Written by Stephen King, 1973
The Boogeyman is our fear taking form - materialized. Everybody has his or her phobia. Some are afraid of spiders, some for the feeling of being powerless and some cannot specify their phobia. We are talking anxiety of the unknown. Unknown needs, or needs we only know in our unconsciousness - as being superior towards somebody -, have to be satisfied in some extent. Sometimes the worst things happen when our defence mechanisms fail fighting our needs imprisoned in our unconscious mind1. Stephen Kings’ stories are exploring the unknown desires of a man and takes place in everyday-life because you never know who is up next. Stephen King ads his gothic elements and builds up suspense around a forever-exploring thing: The psyche of the human mind and its deepness.
The story takes place in a shrink office where the main character Lester Billing tells Dr Harper about the death of his three children. A shrink office is an everyday-place to be but it is a place where you handle mental dysfunctions so the atmosphere quickly orchestrates claustrophobic. The first three sentences quickly describe the average-guy Lester Billing: A twenty-eight years old man, divorced, employed by an industrial firm in New York. Thereafter Billing says he wants to tell Harper how he killed his three kids and quickly the story has build up suspense and catches the readers attention. From there on Billing describes his life more or less chronological: His childhood, his marriage with Rita and their kids’ bizarre causes of death, now saying it was the Boogeyman and not himself. Billing blames himself for the death of his children. “Something” or “someone” outside has killed them and he thinks that he could have done something to avoid it; in spite of his kids cried in the dark he forced them to sleep alone where they was vulnerable. Billing’s mother would not let him sleep with the light on and they slept...