Little Fears - The Roleplaying Game of Childhood Terror is a role-playing game published in 2001 by Key 20 Publishing. The book was written by Jason L Blair, featuring illustrations by Drew Baker, Dimitrios "Jim" Denaxas, Veronica V. Jones, hive, Nick Wilson, Kieran Yanner, Bradley K. McDevitt, and Julie Hoverson, and additional material by Seth A. Ben-Ezra, Greg Oliver, F. Scott Blair, and Shelby Mallow.
The children are not entirely powerless: They have Belief, a special kind of magic that can turn the impossible into the real. Through Belief, pictures of deceased relatives can call forth their protective spirits while teddy bears can spring to life to defend children but, through Belief, stepping on a crack really can break your mother's back and mirrors really can capture souls.
Little Fears was also licensed by French publisher 7eme Cercle who released the French language edition of Little Fears (which retained its English title) in 2003. The game was illustrated entirely by the Peru brothers and featured a cover by Samuel Araya. 7eme Cercle also released a game screen for use in the game featuring an original mural by the Peru brothers.
The English edition of Little Fears went out of publication in 2004, after selling through its initial print run. The copyright to the work is held by Jason L Blair. Key 20 Publishing no longer has any Little Fears-related content on its website.
In 2006, an article announced the 2007 release of a new edition of Little Fears, called Little Fears: Nightmare Edition. However, in January 2008, Jason L Blair issued a statement regarding his regret that the game had not been ready for publishing in the promised time frame, and that he "decided to step away from it for a bit to reevaluate the game, what I wanted from it and I what it needed to be." In this same statement, Blair said that he had written a young adult novel set in Little Fears called The Wolf Pact and that he was working on its sequel. As of June 2008, the projected release dates of Little Fears: Nightmare Edition as well as the novels have yet to be announced. In August 2008, Blair posted on the game's mailing list that he looks forward to publish LF:NE before the end of the year.