When I was younger, maybe six or seven years old, I would check out the Scary Stories to Tell in the Darkseries from the school library. A mix of folklore, urban legends, and other stories, the series was known primarily for the utterly disturbing illustrations that accompanied the stories. One night, as my dad was tucking me into bed, I panicked, recalling some of those horrifying pictures. Given that I was seven and utterly convinced monsters lived in my closet, the prospect of giant, hydrocephalic skull monster chasing after me only exacerbated this fear. When I told my dad why I was so afraid, he got pissed and began to question why these books were made available in an elementary school library.
Aunt John and Uncle Lancifer can empathize. They run the popular horror blog Kindertrauma, a niche site devoted to " the movies, books, and toys that scared you when you were a kid," as well as "kids in scary movies, both as heroes and villains." Sporting an atypical pink design with chalk-scrawled laudatory praise supporting a banner proclaiming "Your Happy Childhood Ends Here," Kindertrauma is one of the most unique horror blogs currently in operation. Aside from being incredibly niche (though still devoting time to reviews, both retro and contemporary), it remains one of the only interactive horror blogs around today. By this I don't mean forums or allowing users to submit reviews, but instead several features that allow users to write in and discuss their childhood fears.