Last night I had a very odd experience. I awoke around half five whilst in the middle of a dream where I was watching a film. It was during a "scene" where there were harmless looking dogs trotting through a field that I woke up. I rolled over on my side where I could see the rest of my room and saw something a few feet away from me. I'm sure many of you have awoke to see a strange shape in your room which at first you think is possibly a person but as your eyes adjust you realise its just a chair or something. This was the opposite. As my eyes adjusted this black object turned in to a strange monkey/dog hybrid! I was awake at this point (although I'm not sure how awake) and I was just looking at it thinking 'What the hell? Am I still dreaming?' You may question how awake I was but I feel I must have been quite awake because I was thinking to myself "That's not real'. But it seemed very real. I could see every feature of its face as it kind of smiled at me. So I jumped out of bed and ran the short distance to it and went to grab it and delivered two punches towards it. Two punches which struck in to the cupboard behind 'it', which slightly cut one of my fingers. At this point it was gone. I quickly switched my lamp on and returned to bed where I laughed at myself. But... what was all that about?! It was so real. Even as I went to grab it and was a mere foot away from where it was, I could see its face looking at me, despite the fact that I was obviously clearly awake now as I had jumped from my bed fists swinging! Has anyone else ever experience anything like this? Being conscious of the fact that you're awake yet still seeing something that should be in a dream? I'm wondering whether this is classed as a hallucanation and I'm slightly worried that I may have something wrong with me. The other month I awoke and saw a transparent crab climbing up the wall. I was knealt on my bed poking it/the wall it was on, completely aware I was awake and then it just vanished. I'm also a slightly impressed however at my manly response to seeing something that confuses me and may be a new form of life - punch it!