Wednesday, May 4, 2011

What Are You Afraid Of?


Everyone is scared of something. Whether it's your typical claustrophobia/death/heights,etc. or something more specific or uncommon, we all have something that churns our fears. Maybe something that gives us nightmares.

Call this post part curiosity and part research. As a writer who likes to write the scary, creepy stuff, I love to tap into what makes people squirm - and scream. Stephen King's IT would never have been so popular if so many people didn't find clowns terrifying. In my current WIP I have a scene with a picture that moves and more than one beta commented that this is something that has always really creeped them out. Which got me thinking about what other little nuances make people scared.

So you tell me - what are you afraid of?

22 comments:

  1. Um, that picture up there. What. The. Heck.

    My imagination gets the best of me while I'm walking up stairs in the dark. No matter how relaxed I am, I always get the feeling something's going to come up behind me. And you're right; this is so subjective. I've never been creeped out by pictures at all.

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  2. Worms, maggots. Always hated them. Throw me in a pit of snakes, and I'd be ok, but a pit full of worms would have me screaming.

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  3. That picture! Gah!

    Also ants. I'm fine with insects in general, but ants make me want to run. *shudder*

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  4. Dolls. Porcelain dolls. The kind with the eyes that almost seem to follow you...

    Blegh, horrible, creepy things.

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  5. Bat Boy doesn't scare me. Not zombies, vampires, an outbreak scenario, or even nuclear fallout.

    Needles. And that feeling that something's behind you when you're walking up the stairs from the basement.

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  6. Clusters/clusters of holes (tryptophobia....google at your own risk)

    I have flashbacks for days if I see a creepy image of clusters and my skin will get tingly/itchy. Yuck!

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  7. Dying alone. You know, the usual. Also snakes.
    - Sophia.

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  8. I had to keep scrolling to keep from looking at that picture! Sheesh.
    Which leads me to my other fear - eyeballs. As long as they're normal and doing what they're supposed to be doing, everything is fine. But strange eyeballs, things flying from eyeball sockets (even normal eyeballs, like in this one episode of House...). ICK. I will curl up into a ball, all squeamish and whimpering.
    Oh, and monkeys. Hate 'em. Creepy, scary, gross. Yuck.

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  9. Needles, spiders, and the thought that there is nothing after death.

    But mostly needles. *shudders*

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  10. THAT PICTURE. Sweet Jesus that is creepy LOL.
    Also, dolls of the ventriloquist and china/porcelain sort, and clowns (I can actually trace this one back to IT. THANKS STEPHEN KING. And THANKS SECOND GRADE TEACHER who told us a creepy ass china doll story on Halloween). *shudders*
    Also I wouldn't say I'm claustrophobic, but certain things that make me feel like I could easily suffocate or drown are terrifying to me. Also spiders, but I'm working on that one.

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  11. That photo is pretty darned horrifying. Not just scary, really terrifying! But that sort of stuff doesn't bother me. My kids ask me what scares me and I can't think of much. I like snakes, spiders, I'm not afraid of heights, I'm not claustrophic, I fly all the time in small planes and big, I used to ride motorcycles without a whiff of fear. I've had surgeries and accidents and hospitals don't scare me.

    But a few weeks ago I had an anaphylactic reaction to an antibiotic and had to be taken to the ER in an ambulance and I thought I was going to die. That really, really scared me. Oh, and porridge. Gag.

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  12. cockroaches. any kind of them. big. small. hissing. FLYING. i mean really? they aren't gross enough as it is, so God had to give them wings, too? *shudders*.

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  13. Spiders. They're creepy, quick, and silent.

    Connie

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  14. I agree that picture is horrifying!!! I don't like insects with long legs. The longer the legs, the creepier it is. And sometimes heights.

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  15. I don't like porcelain dolls with the flat eyes, either. I had one when I was a kid that I swear was going to walk over to my bed at night.

    Also, being home alone at night--MEEP! (if I didn't have my hounds, I'd NEVER sleep when hubs goes out of town)

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  16. Afraid I'll never get an agent.

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  17. One word. Chuckie :( Even now I still can't watch that movie at all!

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  18. I'm terrified of buoys. (and yes, I know I'm weird)...

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  19. Are you talking stuff you can touch, or more existential things?

    Dentists would be my biggest phobia.

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  20. Honeycombs and anything shaped like a hexagon. Yup, I'm weird that way.

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  21. Its funny how things that are just slightly "off" are the most horrifying. A doll with its head turned ominously, those freaky monkey toys with the cymbals (when were those cute???), a tree waving in the breeze with a slight "critch" "critch" sounding a hanging noose- almost like, for a moment, an alternate, sinister universe has glimpsed into ours. (This is why I love the new seasons of Dr. Who, by the way!!!) Its the sad looking little kid who, for just a moment, gets a scary glint in her eye and smiles quietly and no one in particular, its a movement glimpsed in the bathroom mirror, its chanting in the darkness, its pictures in an old church at night, things which in the day time might seem like nothing, but at night? At night no one knows what could be out there.

    So I don't think its necessarily the normal "monsters" which are scary- heck, they leave so little to the imagination. Its the monster you don't recognize until its too late that's the most frightening. Like that scene in The Haunting when the protagonist finds out it wasn't her friend holding her hand after all- who was it? Ooh, I'm giving myself chills just writing about it.

    Also bugs. Fleas, roaches, anything that persists and is uncontrollable despite all the things you throw at it.

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