Someone Wants To Kill Me

by Melanie Holmes
(Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia)

Most nights when I go to bed, usually about an hour later I wake up because I am convinced there is someone in the room, usually they come from the corner of the room, sometimes they come from the ceiling I can't describe them I don't even know if they actually are human, but one thing I am absolutely certain of is that they want to kill me. This leads me to jumping out of bed so quickly that I usually end up injuring myself somehow, one time I fell on the floor as I bounded out of bed and cracked my knee on the floor. My heart is pounding like I have just run a race and my fist instinct is to turn the light in and put my glasses on, because my vision is blurry without them and I feel I need to see clearly to see the person or thing that is in the room. It is about now that I start to realize that it is a dream and not real. I usually go back to sleep pretty quickly. Lately, these dreams have been recurring 2 to 3 times a night. When this happens, I have to sleep in the lounge because I am too scared to go back in the bedroom. I have found lately that leaving the light on seems to help, although this does seem to interrupt my sleep.

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Shadowy intruder night terror
by: Anonymous

I have the exact same dream. I have had this night terror off and on for 21 years. Always wake up to my own scream. But the thing is I see is a shadowy intruder in my room next to the bed intent on killing me, but it feels like I'm awake. After I scream the image fades and I realize it's a dream. My heart hurts because it races so badly. My poor husband always wakes and is terrified by my scream. Sometimes I talk about the intruder before I "wake". I feel confused as I transition from fear to the realization that it's not real. Last night I had my worst night terror ever, ending with me running down the hall screaming. I thought I was going to be killed. The details are fuzzy but basically I thought I had done several things that had triggered a death trap, one of the things was locking my door. So I jumped out I bed and ran out if the room thinking I could outrun the death trap that was triggered. I was shaking like a leaf and was too frightened to go back to the room I was sleeping in. It took a long time for the terror to diminish.

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