Night terrors Troubled sleep and the stories we tell about it

Alice Vernon

Book - 2022

"Ever since she was a child, her nights have been haunted by nightmares of a figure from her adolescence, sinister hallucinations and episodes of sleepwalking. These are known as 'parasomnias' - and they're surprisingly common. Now a lecturer in Creative Writing, Vernon set out to understand the history, science and culture of these strange and haunting experiences. Night Terrors, her startling and vivid debut, examines the history of our relationship with bad dreams: how we&...#039;ve tried to make sense of and treat them, from some decidedly odd 'cures' like magical 'mare-stones', to research on how video games might help people rewrite their dreams. Along the way she explores the Salem Witch Trials and sleep paralysis, Victorian ghost stories, and soldiers' experiences of PTSD. By directly confronting her own strange and frightening nights for the first time, Vernon encourages us to think about the way troubled sleep has impacted our imaginations." --Provided by Publisher.

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2nd Floor New Shelf 154.63/Vernon (NEW SHELF) Due Apr 21, 2023
London : Icon 2022.
Physical Description
258 pages ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-252) and index.
Main Author
Alice Vernon (author)
  • Introduction
  • Not guilty on grounds of unconsciousness
  • Bedroom ghosts
  • Hag-ridden
  • Night terrors
  • Narrating dreams
  • Lucid dreaming
  • Conclusion.