We're joined today by author Beck Sherman! He's given us a list of 200 fears.
THE FEAR LIST (200 FEARS)
Clowns, closed spaces, bugs, darkness, love, hate, rejection, failure, success, water,
drowning, death, life, people, loneliness, heights, spiders, sprinting zombies, highways,
escalators, everything, the Devil, God, boredom, public speaking, parasites, needles,
getting old, losing control, sharks, disease, the unknown, bees, nuclear disaster, demons,
nuns, intruders, the future, the past, children, the elderly, dolls, missed opportunity,
monsters, flying, falling, strangers, basements, attics, going blind, losing the mind,
tornadoes, fire, snakes, dogs, werewolves, sleep, insomnia, chainsaws, piranhas, sex,
blood, poverty, night, day, pain, space, aliens, bombs, guns, weakness, bullies, crowds,
fighting, police, vampires, garlic, church, crosses, possession, ghosts, the afterlife, no
afterlife, black holes, getting lost, Appalachian folk, frigid cold, bats, mutants, radiation,
dentists, boys, girls, peers, bosses, growing up, responsibility, under the bed, the closet,
coming out, the woods, cornfields, suffocation, evil, crows, the homeless, serial killers,
elevators, roller coasters, being buried alive, caves, running out of time, competition,
losing, black cats, witches, bitches, heartbreak, the end of the world, cockroaches,
bites, others’ expectations, night swimming, nudity, nail guns, bed bugs, antiques,
germs, tunnels, robots, gremlins, masks, revelations, what’s underneath, cancer, organ
thieves, scorpions in shoes, sinkholes, roofies, rape, Blacks, Whites, Asians, Hispanics,
foreigners, germs, brain-eating amoeba, crocodiles, car accidents, paralyzation, the
government, peeping toms, satellites, meteors, heaven, hell, sin, fanatics, choice, no
choice, noise, open spaces, gravity, dancing, cemeteries, worms, slime, dead things,
hospitals, wax statues, perfection, imperfection, beauty, ugliness, ridicule, razorblades,
fog, puppets, numbers, 13, machines, change, thunder, fighting, forgetting, shadows,
crossing bridges, rats, choking, moths, touch, torture, the Bogeyman, locked doors,
unlocked doors, surprises, ghouls, goblins, Halloween, fear itself.
FOR THREE DAYS, IT WAS DARK.
News reporters scrambled. This was the biggest story to come along in weeks.
They called it a blackout.
The last one was in New York City in 2003, but this one was different, special, because the grids in six major cities across the country had been fried, kaput, see-you-next-Sunday. Everyone with some jurisdiction blamed each other, and when there was no one left to blame, terrorism rode in on its gallant steed.
It was the media’s fault. They were so busy stuffing fanatical Muslims with a penchant for Allah and decapitations down the American citizen’s throat, that they never saw it coming. I guess I shouldn’t be too hard on them.
They were partially right.
It was terror after all, but a whole new kind. And when the lights came back on, things had changed.
The dark had brought us visitors.
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