Book written before 2000. My recollection is exceedingly vague, but what I recall is an individual, or a group of individuals, moving to a house that is either next to or in the outskirts of a large forest. At some point, early in the story, one of the inhabitants sees a strange man coming into a yard (or courtyard, or possibly even a clearing in the forest visible from the house) who, it turns out, is not actually real.

If I recall, the significance and impact of the phantasmal people escalates as the story goes on; I also dimly recall at least one character, in an effort to resolve the situation (or, at least, figure out what is going on) tries to penetrate to the center of the forest, which may house the cause or source of the apparitions.

The people are physically tangible, I believe - they can touch things and interact with other people, but I believe they are prone to disappearing (and, possibly reappearing) and various other anomalous behaviour.

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Depending on how many years prior to 2000, this could be Mythago Wood, by Robert Holdstock. This was first published in 1984.

The story centres on the Huxley family, living near to what appears to be a small wood. The wood manifests both people and animals/monsters from Myth. However when a person enters the wood, they discover it is much bigger inside the boundary.

I believe that the main character (Stephen Huxley) does go into the wood to try to understand what is happening, but I don't remember the ending

  • I think this is it, but I'll try to get a copy & confirm before marking this as the answer. Commented May 2, 2018 at 21:17
  • After reading it, I'd say this is definitely the correct title. Commented May 17, 2018 at 19:29
  • Glad to help @VectorGorgoth
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    Commented May 18, 2018 at 12:29

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