What are you afraid of?

by Brandon

As a child we’re taught that certain things aren’t real; vampires, werewolves, ghosts and so on and so forth.  And because these ghouls and goblins aren’t real we shouldn’t be afraid of them. Right?


Then why is it that so many adults are still just a little bit afraid of the dark?  Why do so many people have to make sure that the closet door is closed before they doze off for the night?  That the sheet is tucked in at the bottom of the bed to keep their feet from being exposed?

As rational adults in the light of day we know that there is no monster under the bed, no boogey man hiding in the closet waiting for us to get one foot across that line from being awake to being asleep.  But when the lights go out…

So tell me – what is it you’re afraid of?  And I don’t mean real world terrors such as natural disasters; I want to know what’s hiding in your closet.  Leave me a note here and let me know!

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Bella December 15, 2011 at 7:45 PM

It is not rational. It cannot be proven. But sometimes, odd feelings are overwhelming. Does it come from within, from self-suggestion? Does it come from an external, ethereal source?… I like to think the Demond’s that haunt me do not share my soul’s space.


Stephen Phillips December 18, 2011 at 3:47 PM

It’s not so much that it scares me, you know, like I believe in it, but in fact, I suffer from ‘old hag syndrome’. Really. And if you’ve never experienced it, you have no FUCKING idea how awful it is! 
Intellectually, I know it’s just nightmares combined with sleep paralysis. But really, it scares me so bad that I’m literally getting teary-eyed writing this. 
Because, you know what? Evil spirits pressing on you aren’t real. But heart attacks are. 
Look it up. The dab tsog phenomenon (a weird Asian form of hagging) was the basis for ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’. 
If you can imagine lying immobilized while an invisible hand fucking touches you, then maybe you get what I’m describing. It’s not real, but it’s been kicking my ass all my life! 
When I looked it up, and got these words, “hagging”, “dab tsob”, I realized it is a scientific and explicable phenomenon. Nevertheless, it scares the shit out of me. Again, not because I believe in it, but because it is literally possible to be scared to death. And when it’s happening, you feel like that. Like you’re gonna fucking die. I can’t really describe it. It sucks, though.


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