Realism In Stephen King's 'The Boogeyman'

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Stephen King’s short story “The Boogeyman” is a thrilling adventure that incorporates an urban legend that has many names throughout the world, and therefore makes any reader able to identify with this story. It pulls you in, making you question whether the stories your parents, cousins, or siblings you had finally deemed as unrealistic and fake were fictional at all. Why is King’s story so eerie? Is it the realism in the story, or the fact that the creature being described may have always been a small weakness for you? The scientific article “The Bogeyman” in which we are explained the origin and purpose for the monster may have the answers to these questions. After all, how probable is it that an unidentified creature will happen to appear in sight tonight? In the scientific article, it is explained that the purpose of the boogeyman is to frighten people in order for them to fit the “norm” in society. King’s article also uses the boogeyman in order to frighten people, but does it so that the man, Lester Billings seems crazed, and yet in a sense, believable. For example, in the short story, Billings is present in a psychiatrist's office and is telling his story to the therapist. This plays into the realism within the story, as many people have therapists and believe in supernatural forces such as: ghosts, vampires, demons, etc (not everyone goes to therapy for these reasons, but it is safe to assume some people do suffer from paranoia within this particular topic). The

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