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By H. G. Wells, Ray Bradbury, Alfred Hitchcock, Ambrose Bierce, M. R. James

By way of Henry S. Whitehead, Hugh Walpole, H.G. Wells, Lord Dunsany, William Irish, John Collier, M.R. James, Ambrose Bierce , Elizabeth Bowen, Ray Bradbury, John Metcalfe, H.R. Wakefield, John Buchan, Alfred Hitchcock

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He could lie counting the beats of his center, confident that it used to be going to forestall paintings each second, and could entertain grave suspicions of his lungs, mind, liver, and so forth. — suspicions which he used to be convinced will be dispelled by means of the go back of sunlight, yet which until eventually then refused to be set aside. He discovered a bit vicarious convenience within the concept that another person was once within the similar boat. A close to neighbor (in the darkness it was once hard to inform his path) was once tossing and rustling in his mattress, too. the following degree was once that Parkins close his eyes and made up our minds to offer sleep each probability. the following back over-excitement asserted itself in one other shape — that of creating images. Experto crede, photos do come to the closed eyes of 1 attempting to sleep, and are usually so little to his flavor that he needs to open his eyes and disperse them. Parkins's adventure in this get together was once a really distressing one. He came upon that the image which provided itself to him was once non-stop. while he opened his eyes, in fact, it went; but if he close them once again it framed itself afresh, and acted itself out back, neither swifter nor slower than sooner than. What he observed was once this: a protracted stretch of shore — shingle edged via sand, and intersected at brief periods with black groynes working right down to the water — a scene, in truth, so like that of his afternoon's stroll that, within the absence of any landmark, it will probably now not be uncommon therefrom. the sunshine was once vague, conveying an effect of accumulating typhoon, past due wintry weather night, and moderate chilly rain. in this bleak level before everything no actor used to be obvious. Then, within the distance, a bobbing black item seemed; a second extra, and it was once a guy operating, leaping, clambering over the groynes, and each few seconds having a look eagerly again. The closer he got here the extra visible it used to be that he was once not just fearful, yet even extraordinarily fearful, even though his face used to be to not be distinctive. He used to be, additionally, virtually on the finish of his energy. On he got here; each one successive hindrance looked as if it would reason him extra hassle than the final. Will he recover from this subsequent one? idea Parkins; it kind of feels a bit better than the others. certain; part mountaineering, part throwing himself, he did recover from, and fell all in a heap at the different part (the facet nearest to the spectator). There, as though relatively not able to wake up back, he remained crouching less than the groyne, having a look up in an perspective of painful nervousness. up to now no reason no matter what for the phobia of the runner were proven; yet now there started to be visible, a ways up the shore, a bit flicker of anything light-colored relocating back and forth with nice swiftness and irregularity. quickly growing to be better, it, too, declared itself as a determine in faded, fluttering draperies, ill-defined. there has been anything approximately its movement which made Parkins very unwilling to work out it at shut quarters. it is going to cease, bring up fingers, bow itself towards the sand, then run stooping around the seashore to the water part and again back; after which, emerging upright, once again proceed its path ahead at a pace that used to be startling and terrifying.

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