The "Fear" Series:
The idea for the trilogy was suggested by an older man telling that he
didn't think life was ruled by love, or reason, or money, or the
pursuit of happiness -- but by fear.
This smart-but-cynical guy's position was that most people's actions
are motivated by fear of being hungry, fear of being hurt, fear of
being alone, fear of being robbed, etc., and that people don't make
choices based on hope that something good will happen, but in fear
that something bad will happen.
I reacted to this the way all of us tend to react to generalities:
'Well, I'm not like that!'
But then I started thinking about it more, watching the way people
around me behaved, and I soon realised that there was something to
So I sketched out the three 'theaters of fear,' as I saw them: how
fear works inside us ("The Enemy Within"), how fear is used against us
("The Weapon"), and how fear feeds the mob mentality ("Witch Hunt").
As it happened, the last theme was easiest to deal with, so it was
written first, and the other two followed in reverse order for the
Part One: The Enemy Within
"The Enemy Within" describes phobias and other situations that scare
Part Two: The Weapon
"The Weapon" explains how everything that people fear can be used
against them as a weapon.
Part Three: Witch Hunt
The concept of "Witch Hunt" is how manipulators can use fear to
"possess" the "ignorant" masses to their liking, much like the
Salemtownspeople during the Salem Witch Trials.
Part Four: Freeze
"Freeze" explores the fine line between running away and/or standing
up to encounter one's fear, otherwise known as the fight-or-flight
"They use the things you love to hurt you"
"Fear" is a big 4 letter word, that enters the conscious and sub-
con as an emotional coefficient.
Others may describe it as, 'security of values'.
Doomsday Architecture it certainly an example of an architectural
product directed to a target market we all have to some extent.
Maybe our friends who live in cardboard boxes are confronting fear.
Safe rooms come to mind, given odd weather or intruder security, etc.
(storm cellar, vault...)
That's something akin to architectural psychology, that may appeal to
new home buyers, frontier architects need to cognizant of.