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Jul 28 2019

The book There’s a Nightmare in My Closet drew on Mayer’s childhood fears of monsters in his room at night. Critics (including James Woods) compared the book, unfavorably, to Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, but children and their parents loved the story and it became very popular, with at least 14 editions being released since its publication in 1968, and was featured on Reading Rainbow. A YouTube animated special was made, which faithfully followed the book and added two small sections where the boy is playing outdoors at sunset and reflects how the monster will soon come, as well as arranging his planes and toy soldiers around the closet to form a “defense force”. The inner monologue of the boy was voiced by Michael J. Fox. The titular nightmare monster also starred in a music video of Alice Cooper’s “Welcome to my Nightmare”.

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