Nick, after I finished your book, I happened to stumble on Ed Conroy's Report On Communion.Early in the book, Conroy interviews Morrow editor Bruce Lee who had an unearthly encounter with oddly dressed patrons at a local bookstore.Conroy: So this interaction you had with them just lasted a minute or perhaps even lessLee: It was short.Conroy: Remarkable.Lee: You don't often get that. You know, I mean, it was complete loathing, hatred, whatever you want to call it.Conroy: You felt this emanating generally from the woman?Lee: Well, the man didn't look up. The man never looked up. It was almost as if I was being ignored by the guy. I'm glad he didn't look up - and he had the same eyes. That would have been too much, I think.A page later, Conroy writes:In the final segment of our interview, Lee casually mentioned that one of the authors whom he edits is Malachi Martin, the former Jesuit priest who wrote, among other works, Hostage To The Devil, an investigation of the phenomena of possession and exorcism related through several contemporary case histories. Lee said he worked on that book with Martin, and came away from it feeling "unclean."Lee went on to relate that one day when Malachi Martin was visiting him in his office, he regaled him with the tale of his bookstore encounter."He began to get agitated and shifted in his chair as I was telling the story," he said. "Then he got up and stood beside me. When I was done he asked me, 'Does this experience disturb you?' I said, 'No.' He asked, 'Do you sleep well?' and I said, 'Yes.' He then said, 'Well, you seem all right, but they exist.'"
JAD:Many thanks for this! I do remember the story about the encounter in the store, but had forgotten about the Malachi Martin tie-in - interesting!