I Woke in Fright

a record of dreams and nightmares

Month: August, 2012

by Bec Fary

“Linda got her soma. Thenceforward she remained in her little room on the thirty-seventh floor of Bernard’s apartment house, in bed, with the radio and television always on, and the patchouli tap just dripping, and the soma tablets within reach of her hand – there she remained; and yet wasn’t there at all, was all the time away, infinitely far away, on holiday; on holiday in some other world, where the music of the radio was a labyrinth of sonorous colours, a sliding, palpitating labyrinth, that led (by what beautifully inevitable windings) to a bright centre of absolute conviction; where the dancing images of the television box were the performers in some indescribably delicious all-singing feely; where the dripping patchouli was more than scent – was the sun, was a million sexophones, was Popee making love, only much more so, incomparably more, and without end.”

Aldous Huxley, from ‘Brave New World’ 


VICE magazine: ‘Let’s talk about time travel’

by Bec Fary

‘I constantly ask myself, “Am I dreaming? Am I dreaming? Am I dreaming?”’ Jose Can Say So


by Bec Fary

I had a dream that a guy I once slept with was sucking his own dick.

I’m sure other things were happening too but that’s all I can remember.

by Bec Fary

From my notebook, April this year:

‘I dreamt last night as if everything were memory. I was in love, making love to a friend – as if I had forgotten it had happened, and was looking back and recalling events from my standpoint in the present (or, the future of my memory).’

by Bec Fary

I was talking to _____ but I can’t remember what we were talking about. Then I realised I was dreaming, so everything was going to be okay.

But suddenly I was panicking. Not quite asleep and not quite awake, I couldn’t open my eyes but the sensation of my soft blanket wrapped around my legs was so strong. It was moving even though my legs were not. I felt like I was falling but I couldn’t do anything to stop it.

I was so scared I wasn’t going to wake up and wasn’t going to be able to stop falling.

by Bec Fary

from 'A Man Without a Country'

Kurt Vonnegut, from ‘A Man Without a Country’

‘Do you want to sleep for eternity, or do you want to go back to Earth?’

by Bec Fary

Excerpt of a conversation between Lee Stringer, Kurt Vonnegut, Dan Simon and Ross Klavan, from October 1998:

Lee Stringer: The picture we paint of heaven is of something always beyond ourselves, filled with things are are nice, but which we’re not interested in… and that’s how we keep ourselves locked into this concept of hell. I think that’s the whole point. Drawing that line.

Kurt Vonnegut: Okay, Lee, you’ve died.

Lee Stringer: Yeah.

Kurt Vonnegut: And you are given this option: Do you want to sleep for eternity, or do you want to go back to Earth?

Lee Stringer: Uh-huh.

Kurt Vonnegut: So what’re you going to do?

Lee Stringer: Well, I can answer the question, but I don’t see this as being a –

Kurt Vonnegut: Well [laughing] fuck you!

Lee Stringer: – heaven-and-hell thing.

Dan Simon: That’s like Hamlet.

Lee Stringer: Hell is eternal. You carry it with you.

Dan Simon: Do I get to dream? If I get to dream I’ll sleep. If not, of course I’ll go back to Earth.

Kurt Vonnegut: All right, that’s nice. Never thought to ask that. Good answer.

Lee Stringer: If you can presume that heaven is sleep, which nobody’s proven to me yet, uhm, then I might want to come back to Earth. But that’s just it. Assuming that heaven’s just this blank eternal sleep, you know, is one way of keeping yourself in hell.

Kurt Vonnegut: It would be absolutely okay with me.

Lee Stringer: Eternal sleep?

Kurt Vonnegut: Yes.

Lee Stringer: All right.

Kurt Vonnegut: I really like sleep.

Lee Stringer: Oh! I like sleep. I like sleep when I’m waking up.

Kurt Vonnegut: No, but he came up with the right answer. I really was counting on dreaming. And that –

Lee Stringer: – Then you have to choose your dreams.

Kurt Vonnegut: No, I’ll take them as they come. I haven’t really had any bad ones. Have you?

Lee Stringer: Oh, I’ve had bad dreams. Not many lately… I used to have a recurring dream of being in an airplane that’s about to crash – right in the cockpit – about to crash. And you know it’s about to crash and it keeps wavering…


from ‘Like Shaking Hands With God’