Lucid Dreams

All my books and articles are listed in Publications.

People often ask me what to read on a particular subject. Here are some suggestions.


A film about lucid dreaming including an interview with me  (Conscious Dreaming 2013)

You can find out more – in the US at


Read about Lucid Dreaming

My top 5 books on “weird experiences” on Shepherd: Discover the best books (2022)

Children’s Experiences on the borders of sleep. Paper presented at the 22nd International Conference of the Society for Psychical Research. York, September 1998.

On the Edge of Reality.  Paper presented at the British Association Annual Festival of Science, Birmingham, 10 September 1996. Theme: The Psychology of Anomalous Experience

Perrott-Warrick Project. In 1995 we were awarded a grant for a project entitled “Reality and Imagination: Psi at the Interface”. The grant finished in September 2000 and the research has now all been completed.  For interest the following describes the work we did.

Lucid Dreaming: Awake in Your Sleep  Skeptical Inquirer 15 362-370 1991

Blackmore,S.J. 1988 A Theory of lucid dreams and OBEs. In: Conscious Mind: Sleeping Brain Ed. J.Gackenbach and S.LaBerge, New York, Plenum, 1988, 373-387  view PDF

Blackmore,S.J. 1982a OBEs, lucid dreams and imagery: two surveys Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research 76 301-317 view PDF

Because most of my work on lucid dreams was done back in the 1980s, I do not have electronic versions of all of the papers.

There is a section in my textbook Consciousness: An Introduction  on lucid dreaming and in the latest version Consciousness: An Introduction (3rd Edition) .


Or read about False Awakenings and Sleep paralysis:

Rose, N.J., Blackmore,S. and French, C.C. 2002  Experiences and Interpretations of Sleep Paralysis. Parapsychological Association Conference, Paris, August

Parker, J.D. and Blackmore, S.J. (2002)  Dreaming: Journal of the Association for the Study of Dreams. 12, 45-59. Comparing the content of sleep paralysis and dream reports


On the edge of reality British Association for the Advancement of Science, Annual Festival of Science, Birmingham, 11 September 1996


And for my (completely ignored) theory of dreams see:

Blackmore, S. 2004 Poster.  A retroselection theory of dreams, Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, ASSC8  Antwerp, Belgium, 25-28 June 2004, Abstract, Poster



External Website: International Association for the Study Of Dreams

External Website: “A Complete Guide to Lucid Dreams: What they are and how to deal with them” – please note that I have no connection with this web site and am not responsible for the content on it – I just provide this link as a possible useful reference for those wanting to understand more about Lucid Dreams.