Mankind has always had an instinctual fear of the dark. Since ancient times, legends and stories have always spoke of the darkness as the source of great evils, the place where malevolent beings hide. While they go by different names in different cultures, they always have the same goal. Devouring the unsuspecting people who venture too far out of the safety of the light.
Perhaps this would explain why, as children, we all treat the darkness with such anathema. I myself remember hiding under my blankets at bedtime, cringing from the unseen hands outstretched towards me, just waiting for me to feel confident enough to poke my head out, so they could whisk me away to their secret hiding place in the closet.
However as we grow older, with much help from our all-knowing parents, we learn to ignore our instincts and treat this fear as irrational. But fear is never irrational. Quite the opposite, fear is the most rational feeling we have. Fear is our oldest survival skill. It's fear that kept the human race alive long enough to dominate the entire planet. If you can't trust fear, then what can you trust?
The truth of the matter is that the bogeymen that haunt our youths, gobbling up unsuspecting children, are as every bit as real as you or I. They hide in the shadows, waiting to take their place as the dominant race, waiting for mankind's fatal mistake. I'm afraid they shall not have to wait for long.
For the superstitions man once held, the means of keeping these creatures in the darkness, have all but disappeared in our modern age of reason. When they are finally gone, then we shall mourn our loss. When we lose our fear in the unseen, then we shall have made our fatal mistake. For how can you defend yourself against that which you do not believe in?
Professor David Ostrum,
Head researcher for the Institute of Darkness Research and Defense