10+ Comics That Bring Your Fear To Life


Sometimes our worst fears can all be chalked up to our imagination getting the better of us. Whether they are spawned from past experiences, our subconscious, or something adults used to tell us about certain aspects of the world, our fears can at times cripple us. That’s where illustrator Fran Krause has stepped up his game.

Originally beginning with his own fears, he would put pencil to paper for a bit of therapeutic stab at his own nightmares in the form of witty comic strips. After he had presumably exorcized all of his ghosts, he went to social media to mine for ideas. His work now features hundreds of phobias brought to life. Here are 30+ examples of his comic terrors.

Fear of death

Fear of death
Source: Art by Fran Krause

Mark Twain famously said that the two most important dates a man needs to know are the day he was born and the day he realized why he was put on this planet. This fearful comic asks what happens when no one else knows these things.

Fear of Self

Fear of Self
Source: Art by Fran Krause

There is a school of thought that the worst enemy one will ever face is the man in the mirror. That’s because he watches you while you sleep in this fearful comic.

Fear of science

Fear of science
Source: Art by Fran Krause

This fearful comic illustrates that we often fear what we don’t understand.

Fear of the cold

Fear of the cold
Source: Art by Fran Krause

This fearful comic shows us a fear of our cold environment sending us to the ultimate cold atmosphere of death.

Bargaining with fear

Bargaining with fear
Source: Art by Fran Krause

We often don’t want to accept our fates and will do anything we can to slow the process, even sometimes tempting it.

Fear of being alone

Fear of being alone
Source: Art by Fran Krause

Sometimes when we are left to our own devices, we imagine danger as conveyed in this fearful comic.

Fear of bodily harm

Fear of bodily harm
Source: Art by Fran Krause

Past generations had a certain way of “influencing” children not to perform annoying things like in this fearful comic.

Fear of warped reality

Fear of warped reality
Source: Art by Fran Krause

For fans of Phillip K. Dick, this fearful comic presents a fear that we are never really in touch with our own reality.

Fear of falsehoods

Fear of falsehoods
Source: Art by Fran Krause

For fans of The Truman Show, this fearful comic shows us that our lives may, in fact, be just a lie.

Fear of not being understood

Fear of not being understood
Source: Art by Fran Krause

This fearful comic shows what it’s like to truly be in need and being unable to call for help.

Fear of structure

Fear of structure
Source: Art by Fran Krause

Civilization was built on the bodies of the losers and this fearful comic ponders if they want their stuff back.

Fear of not being noticed

Fear of not being noticed
Source: Art by Fran Krause

One of mankind’s greatest fears is to be truly alone as evidenced by this fearful comic.

Fear of not knowing your place in this world

Fear of not knowing your place in this world
Source: Art by Fran Krause

Loss of knowledge leads to a loss of control as this fearful comic shows.

Fear of perfection

Fear of perfection
Source: Art by Fran Krause

Not all of us are meant for religious perfection, however, going the opposite direction may be an option for some in this fearful comic.

Fear of knives

Fear of knives
Source: Art by Fran Krause

Sometimes we let our fear of something that can aid us overcome our need for convenience like in this fearful comic.

Fear of the afterlife

Fear of the afterlife
Source: Art by Fran Krause

This fearful comic shows us that one of the great fears is of the unknown and that our part in it may not be as important as we’d like it to be.

Fear of menial jobs

Fear of menial jobs
Source: Art by Fran Krause

Whether it is an urban legend or based on actual fact, this fearful comic takes being stuck on an escalator to new extremes.

Fear of your station in life

Fear of your station in life
Source: Art by Fran Krause

This fearful comic illustrates how much we value our positions and repel the thought that we are anything less.

Fear of unseen danger

Fear of unseen danger
Source: Art by Fran Krause

There are many things that go bump in the night and this fearful comic allows them to situate themselves before you go bump into theirs.

Fear of hurting the ones we love

Fear of hurting the ones we love
Source: Art by Fran Krause

There is nothing colder than hurting your friends as this fearful comic illustrates.

Fear of growth

Fear of growth
Source: Art by Fran Krause

What we learn as a child, no matter how irrational, can affect us as adults as illustrated by this fearful comic.

Fear of possession

Fear of possession
Source: Art by Fran Krause

This fearful comic shows us that what we own may not be truly ours, even our bodies.

fear of tight spaces

fear of tight spaces
Source: Art by Fran Krause

This fearful comic shows us what happens in extreme cases of claustrophobia.

Fear of love

Fear of love
Source: Art by Fran Krause

This fearful comic shows us that simply because something lives with us, it doesn’t offer peace.

Fear of disappointing our parents

Fear of disappointing
Source: Art by Fran Krause

Most of our fears can be summed up from old wives’ tales told to us by our parents as shown in this fearful comic.

Fear of the afterlife

Fear of the afterlife
Source: Art by Fran Krause

What’s a worse fate concerning the afterlife, posits this fearful comic? The destination we go off to, or the body we leave behind.

Fear of waste

Fear of waste
Source: Art by Fran Krause

Fear of bad habits

Fear of bad habits
Source: Art by Fran Krause

This fearful comic shows us that a nose bleed isn’t from our nose but actually our finger after experiencing a deep bite.

Fear of loss of direction

Fear of loss of direction
Source: Art by Fran Krause

The ocean spawns many of our terrors, not only with what lies beneath it but what it can do on its own in this fearful comic.

Fear of a slow death

Fear of a slow death
Source: Art by Fran Krause

Getting to the afterlife is a fear unto itself, but this fearful comic shows us that the waiting is the hardest part.

Fear of the paranormal

Fear of the paranormal
Source: Art by Fran Krause

Testing a theory can be fearful when the results you expected are actually true as illustrated in this comic.

Fear of a cycle

Fear of a cycle
Source: Art by Fran Krause

everyone is afraid of getting old but being the reason that everyone is afraid can be just as terrifying.

Final Thoughts

Fran Krause puts a humorous spin on many of our deepest fears. Some of them are perpetrated by our elders, thus giving us an illogical sense of fear and others are our own mind playing tricks on us. From a fear of death to a fear of bad habits, Krause shows us that if our fears are taken to a witty degree, we can perhaps look past the scariness and begin to move forward.

If you are brave enough to put your fears out into the open world, Krause is more than willing to put your deepest thoughts out on to the internet with a will illustrated comic. He can be reached on Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter as well as his own shop.

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