Notes on the weird – III

I have always been interested in witchcraft and the supernatural, but never had much traffic with ghosts, so I began asking people what they thought about such things. I found out that there was one common factor – most people have never seen a ghost, and never want to or expect to, but almost everyone will admit that sometimes they have a sneaking feeling that they just possibly could meet a ghost, if they weren’t careful – if they were to turn a corner to suddenly, perhaps, or open their eyes too soon when they wake up at night, or go into a dark room without hesitatating first.

Shirley Jackson, 1958

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