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The enemy within

Nightmares are not invasions of evil, they come from within. Fay Weldon recounts how she was cured of them

By Fay Weldon   February 1997

I suffered from nightmares when I was a child and believed in ghosts until I was well into my twenties. I had some justification: I would “see” apparitions from time to time-people who were there, then suddenly not there, or be followed by shadows with nothing observable to cause them. I would “hear” noises in the night, where no noise ought to be. When I was 18 I dreamt my grandmother came to see me in the middle of the night. She told me, “I’m dying, I’m dying,” and then said goodbye to me and smiled. As it happened she…

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