- Phobia Words (fear) R-Z
- Fear of being severely punished or beaten by a rod, or of being severely criticized Also fear of magic(wand). Rhabdophobia
- Common Causes and Triggers of Rhabdophobia
- Treatment of Rhabdophobia
- (CBT) Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Symptoms of Rhabdophobia
- Rhabdophobia Physical Symptoms
- Rhabdophobia Psychological Symptoms
- Self-help with Rhabdophobia
- Rhabdophobia: Undiagnosed Conditions
- Misdiagnosis and Rhabdophobia
- Rhabdophobia: Research Doctors & Specialists
- Hospitals & Clinics: Rhabdophobia
- Rhabdophobia: Rare Types
- User Interactive Forums
- Fear of Magic Phobia – Rhabdophobia
- Symptoms of fear of magic
- Physical symptoms
- Psychological symptoms
- Self help
- r/nosleep – Rhabdophobia
Phobia Words (fear) R-Z
Phobia Dictionary: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
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This is the world's biggest collection of phobia words – almost 650 in total. Although most are rare, they have all appeared in print. Where a word is marked 'syn.
of' this indicates that it is a synonym of the following word. (In many cases this simply reflects spelling variations.) Sources are listed in brackets after each entry; see the footnotes for the meanings of the abbreviations.
|radiaphobia||syn. of corpulophobia. [WP]|
|radiophobia||Fear of X-rays.[ID, CE]|
|rectophobia||syn. of proctophobia. [ID]|
|rhabdophobia||Fear of magic or being beaten with rods.[ID, CE]|
|rhinophobia||Fear of noses.[WP]|
|rhypophobia||Fear of filth.[ID, CE]|
|rhytiphobia||Fear of getting wrinkles.[ID, CE]|
|rupophobia||syn. of rhypophobia. [ID]|
|Russophobia||Fear of Russia or Russians.[ID, CE]|
|rypophobia||syn. of rhypophobia. [ID]|
|sarmassophobia||Fear of love-play.[ID]|
|Satanophobia||Fear of Satan.[OED, ID, CE]|
|scabiophobia||Fear of scabies.[ID]|
|scatophobia||syn. of coprophobia. [ID]|
|scelerophobia||Fear of bad men.[ID]|
|sciaphobia||syn. of sciophobia. [ID]|
|sciophobia||Fear of shadows.[ID, CE]|
|scoleciphobia||syn. of vermiphobia. [ID]|
|scopophobia||Fear of being stared at.[ID]|
|scoptophobia||syn. of scopophobia. [ID]|
|scotomaphobia||Fear of scotomas (blind areas in visual field).[ID]|
|scotophobia||syn. of achluophobia. [OED, ID]|
|scriptophobia||syn. of graphophobia. [CE]|
|selaphobia||Fear of flashes.[ID, CE]|
|selenophobia||Fear of the moon.[ID, CE, WP]|
|septophobia||Fear of decaying matter.[ID, CE]|
|sexophobia||Fear of the opposite sex.[ID]|
|sheksophobia||syn. of spheksophobia. [CE]|
|siderodromophobia||Fear of railways/railroads.[OED, ID, CE]|
|siderophobia||syn. of astrophobia. [ID, WP]|
|sinistrophobia||syn. of levophobia. [ID, WP]|
|Sinophobia||Fear of China or the Chinese.[OED, ID, CE]|
|sitiophobia||syn. of sitophobia. [OED, ID]|
|sitophobia||Fear of food.[OED, ID]|
|skiaphobia||syn. of sciophobia. [CE]|
|snakephobia||syn. of ophidiophobia. [ID]|
|soceraphobia||Fear of one's parents-in-law.[ID]|
|sociophobia||Fear of society.[ID, CE]|
|soleciphobia||syn. of vermiphobia. [CE]|
|sophophobia||Fear of learning.[ID, CE, WP]|
|Sovietophobia||Fear of the Soviet Union.[OED]|
|spacephobia||Fear of outer space.[ID]|
|spectrophobia||(1) Fear of spectres;(2) syn. of catoptrophobia.[ID, CE]|
|spermatophobia||Fear of semen.[ID]|
|spermophobia||syn. of spermatophobia. [ID]|
|spheksophobia||Fear of wasps.[ID]|
|stasibasiphobia||Fear of standing and walking.[ID]|
|stasiphobia||Fear of standing.[ID, CE]|
|stasobasiphobia||syn. of stasibasiphobia. [ID]|
|stasophobia||syn. of stasiphobia. [ID]|
|staurophobia||Fear of crucifixes.[ID, CE]|
|stenophobia||Fear of narrow places.[ID, CE]|
|stygiophobia||syn. of hadephobia. [ID, CE]|
|swinophobia||Fear of swine/pigs.[ID, CE]|
|symbolophobia||Fear of symbolism.[ID]|
|symmetrophobia||Fear of symmetry.[OED, ID]|
|syngenescophobia||syn. of syngenesophobia. [CE]|
|syngenesophobia||Fear of relatives.[ID]|
|syphilidophobia||syn. of syphiliphobia. [ID]|
|syphiliphobia||Fear of syphilis.[ID]|
|syphilophobia||syn. of syphiliphobia. [OED, ID]|
|tabophobia||Fear of tabes dorsalis (degenerative spinal disease).[ID]|
|tachophobia||Fear of speed.[ID, CE]|
|taeniiphobia||syn. of taeniophobia. [OED]|
|taeniophobia||Fear of tapeworms.[ID, CE]|
|taphephobia||Fear of being buried alive.[ID, CE]|
|taphophobia||syn. of taphephobia. [ID]|
|tapinophobia||syn. of microphobia. [ID, CE]|
|taurophobia||Fear of bulls.[ID, CE]|
|technophobia||Fear of technology.[OED, ID, CE]|
|teleophobia||Fear of teleology.[OED, ID, CE]|
|telephonophobia||Fear of telephones.[ID, CE]|
|teletophobia||Fear of religious ceremonies.[ID]|
|teniophobia||syn. of taeniophobia. [ID]|
|teratophobia||Fear of monsters or giving birth to a monster.[ID, CE, WP]|
|Teutonophobia||syn. of Germanophobia. [OED, ID]|
|Teutophobia||syn. of Germanophobia. [OED, ID, CE]|
|textophobia||Fear of certain fabrics.[ID]|
|thaasophobia||Fear of sitting (idle).[ID]|
|thalassophobia||Fear of seas.[OED, ID, CE]|
|thanatophobia||Fear of death.[OED, ID, CE]|
|theatrophobia||Fear of theatres.[OED, ID, CE]|
|theologicophobia||Fear of theology.[ID]|
|theophobia||Fear of God.[OED, ID, CE]|
|thermophobia||Fear of heat.[ID]|
|thixophobia||syn. of haphephobia. [ID]|
|tocophobia||syn. of maieusiophobia. [ID]|
|tomophobia||Fear of surgery.[ID, CE]|
|tonitrophobia||syn. of brontophobia. [ID]|
|tonitruphobia||syn. of brontophobia. [ID]|
|topophobia||(1) Fear of performing, i.e. stage fright;(2) Fear of a specific place.[OED, ID, CE]|
|toxicophobia||syn. of toxiphobia. [OED, ID, CE]|
|toxiphobia||Fear of poisoning.[OED, ID]|
|toxophobia||syn. of toxiphobia. [ID]|
|traumatophobia||Fear of injury or war.[ID, CE]|
|tredecaphobia||syn. of tridecaphobia. [ID]|
|tremophobia||Fear of trembling.[ID]|
|triakaidekaphobia||syn. of tridecaphobia. [ID]|
|trichinophobia||Fear of trichinosis.[ID]|
|trichopathophobia||Fear of hair disease.[ID]|
|trichophobia||Fear of hair.[OED, ID, CE]|
|tridecaphobia||Fear of the number thirteen.[ID]|
|triskadekaphobia||syn. of tridecaphobia. [ID]|
|triskaidekaphobia||syn. of tridecaphobia. [OED, ID, CE]|
|tropophobia||Fear of changes.[ID, CE]|
|tryapanophobia||Fear of injections.[CE]|
|tuberculophobia||Fear of tuberculosis.[OED, ID]|
|tyrannophobia||Fear of tyrants.[OED, ID]|
|uranophobia||Fear of heaven.[ID, CE, WP]|
|urophobia||Fear of urinating.[ID]|
|vacansopapuroso- phobia||Fear of blank paper.[WP]|
|vaccinophobia||Fear of vaccinations.[OED, ID, CE]|
|venereophobia||syn. of cypridophobia. [ID, CE]|
|venustaphobia||Fear of beautiful women.[ID, WP]|
|verbaphobia||syn. of logophobia. [CE]|
|verbophobia||syn. of logophobia. [ID]|
|vermiophobia||syn. of bacillophobia. [CE]|
|vermiphobia||Fear of worms.[ID]|
|vestiophobia||Fear of clothing.[ID, CE, WP]|
|virgivitiphobia||Fear of rape.[ID]|
|virgivitphobia||Fear of virgins.[CE]|
|vitricophobia||Fear of one's stepfather.[ID]|
|xenophobia||Fear of strangers or foreigners.[OED, ID, CE]|
|xerophobia||Fear of dryness and dry places.[ID, CE]|
|xylophobia||syn. of hylephobia. [ID]|
|ylophobia||syn. of hylephobia. [ID]|
|zelophobia||Fear of jealousy.[ID]|
|zenophobia||syn. of xenophobia. [OED]|
|zoophobia||Fear of animals.[OED, ID, CE]|
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- OED: Oxford English Dictionary. Words marked 'OED' are all mentioned in this dictionary, but may not have their own entry.
- ID: The Insomniac's Dictionary of the Outrageous, Odd, and Unusual by Paul Hellweg.
- CE: Crazy English: The Ultimate Joy Ride Through Our Language by Richard Lederer.
- WP: Words at Play: Quips, Quirks, and Oddities by O. V. Michaelsen. Also in The Wordplay Almanac by O. V. Michaelsen.
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Fear of being severely punished or beaten by a rod, or of being severely criticized Also fear of magic(wand). Rhabdophobia
Rhabdophobia is the fear of being severely punished or beaten by a rod, or of being severely criticized Also fear of magic(wand).
Common Causes and Triggers of Rhabdophobia
There are a large variety of reasons that cause or trigger the fear of being severely punished or beaten by a rod, or of being severely criticized Also fear of magic(wand). But the most prominent ones are are:
- Upbringing – People who are raised by people that either are afraid, or have transmitted a sense of uncertainty or danger related to being severely punished or beaten by a rod, or of being severely criticized Also fear of magic(wand), might experience Rhabdophobia most commonly.
- Past Experience – It might be also induced, or suggested from people that might have had bad past experiences with/in being severely punished or beaten by a rod, or of being severely criticized Also fear of magic(wand).
- Genetics – A persons ancestors that have been fearful of being severely punished or beaten by a rod, or of being severely criticized Also fear of magic(wand) were probably more ly to survive and pass down these fearful genes to their children and so on.
Treatment of Rhabdophobia
For many individual who are suffering from being severely punished or beaten by a rod, or of being severely criticized Also fear of magic(wand) – Rhabdophobia.
Don’t always feel the need of treatment because they can just avoid the object of their fear. This gives people suffering from Rhabdophobia a feeling of control on the problem.
But sometimes avoiding being severely punished or beaten by a rod, or of being severely criticized Also fear of magic(wand) might not be possible or enough.
It is important for someone to always seek professional help when possible. This way you don’t lose time and do a better job and understanding what is happening. With understanding you can next move on to overcoming your fear of being severely punished or beaten by a rod, or of being severely criticized Also fear of magic(wand).
While most phobias are curable, there is no single treatment available for all of them, or guaranteed to work. It strongly depends on the person suffering and severity in which that person is experiencing Rhabdophobia. There are cases that a combination of treatments might be more effective.
Please be advised that you should not take treatment on your own! Always consult with a doctor before hand. The treatments mentioned below are for informational purposes and not specific to Rhabdophobia. The treatments below are used on most phobia cases.
Talking treatments or talking therapies, which include counselling, might be very effective at treating fear of being severely punished or beaten by a rod, or of being severely criticized Also fear of magic(wand) or Rhabdophobia.
Talking therapies are very laid back treatments and physically non intrusive which involve talking to a highly trained and proficient professional about your thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
There are many different types of talking therapy, but they all aim to:
- help you recognise unhelpful patterns in the way you think or act, and find ways to change them (if you want to).
- help you resolve complicated feelings, or find ways to live with them
- help you make sense of things and understand yourself better
- give you a safe time and place to talk to someone who won’t judge you
Talking therapies are in most cases the same as counselling, therapy, psychotherapy, psychological therapy, talking treatment. There is usually a very little difference between what’s meant when talking about any of these.
(CBT) Cognitive behavioural therapy
CBT treatments stand on the concept that what we thing and perceive are constantly influencing our behaviour. Experiencing anxiety and distress are in some cases distorting and bending ones perception over reality. Cognitive behavioural therapy aims to identify if they are an accurate depiction of reality, and, if they are not, employ strategies to challenge and overcome them.
For example when someone is experiencing Rhabdophobia. Through the help of Cognitive behavioural therapy you could identify if the fear and anxiety experienced from being severely punished or beaten by a rod, or of being severely criticized Also fear of magic(wand) is an accurate depiction of reality. And if not working on ways to change that.
Medication should be never taken without asking a doctor first. In general medication is not recommended for overcoming phobias. Therapies have resulted to be a definitive way to overcome fears.
However some types of medication are prescribe as short term solutions to the side effects of phobias. Which include anxiety or depression.
There are three general types of medication recommended for treating anxieties.
Symptoms of Rhabdophobia
Phobias should never be taken very lightly. Because, all phobias can to some degree limit a persons daily activities and are in some cases the root cause that make someone experience anxiety and leading up all the way to depression.
The People that are suffering from phobias, are most of the times purposely avoid coming into contact with what it is that triggers them to experience fear or anxiety. For example people that suffer from Rhabdophobia, which is a Specific phobia, try to avoid not only the exact objects or situations that trigger it but sometimes in severe cases the thought of those thing all together.
There have been a lot of cases in which an individual has develop a phobia from being severely punished or beaten by a rod, or of being severely criticized Also fear of magic(wand) where they become fearful of experiencing anxiety itself because it would make them feel very uncomfortable.
A person doesn’t necessarily need to be in a situation exposed to being severely punished or beaten by a rod, or of being severely criticized Also fear of magic(wand) to experience Rhabdophobia.
The brain doesn’t have to be in that situation to experience the symptoms of panic.
A persons brain is capable of creating a reaction to fearsome situations even when the subject is not actually in that situation.
People are different and so are all the types of phobias someone might suffer from. So the symptoms also vary strongly on the severity in which an individual is experiencing these fears.
But generally speaking, Specific phobias and fears such as Rhabdophobia fall under the category of anxiety disorders.
Meaning that a person can experience any if not all of the below mentioned physical and/or psychological symptoms.
Rhabdophobia Physical Symptoms
People with fear of being severely punished or beaten by a rod, or of being severely criticized Also fear of magic(wand) often experience panic attacks.
These panic attacks can be extremely frightening and distressing for the person suffering from those. These symptoms most of the time happen suddenly and without any prior signs or warnings.
No matter how overwhelming feelings of anxiety, a panic attack can cause real physical symptoms, such as but not limited to the ones below:
- hot flushes or chills
- shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- a choking sensation
- rapid heartbeat (tachycardia)
- pain or tightness in the chest
- a sensation of butterflies in the stomach
- headaches and dizziness
- feeling faint
- numbness or pins and needles
- dry mouth
- a need to go to the toilet
- ringing in your ears
- confusion or disorientation
- tightness in the chest/chest pain and difficulty breathing
- rise in blood pressure
Rhabdophobia Psychological Symptoms
In some very severe cases, a person suffering a panic attack triggered from Rhabdophobia. Usually when exposed to its triggers such as being severely punished or beaten by a rod, or of being severely criticized Also fear of magic(wand). Can have one/or all of the following symptoms.
- fear of losing control
- fear of fainting
- feelings of dread
- fear of dying
- fear of harm or illness
- guilt, shame, self-blame
- Withdrawing from others
- Feeling sad or hopeless
- Feeling disconnected
- Confusion, difficulty concentrating
- Anger, irritability, mood swings
- anxiety and fear
On some very special cases, there may be people experiencing intertwined phobias. Or what may be called complex phobias.
These can often have a detrimental effect on a person’s everyday life and mental wellbeing. Because they may limit someones life so much that they become uncap-able of leading a normal personal and social life.
Hence triggering a chain reaction of the above mentioned symptoms and lastly depression.
Self-help with Rhabdophobia
One of the best ways to overcome any difficulty or be prepare if any might arise in life, is to take good care of oneself. Being able to know how to help yourself is vital not to just be able to control your fear of being severely punished or beaten by a rod, or of being severely criticized Also fear of magic(wand), but also other phobias and anxieties before they get more severe.
Rhabdophobia: An exaggerated or irrational fear of being punished severely. The term can also be used to describe a fear of being beaten with a rod of a fear of magic and the paranormal. More detailed information about the symptoms,causes, and treatments of Rhabdophobia is available below.
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Fear of Magic Phobia – Rhabdophobia
Rhabdophobia is the fear of rods or being beaten by rods but in this article we are going to talk about Rhabdophobia as the ‘fear of wands or the fear of magick’. The word ‘rhabdo’ comes from Greek ‘stick/rod/switch’ and the word phobia is derived from Greek phobos meaning fear or deep aversion.
People with Rhabdophobia are extremely scared of spell casters, magicians and witches –in general of anything or anyone that can cast spells or bend them at their will. Some people fear illusions or even stage magicians who perform tricks.
This phobia is relatively rare and those who suffer from it thankfully do not experience it on a day to day basis. Un other more severe and common phobias, Rhabdophobia usually won’t affect one’s day to day life.
As stated above, people with Rhabdophobia might also suffer from fear of being punished or beaten with a stick or rod. This type of phobia can be severe.
Symptoms of fear of magic
Different people experience fear differently. in the case of other common social or complex phobias, Rhabdophobia can produce various symptoms.
Broadly speaking, we can differentiate the symptoms into two main categories- physical and psychological. These can vary in severity and some people could experience them strongly just by thinking about magic.
Here are the different symptoms experienced by phobic:
- Trembling, shaking
- Feeling dizzy or faint
- Accelerated heart rate
- Hot, cold flashes
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea, vomiting
- Tightness in the chest
- Feeling of choking
- Feeling touch with reality
- Fear of losing control
- Thoughts of death or dying
- Fear of embarrassing oneself
Sometimes, very severe phobia might trigger a panic attack in the individual. Experiencing this could be embarrassing and could even be frightening.
The patient could get severely stressed simply thinking about the fear. This, in turn, could lead to thoughts of depression. Often, people with severe Rhabdophobia tend to avoid situations involving magic. They try to avoid people as well which could lead to isolation and social withdrawal.
Avoiding something sometimes makes it worse, and this is especially true in phobias.
There are various things one can take up in order to overcome one’s fear of magic.
- Talk therapy– You can start by talking to someone you trust. If there is no one, you could seek professional counseling. Group therapy can also help-your counselor can guide you to peer groups or support groups online.
- Manage panic and anxiety-Relaxation techniques can help. Learn to practice deep breathing when you are faced with a situation that triggers your symptoms.
- Self help books-These are available online and offline. They are principles of CBT or Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
Your physician can guide you about the types of treatments available for severe fear of magic phobia.
CBT or Cognitive Behavior Therapy
CBT identifies connections between thoughts, feelings and behavior. A CBT therapist can help you manage your thought patterns that cause the phobia. CBT is often combined with desensitization therapy where you may be gradually exposed to the fear.
In this treatment for Rhabdophobia, you are gradually and safely exposed to the object of your fear (magic or wands), so that, through repeated experiences, you feel increased control over your fear.
A trained hypnotherapist could take you to your past to determine the root cause of your fear. This, in turn, can help you cope better with situations.
This is usually the last line of treatment since medicines for anxiety disorders mostly include tranquilizers and antidepressants which can lead to chemical dependency. They even come with adverse side effects extreme drowsiness etc.
Having a phobia can be challenging for both the sufferer as well as her/his family or friends. However, thanks to the treatments available today, one need not live with it. We hope the above brief guide helps you cope with Rhabdophobia and overcome it once and for all.
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r/nosleep – Rhabdophobia
I have rhabdophobia, which is the fear of being beaten with a rod. It’s also a fear of magic—you can thank pop culture and its obsession with magic wands for creating that connection.
I grew up in the nineties and early two-thousands, when Harry Potter was all the rage. Other kids were always talking about it, but I avoided it the plague. If it came up in conversation, I’d find any way I could to change the subject.
I didn’t even want to think about those goddamn kids and their horrible tools of terror and destruction. It wasn’t always something I could avoid, though; the boy wizard and his friends were simply far too prevalent. I remember going to see Monsters, Inc.
with my parents in 2001, and before the movie was a trailer for The Film That Must Not Be Named (yes, I do know some things about Harry Potter). You can no doubt guess what it was. The trailer scared me so bad I started crying, and my parents took me home so I could calm down.
To this day I still haven’t seen Monsters, Inc. because I can’t help but associate it with that…other movie.
They made me see a lot of therapists when I was a kid. None of them could help me. They tried, but I was too difficult a case; my fear too deeply ingrained to be removed.
It wasn’t until my twenties that I started getting better on my own—by twenty-five I wasn’t getting panic attacks every time I saw a rod somewhere, but I still couldn’t read or watch Harry Potter or any other stories about magic. That’s something I’ll never be able to do.
Stress can make things worse, though. If you’ve ever been fired from your job and had your girlfriend dump you in the same day, then you know what I’m talking about. It was the day after, in a café, that I met the blind man.
He sat down at the table next to mine, about five feet away, and rested his white cane against his thigh. I could have ignored it, usually, but things were different with all the stress. Seeing the cane conjured a terrible anxiety within me. My chest tightened and I felt dizzy, thirsty, hot.
Every sound in the room increased a hundred-fold. I felt a kid again, trapped in that theater while that awful trailer played, unable to move until my parents noticed what was going on and helped me; but now no one noticed, and no one helped.
Rocking back and forth in my chair, clutching my chest, I must have looked eccentric or just plain crazy. Nobody s dealing with either.
Even through the blasting, discordant mess of noise, the waitress’s voice reached me: “Is there anything I can help you with, Sir?” She wasn’t speaking to me, but to the blind man.
“I’ll have a decaf espresso,” the man said.
“Will that be all?”
“Yes. And I’d just to tell you that even though I can’t see you, your voice leads me to believe you’re a very beautiful woman.”
“Thank you. That’s very nice of you.”
“Bet you have great tits, too.”
“Your tits. Are they big?”
“I’m not comfortable with continuing this conversation. Someone will bring you your coffee in just a few minutes. Have a nice day.”
“Will do, miss.”
The shriek that followed, and the accompanying “How dare you!”, left little for the imagination. At that point, I normally would have turned and asked the man what his problem was; why wouldn’t he just leave the lady alone. But I wasn’t in a normal state of mind.
The man’s cane still rested against his thigh, and I picked it up and hit him with it. I still can’t believe I was able to touch the thing—I guess that’s just a sign of how far gone I was. He cried out in shock, and I hit him again, and again. And again.
I didn’t stop until a man ran up to me and tackled me onto the floor.
To my surprise, the blind man didn’t press charges. I expected him to take a cold, uncompromising line on the situation, but he turned out to be more forgiving: “I’ll admit I got a little rascally. And you, you stood up for a woman—I respect that.
Let’s let bygones be bygones, eh?” A more half-assed reconciliatory gesture ly never existed—the nerve of him, describing sexual harassment as “rascally”—but I had no desire to drag the business out.
I shook his hand and thought for sure that was the end of it.
Two nights later, in my apartment’s bedroom, a noise woke me up: tap. Tap. Tap. It seemed to be coming from the window. Groggy, I drew open the blinds—and screamed. The blind man floated in the air, rapping on the glass with his cane. He smiled and mouthed something to me, but I couldn’t quite make it out. Then I closed my eyes and when I opened them, he was gone.
Fuck stress. Only stress can make your mind think an old, blind man can reach a second story window without a ladder, and then vanish he wasn’t there to begin with. Which he wasn’t. Of course.
In the morning I made myself some pop-tarts, got comfy in my recliner and turned on my PS4, ready to kill some Nazis in Call of Duty: World War II.
I always say nothing beats stress spending a day alone with video games and sugar.
He was there, in the game. In the first level of the campaign. I shot at him, thinking he was one of the regular enemies, but he didn’t go down.
He approached me and that’s when I saw him clearly—the glasses, the cane, the horrible smile on his face. He pointed the cane’s tip at me and again he mouthed something that I couldn’t understand.
The console shut itself off, and a sudden electric shock caused me to yelp and toss the controller to the ground.
He’s shown up everywhere since then. When I was out on a walk I saw him slip behind a tree, but he was gone by the time I went over to confront him. When I went grocery shopping I saw him at the end of the aisle, but he disappeared from there, too.
On the bus he was in the back seat, but…you see the pattern. I know I’m not just going crazy. Every time I see him he does the same thing: points his cane at me and mouths that phrase that I can’t make any sense of. It must be another language, an incantation of some kind.
Strange things happen every time he says it.
They were harmless things at first, barely anything more than pranks. I’d look down and my shoelace would be untied. I’d feel movement in my pocket that turned out to be a toad. I’d step in dog shit that clearly hadn’t been there before he showed up.
It wasn’t long though before he started going farther. Today when I went out to lunch, he set my hair on fire. On the drive back he made me lose control of my motor skills, nearly causing me to crash into another car.
When I got home the door to my apartment was open and the inside was trashed. I’d seen the door just seconds before I noticed him, over by the dumpster; I know it had been closed then, but it no longer was when I turned back to unlock it.
Nothing’s been stolen, but all my electronics are broken and there’s a dead cat in the kitchen sink.
Before I met the blind man, my rhabdophobia was just another irrational fear, the fear of ketchup or bananas. But now that I’ve pissed off a deranged, homicidal sorcerer, I have every reason to be terrified of rods and magic. I have no idea where he’ll show up next, or what he’ll do—all I know is, I’m screwed if I can’t find a way to stop him.