And she wasn't on psilocybin, either. This is something strange that I first heard about back in 1976. My girlfriend and I had just married. Late one night in the winter of '76, while waiting to drift off into sleep, Linda made a sound of alarm. "What is it?" I asked. "I just saw a really grotesque face that was bleeding." "You what?" I replied, leaning toward her. Then she explained that, ever since childhood, she could see images when closing her eyes at night. Not vague outlines or after-images, but full-blown, full-color images of faces, and that most of them weren't pleasant. She even went on to say that sometimes she couldn't get to sleep because of how unpleasant some of these images were. I was blown away. Then I mentioned this phenomenon to my parents. Imagine my surprise when they, too, told me that they see these sorts of things. With my mother (now deceased, as is my father), it was images of eyes staring back at her. My father said he could see eyes as well as entire faces. The next Monday at work--I had just started out as a professional copywriter at a book-publishing outfit--I mentioned these disturbing conversations to a co-worker. At first he said, "How long have you been experiencing this problem?" "It's not me, you idiot--my wife is the one seeing things with her eyes closed." "Yeah, sure," he said, walking away with a smile on his face. As for me, when I close my eyes in a dark room I see, well, nothing. Blackness. Occasionally I can make out vague outlines of shapes, but that's all. What phenomenon, I wonder, would account for the images-with-eyes-closed experiences? Would it be strictly neurological? Or would there be psychological factors involved? And, finally, have any of you ever experienced anything like this?