• I go to bed, and I wait for sleep as a man might wait for the executioner. I wait for its coming with dread, and my heart beats and my legs tremble, while my whole body shivers beneath the warmth of the bedclothes, until the moment when I suddenly fall asleep, as a man throws himself into a pool of stagnant water in order to drown. I do not feel this perfidious sleep coming over me as I used to, but a sleep which is close to me and watching me, which is going to seize me by the head, to close my eyes and annihilate me.

    Edgar Allan Poe, Frank Richard Stockton, H.O. Lovecraft, Guy de Maupassant, Franz Kafka (2017). “13 Short Scary Stories: Masterpieces of the greatest writers”, p.176, LeBooks Editora