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
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
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
This fearful comic illustrates that we often fear what we don’t understand.
Fear of the cold
This fearful comic shows us a fear of our cold environment sending us to the ultimate cold atmosphere of death.
Bargaining with fear
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
Sometimes when we are left to our own devices, we imagine danger as conveyed in this fearful comic.
Fear of bodily harm
Past generations had a certain way of “influencing” children not to perform annoying things like in this fearful comic.
Fear of warped reality
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
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
This fearful comic shows what it’s like to truly be in need and being unable to call for help.
Fear of structure
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
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
Loss of knowledge leads to a loss of control as this fearful comic shows.
Fear of perfection
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
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
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
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
This fearful comic illustrates how much we value our positions and repel the thought that we are anything less.
Fear of unseen danger
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
There is nothing colder than hurting your friends as this fearful comic illustrates.
Fear of growth
What we learn as a child, no matter how irrational, can affect us as adults as illustrated by this fearful comic.
Fear of possession
This fearful comic shows us that what we own may not be truly ours, even our bodies.
fear of tight spaces
This fearful comic shows us what happens in extreme cases of claustrophobia.
Fear of love
This fearful comic shows us that simply because something lives with us, it doesn’t offer peace.
Fear of disappointing our parents
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
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 bad habits
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
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
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
Testing a theory can be fearful when the results you expected are actually true as illustrated in this comic.
Fear of a cycle
everyone is afraid of getting old but being the reason that everyone is afraid can be just as terrifying.
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.