Today I’m talking about things that scare me. I don’t mean rational things, I mean the weird things that have scared me since childhood that have never gone away. My Mum has always said that I have an overactive imagination, like when I’m checking under the bed in hotel rooms, just in case a murderer is hiding there ready to pounce. (I have no idea what I’d do if this was the case, but it’s good to check anyway.
Most of my fears come from me catching glimpsing of horror films as a child or being made to watch them at sleepovers and being terrified ever since. So I wanted to share them with you so you can either laugh at my expense or nod along and tell me all your strange and irrational fears at the end.
This is a weird one, because I sure do love a bath. However, there’s something about baths that I’m not familiar with that gives me a weird feeling. This fear was sparked not so many years ago from a Christmas special of Jonathan Creek (it’s the one with Sheridan Smith if anyone fancies watching). Basically the bath in this episode, has a panel on the bottom that goes straight through the floor, killing anyone who gets in the bath, fabulous, right?
Keeping with the bathroom theme, I am terrified of closed shower curtains. Why is there any need to close them? They’re the perfect place to hide and jump out at someone to murder them? It’s not okay!
The Back Seat of the Car
This one is purely my overactive imagination at its worst. It can’t just be me that checks the back seat of the car when you climb in at night, can it? I am truly panicked that someone will be lying in wait for me, just like something straight out of Scream.
Being Blinded by a Burning Candlestick
Okay, this one is very, very specific but it dates back to very early childhood. I think I was around 6 or 7 when I was playing at a friend’s house while her parents watched a horror film in the other room. We were both getting hungry so we went in to ask her Mum for some snacks and there on the screen is a man putting a burning hot candle into another man’s eye. I still have no idea what film this was but the image has stayed with me for almost twenty years.
Isn’t everyone scared of those china dolls? If you’re not, then I think you’re in the minority. I’ve been terrified of dolls since a similar age to the candlestick incident. Having gone to one of those soft play areas and thinking that we were too grown up to be playing on the slides and in the ballpit, we sat around telling scary stories. Someone brought up the horrific china doll story. You know the one, where the girl’s doll says it’s going to kill her family so she puts it outside and she can hear it coming up the stairs. (Spoiler alert: it kills her family). That story ruined my life and I will never be allowing my children to possess a china doll.
I don’t think I’ve ever spoken to anyone about my fear of mirrors so I’m not sure how many other people will agree with me on this. I also don’t know where this fear came from because I don’t remember having ever seen a horror film with mirrors in it. However, I am deathly scared that a ghoulish looking person is going to climb out of a mirror and kill me. Please tell me that someone else understands this!
Having now told you about the weird things that keep me up at night, please let what know what irrational things you’re scared of and what sparked these fears? We can be terrified humans together!