They're out there...things that trigger a subconscious emotional response for no discernible reason. Maybe something from my childhood or a movie I saw once...but I am really creeped out by clay chimney stoves:
Why, I can't really say...but I find them extremely creepy.
I don't ever want one of these things on my back porch. It looks like it might eat me, or worse yet, sing weird evil songs in the middle of the night and curse my wife's vegetable garden. A regular old barbecue grill is fine.
I'm not a horror writer like Stephen King--I have never been bothered by fears of 1958 Pontiacs coming to life and committing random acts of roadkill--although I do remember as a child having a nightmare about the water heater coming to life and chasing me over a mountain. In spite of that I have never since been afraid of water heaters, not even when ours sprung a leak a couple of months ago and flooded my office (which is also our bedroom closet). But don't let me near one of those clay stoves! When they're on display in front of our local grocery store, I take the long way around to get to the door. I don't want them to see me.
I swear I am not crazy. I'm willing to bet many of you have seriously silly phobias that you can't explain. I'd love to hear about them!