In fact, the term nightmares doesn’t do it justice.
I have those fear-inducing waking nightmares too.
You know the ones which don’t melt away when you open your eyes but instead somehow seem to get more real?
Thankfully, though plagued with these as a child, and right up until my late twenties, they tend to be few and far between nowadays.
I remember, as a young child being haunted night after night by crocodiles coming to get me.
At the time, I lived in an RAF camp in Norfolk and had never seen a crocodile…
It wasn’t until many, many years later when I walked into my big sister's house and her two kids were watching Peter Pan did it click.