The Terror That Comes in the Night: An Experience-Centered Study of Supernatural Assault Traditions (Publications of the American Folklore Society) Paperback – 1 Sep 1989
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"A provocative exploratory work."—Los Angeles Times
"Fascinating, original, and convincing, The Terror That Comes in the Night is one of the most significant books on the paranormal. . . . A classic."—Fate
"Anyone interested in folklore or dream research or bizarre and unexplained phenomena, which are here examined carefully and rationally, will enjoy this volume."—American Rationalist
"A brilliant and exciting look at a misunderstood phenomenon."—Western Folklore
From the Author
David J. Hufford is Professor and Director at the Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine at the Penn State College of Medicine (Hershey), where he has appointments in Medical Humanities, Behavioral Science, and Family and Community Medicine. He is Adjunct Professor in the Program of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.See all Product description
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The fact that Mr Hufford approaches his subject so rationally makes the phenomenon his interviewees have encountered all the more frightening; as does the conversational tone in which the horrors are recounted.
This book was recommended to me by a friend, who, like me, is not easily scared. (In fact, for middle-aged men we spend an inordinate amount of time trying to find art that frightens.) You find yourself staring uncomfortably at open doorways, and checking your body for signs of incipient paralysis. If you want the extra frisson of reading it just before sleep, you get to enjoy a newfound reluctance in turning out the light. Then you lie there, convinced that your breath is not coming as easily as usual, and half-expecting a presence to coalesce from the waiting dark.
Mr Hufford maintains an admirable open-mindedness throughout, and his soberly delivered conclusion does little to comfort. As an incidental bonus, you also learn why mermaids are no longer seen.
Buy it, and wait for the night.