Dream Stories

I also record my nightmares, for sometimes they tell more about ourselves than dreams. Most of them I would rather forget, but sometimes, I can't, for even the worst experiences are part of our lives.
Because of their nightmarish nature, some of these dreams will have content warnings before the actual story. However, keep in mind some nightmares are just plain stupid once brought to the light.

??/??/?????: Bugs, bugs everywhere

One of my earliest recurrent nightmares were just finding a room in my house or a hotel full of bugs. Full of insects of one particular kind, most of the time roaches or grasshoppers, sometimes they were reptiles instead. I remember they were chameleons once (and yes it was still treated as gross). You could find one anywhere you might look: on the sides of furniture, on the walls, on the ceiling...

This dream is a bit lame, both because it's nasty and a bit too short, so here's a funnier telling of a story that ends in a similar situation as the one I used to dream of.

??/??/?????: Car crashes
??/??/?????: Fish where fish don't belong

This is a pretty distressing recurring dream where sea animals are in upsetting situations. If this is a topic you're especially sensitive to, please close this tab and move onto the next dream.

When dreaming, I often come across quite large pet stores whose entire walls are composed of aquariums. If you look closely, you can see all sorts of creatures that don't belong in a small tank: sharks, miniature whales and dolphins, turtles with no land to rest on, crocodiles, seals, sea lions... My response is always the same: fascination and concern for the critters, and a feeling of powerlessness for not being able to do anything for them.

This dream often appears in the form of pet stores, but there are two exceptions: one was an actual aquarium (but that didn't put the animals in better conditions) and a supermarket where fish and other "edible" sea critters were put in foam trays and plastified, still alive. Their packages also had water inside, probably to keep them alive for longer. In this particular dream, one of the trays broke releasing an entire octopus onto the floor.

??/??/?????: Assorted dreams about losing/mismanaging pets

Once again, this is an upsetting recurring dream where animals (this time land animals, mostly) get lost and/or hurt. If this kind of thing might ruin your day, even if these animals never existed in the first place, please close this tab and find a more pleasant dream to read.

I might not get into too much detail, but over the years I kept having reocurrent dreams about being in charge or taking care of a small animal or pet, and the circumstances making me lose it or it getting accidentally injured with no way for me to nurse them back to health. I always end up mismanaging them, or being unable to help them or find them appropiate help. It's always sad and/or strange, always feeling powerless to help them when stuck in surreal situations.

Examples include:

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I think I've only experienced sleep paralysis once. I couldn't move and I had my eyes closed, but I was aware of my surroundings. Two nephews of mine broke into my room and were trying to open my eyes clawing them with their terrible, tiny, sharp toddler nails.

I think my discomfort around children has grown since this dream.

21/09/2022: Flood

The world was flooding. It started as if it was Hyrule from Breath of the Wild. The Dreamworld version of BotW has three major kingdoms at the outer edge of the world, and the Deku Tree on the center, now a fallen log, but still full of life. I was seeing the water raise from the top of a cliff, raining heavily. Slowly, Dream!Hyrule transitioned into my world.

In my town, I saw people trying to move away, but away where? Everywhere was the same. I was putting my valuable electronics into garbage bags to try to keep them waterproof. Charged my phone, and tried to reach my cousin to see how was he doing and how was he handling things.

It was very scary. My mom was panicking, and water was slowly raising to my house level.

As an additional note, I had another flood-related dream before of after this one (I don't quite remember the details), which contrasts with how, as a kid, I had two consequent fire-related dreams.

09/09/2022: Can we pretend fire bats in the night sky are like shooting stars

I made a meme out of the title but it's actually less funny. It involves upsetting animal death. You know what to do: proceed with caution.

It was a very beautiful shooting star night. Lots of shooting stars, and very visible.

However, as I watch, I see two "stars" fall from the sky onto the floor. From afar, they look shining like stars in the sky, but from close, they are bats, struck from the shooting stars, and now burning.

It takes me a while to find water to put the fires down. By the time I do, the bats are dead. Maybe they were all this time since they got hit by the stars.

08/09/2022: Zombie Apocalypse

This is the first nightmare I had involving zombies.

This time, it wasn't an event that immediately terminated life as we knew it. Zombies weren't as numerous as they are in films, and they didn't come in groups, but a single zombie was bad enough to deal with, so it was very important to watch over them.

Zombies weren't rotting corpses or the modern version of "angry bloody people", but they where ghoulishly pale with hollow eyes and emaciated skin. There were no mentions of brains or infection or why were they dangerous or what things they could do to people, all we knew is that they were very bad news.

I spent most of the dream with my family, checking surroundings to make sure no zombies were approaching, and coming up with plans to distract them so they wouldn't find our home. Said plans involved things like covering items, people and parts of our house in tarp. I also remember my dog barking, which was a good distraction for the zombies, but also picking him up because I was worried for his safety.

Last moments in the dream switched to be as if they were in Minecraft? Like there were two girls, one filming the other who was going into the mines for the first time. She gets attacked by a spider, and we get to see a little bit of that. Then, the "camera" switches to have the spider attack it directly, implied it killed the first girl and is now attacking the camera holder, too.

Then, the dream/camera switches back to the zombie "reality", where a woman is nervously trying to have dinner with a zombie. It either ate her husband, or is trying to pass as her husband, or it was formerly her husband. The only reason he is not attacking her is because there is a creepy face in the background, "controlling" him. I don't know if the woman knew this but she is well aware this was a dicey situation she might not come alive out of it.

And then, the nightmare decides to jumpscare me by having the face suddenly rush towards the camera until my vision is nothing but its visage

07/05/2022: Sleep Loop 2

Yup, I got caught in another goddamn sleep loop again.

Dreamworld kept me waking up inside dreams and wandering around a PS1-looking decrepit mall or my own house trying to find a way to stay awake. I mover way slower and couldn't hear or talk much, as if I was encased in jello. When I was in the "mall", I kept seeing "these shitty horror movie DVDs that popped out of everywhere", like the dream was trying to give me a nightmare with those but I wasn't having any of that.

I was lucid. I tried to to get out of my dream using that, like flying, but couldn't. Between loops, I was making snow angels in bed because I was like "Well, better stay active while in Dreamworld!". One time even, I manage to tell my parents about this issue, but all I get is my mother getting angry at me, and my father being like "dw I'll try to find a solution.

I got very mad at this sleep loop. I still regard it with contempt. I get to be aware I'm dreaming when I'm caught in a sleep loop, but while other people get to do cool stuff like having super powers and learning the secrets of the universe, all I do is struggle to move and ask for help.

25/04/2022: Sleep Loop

Similar to "Vs. Sleep Paralysis", this is a series of dreams in which I wake up inside another dream and feel immensely numb: could barely be able to see, walk and talk. I try to reach my parents, and then I wake up again. Rinse and repeat for like 5-12 times, although some things happened in between, like fireworks so big and strong the "sparkles" broke my window from the other side of the horizon. I covered myself with my bedsheets to avoid getting hurt by the flying shards.

My parents told me in-dream this was probably an accident because "who tf starts a fireworks show at 3 AM", and suggested it could have been an exploding fireworks shop/factory.

28/02/2022: In Which I Kill a Dog

Dead Dove: Do Not Eat

This one is different from the "mismanaging pets" dreams; it was in self-defense, but it's still very upsetting (for you and for me), and I get in detail here, so proceed with caution.

I was hanging out with my cousin. It was a while since we've seen eachother, so I planned to have a nice conversation with him about the Cuphead Show, while walking my dog together, and assigning ourselves characters like in the good ol' times.

But right before we leave through the entrance, we see people coming down with dogs. Dangerous dogs, like bulldogs and puwos. These dogs were trained to hurt people.

We retreat back to the house, but one of the dogs manages to slip in, too. He was going to attack my mom and our dog, who, mind you, was in his frail elderly state. My parents defended themseleves, but I felt they were reacting slower than I did.

I did what I had to do. I absolutely went apeshit over the attacking dog. Smacked him with an umbrella, threw everything within reach to him, even a goddamn static bike.

I managed to kill him. But more dogs were on the way, along with their owners.

19/02/2022: A Personification

This isn't quite a nightmare, but it does represent a part of me I do not feel proud about. It lashes out, but is terrified of hurting people. It was some sort of shambling, heavy piece of cloth. Imagine it covering up a tarantula, and how would that tarantula move with that heavy cloth on it. Now, remove the tarantula from the equation. That's how that thing looked like.

07/11/2021: Toxic Clouds

The sky was blue, except for a single dark cloud. At first, I thought it was a storm cloud, but it sank to the floor, collapsing in some sort of toxic foam. It smelled horrible. I got out of there as soon as I could. My parents decided we should try to clean it up, and then get out of there.

We drove down to a supermarket and noticed there were more of these toxic clouds contaminating the air. The situation seemed pretty dire, for they advised us to grab stuff from the supermarket, not even paying for it, and leave as soon as possible.

I got in a rush to grab things. I helped kids grab things too, things that maybe they couldn't reach in time or because they were too small. I helped them get like four packs of soup boullions.

I rushed back to reunite with my parents, but they weren't anywhere. And the parking lot was empty, so they must have left without me. My phone had almost no battery, and it seemed like internet services went down.

I believe this dream was a "response" to thoughts I had about escapism before falling asleep. Thoughts about how I prefer to "live" in self-made fantasy worlds because the real one is so drab. Dreamworld has its way with words.

11/04/2020: An Uncomfortable Encounter at the Merch Store

This one involves gun violence, and it's not the slapstick cartoony kind. Be aware of this if you proceed to read this dream.

This dream might have happened in a recurrent place: a store that has light coloured bricks and lots of vines. It looks really pretty from the outside, and it sells candy and character merch on the inside.

I think this time I was with my father on a smaller section of the store, placed in my old school. They were selling small plushies of Zabyna, as well as other minor merch of Masked Singer Ukraine like posters. However, we soon had to leave because someone entered the store with a gun.

She sounded... out of her mind, I think she said something like "Father, I have come to make you proud."

Luckily, and rarely for a scary dream, we got out of this one safely, exiting the store quickly. The dream ended as my father and I were getting away in our car.

01/03/2019: The Sonic Fangame Maker

Okay, here you go, another warning: this one involves gross bodily functions and parental neglect. I don't describe them in excruciating detail, but if you feel those could make your stomach turn, please move onto another dream.

The context was a visit between my family and someone else's. As usual, I was hanging out with the youngest member of that family: in this case, a girl who was wheelchair-bound. She was showing me a Sonic fangame she made when she soiled herself (apparently, she didn't have control over that), and asked me if I could please take her to some adult for help, so I do.

When I reach the room where all the adults are, I tell thet issue, but suddenly, the girl starts to choke and vomit some dish washing-looking liquid. I was there, trying to hold her head drown so she wouldn't choke in her own vomit and crying for help. Yet, from all the adults, only one gets up and starts moving, all with a "geez, what an inconvenience" attitude.

15/12/2018: Vs. Sleep Paralysis

Basically, this one is about trying to avoid a monster/demon who tried to inflict sleep paralysis on me by making me repeatedly wake up in dreams and trying to "get" me in distorted versions of my own house.

It was actually a series of dreams (because I would then wake up into another dream) where I try to avoid sleep paralysis. Something wants to inflict it to me to do who knows what. I can only remember three of these dreams.

On the first dream, I wake up and see myself reflected on the glass that leads to the balcony. I see myself and some Shin-Chan stickers that don't exist in real life. But what really made me realize it was a dream was that, in the reflection, there were two plushies of Angel from Lilo & Stitch, when I just own one. As soon as I realize this, the dream ends and I "wake up" again. It was almost as if sleep paralysis had to catch me unaware.

In the next dream, I try to "stay awake" by turning on the TV and watching cartoons in the middle of the night. It was rainy, very rainy, and windy. TV was playing Droopy, Master Detective. Pretty standard afterhours cartoon material. However, I noticed the TV was the old one we used to have, and that the intro song described Droopy as wacky and zany, which he's anything but.
But what really made the dream kick in was this paper that got stuck on the window because of the wind, wet by the rain. For some reason, I was very sure I wasn't to look at the paper under any circumstances. Otherwise, "it'll get me". Problem is, once I got it out of my field of vision, "waves" emitted from it in order to grab my attention and make me look at it. And when I inevitably did, I saw it had a smudgy face drawn on markers and a little cartoony arm stuck at the window. Cue "waking up" again and third (and final) dream.

This time, the sleep paralysis monster wasn't holding back anymore. My whole body felt numb, like, you know when one of your limbs fall asleep? Like that, but for my entire body. I couldn't speak, too. Or well, I could, but I couldn't make myself heard, no matter how much I screamed. As if my volume/voice was cut halfway, and only I was able to hear myself. This happens a lot in nightmares.
I tried to get out of my bed to avoid it "getting me", so despite the numbness, I manage to stand up and go to my parents' bedroom. I also manage to tell them I'm having nightmares, so I can't sleep. My father starts saying "Everybody has nightmares..."
And that's where it ended, and when I woke up for real.

Another relevant aspect to this dream is that I never got to see what this "sleep paralysis monster" looked like, with dreamworld even making up a mocking follow-up dream where I try to describe this monster but couldn't.
However, the previous day, in the waking world, I did comment "this is my sleep paralysis demon" under a particular image of...

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