I live in a small town on the outskirts of London. This happened to me in April 2001, I cant recall the day or date, because for a long time I tried to deny to myself it ever happen.

I woke up at about 2.30 in the morning to find a tall preying mantis looking being and a cloaked being by the side of my bed. I thought to myself “what crazy dream is this?” The cloaked being looked at me from beneath its hood, revealing its black skin, which appeared leathery and reflecting light much like a beetles skin.

I shut my eyes, thinking this must be a realistic dream! But when I re-opened my eyes, the figures are unfortunately still there. The cloaked figure looked up to the tall preying mantis type, as if it was confused as to what actions it should take next. The preying mantis turned its head towards the hooded one and made a series of high-pitched clicking sounds. I sensed this was the one in command, possibly the other was some kind of security guard. Its at this point I realized, I’m definitely not dreaming, I could hear them. I couldn’t move but my brain went into a deep panic. OH my god what is going on? What are they? I don’t want to look too closely at the mantis, so I just glance at it. All I recall was that it was tall. At least 7 foot, it had to bend its neck because of the height of the ceiling. Its head was pointed with large eyes. Its fore arms were extremely long and moved in a jerky fashion.

The cloaked figure was closer, crouching by my bed, so I couldn’t tell how tall it was, but I could clearly see that it was wearing some kind of over lapping ridged amour. Including a metallic looking breastplate that had a series of circles on it

Its head was dome like with emotionless facial features. Its eyes were large and surrounded again by detailed ridges. It acted in a way that reminded me of a robot or insect.

I remember thinking to myself, nobodies going to believe this! A bloody giant sized mantis and medieval-style dressed alien, what the hell is this? (Before this incident, although I hadn’t see one I was familiar with the gray types but I had never heard of the praying-mantis types)

At this point, the mantis bent its upper body, over my bed and directly above me. In its hand it was holding a long metal object that looks like a needle. A green light shot directly from the needle and into my right eye. Maybe its a laser, I not sure, but I do know it felt very painful. I could see all the veins from my eye, the same effect you get when an Opticians checks your eyes. I screamed but no noise came out. I then felt something stick into my skull! I’m not sure what because by that time I had my eyes closed. I pretended to sleep and went into deep panic! My mind was racing at a million miles per hour. I heard a great whooshing sound and when I next re opened my eyes thankfully they had gone.

I lay shaking and confused for what seemed like hours and just couldn’t return back to sleep. At no time did I feel like they cared about my health or me! They seem to have an insect cold type mentality. I really thought I was going to die. The next day I spent the whole day in bed and felt as if I had been though a major operation. It’s very painful to recall and since this incident, I sometimes hear clicking sounds inside my head. I was in shock for a long while afterwards; I can say that this definitely happen, this definitely was real. I have no answers or conclusions but I think its important to get real life accounts out there.

Regards, Jim G