The ticking clock heralds the passing of time. Endless, monotonous minutes creep through the hallways of the mind and the labyrinth of the soul where men are left to face himself and his irresistible compulsions. These unspoken forces drive our deepest desires and fuel our most profound fears. We are powerless in front of them, just as we are powerless in the face of the march of time. Do you hear it?They call for you in the midnight hour, whispering in your mind’s ears the most secret of secrets.
Do you see it?They appear to you from the corner of your eye, beckoning you to follow them down the rabbit hole.The clock chimes. It’s time to listen up and follow suit. Will you come seek us in the darkened rooms filled with echoes of the past? Will you dance with us under the garish mercury moon? Will take our hands and join us through the Longest Night?Welcome to the “Longest Night” Challenges where we explore men’s deepest fears and desires until he comes face to face with his most irrational and terrible fate.
Ten O'clock: Trypanophobia
Also known as “needle phobia”, this is an extreme, irrational fear of medical procedures, but centrally directed at a fear of hypodermic needles and injections. In some severe cases, patients have avoided vaccines, blood tests and even any and all medical treatments. It is estimated that approximately 10% of American adults suffer from some level of trypanophobia, but the actual number may be higher because these people avoid medical encounters. As a newer form of phobia, some researchers believe it has something to do with a learned response from preserving the body from stabbings or external injuries. Some believe this is a genetic trait that can be passed down to future generations.
Notable example: The rock singer Alice Cooper is afraid of needles. He once stated: “I can put my head in a guillotine and play with a snake, but no – no needles!”
Coming up: Eleven O' clock: They are all against me! They all must die!
1. You have to be a member of our group to enter the contest.
Not a member? Click "Join the Group" on our homepage Madmen-Asylum
2. All visual media is allowed. No Lit entries, sorry.
3. Start date: 1st of March End date: 31st of March time zone PDT
4. New entries only. Your deviation have to be submitted from 1st of March to 31st of March.
5. Add to top of your description what your work was done for our group contest. Something like this will be fine: