When it comes to our deepest darkest fears, the last thing you’d probably expect is someone trying to manifest them into existence, but that’s precisely what genius artist and illustrator Fran Krause has done with his Deep Dark Fears series of comics through his Tumblr account.
Fran Krause was born and raised in upstate New York, but has grown to become an author and professor of animation at the prestigious school of CalArts in Los Angeles. Krause’s genius art is inspired by people submitting their deepest fears to his tumblr account, where he later animates them to create the comics we’ve come to know and love.
According to an interview with Dr. Gregory Burns in an article at The Science Of People, Dr. Burns who is a Neuroscientist at Emory University explains, “Fear turns off the exploratory and risk-taking functions of your brain so you’re only able to react defensively, preventing you from assessing all your options and making smarter decisions.” Perhaps the reason our fears are so entertaining when they are turned into comics, because they resonate with us on a primal level in some way. Deep Dark Fears has some pretty awesome comics about fear, and we hope you check them out today!
1) Wetting The Bed: This comic is particularly scary, because it resonates with any person who had trouble wetting the bed as children. Sometimes parents tell us fibs to help us grow, but maybe this isn’t the best course of action, as we grow up to think that maybe they might come true! Yikes!
2) Slowly Disappearing: This person fears that when they die they will slowly disappear, which sounds terrifying when you think about it. To simply be erased from existence. Honestly, I’m not sure what’s scarier.
3) Elevator Fears: Personally, this is a fear I really resonate with, as elevators, especially ones in older buildings, seem to have a mind of their own. What if the elevator does suddenly cut you in half? Scary stuff.
4) There Might Be A Baby: This fear is scary because it conjures up scary visuals that nobody ever wanted. Now I’m going to think there’s babies in boxes whenever I see one!
5) If Life Was A Movie: It’s scary to think that maybe we’re all living in an elaborate fiction, much like the movie The Truman Show. The real question is, do you think you’re living in a tragedy, or comedy?
6) The Thin Flat Man: Excuse me while I run away screaming. This is absolutely terrifying and I’ll never sleep again.
7) Q-Tip Fears: This is a very real phobia of mine. I make sure to double check whenever I want to clean out my ears, that the bathroom door is well and locked to prevent such an accident from ever happening in the first place!
8) Eating Spiders: I don’t know if it’s a myth or a rumor or what when it comes to that ‘eating spiders at night’ story, but now I’m worried I’m going to constantly eat them when I fall asleep.
9) The Dolls Are Watching: As an adult, I can safely say that dolls, especially china dolls still creep me out. I have zero desire to be in the same room as them, let alone have them in my bedroom. Dolls are terrifying and for just cause.
10) Attack Of The Killer Pencils: Imagine pencils just had a mind of their own and flew around wherever they wanted? That’d be terrifying.
11) SeaShell Terrors: This sounds like fiction, but there have been many times when people went to pick up a shell on the beach and there was still a hermit crab living inside of it. Imagine listening for the ocean and instead getting an ear-full of exoskeletal madness? No thanks!
12) The Coffee Table Fear: This is such a real fear. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve thought about this when relaxing my feet on our coffee table. What if someone suddenly trips? Game over man. Game over.
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