…explain why this is a legitimate concern, so friends won’t laugh at you.
Something about the dark has a way of changing things. The blacker it is, the more alien the world becomes around you. Sometimes it can make the world seem to shrink around you, crushing down on you, and other times it can make stretch out to infinity, making you feel lost and alone yet completely at the mercy of whatever is out there.
It’s that unknown factor. Anything could be in the dark and you wouldn’t know because you can’t see it. It can be something as simple as an object on the ground we might step on like a child’s toy or it could be someone watching you, waiting for the moment that you’re at your most vulnerable. And you would never know it was there until it was too late.
Behind the Random: As an agoraphobic, I can understand and relate to a person with a fear of the dark. I have trouble walking through a wide open field in the dark even more than during the day just because of that mysterious shroud surrounding me. The shadows will play tricks on my mind, always moving in the corner of my eye and taking on shapes of people or worse then vanishing when I look over. So to all you Achluophobics out there, I understand you.