Then into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning.
Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before.
“Surely,” said I, “surely that is something at my window lattice;
Let me see, then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore –
Let my heart be still a moment, and this mystery explore; –
‘Tis the wind and nothing more.”
– The Raven, Edgar Alan Poe
Fear is one of the most primal instincts. It makes us tick. It even helps us stay alive. It cannot be avoided, but today’s world tries to protect us from it, which leaves us in need of a fix once in a while. No longer are we hunted by predators, no longer do we need to fight for our survival; instead, film, novel and white-knuckle ride replace these stimulants.