Then there are the horror stories which take every urban legend uttered at a sleepover and turn them into vivid nightmares – tapping into primal fears of everything that could possibly go wrong in the dark.
Think you’re an outdoorsy type?
Let’s see how you feel about it – now this bunch of twigs fashioned into the shape of a child is suddenly dangling over your tent.
The closest I’ve ever got to such horror was turning up at a festival at night during torrential rainfall – only to find that we’d brought the tent but forgotten the poles.
The memory remains chilling.