Kim Carlsberg's book about her abduction experiences, how she explored this complex phenomenon and came to terms with it in her life, is a rare gem in a sea of mediocrity where abductees frequently write books about their experience with the best intentions, but which too often fail to engross the reader or offer any new perspectives.
`Beyond My Wildest Dreams' is a 20cm-square (8 inches) softcover book, beautifully written and presented and lavishly illustrated by the obviously talented Darryl Anka. The illustrations are mostly in full-page colour, cartoon-like, sometimes poignant and often witty, and bring to life Carlsberg's thoughtful, literate and easy-to-read text to perfection, making the book a special experience for the reader. Carlsberg relates the gradual uncovering of her abductions, most recalled consciously in vivid detail, complete with the bag of complex side-effects - body scarring, implants, gynaecological problems, nausea, migraines and a load of psychic and paranormal happenings - with a clear-headed honesty and directness which is rare in this field.
For most of the time this stuff was happening to her, Carlsberg was working as the professional stills-photographer on the 1990s TV series `Baywatch' which was filmed near her southern California home and for which her then-boyfriend, Greg, was a leading creative writer. It might come as a surprise to many readers to learn that the entire cast and crew of that series, with no known exception, was supportive of Kim in her attempt to come to terms with it all (she `came out' in TV interviews during this time) and acknowledged the abduction issue to be real: one of the photos in the book shows the `Bay Watch' cast posing in a group with Kim, all wearing baseball caps emblazoned with `UFO' in her honour, and a `Bay Watch' episode was even commissioned and filmed on the ET-abduction theme.
Carlsberg writes about this subject with great humanity and intelligence with no trace of narcissism or self-indulgence; for her it's about the abductors and what they cause in us, not about Kim Carlsberg. She is, ultimately, an optimistic and positive soul despite the difficulties brought about by the abductions. Like other abductees with good recall, she reports encounters with mantis-like beings as well as the smaller and larger sub-species of almond-eyed `grey' and like others, she has repeated encounters with one or two specifically identifiable individuals who seem to be personally responsible for her `medical program'. She also, like almost all other abductees, encounters `hybrid' children, has interactions with hybrid adults of various stages and encounters other abductees she recognises from the `real world.' Her observations about the ignorance of debunkers, for example blaming it all on hypnotists, are priceless. The author does describe how, with diligence and practice and some development of self-awareness, it is (according to her account) possible to be alert to the abductors' imminent arrival and in some cases to successfully resist them. They persist, of course, and always return: they have schedules to keep, it seems.
The chapters are mainly short, some only a couple of pages, and you could read the book in one long day. It's very well edited and written in a lively style with nothing unnecessary or extraneous. Some truly astounding observations and ideas fill these pages, and anyone genuinely interested in this pervasive abduction phenomenon in all its frustrating complexity should definitely place BMWD on their shortlist of essential reading. The book would be worth the asking price for Darryl Anka's superb illustrations alone.
This is a five star book, Ms. Carlsberg, and one of the very best on this important subject. How about another one?