Episode 20: The Halloween Special!

It is the BEST time of the year!  We here at Peripheral are huge fans of Halloween.  We love decorating our houses with spooky stuff, crafting nerdy costumes and doubling down on our scary movie viewings.  This week we decided to get a little personal and share what scared us the most as kids.  We then justify those youthful terrors with real world horrors.  We hope you enjoy it!

Oíche Shamhna Shona Daoibh!  🎃




Sleep Paralysis


The Nightmare by Henry Fuseli.

Mariah has experienced more than one disturbing instance of sleep paralysis.  She shares her stories and gets into the folklore associated with this phenomenon.


Alien Abductions


Unsolved Mysteries painted a vivid portrait in Devin’s child mind of little green men, bright lights shining through his bedroom windows and the cold metal exam tables in an alien spaceship.  Devin recalls his childhood fear of aliens and tells the classic stories of “real life” alien abductions.


Creepy Crawlies 


Illustration by Stephen Gammell.

Like every 90’s child, Bobby was forever scarred by the Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark book series.  Bobby covers the story, “The Red Spot” and delves into the real world body horrors that spiders and insects can inflict.


Prophetic Dreams


Mother Abigail from the TV miniseries, The Stand.

Dreams with messages were Lindsey’s greatest fear as a child, and it was all Stephen King’s fault.  Lindsey shares stories about the science of implanting false memories in dreams, the adaptive function of nightmares and her own experience with a “prophetic” dream.