Is There A Monster Underneath Your Bed?

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Mommy kisses you on the forehead. She pulls a blanket under your chin and then turns on a nightlight. The wooden floorboards squeal underneath her feet while you pull the cover underneath your quivering eyes. Mommy stands in the doorway—a black shadow creeps across the floor as she waves a hand.

“Good night. Sleep tight. Don’t let those bedbugs bite.”

The door shuts.

Crickets orchestrate outside the window above your head, while a tree branch taps against its glassy surface. As your eyelids shut…floorboards cry.

You peek over the top of the blanket…Freddy Teddy sits on a rocking chair…Goldie the Goldfish swims inside a bulbous bowl…Mercenary Mac keeps watch under the nightlight’s golden luminescence…plastic hands gripping a very BIG plastic machine gun.

The dream tide soon pulls you away.

Floorboards cry out your name.

Your bones shake.

Crickets no longer orchestrate. A pocket of darkness hides underneath your bed. The shadowy threshold grips the blanket’s dangling threads—an unknown realm that can never be crossed.

 

Here Be Dragons…Under Your Bed.

 

Why do imaginable unmentionables live underneath beds?

Every kid knows something lives underneath their bed. The Boogeyman takes up residence in the closet…and other things thrive beneath where we sleep.

They say people fear what they don’t know or understand.

Monsters inhabit the dimension of our ignorance. Ancient cartographers depicted images of fantastical water beasts on their maps. Map monsters patrolled unknown sections of the world—places that were yet to be explored or defined.

Just like the dark realm underneath a kid’s bed, the map of their reality is not yet complete. As kids mature, they set sail underneath their bed and discover not monsters, but lost artifacts of their childhood. Perhaps some dust. Or a missing sock. And Mercenary Mac…still gripping that plastic machine gun.

 

Set A Course Into The Unknown

 

The map of the world was eventually pieced together, just like the map of every kid’s room was eventually pieced together. The fantastical water beasts described by ancient cartographers dove under the water of our collective knowledge, and were replaced by newly discovered islands or continents, which invoked their own unique fears.

The dark realm underneath our bed seeps out into the world around us. We may no longer fear what’s under our bed, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to be scared of. That doesn’t mean there aren’t pockets of darkness we’re not willing to explore.

So…

The question is:

What’s Living Underneath Your Bed?

 

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38 Comments on Is There A Monster Underneath Your Bed?

  1. Very nice and quite interesting.

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  2. How did everyone put those cool graphics in their comments!!!!

    Lol and honestly I could care less if there was. I am so tired at the end of the night I might prefer to be eaten!

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  3. Sleeping on the floor tonight…

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  4. I love this. It’s like that Simpsons episode where Bart lives on his own. At light – fun and larks, at night – fear and terror. It’s not just about a fear of what we can’t see, but a fear of what the unseen things will do to us while we’re powerless to resist. We’re only top of the food chain when our eyes are open!

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  5. In my early childhood, a malevolent spotted dog lived under my bed for a few years. Then I enjoyed a couple decade or so monster-free until I saw The Thing starring Kurt Russell, after which I couldn’t let my arm hang over the side of the bed for quite some time. Eventually, The Thing slithered away and hasn’t been replaced. But occasionally, I still check among the dust bunnies hiding in the dark…just in case. 🙂

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    • I recall watching The Thing a few times many years ago. It’s a shame practical effects aren’t used much these days. The new remake of The Thing proves digital effects don’t have the same impact.

      –FlyTrapMan–

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  6. I haven’t seen the remake, which is actually a remake of a remake. The original, The Thing From Another World, was released in 1951 and starred James Arness (yeah, Marshal Dillon). Seems like movies and songs alike just keep getting recycled.

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  7. What’s underneath my bed? Things that prefer cold and hard opposed to warmth and comfort — my “other” friends 😀 Ooooh, the new posters are outstanding! FUN!!! Lol. Alien 2 looks super badass — very cool background.

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  8. Damn, this reminded me of my childhood fear of what was beneath my bed.

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  9. I think it’s some homeless person who sneaked inside while the front door was ajar. I’ve seen random candy wrappers. I once heard a burp, but I would never look under the bed, although I wouldn’t mind a candy bar or two.

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  10. Very cool article. My monsters got tired of living under my bed. Moved into the television.

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  11. What Lives Under My Bed? Dirt Trap Mean and Evil Bunnies! ~~dru~~

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