Nicki tries to sleep, ignoring the alligator under the bed.

Alligators Under the Bed

I had my very own room once as a child. I didn’t really like it as much as I pretended I did. This was my real fear, and my real solution to it.

Nicki wants to turn off the light.

Nicki steels herself against her fear.

She imagines the alligator snapping at her foot.

She goes back under the covers, unable to step on the floor.

Nicki reaches for her pole.

Nicki aims the pole toward the light switch.

She hits the switch

Nicki tries to sleep, ignoring the alligator under the bed.





95 responses to “Alligators Under the Bed”

  1. Boggleton Drive Avatar

    This might just be my favorite yet. So well done.

  2. schmolphin Avatar

    I shud haf done this too!! Im afraid of the dark n always thinks something is under my bed! So i’d run n jump to my bed once i off the lights! N hide under those blanket! Love yr story!!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      I still kind of leap to my bed if I am alone in the bedroom… :)

  3. morristownmemos by Ronnie Hammer Avatar

    Have you been reading my diary? It wasn’t an alligator, but something under my bed was ready to grab my ankle if I dared to step onto the floor.

    Your little girl is so clever to invent the device to shut the light without tempting the alligator.

    The illustrations are delightful: they make me want to hug the little figure to reassure her.


    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thanks Ronnie! Thankfully, the only thing that lurks under my bed nowadays is my little orange kitten. Much less fearsome.

      1. morristownmemos by Ronnie Hammer Avatar

        I hope to see that kitten in a future blog.


  4. The Smart Cookie Cook Avatar

    Hahaha that so looks like something I would’ve done. My bed was always a safe haven; no monsters could touch me if I was under the covers!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Yes! Before my fear of the alligator was my fear of the aliens. If I left any significant skin exposed, the aliens would be able to see me and could beam me up with their lights!

  5. Rae Avatar

    Ha, I was also positive there were things living under my bed that would grab my feet. I was also afraid of my closet. And my window.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      During summer I would leave my windows open, but then I could hardly sleep for worry of the burglars who would surely come in to steal… my black and white television set? My pound puppy? Me?

      1. Angie Z. Avatar

        After I commented here I noticed the telltale heart emblem on the stuffed dog’s bottom — ah, Pound Puppies! I had two. Nice touch.

        1. themiddlestsister Avatar

          My sisters and I were all pretty crazy about our pound puppies. We even watched the terrible TV show, starring “Cooler” the cool dog.

          1. Angie Z. Avatar

            Oh, that show sounds familiar! I remember when my big pound puppy got a mini/baby pound puppy to pal around with, I thought my heart had grown three sizes larger. I also became obsessed with pulling the stuffing threads that always poked through their bodies. Do you remember that happening with yours? A few times I nearly pulled out entire balls of stuffing, which made tiny wholes in the fabric. Oh, you weren’t talking that kind of crazy, were you? The End.

            1. themiddlestsister Avatar

              Oh, no. I definitely did that. For me, it started when I got appendicitis. I was very frightened and brought my beloved pound puppy into the O.R. with me. The surgeons apparently thought it would be cute to give my pound puppy a matching scar. I was so angry when I woke up. They cut and stitched my puppy! They mutilated him! And they didn’t sew him up as neatly as they should have… little bit of fluff were always poking out. Once I started pulling those, I noticed the other bits poking out. My puppy is much, much thinner today than he originally began life.

              1. Angie Z. Avatar

                That story is so cute it makes me want to kick those surgeons asses.

  6. Jim Avatar

    Alligators! The ONLY monster plausible to fit under a bed. A smart fear indeed!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Yes, and so very prevalent in New England! haha… strangely, I lost my fear of alligators when we moved to Florida.

  7. Naomi Baltuck Avatar

    I still have to hurry out of our basement storage room as soon as the lights go out, so the store mannequin won’t get me before I reach the stairs. (And I am 55 years old!) Great post, once again.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Ohh, I don’t blame you! Mannequins give me the willies.

  8. becomingcliche Avatar

    Monster will eat any part of me that is left uncovered. I mean, um, WOULD eat. When I was a kid. Not now. That would be silly.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      I used to nearly bake myself in the summertime when I was afraid that aliens would beam me up if I left my skin exposed outside the blankets.

      1. Tin Roof Press Avatar

        that was mine too. If i stepped off the bed at night bad things would happen.

  9. Terri Avatar

    About four months ago, I read my 2-year-old nephew a story about a boy who had an alligator under his bed … he wasn’t scared, but even now, he will sometimes climb into bed and tell us, “Ow! Alligator bit my toes!” So we have to “chase it out” and then he laughs. Not a moment of extreme foresight on my part. :/

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Aww, that sounds like a very cute ritual, though!

  10. sleepycathollow Avatar

    LOL! I had monsters under my bed too…I’d turn off the light and then run for the bed…then leap onto the bed the last 3 feet. My dad then came up with the idea that if we put the box spring and mattress on the floor, no monsters could get under the bed! :)

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      I still do that if I am alone in the house and have successfully freaked myself out :)

  11. Amy Mast Avatar
    Amy Mast

    I still sleep with this pound puppy

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Pound puppies are proven monster-repellents.

  12. thomas g mast (@thomasgmast) Avatar

    Eden is constantly talking about how alligators and turtles are going to get her in her sleep. She currently sleeps with Amys pound puppy and Marley.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      N freaks out about caterpillars on the ceiling. So weird.

  13. singlecatholic Avatar

    Hahaha! Great post. =) I used to jump off the bed as far as I could get, run to turn off the light, and run back. I figured if I was fast enough, anything that might be under there wouldn’t have time to grab my toes…

  14. riatarded Avatar

    I never cared much about monsters but cockroaches, did and still do, scare the living daylights out of me!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Do not move to south Florida.

      1. riatarded Avatar

        Thank you for the heads up ;)

  15. Pete Howorth Avatar
    Pete Howorth

    Lol! Fantastic! :)

    I never worried about things under my bed as my bed isn’t on legs, it goes down to the floor. What I worried about was the burglers coming in through the little crack in my window!

      1. Pete Howorth Avatar
        Pete Howorth

        You never know! Wake up in the morning and the elves have stolen my shoes :(

  16. Jackie Avatar

    Alligators under my bed. Thin man in my closet! I so did this when I was a child. In fact, I was 18 when I stopped checking under my bed from monsters. Now the box springs sit directly on the floor, so I don’t think any supernatural being can fit under there now. Take that monsters!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      I was never even brave enough to check. Just assume they are there, was my policy!

  17. Erin Avatar

    I must be your long lost other sister. I had the exact same phobia. Only my solution was to flip off the light and then take a flying leap at my bed (yours was much more clever. perhaps you should consider a patent?) I still can’t sleep with my feet uncovered.

    Love your illustrations. They always make me giggle. Thanks :)

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thank you! It took until my 20s to be able to sleep with my feet uncovered. Now I’m fully recovered from such silly fears… unless I am alone in the house or my toddler starts asking me about ghosts…

  18. publikworks Avatar

    The taped-together rulers are brilliant, you genius you!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thank you! I started with taped together cardboard tubes, but they folded too easily…didn’t provide enough resistance.

  19. Mandy Lang Avatar

    I have 3 brothers and no sisters. So I always had my own room growing up and hated it. I was terrified of the dark when I was all alone and it also seemed like my brothers were having a BLAST in their room. I was so jealous. Awesome artwork by the way!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Aww, that’s so sad.

  20. whatimeant2say Avatar

    Based on the number of comments, this is a popular fear. I used to have a pet rubber alligator, who lived on the paper scraps I fed him, so this was apparently not a concern of mine. I have always been more afraid of people than animals.
    Your creative light switcher offer reveals that, even as a child, you were clever and inventive!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Some of these fears are so freaky, I might start jumping to the bed every night now. Hands under the bed? Ugh, it creeps me out and it’s only 9 AM!

  21. audreygjohnson Avatar

    I didn’t have an alligator under my bed, but for some reason when I was little I was convinced that any part of my body that wasn’t covered with blankets was vulnerable to the reach of the Dreaded Darkness Monster. Love the post!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      I can definitely emphasize with this one.

  22. JSD Avatar

    My fear wasn’t something under the bed, but something in the attic which could be accessed through our closet door. If the closet door was left open when I went to bed, I was terrified…too afraid to even get up and close it. Childhood fears are so terrible!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Ohh, that would have creeped me out, too!

  23. adollyciousirony Avatar

    :) wonderful images!
    I’m glad you already overcame your fear…
    have a great day!

  24. courtneyrae Avatar

    Lol this is something I think almost everyone can relate to!

  25. violetsandcardamom Avatar

    So cute! I remember the fear of alligators under the bed! :)

  26. jell jell @ I'll Sleep When They're Grown Avatar

    That alligator! Cut out so perfectly. You have a gift, my dear.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thanks! I really like the way he turned out.

  27. archijeca Avatar

    lol :D good thing you have adhesive tapes to attach those sticks together…
    alligator grinning when the lights turned off, adorable!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      :) Thanks for noticing!

  28. sannekurz Avatar

    Haha! I had chairs to hop across, my fear being hands grabbing me and dragging me under the bed…I had already forgotten!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Yup. This is going to give me nightmares.

  29. Charlotte Belanger III Avatar

    I used to stand up on my bed and then jump as far away from my bed onto the floor as possible. Fooled that monster every time!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thanks! His name was Buttons and I absolutely could not sleep without him.

  30. Craftwhack Avatar

    Oh my! I’m so glad I found you… what an awesome blog. I STILL find it hard to let my hand dangle over the side of the bed because of lingering monster fears. So sad.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thank you! I wish I could tell you there was hope… but I still can’t do it either.

  31. Angie Z. Avatar

    I love it! One of my favorites thus far. The alligator is so well done that I’m at this very moment checking under the couch that I’m sitting on.

    I had an extreme feeling of vulnerability if I were to have an exposed limb while I slept (still do). Somehow under the covers I was certain no ghosts/alligators/land sharks/Chucky dolls could grab me.

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thanks! :) It’s amazing how powerful covers are.

  32. Liza Dora Avatar
    Liza Dora

    Hahah this is hilarious – that’s what I used to feel like, and I’m the eldest! My younger siblings couldn’t understand why I was so scared of the dark too. Love the pictures!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      When we shared a room, my sisters and I would take turns turning off the lights. Sometimes, we would try to trick our parents into doing it.

  33. indiaphare Avatar

    This is amazing. Wish it was in book form, I’d give it to my little nephew!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thank you! I would be fun to do a book :)

  34. Kate Avatar

    Whoa that alligator is awesome. Really nice job :) When we were really little my sister thought there was an alligator under her bed. She could actually HEAR it singing to itself. But then, of course, it just turned out to be me singing myself to sleep. I guess my voice is that awful…? Haha. But really great post!

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thanks! I am proud of the alligator :) You are the only one I have heard of who sings like an alligator! Seems like a marketable talent.

  35. timmy Avatar

    Thats just so amazing! you did it youself!?
    and to be honest with you…i still think there are things under my bed O_o

  36. tita buds Avatar

    I was more afraid of ghosts than anything. Oh, and witches who would climb up our roof and have long thin tongues that would slither down from the ceiling and steal our innards as we slept. Talk about overactive imaginations, haha.
    Cute illustrations, as always. :)

  37. Bindu Avatar

    Very amusing story and beautiful illustration. How long does it take you to complete a story(I am curious)?

    1. themiddlestsister Avatar

      Thank you, Bindu! It usually takes 8-12 hours, depending on complexity. I worked 6 hours yesterday, for example, and completed two panels for next week’s comic.

  38. blackmambamb Avatar

    Ahahah that’s crazy, exactly how when I was afraid of sharks under my bed, which was even more silly since there’s no water under people’s bed…childhood fears are so funny :)

  39. madafter Avatar

    this is soo cool

  40. J. Ploober Avatar

    Fantastic! Great story-telling!

  41. ChelseaCoconut Avatar

    I thought I was the only little girl afraid of alligators under her bed! This post really made me smile. Thanks for sharing :)

  42. amchdesign Avatar

    Nice style !!! I really enjoyed it ! AMCHdesign

  43. Sara T Avatar

    24 years old. Still afraid of things lurking under my bed. Is that weird?

  44. murfomurf Avatar

    Just change the alligator into a secret agent armed with a syringe of “something” that he was going to kill me with! Thank Ceiling Cat I had a bed with a built-in light that I could turn back on again if I was REALLY scared!!
    Loved this post!! LOL

  45. epicaldragon13 Avatar

    That and “Tween Wolf” are my favourites! That crocodile is so Epical so are the all of your comics. Well done! :)

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