WHO IS NIGHTMARE?
The nightmarish being known as... erm, Nightmare, first appeared in Marvel Comics’ Strange Tales #110 back in 1963. He’s the demon ruler of the Dream Dimension and he has the ability to trap the soul of any person (who is asleep) in his realm. His existence is dependent on humanity’s need to dream; however once he has a person in his grasp his nightmarish creations can continue to haunt them during their waking hours. What a complete b@$***d!
SO IS NIGHTMARE KIND OF LIKE FREDDY KRUEGER?
Erm, sort of... only he rides a horse and doesn't wear a jumper! Bet you wouldn't get Krueger on a horse. Anyway, just like Krueger, Nightmare gets his power from taking advantage of people when they're asleep.
HMMM... PLEASE EXPLAIN.
SO IS OUR LACK OF CONTROL IN THE DREAM WORLD THE REASON WHY NIGHTMARE SCARES THE HECK OUT OF US?
Yeah, you got it in one. Nightmare (very much like Freddy Kreuger) makes you afraid to fall asleep because who knows what will happen when you do?! Oh and you have the right to be afraid of falling asleep because a fear of the dream world is something that has been a part of many cultures for hundreds of years. In Germanic folklore a goblin known as a mare was believed to be able to induce bad dreams amongst his victims, whilst in Serbia moras (Serbia's version of a mare) were believed to be able to slip into a persons bedroom (via the keyhole) to terrify their victims!
NOW THAT IS SCARY!
Yep and in Croatia a mara was said to be a dark spirit who took on the form of a beautiful woman to suck the life out of men!
SOUNDS JUST LIKE MY SISTER.
Is that the one with the big breasts?
YES THAT'S THE ONE!
Right, well anyway... it's not just Nightmare that has been causing sleepless nights for people, however with the power to take advantage of anyone when they're in their most vulnerable state it's easy to see why he's so powerful!