Category Archives: Nightmares

#358: Child Vampire

(Male, 30’s) I don’t remember the whole nightmare story, but I remember one awful scene involving a child vampire.

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Nightmare #357: Awful knowledge

(Female, 50’s) I had a dream so awful last night that I haven’t been able to think or talk about it without crying, but you asked me to write it down so here goes. The dream was about carrying around … Continue reading

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Nightmare #356 – The Child Coffin Merchant

(Male, 50’s) This happened at the end of a much longer dream. My partner and I were walking through a dark area, shadowy streets. There was some element of danger, too. We weren’t alone on these streets and it was … Continue reading

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Nightmare #355: Locked out

(Male, 40s) This bad dream came at the end of a night of bad dreams, one right after the other. They weren’t all scary, but they were all disturbing and unsettling, which made for a really crappy night of sleep. … Continue reading

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Nightmare #354: Strange Supper

(female 30s) I don’t remember the rest of the dream, only one strange scene of it– which I would consider a nightmare for sure. I was in some new place with people I didn’t know, and across the room, there … Continue reading

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Nightmare #353: Lost in the Landscape

(Female 20s) I’m not sure if this counts as a nightmare, but here goes. I have a couple of landscapes that reoccur in my dreams. They are like the background to a different story each time, but when I see … Continue reading

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Nightmare #352: Saving the Town from Godzilla

(Female 40’s) This was a crazy dream I had when I was a kid that mixed up those monster movie plots with Nancy Drew-style problem solving. It was about how I used my smarts to save the town from Godzilla— … Continue reading

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Nightmare #351: Bad Dad versus Good Dad

(Female 50’s) This dream is so obviously rooted in television sit-com culture of the 1960’s, like Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, and Gilligan’s Island— as are many of my childhood experiences. Now that I think about it, a lot of … Continue reading

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Nightmare #350: Bloody, bloody nose

(Female 40’s) I don’t know if this counts as a nightmare, but it was a bad dream. It’s got the same things happening as other bad dreams I’d had, which is kind of funny when you think about it: pain, … Continue reading

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Nightmare #349: Deadly Jailbreak

(Male, 50’s) Just a dark and sad dream. I woke up really shaken so who’s to say this wasn’t a nightmare. I was on a 5-person team, and one of the guys was someone I used to work with at … Continue reading

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Nightmare #348: When the Worms Come Out

(Female, 30’s) I had this dream when I was about 5 years old; it’s a vivid dream that I still remember clearly. I was in the kitchen (in what was, in the dream, “my” house). Tiny red worms started crawling … Continue reading

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Nightmare #347: Assassination Attempt

(Female, 50s) This nightmare had a very realistic feeling, which made it even more confusing. I mean, assassination? Really? My husband recently passed away, but in the dream he was still alive. The weird thing was we were in bed … Continue reading

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Nightmare #346: Scary Garden, Scary Basement

(Female, 60) In this nightmare, I was at the home of an acquaintance. Susan is a bit bossy and demanding in real life and can even be a little bit scary because she’s so self-assured, but nothing as extreme as … Continue reading

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Nightmare #345: Ear Aches and Metal Scraps

(Female, 50s) This might be my oldest nightmare from childhood, and one that’s stuck around in my memory for years. I don’t remember how old I was when I had it, probably around 5. It seemed to bring a bunch … Continue reading

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Nightmare #344: Worst Nightmares from Kids

(Female, 30’s) This wasn’t my dream, but my 5 year old son’s nightmare, some years back. I remember it quite clearly. He woke in the night, as he often did at that age, whimpering fitfully and not quite awake. I … Continue reading

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What is the Most Common Nightmare?

Over at i09, Robert T. Gonzalez poses the question, “What is the most common nightmare?” To find an answer, he turns to a body of nightmare research generated worldwide since the 1930’s by psychologists Antonio Zadra, Michael Schred and many … Continue reading

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Nightmare #343: Faster and Faster

(Male, 40’s) This is a recurrent dream-image that I’ve had all my life– like as far back as I can remember. It may have started in adolescence, but I’m not sure exactly when. The set-up of the dream varies– the … Continue reading

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Nightmare #342: Keep swimming

(Female, 30’s) In this dream I remember swimming along the shoreline near the beach. I tried to leave the water but I had fins and kept getting dragged back into it. I wanted to be back on the land but … Continue reading

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Nightmare #341: Burning bridges behind me

(Male, 30’s) I have had a recent bout of bad luck with employers letting me go for dubious reasons or reasons that didn’t stand up in a court of law. Naturally, my nightmare involved once more being summoned into an … Continue reading

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Nightmare #340: Getting under my skin

(Female, early 20’s) I had this dream after I had just learned that my grandfather had developed skin cancer. At the time I had become very paranoid about every little bump or mole or any change in my skin. In … Continue reading

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