It all started with the car on the curb. That lone masquerading vehicle wasn't scary at all, but my first story soon gave way to more. I wrote more tales and poems in the years since. This month, I crossed the five hundred threshold.
They came with each new piece. Monsters that preyed on children were born and demons were invoked. My mind gave them names.
The Bird-Man. The Thing on the Edge of the Bed. The Faceless. Even Telov, that dreaded cosmic abomination, and his court of ancient, Lovecraftian gods.
What they were didn't matter, their forms were different but what they stood for was the same.
Fear. Fear of the unknown, of inevitable death, of what exists behind it. I poured everything that terrifies humanity into the claws and the eyes and the teeth of them. My monsters. My idols. I loved them like my own children. But, I was afraid.
I won't lie to you, dear reader, when I say that I'm not impervious to fear. I have many fears from snakes to heights to even ice cream trucks. The thing I'm terrified of the most, however, is an idea.
I've laid in my bed and trembled when considering the idea of Tulpas. Of the possibility that someone could conjure something into existence by just thinking about it long enough. Fear of my monsters being real keeps me up at night. Not because of the monsters themselves. No. It's the deaths they would cause. Gruesome and violent. I have nightmares every night about my creations coming after those I love.
I know why my sister wasn't in her bed this morning and why there are claw marks stretching from it to an open window.
I just hope that I'm wrong.
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