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Sleeping with an axe under the bed—how I tried to battle my fears in the woods

I dared not imagine the sort of desperate, protracted battle in which a splitting axe might come in useful overnight

By Cal Flyn   October 2018

Sweet dreams axed. Illustration: Kate Hazell

At night, the border between the real and the unreal grows thin. Or, at least, it does for me.

If you too suffer from an overactive imagination, then you’ll know well the time that might be spent lying static in a hyperalert state, attuned to every creak of the floorboard or shadow skittering by the window.

Usually, tucked up in bed at home with a sturdy Yale lock on the door, such spectres are easy to keep at bay. The sounds of the…

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