Martin was a dreamer who regularly visited a parallel Earth as consistent and continuous as his waking life on this Earth:
"For the most part, these dreams of mine are topographical; of a country I know well, and that is as real to me and as dear to me as any of those woods and fields I knew and loved when a child. In it there are dream woods, where I can lose my way as contentedly as in the New Forest, for dream squirrels, ponies, deer, and dogs follow me in friendly fashion along untrodden paths; dream houses, where I am by turns host, by turns guest; dream castles (sometimes in ruins, but more often in all their old state and splendour), where every room is familiar to me; dream rivers, along whose sleepy tide I have floated through lazy summer days; dream villages, in whose inn parlour I am a welcome guest.
It is a desirable country, this night kingdom of mine, and if I could only sketch some of my homes and haunts, I doubt if anything more beautiful could be found in all the length of England."
Martin's slender book Dreams in War-Time: A Faithful Record (1915) is a dream journal that movingly relates how World War One invaded his private world.
One last factoid, if not fact--Wikipedia's list of published dream journals includes Dreams in War-Time, but claims E.M. Martin was a pseudonym for Edith Georgina Lister. If true, Lister's pen name wasn't because the dreams were too personal; "Martin" published other books. I've found no corroboration; indeed, very little about either of them.
RELATED TOPICS: war - political dreams - more WW1: Mary Arnold-Forster's A Flying Dream in War-Time and Amy Lowell's Dreams in War Time - See also the full INDEX OF SUBJECTS.
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|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...
|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.
|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...
|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 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...
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