...
SOME THINGS ARE DARK: by Edna St Vincent Millay; 1948??, a poem narrated by Nightmare
Millay, suffering from nightmares, decides to speak from Nightmare's point of view...
BROKEN GLASS by Nancy Price; 1948, a dream of working to death.
Helping out some talking animals, helping to exhaustion, I suffer a fatal accident. What am I being warned of?
BUT AS YESTERDAY by Nancy Price; 1948, a dream of being sacrificed
Our gods demand sacrifices. I let Mother mutilate me so I'd be unfit. But the priests turn out to be blind...
CAUTION: YOU CAN FEEL PAIN IN DREAMS
CHASM by Nancy Price; 1948, a telepathic nightmare.
The scenery's so lovely my mother's lured over a cliff! As I wake in my flat, someone dies of a fall out a nearby window...
DEAD OR ALIVE? by Nancy Price; 1948, a surreal, poetic dream from the borderzone
Troutmet the moon-pigeon, Burtra the blackbird, a talking acacia, and my dead dad and gardener give me afterworld-advice...
EXPERIMENT WITH TIME by Nancy Price; 1948, a shamanic-initiation dream declined?
I meet a girl who's 16 and 61, who tells me dreams are lives, not messages. But then I must fly over a sinister parade...
THE EYE by Nancy Price; 1948, a nightmare of resisting torture
A staring Eye tries to break me, though his birds rebel in sympathy. But the cats and robots flay me. Yet I refuse to die...
THE FEARFUL INSECT by Nancy Price; 1948, an episodic circular nightmare unified by a leitmotif
A bug with a horse-skull face reappears in scene after scene of this dream of sabotage and betrayal. I only know I feared it...
FILM STARS by Nancy Price; 1948, a surreal predictive/diagnostic dream
I'm a film actress, but the producer isn’t happy with my legs, so make-up takes them away to be redone...
FOUR WHO COULD ONLY GET HALF-WAY by Nancy Price; 1948, a frustration-dream with deep advice
I'm one of four mediocrities: all our efforts come to nought. My mother says "You're netted, but you can fray the ropes...
I AM A BIRD by Nancy Price; 1948, a dream of another life... well, two.
I live as a small falcon, glad I'm no longer human. But when that life ends...
JUMBLE by Nancy Price; 1948, a comically exaggerated predictive dream
A bewildering dream of a boy's borrowed bath, absconding renters' furniture and fly-eating turns real a few weeks later...
LET THERE BE LIGHT by Nancy Price; 1948, a nightmare of helplessness
Snakebite! I'm hooked to a health-monitor. If a red light comes on, I'm doomed. But voices start whispering...
THE OTHER ROOM by Nancy Price; 1948, a predictive dream
A writer I haven't seen for 40 years gives me a drink, but all I want is to find my mom in The Other Room...
RED LIGHT by Nancy Price; 1948, a predictive dream of the past!
I'm in my home town, but at two times at once! Murderous boys explain why: I died here in 1861...
SNOW by Nancy Price; 1948, a false-waking dream about living vs survival
Lost in the snow, I must either give my baby to a stranger or let my dad put him in a box, safe, forever...
STRANGE AUDITION: by Nancy Price; 1948, a predictive theatre-dream
All the actors auditioning for Shaw’s play are weird mixtures of human, avian, and bestial. And Shaw’s in the balcony, listening...
TENNIS UNDER STRANGE CIRCUMSTANCES by Nancy Price; 1948, a comic frustration dream hiding a warning
Our tennis game's spoiled by rubber rackets, fierce grandmas, Good and Evil (those identical twins) and a bully on stilts...
WINGS by Nancy Price; 1948, two bird-people dreams, one psychic
I have a long chat with two talking songbirds. Next I'm a parrot, living in rainforest. And then the mail comes...
THE WHEEL by Nancy Price; 1948, a dream of future shock.
Lost in an industrial maze, my memories hopelessly out of date, I resign myself to be bound to the Wheel...
NO TRAVELER RETURNS by Nancy Price; 1948/2/2, a predictive dream
I don't love my husband, so I'm stranded in the hotel between life & death, from which...
TAWNY OWL by Nancy Price; April 1948, a dream of muses
On the road with a poet and a philosopher, I insist we rescue an owl. But we get lost, and the poet turns into...
NEWS AT ELEVEN: by a widow-in-process; 1948/10/27, a somatized empathic waking nightmare
My heart suddenly began beating like a sledge hammer. I couldn't imagine what was happening, and got very frightened...
SONG by Nancy Price; Nov. or Dec. 1948, a transcendent music dream
Numb, sunk in a trance, I only woke when I broke through a wall to light and magical birdsong...
FLIGHTS AND CATS: by Colette; before 1949, a sketch of her dreamscape
Colette flies, sees a birdheaded turtle, wrestles a great playful cat, debates a snake, holds hands with a shy dog...
GOSHEN: by Percy Konqobe; 1940s-1960s?, a lifelong recurring psychic dream
I hear voices: "The road to success is in Kafkat, in a place called Goshen." I look back, and see seven male shadows...
TRANSFUSION by a New York woman; 1950s? (over a 5-year span), three predictive dreams
I dreamt of the Du Pont lab where I'd work, then the hospital where my sister-in-law would need a transfusion, then my of neighbor's coffin...
BILL: by Anonymous #32; c. 1950, a predictive warning dream
My mother begged me to stay in. I went out with Bill--who raped me. Later she reluctantly told me what she'd dreamed...
CAUTION: DATE RAPE
WITH WILD AND TURQUOISE EYES: by Joan-lee Woehler Lasalle; c.1950, a dream-poem on a stubborn shadow
I slay the beautiful dragon attacking us, despite my regret. And then, as I sleep, glowing eyes advance on our keep AGAIN...
DUCK HUNT: by Craig, age 4; 1950/11/18, an ignored predictive nightmare
"I dreamed you were in the water, Daddy. There was tall grass all around, and you kept trying to come out of the water to me..."
TEN YEARS AFTER: by Anonymous #31; before 1951, a predictive dream.
I dreamed I drove through snow to my parents' home where my mother lay dead. Ten years later I made an identical journey--but this time for real.
DICK, HOW WONDERFUL: by Dick and his mother; during the Korean War (1951-54), shared telepathic hallucinations
As a man on shore patrol in Manila is attacked, he and his mother simultaneously see and hear each other...
BAYSHORE AND CHARTER: by a Redwood City man; July 1951, a lifesaving predictive urge
I burst into tears for no reason and for 15 minutes begged my brother-in-law not to go, then said "It's safe now..."
CAUTION: GRUESOME
CLAIRAGONY: by a Philadelphia woman, August 1951, a sympathetic heart attack with one crucial error in its ESP
I had a heart attack--but in minutes, it vanished! Then the phone rang. I knew at once my dying mother was gone. But...
POLYGAPO: by a Washington woman, fall 1951, a detailed unlikely predictive dream
I sat thinking "Now that boy will jump the fence"--and he did; "that boy will chase the dog"--and he did; "the girl will..."
PREEMIE; 1951/10/30 by an Oklahoma woman; a predictive dream
We were looking at our three-pound premature baby girl. Though tiny she was bright-eyed, active, perfect...
IN A STRANGER'S LIVINGROOM: by Jack Kerouac, late August 1952, an advisory dream.
June admired this forgotten philosopher Plipias or Snipias, who wrote 'Never go on strike against man'...
TREMENDOUS FAMILY SAGA: by Jack Kerouac, mid-September 1952, a tender violent dream.
I try to protect the kitten from being strangled and girl geniuses from the depth charges; ...
I GUESS IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY PARTY: by Jack Kerouac, early October 1952, an epic frustration dream with transcendent advice
My party's a slow boho disaster. Conversation, booze, pot, sex--nothing works out. What will my mom think? And then, working at the office, I get the Message...
THAT GORGEOUS BLONDE DANCING BARE-BREASTED: by Jack Kerouac, mid-October 1952, a sex-fantasy dream that shifts backstage
In Charlotte, North Carolina they want to lynch this magical blonde for dancing. I protest. As she leaves town, glamour off, she tells me...
THEN I REVISIT SELMA CALIFORNIA: by Jack Kerouac, late October 1952, a dream with an intruding predictive element
Strange wide brown houses are on the train tracks. I flirt with an oil heiress and dream of money till a knock wakes me--our train's moving out.
Later that day, as we pass through San Mateo, I see them on the rails, ready to roll--the first prefabricated ranch homes.
I WANTED TO STEAL A PINK WOOLEN SWEATER: by Jack Kerouac, early November? 1952, a class-envy dream.
I wanted to steal this pink woolen sweater. But I didn't need a sweater. What I really wanted to steal was middle-class security...
LOUSY DREAM: by Jack Kerouac, early Dec? 1952, a rage-filled nightmare
In America the woman has the Police State Telephone in one hand and My Child swathed in incredible bills in the other... Ah, Kafka, you never had it so good...
CAUTION: LANGUAGE, MISOGYNY
JOYOUS RIDE: by Janis Amatuzio, c. 1953; an ecstatic childhood dream of flight with a guardian angel
I was about three. A big, luminous figure said he was my guardian and would be with me always. He took me on a horseback ride through the sky...
SPIRAL LAUGHTER: by Alder; 1953, a child's feverdream
The world is a whirlpool, a black and white spiral pulling me down toward a black hole, and it's laughing...
RUNNING BIRD: by Alder; 1953, a kinetic nightmare with double selves.
I'm a flightless bird hopping down a line of marble columns rising from the sea, as they topple behind me...
FINALLY I'M AN OLD WHORE: by Jack Kerouac, Jan/Feb 1953, a burnout dream... or his fears for the future
Finally I've turned into an old whore... a silly Jack Kerouac whore with that same old tired old gasafaycagoo...
LIKE NOTRE DAME: by Jack Kerouac, early April? 1953, a bizarre dream
As the train pulled into the cathedral William Burroughs and I saw amid the pews the Hound of the Baskervilles transform into a great black bird and fly...
MA HAS GONE TO FRISCO: by Jack Kerouac, late June? 1953, a back-in-school dream ending in revelation.
I walk the corridors smiling, realizing for the first time that I don't have to go to high school---because I'm a great writer...
FRANKLIN'S NECK: by a dying Kansas grandmother; 1953/7/5, an unheeded warning nightmare
"Oh no" she moaned. "I don't want Frankie to go to that camp. He must not go there." She began to cry...
IRENE'S DREAM: parallel (linked?) dreams by "Irene May" and Jack Kerouac, c. Aug 9 1953
Irene tries to mold Francesca like clay to bring her back to life, and does--for a moment... Jack finds his brother Gerard dead and all Jack's words can't revive him...
GIGANTIC SAND MOUNTAINS: by Jack Kerouac, early Sept. 1953, a dream of work vs seeking happiness
Perched on a huge sandpile by the train track, I wrote. Then met a narcissistic hipster chasing happiness and sex. But this globe's austere & full of hurt...
AT A BIG 'SWENSON' PARTY: by Jack Kerouac, mid-Sept? 1953, a nightmare on American emptiness
A lovely pecan pie, but the guests are cutting pieces, dropping them, hands trembling in growing hunger desperate the dark voracious guests fighting now to freeload...
CAUTION: NOT ABOUT PIE
THEY'RE HANGING THE POLITICAL TRAITOR: by Jack Kerouac, late Sept. 1953, a dream of his broken-spirited dad
They're hanging the political traitor in my closet. I stand horrified. The old man's resigned--no complaint. It's my father, I now realize...
WILDERNESS OF VIRGINIA: by Jack Kerouac, c. Oct. 1, 1953, a nightmare anticipating capitalist co-opting of the Beats
On the bus I feel horrified--how publishers will batten on the sufferings of junkey musicians---worth millions---unbearable...
CLOCKS STOP, CLOCKS START: by an Indiana family, 1953/10/3, and a Florida family, before 1961; similar psychokinesis accounts
Indiana: Father's favorite clock, a cuckoo clock, stopped at exactly the time he died...
Florida: an old clock (silent for years) started ticking loudly at 10:20, the time of my husband's death the day before...
BIG FLAMING AIRPLANES TRYING TO LAND: by Jack Kerouac, late Oct. 1953, a two-part surreal nightmare
Two DC-6s catch fire and burn over New York, and then I'm a naked child in a Babylonian Byzantine temple older than America, across the river in Bayonne...
IN WATSONVILLE CALIFORNIA: by Jack Kerouac, early Nov. 1953, a surreal dream warning about mooches
Flying green snakes swarm over Elkhorn Marsh. But my mom says "They're just cockroaches"---she's not fooled by my... friends?
VAGUELY IN A SICK DREAM: by Jack Kerouac, late Nov. 1953, a dream of cooperative sacrifice
Us guys take turns getting pounded by this fist of cloud or parachute that must never hit the world. It hammers my skull and retreats, we laugh and switch positions...
HEADLINES: by "Anonymous #21"; 1942/8/4, 1954/1/1, and 1958/8/16, a set of psychic newsflashes
All my life I've had sudden visions showing violent deaths accompanied by headlines naming the victims...
RAPA ITI: by Marc Liblin, 1954-1960s, recurring childhood dreams teaching him to speak an unknown language
Only at age 33 did Marc Liblin at last meet someone who spoke his dream language. He married her, and moved to Rapa Iti, the only place in the world it's spoken...
GABORS: by Jack Kerouac, late Jan. 1954, a dream of celebrity delusion
Starlets Zaza and Eva Gabor grow old shopping, smiling, covering their fears, until...
AIRPLANE DISASTERS: by Jack Kerouac, early Aug? 1954, a helpless-witness nightmare
An indestructible camera relentlessly shows me the feelings of passengers on crashing plane after crashing plane...
CAUTION: PAINFUL READING
I'M AT MY RAINY MORNING WORKDESK: by Jack Kerouac, late Aug? 1954, a lucid dream-prompt missed
I look down by the dock and see the Navy vessels anchored in the bay and the crowds of sailors walking on the water towards the land...
THE MIMI: by Robert Moss, 1955, a dream of another life
As a boy in Australia I briefly died on the operating table. I found myself living among the Mimi, spirits living in rocks. I grew up, grew old, died--and woke up nine years old again...
NINA'S RING: by Nina's clown, 1955/4/20, a lifesaving intuition
While rehearsing our circus act I mentally saw Nina's ladder breaking loose. Next day, a supporting ring snapped. Being forewarned, I pulled hard...
I AM THREE: by Wayan; 1957-58, my three earliest dreams.
My first memory is of being a wild horse and waking up to find I was suddenly a human child...
WIRES: by Wayan; 1957-1963, a recurrent childhood nightmare resolved by drawing, Dec 1999
I was bodiless but trapped. All I could see were these moving wires. Whenever a knot drifted by...
CAUTION: MADNESS, TORMENT, TELEPATHY, SEXUAL REBELLION
THE DREAM: by Theodore Roethke; before 1958; a dream-poem? Or not?
A mysterious night-encounter with a shapeshifting spiritwoman as elusive as Roethke's poetry...
FLOCK WISDOM: by Alder; 1958, a magic comic frustration dream
My eighth grade class is a flock of birds migrating south for the winter, but we don't migrate the easy way...
F.I.P: by Dr A (c.1947), a Cambridge man (1960?), a London girl (c.1916) and a Midlands mum (July 1958)
Examples of inexplicable moods that appear (after the fact) to be reactions to future events...
HEADLINES: by "Anonymous #21"; 1942/8/4, 1954/1/1, and 1958/8/16, a set of psychic newsflashes
All my life I've had sudden visions showing violent deaths accompanied by headlines naming the victims...
A DREAM SESTINA: by Donald Justice, late 1950s? A nightmare-poem.
"But what is wrong with my friends' faces? Why have they changed that way to wood?"
BLUE HOLES: Wayan; 1958 or early 59. Visionary sculpture by 4-year-old.
This was my first sculpture. I was around four. The rest of the preschool class made bunnies and snowmen. But I'd been peeking at Isamu Noguchi and Henry Moore in my mom's art books, so...
PAST PARTY, FUTURE HUSBAND: by a Georgia woman; before 1959, a psychic dream fusing precognitive and retrocognitive information
I dream a stranger's observing a lawn party at a house I've never seen. My beau recalls the party from three years ago, but not the man. Two years later...
TO THE SNAKE: by Denise Levertov; 1959?; a short dream-poem
I loved the feel of the green snake, and reassured my friends it wasn't poisonous, but really...
DEAD, ALIVE, DEAD: by a Minnesota teacher; well before 1960, a predictive... something.
Mrs Brown was dead; I recalled helping at her bedside. But my mother insisted she was alive, and that I'd never met her! Then...


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