Fear, published in 1940 in Unknown

by L. Ron Hubbard

Publication date: July 1940

Original publication: Unknown

Genre: Fantasy

Story description: Professor James Lowry didn’t believe in spirits, or witches, or demons.

Not until a gentle spring evening when his hat disappeared, and suddenly he couldn’t remember the last four hours of his life. Now, the quiet university town of Atworthy is changing—slightly at first, then faster and more frighteningly each time he tries to remember.

Lowry is pursued by a dark, secret evil that is turning his whole world against him while it whispers a warning from the shadows: If you find your hat you’ll find your four hours. If you find your four hours then you will die….

Currently available in the book Fear.