“It was as if her brain were being penetrated by a dozen swords, entering from all directions at once. It was at least as much a torment as a revelation.”
…indeed as is this whole section, a single section of text that perhaps you should read in this book, even if you read nothing else of it. Particularly if you are interested in the Aickman canon as gestalt. Also as a depiction of today’s covivid dreams.
“Once again: it was and it was not.”
Above is from my review of THE MODEL by Robert Aickman here: https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2021/05/31/the-model-robert-aickman/