As a child, I was afraid of many things that simply did not exist. Various monsters, magics, and malevolent forces were always waiting just behind my closet door, under my bed, or in other prepositional phrases. One game in particular had an opening scene that somehow terrified my childhood self once the sun had gone down. Super Ghouls and Ghosts was a fantastic (but ridiculously difficult) game, that was one of the first spooky titles that graced the Super Nintendo. In the opening of the game, a Princess is stolen away from her castle by a demon who barges in through her bedroom window. Somehow, the following intro freaked me out something fierce, to the point I had to just stop playing altogether.
It’s great being an adult and laughing at what I was afraid of as a kid. Now I just have adult fears, which are much, much more frightening (and real, yay!). If only I could go back to a time when the most I had to be scared of were imaginary red gargoyles.