Given the eerie, otherworldly appearance of Whitley Strieber’s visitors, it seems supremely unlikely that such beings could blend into an everyday urban setting without causing alarm to everyone who saw them. But according to a book editor, that’s exactly what happened on a cold winter day in 1987. His story, as told to Strieber, appears in Transformation.
Bruce Lee (yes, really) was a senior editor with Morrow, which published Communion in January 1987. One afternoon late in the month, Lee and his wife walked into a bookstore in Manhattan (revealed in Solving the Communion Enigma to have been the now-defunct Madison Avenue Bookshop). Lee wanted to check out the store’s Communion display, which was located five or six rows back from the front entrance. Satisfied, he showed the display to his wife, then wandered off to browse through the fiction shelves.
As Lee was looking at a novel, he saw two people enter the store and make a beeline for the Communion display. The first thing he noticed about this couple was that they both seemed rather short (no taller than five feet). The second thing he noticed was that even for a cold day, they were extraordinarily well-bundled; both had thick scarves wrapped around their faces and wore their hats low on their heads. They also wore large, dark sunglasses. The man and woman each grabbed a copy of Strieber’s book and paged rapidly through it, evidently speed-reading, exchanging comments as they did so. Curious, Lee moved closer to he couple and eavesdropped on their conversation. He heard them say things like, “He’s got that part wrong.”
After listening to this exchange for a while, Lee introduced himself to the couple and asked them what they found objectionable about the book. The man and woman gazed up at him wordlessly, and it was then he noticed their eyes were remarkably large and dark behind their sunglasses. Worse, they exuded an air of menace as they looked at him.
Lee wrote in a letter to Strieber, “I was brought up on a farm. I know what it is to look into the eyes of a mad dog.”
He backed away, found his wife, and urged her to leave the store with him immediately.
Strieber observed the same fierceness in the visitors on many occasions, but he has also sensed great humour, wisdom and love in their actions.