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INTRODUCTION

Back at Dick's house the position was reversed. This time I was too frightened to walk home alone. Unless we were to tramp backwards and forwards till the dawn, some sort of compromise had to be found. Finally we agreed that I should take the longer way round through the lighted main street: Dick should accompany me as far as the first lamp-post, then gallantly return alone as one who
walks on
And turns no more his head
Because he knows a frightful fiend
Doth close behind him tread.
Altogether it had been a delightful evening, one of the most delightful that I remember during a particularly pleasant part of my childhood.
The nightmare that followed was a supernatural battle royal, almost worthy of Hieronymus Bosch or Breughel. This, however, I kept to myself, for I had had a very disturbing experience in connection with the narration of my nightmares, one that belongs to the opposite category of mental sadism, pleasure in frightening. It had happened some years before, when I was about five and we lived in Essex. I dreamed that my nurse fell asleep, thereby betraying me into the clutches of a company of witches who spat at me. I told this nightmare to a lit*1e girl some five years older than me with whom I used to play. `But, of course,' she said in a tone that imparted the utmost expertise and conviction, `those are the well-known Essex spitter-witches. You bad better be very careful.'

Pleasure in being frightened ... the secret of the ghost story. ... Let us consult some of the authorities. First, a leading practitioner, Dr. M. R. James. In his introduction to Ghosts and Marvels, a selection of Uncanny Tales from Daniel Defoe to Algernon Blackwood (World's Classics, Oxford University Press), he writes: `Often have I been asked to formulate my views about ghost stories and tales of the marvellous, the mysterious and the supernatural. Never have I been able to

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