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INTRODUCTION

HIS publishers' invitation to introduce this selection of uncanny tales by the late Dr. W. F. Harvey gives me an opportunity to indulge in some reminiscences and speculations on that essentially personal and subjective theme-the ghost story. This I will proceed to do straight away, as a kind of introduction to an introduction, like a busker's performance to a theatre queue.
What is the secret whence comes this extraordinary pleasure in being frightened? For that is what it amounts to. If love stories are ready-made day-dreams, ghost stories are ready-made nightmares. In the `higher' ghost stories, perhaps in Le Fanu at his best, and some have claimed it in The Turn of the Screw, there may be an element of genuine tragedy with its attendant catharsis; but most readers' requirements are on a lower plane; like Squire Mytton's hiccup, all they need is `a damned good fright.' Horripilation. Sudden increase in the secretion of the adrenals. Delicious frisson of literary terror produced by the story-teller's art. . . .
Pleasure in being frightened: I remember, I remember-and it is one of the delights of writing that the gentle reader is ever attentive and quite powerless to check the flow of reminiscence -a mild December evening in Budleigh Salterton during the Spanish 'flu winter that followed the end of the last war, when I was twelve. I had been to tea with Dick Girouard in the little house in Station Road which his grandmother had taken for the duration. We had played bridge with Dick's aunts, a delightful pair of elderly ladies with interesting little idiosyncrasies : one smoked her cigarettes through a silver ring like a monocular lorgnette; the other affected mannish ties and collars, spats, and a homburg hat. In their treatment of us small boys, they combined great kindness with the highest degree of worldly sophistication: `Dick, Dick, there's many a man tramping the streets

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