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THE LOVED ONE. ‘Fear has no brains...we know this well, we who have passed into the Realm of Terror, who skulk in eternal dusk among the scenes of our former lives, invisible even to ourselves and one another, yet hiding forlorn in lonely places, yearning for speech with our loved ones, yet dumb, and as fearful of them as they of us. Sometimes the disability is removed, the law suspended: by the deathless power of love or hate we break the spell – we are seen by those whom we would warn, console or punish.’ (From ‘The Moonlit Road’ by Ambrose Bierce – born 1842, mysteriously disappeared in Mexico c. 1913. Photo by L.J. May S/S)

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SO VERY DEATHLIKE. ‘I don’t remember forms or faces now, but I know the girl was beautiful. I know she was; for in the bright moonlight nights, when I start up from my sleep, and all is quiet about me, I see, standing still and motionless in one corner of this cell, a slight and wasted figure with long black hair which, streaming down her back, stirs with no earthly wind, and eyes that fix their gaze on me, and never wink or close. Hush! The blood chills at my heart as I write it down – that form is HERS; the face is very pale, and the eyes are glassy bright, but I know them well. That figure never moves, it never frowns and mouths as others do that fill this place sometimes; but it is much more dreadful to me, even than the spirits that tempted me many years ago – it comes fresh from the grave; and is so very deathlike.’ (From ‘A Madman’s Manuscript’ by Charles Dickens. Photo by L.J. May)