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Are you afraid of the Dark? D is for Darkness #atozchallenge


D is for Disaster & Diligence & Depression… But it’s also for Darkness

When fear of the dark reaches a degree that is severe enough to be considered pathological, it is sometimes called achluophobianyctophobia (fear of “night”), scotophobia (fear of  “darkness“), or lygophobia (fear of “twilight”).

I will admit to being OK at night nyctophobia is out for me, and I may have some anxiety about the dark but since I live where it is dark so much of the year, scotophobia is something I can say won’t be put in my file. However…. Lygophobia is it, that is what I fear from… FEAR OF TWILIGHT :). At times when I am alone, the darkness can overwhelm me and cause me to turn off and sleep only to have nightmares creep in. I never learn but it is either shutdown or spaz out.


Darkness is something many of us have been afraid of it at one point in our lives. Parents read their children fairy tales which are structured to teach children with fear to be afraid not only of it but what lurks in the shadows, to always stay in the light. As children our imaginations are so vivid and strong we see monsters in every shadow. The tree branch is an arm, the shadow from the bathroom door is a ghost even the cats meows are the wolves coming to eat our livers. As adults it is a gripping fear which many hide from their friends and therapists. Who wants to admit they are afraid of the dark? I read an article which sites studies done from a reporter who has a deep and horrific fear of being alone in the dark.

“In fact, a fear of the dark in adulthood may be more common than even the sleep experts themselves would think. In a small study presented at the SLEEP 2012 conference in Boston, researchers were surprised to find how many adults ‘fessed up to fearing things that go bump in the night.” (Frostrup, Mariella. “Fear Of The Dark: Is It Really Irrational?” Huff Post – Healthy Living. Huffington Post, 29 Aug. 2012. Web. 4 Apr. 2013.)

in the lightIt’s no wonder Darkness is a theme in horror stories. Turning on a light is used all the time as a way to rid yourself of monsters, to show their weakness and to even compel them to leave because they cannot be out in the light. The darkest of nights are synonymous with evil. Vampires  hunt at night, werewolves howl at the moon.. at night and of course Freddy who whose nightmares kill.

say-jasonBut if you saw one of the monsters in the day? OK perhaps Jason Vorhees would be a bit scary if he popped up while you were out mushroom hunting with a severed arm. But what if you rounded the corner and made your way to the produce aisle to buy mushrooms and there Krueger was sniffing cantaloupes.  Would you be afraid or oddly curious about his burns. Sure he is scary in his own right, but he would be put off as being the weirdo janitor who likes melon.

The greatest terrors for me have always been the ones of the unknown. The dark wraps billowy shadows around each of these unknown monsters be it paranormal or psychopathic, keeping them hidden until it is too late to run. Allowing the murderer to jump from behind the tree and drag you back to the basement lit by a single bear bulb where the shadows hid the stark reality. The dark of the night hides all manners of terror.

I love when folks say they embrace the night as they polish the chrome on their spiked wristlets while tapping their chipped black polished nails to the beat of some bass pumping band. I am smiling now as I picture the dark spread of urine on their Hot Topic specials when  dark shows its true essence of all the colors of terror to them up front and personal, The Darkness will come and infect you if you are not on your toes and not prepared. Sometimes it is not just a tree branch or the cat, sometimes it is just what it feels like, something coming to get you.

Vampire Kids

No REAL Goth’s were slandered in the writing of this article. REAL Goth’s do not shop at Hot Topic

((My NanoWhinemo project is titled The Darkness. The above has parts from my very rough draft of foreword I am working on))


Are you afraid of the Dark? D is for Darkness #atozchallengeFor the rest of this month I will be blogging with the single prompt, the prompt of a letter. Each day (except for Sundays) I will be using A to Z and all of the letters in between  I will talk about my Camp NaNoWriMo project. It is a great prompt challenge.  I will be using it for reviews, interviews, recipes and even rants, and you know I am good at rants!!

Join with me and pick a group of 5 to hop through from the #atozchallenge blog list & check out the almost 2000 blogs participating HERE. Oh… and show me some comment love too! I can admit I am a comment whore, it makes me feel really good when folks tell me they like my post!

Are you afraid of the Dark? D is for Darkness #atozchallenge


  1. Brilliant article! We all fear the dark deep down. Because there are monsters in the closet, and when it’s dark, they can come out.

    • *grin* agreed! Thanks for commenting my friend!

  2. I love it! There have been times when I could “feel” the night and its darkness. You’ve captured that feeling that we all get at tomes when we sit in the dark.

    • that is what I am going for in the story, the FEEL of darkness.. ominous!

  3. I have an irrational fear of seeing myself in a mirror in the dark. Also I will sometimes wake and hear things that will make me afraid of what the dark may hide. Good thing I have some cats to blame for the noises…

    Good article!

    • BLOODY MARY BLOODY MARY BLOODY MARY (snickering) cough.. oh hehehe

      • I remember that one. Also, where I lived in OK as a child, we were afraid to say Deer Woman, Deer Woman, Deer Woman in the mirror @ night because if you did, she would come and kill your family.
        I like the dark in and of itself, but sometimes it can be overwhelming and press down on you. The heaviness of darkness sometimes causes my over active imagination to see and hear things that would not normally bother me.

  4. Brilliant post, Kriss, as always. Love the background as well as the taste of the future: your new project. Excellent!

    • thank you!

  5. Great post. Though, I’ve always been more of a night owl and can find the dark to be very peaceful. It can just as easily be where “bad things” form in the shadows.

    • I love the night myself. Darkness can be peaceful………. but one never knows!

  6. darkness can be scary.

  7. Love your musings! Someone once told me that there is no such thing as darkness but darkness is really the absence of light. Without light, we’re not informed of what’s ahead of us, and perhaps it is the unknown that terrifies humans the most.

  8. Looking forward to reading more from your newest project! I sleep with my closet light on to this day because of my active imagination and the fact that I believe in those fairytale monsters!
    My oldest son (soon to be 18) is terrified of the dark. We never understood why. We created a special bottle of water, which had the power to expell monsters when sprayed in his room. 🙂 He finally confessed a couple of years ago that it had to do with watching the Elephant Man when he was little. I made all of my children watch that movie because it moved me when I was a child to see how people could treat someone like him. I wanted my children to see and understand that all people (no matter what they look like) are humans and should be treated with kindness, but instead, I caused my son to fear the dark.

    • If they do not need therapy when they grow up we have not done our job.. haha but that note, awwwwww bummer! And that movie frightened me too. I had nightmares for weeks after watching it. I forced myself to watch it again and it was a totally different experience.. hmmmmmmm pondering

  9. Just stopping by from the A-Z List to say “Hi” and good luck with the rest of the challenge!

    Great post honey xx

    • Thanks Vikki!!!

  10. I like your post 😉 x

  11. Hey…Dark isn’t so bad if you’re asleep. And I love sleep! It’s when you’re overtired that the monsters have their advantage. So rest up and beat that boogy man before the sun comes up in the morning…that is if you have mornings in Alaska. I am thinking I would like to do this but I’d need to hone into a group of five.

  12. Three or four in the morning tends to be my scary part of the night. It is when I feel the need to check on all of my children. I look around the house to make sure doors are locked and windows closed. I don’t really know why.

  13. The fear of darkness is a primal human instinct that probably stems from that time when we used to live in caves, without fire. And some great hulking beast would crawl in during the night and you wake up between the jaws of a bear or something. The only times I ever slept with the lights on in recent memory were when I watched the US version of The Ring with Naomi Watts (yep, that one pretty much traumatised me for life!), and last December when I was burgled. I know what you mean about the tree branch and the cat though. My house is old and creaky and sometimes I think, ‘Are those footsteps on the stairs?…’ Okay, now that I’ve scared myself shitless, I shall bid you good luck on your NaNoWriMo monster challenge! Sweet dreams! AD Xx

  14. My husband prefers COMPLETE darkeness while we sleep, but I have to insist on a nightlight in the bathroom. I hate peeing blind 🙂

  15. Creeptastic. Awesome post. And you ruined Lloyd Dobler for me, but I still love you. I cannot wait to explore “The Darkness” *backs away into eerie mist*

  16. ” But what if you rounded the corner and made your way to the produce aisle to buy mushrooms and there Krueger was sniffing cantaloupes.”
    That visual made me snicker… Hehe. I could SO see that. But I’ve always liked Freddy Krueger; he had some great style, you know?

    Anyway… I don’t remember ever actually being afraid of the dark, but I don’t see very well at night, so I don’t really see the shadowy things some people do. I tend to be a up-at-night type person, although I’ve been spending more time in the sun lately trying to make my eczema go away…

    Anyway, I can NOT wait to see this story you’re working on. The bits and pieces I’ve seen are phenom….

  17. To me, the scariest thing isn’t the monsters hidden by the dark, but rather those hidden in the light…

  18. Dastardly Delivered! Darkness is a toughie! Where might I as are you Digs? Dark most of the time? I lived in Scandinavia, long ago and far away and indeed it was dark.

  19. bleh…get nervous of dark hallways for some strange reason..and the darkness in the woods. thanks for the reminders…

  20. I love the photo of Jason you chose! Looking at this arm like he’s wondering what he’s supposed to do with it. Not exactly his darkest and scariest moment!

  21. I confess: I am very afraid of the dark. When I am with other people I can almost manage it if I shut my eyes and talk myself down. LOL. I am the one who always keeps the bathroom light on or who opens those dark hotel curtains just enough to see the light. I don’t think this will ever change. AHHHHH! What a fun essay! Thank you , again!

    Happy A to Z-ing!
    Julie Jordan Scott
    Our Literary Grannies from A to Z: D is for Denise Chavez
    tweet me – @juliejordanscot

  22. Excellent post! Very in depth. Things seem better in the daylight.

  23. Darkness is my friend! Last time I checked, I am not a vampire, but bright sunlight hurts my eyes, I’m a night owl & there is just something so comforting about the dark. It’s like I can roam about invisibly while all the good citizens of the world are sleeping. Nice post! I followed you via #atozchallenge on Twitter. Happy Friday!

    • Yes, ironically, despite the fact I do not see well at night, the bright sun does hurt my eyes. I’ve had to wear sunglasses ever since I moved from glasses to contacts, to the point where a lot of people called me “Shades” in high school. I always had at least two or three pair in my pockets and purse, just in case…

  24. Another informative and delightful post! Like, Cheri, I like the dark. I’ve had eye doctors tell me that my eyes are super-sensitive to slight so I suppose that’s it. I can see well in the dark, too, so I guess it’s just goes to say…there are all sorts! Keep up the good work!

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