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the man with no face
08-25-2016, 02:10 AM
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the man with no face
I had recurring nightmares as a child, beginning before I can remember myself. I was told about the earliest ones by my siblings and mother. They worried about my mental health - the dreams I described weren't a child's dreams.
They always ended the same way, but each was unique. The man always wore a dark suit and fedora. He had no facial features, and didn't speak.
The man would come to take me on an adventure - always something exciting like a ride in a race car, a tour in a grand mansion, climbing a mountain... there were a lot of scenarios. It would be great fun, until it began to change and become dark and scary. Always, the man would be in control of our situation, right up until the moment we were about to be killed or mangled in some horrible way. Then he'd just look at me, and throw his hands up. I would wake up screaming and terrified, sometimes literally trying to climb the wall to escape. The doctor described them as night terrors.
Has anyone else experienced anything similar?
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08-27-2016, 08:59 AM (This post was last modified: 08-27-2016 09:11 AM by CherryBlossom77.)
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Hi Vixen!

I remember as a child having recurring dreams involving being pursued by someone/something that I couldn't see that seemed to know exactly where I was at any given time. I'd wake up feeling exhausted like I'd just run a marathon from my futile attempt at trying to get away from this person/being. What you dreamed sounds equally, if not more, terrifying!
Another dream I had that wasn't recurring, yet it was so vivid I remember it to this day was:

It was an overcast day and I guess I'd been walking in the woods where I came upon a clearing. In the middle of the clearing was a swing set. And I remember thinking in my dream, "Oh cool, I'll play for a bit". And as I'm swinging, I see a woman emerge from the woods. She had the most blank, thousand-yard-stare look on her face. She just kept moving forward silently with no expression on her face. I remember she had on blue jeans, a reddish short sleeved sweater and short brown curly hair. I remember thinking she looked a bit like a little old Italian lady that worked in the kitchen at my school. Anyway, suddenly she produced this big butcher knife still with no expression on her face, and I start running. But she didn't really run after me because every path I took in the woods to get away led straight back to that clearing. Every single one.
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08-27-2016, 11:34 AM
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(08-27-2016 08:59 AM)CherryBlossom77 Wrote:  Hi Vixen!

I remember as a child having recurring dreams involving being pursued by someone/something that I couldn't see that seemed to know exactly where I was at any given time. I'd wake up feeling exhausted like I'd just run a marathon from my futile attempt at trying to get away from this person/being. What you dreamed sounds equally, if not more, terrifying!
Another dream I had that wasn't recurring, yet it was so vivid I remember it to this day was:

It was an overcast day and I guess I'd been walking in the woods where I came upon a clearing. In the middle of the clearing was a swing set. And I remember thinking in my dream, "Oh cool, I'll play for a bit". And as I'm swinging, I see a woman emerge from the woods. She had the most blank, thousand-yard-stare look on her face. She just kept moving forward silently with no expression on her face. I remember she had on blue jeans, a reddish short sleeved sweater and short brown curly hair. I remember thinking she looked a bit like a little old Italian lady that worked in the kitchen at my school. Anyway, suddenly she produced this big butcher knife still with no expression on her face, and I start running. But she didn't really run after me because every path I took in the woods to get away led straight back to that clearing. Every single one.

Those sound pretty horrifying too. The lunch lady dream sounds awful!
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10-31-2016, 12:10 AM
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well dreaming of faceless entities are pretty common, usually it has something to do with the loss of identity or inability to accept a person the way he or she is. and the concept of one being in control until the very end may have something to do with you as a child realising you cannot possibly control every part of you life. a concept that sometimes can be heartbreaking for children as they have to come to terms with how much in the world isn't fair and that in reality there just isnt anything they can do about it. it could also mean that you were realizing that someone you saw as a person who is normally in control isnt as much as they seem, such as seeing that a parent has flaws and cant actually keep you 100% safe from the world no matter how much they may try.
dreams usually stem from something physiological and it's easier to put trauma's and hard realizations onto dreamed figures than face truth directly. so theres a number of other things that this could mean. hope this helps tho
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10-31-2016, 04:56 PM
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(10-31-2016 12:10 AM)spectralleporid Wrote:  well dreaming of faceless entities are pretty common, usually it has something to do with the loss of identity or inability to accept a person the way he or she is. and the concept of one being in control until the very end may have something to do with you as a child realising you cannot possibly control every part of you life. a concept that sometimes can be heartbreaking for children as they have to come to terms with how much in the world isn't fair and that in reality there just isnt anything they can do about it. it could also mean that you were realizing that someone you saw as a person who is normally in control isnt as much as they seem, such as seeing that a parent has flaws and cant actually keep you 100% safe from the world no matter how much they may try.
dreams usually stem from something physiological and it's easier to put trauma's and hard realizations onto dreamed figures than face truth directly. so theres a number of other things that this could mean. hope this helps tho

Thanks for the input. I examined the mentally ill person-social possibilities of these dreams with a psychologist I saw as an adult. (There was a series of 3 dreams featuring 'the man' in my 40's - very different from the childhood dreams, and clearly marking a termination to our 'relationship'.) I happened to be seeing someone at the time who found the entire dream progression interesting and "atypical".
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11-12-2016, 09:19 PM
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Hello,
I am new here, but I have had a very similar experience, in fact that is why I came to this site in the first place. Since I was nine I have had recurring nightmares of a faceless man, all of them are extremely vivid, ten years later. I have little memory of the nights, and I found often days, these dreams happen. All I can remember are the dreams, they always start the same way; the thing appears wherever I am sleeping at the time and calls out to me. Its voice is like several whispers at once, calling for me to go outside, I can only see things from my own eyes but I have no control of where I look and what I'm doing. The middle portions of the dreams are always different, I could go into the woods, the city, a rural area, a house down the street, the list could go on. Sometimes it takes me places I've never seen, horrible places where people speak so differently from me theres nothing intelligible, sometimes theres so much blood on my clothe from innocent people. There are others I've seen in the dreams, they're not faceless, but their faces are different, some have black eyes some have completely red.
The dreams all end the same way, I crawl through my window and back into my room, where I change and get back into bed. I always wake up feeling out of breath, my muscles ache and everything feels wrong. The first time it happened I had a panic attack because I couldn't remember the last twenty four hours, I've learned to deal with the memory loss and I think it is my way of blocking out the tragic dream. I have these dreams about once or twice a week, usually Saturday nights (so probably tonight). I just hope that someone can tell me more, it interests me that people have had similar dreams.
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