GodisaGeek: "Fear of the dark is often considered a childhood phobia, a malaise that torments adolescents with night terrors and the tricks of the mind and imagination. As we grow, we leave it behind with our other childhood baggage, our action figures and dolls and Saturday morning cartoons. However, those unlucky enough to carry such a fear into adulthood – perhaps as a result of some horrific trauma – can find it debilitating. Not being able to function without a light on is frightening enough when you’re a child swaddled in your Transformers quilt set; when you’re an adult, and such an irrational phobia is magnified by the rational fear of the very real threats of the world we live in, it can be horrific.
Alan Wake, a psychological horror from Finnish developers Remedy, deals with the darkness. Not only the fear of it and what it may hide, but a fantastical view of it as a sentient, patient antagonist that hounds our beleaguered hero throughout the game."