One of the true terrors of childhood is being paralyzed with fear over what slavering creatures are lurking beneath our beds after the lights go out.
From hairy tentacled beasts to skinless undead entities silently hiding until darkness falls before they reveal themselves to humans huddled under the sheets and blankets, we all carry a latent apprehension of these unseen mysterious monsters lying in wait.
Sociologist Dr. Margee Kerr sat down with SYFY WIRE inside the spooky halls of Pennsylvania's Eastern State Penitentiary to examine this common phobia and explain what our minds are capable of once the threshold of sleep descends and the silent, dark corners of our environments envelop us.
Listen in on this scientific dissection of this widespread phenomenon where our brains try to make sense of our abstract fears, then tell us if you're prone to peeking under the mattress before Mr. Sandman leads us into the land of "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod."
Additional material by Jeff Spry.