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Episode Notes for
Let’s Get This Off Our Chest

The Nightmare (by John Henry Fuseli

The Nightmare, by John Henry Füseli (Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

THE INCUBUS, THE SUCCUBUS, the old hag and many other monster stories focus on strange attacks that come in the night. An entity, sometimes beautiful, sometimes hideous, sits on the chest of the victim and sucks out their life force. Science has an explanation for this global phenomena, and in this episode we talk with the co-author of a new book on the topic. Dr. Brian Sharpless joins us to talk about his new book, Sleep Paralysis: Historical, Psychological, and Medical Perspectives.

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