I'm a big chicken
And then I said "screw it." I play to have fun, not to be startled or terrified. So I saved, quit, and looked up a walkthrough on this "internet" thing I've heard so much about.
Sure enough, the level gets creepier. But now I know what's coming. I also know that I'm about 80% of the way through the game, which is nice information to have. I didn't read any further ahead -- I just counted "milestones" in the walkthrough. I mean, it may be even scarier further along, but I'll take that chance.