What do you think?... A Praying Mantis Account - Part I A Praying Mantis Accounts - Part II My name is Jim. I live in a small town on the outskirts of London. Here's an account that happened to me in April 2001. It's taken me this long to deal with it. I promise to you everything that happened is true. I woke up at about 2:30 in the morning to find a tall praying mantis looking being and a cloaked being by the side of my bed. I thought to myself "What crazy dream is this?" The cloaked being looked at me from beneath its hood, revealing its black skin, which appeared leathery and reflecting light much like a beetles skin. I shut my eyes, thinking this must be a realistic dream! But when I re-opened my eyes, the figures were unfortunately still there. (Drawings by Jim) The cloaked figure looked up to the tall praying mantis type, as if it was confused as to what actions it should take next. The praying mantis turned its head towards the hooded one and made a series of high-pitched clicking sounds. I sensed this was the one in command, possibly the other was some kind of security guard. It's at this point I realized, I'm definitely not dreaming, I can hear them. I couldn't move but my brain went into a deep panic. "OH my god what is going on?" "What are they?" I don't want to look too closely at the mantis, so I just glance at it. All I recall was that it was tall. At least 7 foot, it had to bend its neck because of the height of the ceiling. Its head was pointed with large eyes. Its for-arms were extremely long and moved in a jerky fashion. The cloaked figure was closer, crouching by my bed, so I couldn't tell how tall it was, but I could clearly see that it was wearing some kind of overlapping ridged amour? Including a metallic looking breastplate that had a series of circles on it. Its head was dome-like with emotionless facial features. Its eyes were large and surrounded again by detailed ridges. It acted in a way that reminded me of a robot or insect. I remember thinking to myself, nobody's going to believe this! A bloody giant sized mantis and medieval-style dressed alien, what the hell is this? Before this incident, although I hadn't see one, I was familiar with the gray types but I had never heard of the praying-mantis types. At this point, the mantis bent its upper body, over my bed and directly above me. In its hand it was holding a long metal object that looked like a needle. A green light shot directly from the needle and into my right eye. Maybe it's a laser, I am not sure, but I do know it felt very painful. I could see all the veins from my eye, the same effect you get when an Optician checks your eyes. I screamed but no noise came out. I then felt something stick into my skull! I'm not sure what because by that time I had my eyes closed. I pretended to sleep and went into deep panic! My mind was racing at a million miles per hour. I heard a great whooshing sound and when I next reopened my eyes thankfully they had gone. I lay shaking and confused for what seemed like hours and just couldn't return back to sleep. At no time did I feel like they cared about my health or me! They seem to have an insect cold type mentality. I really thought I was going to die. The next day I spent the whole day in bed and felt as if I had been through a major operation. It's very painful to recall and since this incident, I sometimes hear clicking sounds inside my head. I was in shock for a long while afterwards. This happens about twice a week (but can stop completely for say a month, if I'm lucky). A typical scenario would start with me lying in bed and just as I'm about to fall asleep, I'd hear a high pitched clicking sound inside my head. With in a few minutes I'd hear the same sound again but this time it would be INSIDE my bedroom. It's like its a warning to 'someone' that I'll soon be asleep, because as soon as I hear it, I know, that with-in the next ten minutes I'll be completely knocked out. Before I pass out though, through half shut eyes, I'd see a reddish glow appear on my far wall, followed by shadowy movements of tall figures coming out of the light towards me. I always try my best to fight it and stay conscious but it never works and I always lose consciousness. The next day I'd feel completely exhausted. My whole body would ache all over as though it had been through a major operation. Sometimes my body would be covered in bruises, like in August 2003 when I woke up to find five separate bruises on the inner thigh of my right leg. The bruises made up a wide spreading imprint in the shape of a huge hand. The night before I specifically checked my body for markings (to get one bruise while asleep I'm sure is not unusual but to get five in one night on one leg is). .