Saturday, 13 August 2016
Dreams In Alternative Twentieth Centuries
World War II was fought against the Caliphate;
Juan Fernandez of the US Army propaganda section scripted nightmares to be sent to the enemy;
after the War, he broadcast "...a popular dream series..." (Operation Chaos, p. 98), for which he was well paid by the sponsors.
In the DC Universe:
in 1916, magicians, hoping to control Death, imprisoned her younger brother, Dream;
the Dreaming decayed;
on Earth, there were cases of insomnia and sleepy sickness;
some nightmares escaped into the waking world, causing various insanities of the twentieth century.
The disease plays a prominent role in the first issue of Neil Gaiman's comic book Sandman; the disease, usually referred to by its nickname "sleepy sickness" and only once by its medical name, is attributed to the imprisonment of the sleep-master Dream in 1916 by an occultist.
-copied from (see link from "sleepy sickness" above).