The Creep Factor of a Coffin



Why Does the Box have it?

Why do coffins invoke such spine tingling chills in most people? Is it because we’re afraid that the decomposing corpse inside may somehow reanimate and begin a viral spread of Zombification?

Or is it somehow something more primal? Fear of one’s own mortality and the unknown are certainly at the top of the list but what about the fear of being buried alive?

Taphephobia, the fear of being buried alive was at its height during the 18th & 19th centuries. People included in their wills steps to be taken to ensure they were actually dead while others invented all sorts of what was referred to as escape coffins.

Even period horror writer Edgar Allen Poe published the story “The Premature Burial”. Finally as stethoscopes became more common Taphephobia subsided.

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