In a 2015 interview with The Telegraph, Aldiss said that he began writing chilling stories as a way to deal with bullying at school. “My father was very unfeeling when I was growing up, and sent me off to boarding school when I was six,” he said. “I was so upset that I used to wet the bed in the dormitory. To stop other boys teasing me, I told terrifying stories. If any of them cried out in horror for me to stop, I had triumphed; they were never going to mock me. Eventually I wrote the stories down. I intended to charge a penny per read, such was the demand. Unfortunately, everybody wanted to read, but they weren’t so happy to pay.”