Author: Micah Hanks

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3 Replies to “Facing Our Deepest Fears: Monsters Below The Earth

  1. Good piece, very interesting. A few good movies and stories spring to mind that feature horrors from underground. THE MOLE PEOPLE was a pretty standard 50s sci-fi flick, but the scenes where the hideous titular characters erupted from the ground to drag hapless victims away scared me pretty good when I was a kid. Lovecraft’s ‘The Lurking Fear’ painted a pretty frightening picture of undergrounfd dwelling ghouls, if memory serves. And who can forget TREMORS?

    For me, it’s water rather than the underground. Having never learned to swim, I always get a little freaked when I’m near deep water and can’t see what’s moving around down there. The crypto-beast known as the Thetis Lake Monster is particularly fascinating and terrifying for this very reason.

  2. I was driving S twd Valdez, Alaska, summer 06. I was in the middle of nowhere, when I saw something. I gasped. I saw a 1.5 ft tall “man” running, wobbling,coming down the side of the road twd me. My gasp scared my wife and she looked up and then it turned to the side, it was really a muti-colored fox. Guess it was in its seasonal change. Or was it? Is that what “it” wanted me to see? I laugh now but it scared me, I thought I was going crazy, it looked like a nome, or leprichaun. I have a good imagination too. Just thought I’d interject. n d

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