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The Chimaera Institute
Seven Tales by Sheena Blackhall

The Chimaera Institute
Seven Tales by Sheena Blackhall
Cover: A copy of The Nightmare, by Henry Fuseli

Copyright: S. Blackhall 2011

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Cover: The Nightmare: Henry Fuseli
Henry Fuseli (German: Johann Heinrich Füssli) (February 7, 1741 – April 17, 1825) was a British painter, draughtsman, and writer on art, of Swiss origin. His painting The Nightmare contains significant elements of sleep paralysis and has become almost an icon for the phenomenon. The presence of the horse brings into play the word "mare" from nightmare. The suffix "mare" is actually thought to be derived from "maren" - to crush. The nightmare is the night crusher, which suggests that the word nightmare might have been originally coined to describe sleep paralysis with dream hallucinations. Tate Britain held an exhibition titled Gothic Nightmares: Fuseli, Blake and the Romantic Imagination between February 15 and May 1, 2006, with Fuseli's Nightmare as the central exhibit.

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