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1st May '17 5:27:10 AM Derkhan
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* In Barbara Kingsolver's ''Animal Dreams'', the "shattering pop" [[spoiler:of the flashbulb [[NoInfantileAmnesia from her neonatal memory]]]] that precedes being BlindedByTheLight in the protagonist's recurring dream.

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* In Barbara Kingsolver's ''Animal Dreams'', the "shattering pop" [[spoiler:of the flashbulb [[NoInfantileAmnesia from her neonatal memory]]]] that precedes being BlindedByTheLight in the protagonist's recurring dream.dream.
* '' Literature/TheSouthernReachTrilogy'': There's a loud moaning noise which comes from the reeds every evening in Area X. At first, the expedition members taunt it with howling back at it, but when it becomes louder and angrier they desist immediately.
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29th Feb '16 8:26:22 PM FarseerLolotea
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* In Barbara Kingsolver's ''Animal Dreams'', the "shattering pop" [[spoiler:of the flashbulb [[NoInfantileAmnesia from her neonatal memory]]]] that precedes being BlindedByTheLight in the protagonist's recurring dream.
13th May '15 6:43:12 PM Berber
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* [[spoiler:The underwater cave]] in ''[[Literature/DoNotTakeTheShells DO NOT TAKE THE SHELLS]]'' is filled with a constant noise that keeps getting louder, then quieter, then louder again, making it impossible to tune out.
9th Jul '14 6:22:29 AM Tightwire
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9th Jul '14 6:22:02 AM Tightwire
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* In ''Literature/DeltoraQuest'', the Wenn make a hideous racket to incapacitate anyone who enters their territory, so they can be paralyzed and eaten by the Wennbar, a monster that controls the Wenn. The Forests of Silence (ironically) are not pleasant places. Also the Four Sisters: the main characters begin to hear the first Sister to be destroyed, only to realize that they've been hearing the same sound their entire lives, and didn't even think of it as sound.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/MovingPictures'' there is an instrument called a resograph ("thingness-writer"), which measures disturbances in the fabric of reality. It drops a small lead ball in the direction of the disturbance, which "... in severe cases may exceed --''plib''-- two pellets --''plib''-- during the course --''plib''-- of --''plib''-- one --''plib''-- month". Or to put it in other words...
-->''[[OhCrap Plib.]]''
* In the ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Dresden Files]]'' novel ''Literature/{{Changes}}'', Harry fights a vampire-summoned Mayan primeval monster, a complete ImplacableMan called the Ik'k'kuo. Harry notes that its heartbeat is incredibly loud... and when you are in a completely dark building, an increasingly loud thump-thump is ''not'' what you want to hear.
** Somewhat undercut when it makes a different sound that Dresden refers to as "that teakettle thing."
* In ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'', the sound of Korrok's otherworldly worm minions is described as "... fifty thousand men trapped on a desert island, deprived of food and water and sex but somehow kept alive for fifty thousand years. Then, after they've been tormented a hundred steps beyond insanity, tortured past self-mutilation and cannibalism, somebody drops off a sculpture of a naked woman made of T-bone steaks. If you could then capture the sound of them simultaneously fucking and eating and tearing her to shreds and broadcast it to the center of your skull at ten thousand watts, it would still sound absolutely nothing like what I heard."
* ''Literature/TheHauntingOfHillHouse'' -- the noises outside disturb Eleanor.
* In Creator/MichaelCrichton's ''Literature/JurassicPark'', the T-Rex's roar, when first heard by the characters, is described as a horrifying, unbearable scream from another world. A character ''wets his pants'' while hearing it.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** In the spin-off ''Literature/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'', the Augurey's cry is scary enough for wizards to think it foretold death (it actually foretells rain).
** The sound the Dementors make is described as cold enough to freeze your soul. (The kiss will devour it)
* In the ''Literature/{{Ravirn}}'' novels by Kelly [=McCullough=], Eris' laugh is frequently described by Ravirn[[spoiler: also known as Raven]] as sounding like glass breaking.



* Creator/HPLovecraft made extensive use of this one.
** The "tekeli-li?" sound made by the shoggoths in ''At the Mountains of Madness''. The narrator speculates that it may be a word in the language of the Elder Things, and the shoggoths are mindlessly parroting it.
*** Lovecraft is including the sound because ''ATMOM'' is a ShoutOut to Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's unfinished ''The Tale of Arthur Gordon Pym''. It's the sound the birds make. Poor Arthur.
** In one of the stories, the characters start insisting… The rats... can't you hear them!? ''It was the rats!''

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* Creator/HPLovecraft made extensive use of this one.
**
The "tekeli-li?" sound made by the shoggoths in ''At the Mountains of Madness''. The narrator speculates that it may be a word in the language of the Elder Things, and the shoggoths are mindlessly parroting it.
*** Lovecraft is including the sound because ''ATMOM'' is a ShoutOut to
heartbeat from Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's unfinished ''The Tale of Arthur Gordon Pym''. It's "The Tell-Tale Heart” drives the sound the birds make. Poor Arthur.
** In one of the stories, the characters start insisting… The rats... can't you hear them!? ''It was the rats!''
narrator insane.



* In Creator/MichaelCrichton's ''Literature/JurassicPark'', the T-Rex's roar, when first heard by the characters, is described as a horrifying, unbearable scream from another world. A character ''wets his pants'' while hearing it.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** In the spin-off ''Literature/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'', the Augurey's cry is scary enough for wizards to think it foretold death (it actually foretells rain).
** The sound the Dementors make is described as cold enough to freeze your soul. (The kiss will devour it)
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/MovingPictures'' there is an instrument called a resograph ("thingness-writer"), which measures disturbances in the fabric of reality. It drops a small lead ball in the direction of the disturbance, which "... in severe cases may exceed --''plib''-- two pellets --''plib''-- during the course --''plib''-- of --''plib''-- one --''plib''-- month". Or to put it in other words...
-->''[[OhCrap Plib.]]''
* The heartbeat from Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's "The Tell-Tale Heart” drives the narrator insane.
* ''Literature/TheHauntingOfHillHouse'' -- the noises outside disturb Eleanor.



* In the ''Literature/{{Ravirn}}'' novels by Kelly [=McCullough=], Eris' laugh is frequently described by Ravirn[[spoiler: also known as Raven]] as sounding like glass breaking.
* In ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'', the sound of Korrok's otherworldly worm minions is described as "... fifty thousand men trapped on a desert island, deprived of food and water and sex but somehow kept alive for fifty thousand years. Then, after they've been tormented a hundred steps beyond insanity, tortured past self-mutilation and cannibalism, somebody drops off a sculpture of a naked woman made of T-bone steaks. If you could then capture the sound of them simultaneously fucking and eating and tearing her to shreds and broadcast it to the center of your skull at ten thousand watts, it would still sound absolutely nothing like what I heard."
* In the ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Dresden Files]]'' novel ''Literature/{{Changes}}'', Harry fights a vampire-summoned Mayan primeval monster, a complete ImplacableMan called the Ik'k'kuo. Harry notes that its heartbeat is incredibly loud... and when you are in a completely dark building, an increasingly loud thump-thump is ''not'' what you want to hear.
** Somewhat undercut when it makes a different sound that Dresden refers to as "that teakettle thing."
* ''scritch, scritch, scritch'' to Grinder in ''[[ComicBook/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]]'', due to an elaborate revenge prank.
* In ''Literature/DeltoraQuest'', the Wenn make a hideous racket to incapacitate anyone who enters their territory, so they can be paralyzed and eaten by the Wennbar, a monster that controls the Wenn. The Forests of Silence (ironically) are not pleasant places. Also the Four Sisters: the main characters begin to hear the first Sister to be destroyed, only to realize that they've been hearing the same sound their entire lives, and didn't even think of it as sound.

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13th Apr '14 10:53:56 AM TheGreatSkrond
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* In ''Literature/DeltoraQuest'', the Wenn make a hideous racket to incapacitate anyone who enters their territory, so they can be paralyzed and eaten by the Wennbar, a monster that controls the Wenn. The Forests of Silence (ironically) are not pleasant places. Also the Four Sisters: the main characters begin to hear the first Sister to be destroyed, only to realize that they've been hearing the same sound their entire lives, and didn't even think of it as sound.
21st Jan '14 8:10:31 AM LahmacunKebab
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* In ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'', the sound of Korrok's otherworldly worm minions is described as "...fifty thousand men trapped on a desert island, deprived of food and water and sex but somehow kept alive for fifty thousand years. Then, after they've been tormented a hundred steps beyond insanity, tortured past self-mutilation and cannibalism, somebody drops off a sculpture of a naked woman made of T-bone steaks. If you could then capture the sound of them simultaneously fucking and eating and tearing her to shreds and broadcast it to the center of your skull at ten thousand watts, it would still sound absolutely nothing like what I heard."

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* In ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'', the sound of Korrok's otherworldly worm minions is described as "... fifty thousand men trapped on a desert island, deprived of food and water and sex but somehow kept alive for fifty thousand years. Then, after they've been tormented a hundred steps beyond insanity, tortured past self-mutilation and cannibalism, somebody drops off a sculpture of a naked woman made of T-bone steaks. If you could then capture the sound of them simultaneously fucking and eating and tearing her to shreds and broadcast it to the center of your skull at ten thousand watts, it would still sound absolutely nothing like what I heard."
21st Jan '14 8:09:58 AM LahmacunKebab
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* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/MovingPictures'' there is an instrument called a resograph ("thingness-writer"), which measures disturbances in the fabric of reality. It drops a small lead ball in the direction of the disturbance, which "...in severe cases may exceed --''plib''-- two pellets --''plib''-- during the course --''plib''-- of --''plib''-- one --''plib''-- month". Or to put it in other words...

to:

* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/MovingPictures'' there is an instrument called a resograph ("thingness-writer"), which measures disturbances in the fabric of reality. It drops a small lead ball in the direction of the disturbance, which "... in severe cases may exceed --''plib''-- two pellets --''plib''-- during the course --''plib''-- of --''plib''-- one --''plib''-- month". Or to put it in other words...
21st Jan '14 8:08:18 AM LahmacunKebab
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** In one of the stories, the characters start insisting… The rats...can't you hear them!? ''It was the rats!''

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** In one of the stories, the characters start insisting… The rats... can't you hear them!? ''It was the rats!''
7th Dec '13 4:51:52 PM Vasha
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* DeanKoontz's ''{{Phantoms}}'' will often include the ''descriptions'' of mundane sounds to help ratchet the tension, especially after a character has discovered a body. This culminates later on when someone picks up the phone and starts hearing various mundane animal noises, which slowly turn into the sound of [[spoiler: thousands of people screaming in hellish agony.]]

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* DeanKoontz's ''{{Phantoms}}'' Creator/DeanKoontz's ''Literature/{{Phantoms}}'' will often include the ''descriptions'' of mundane sounds to help ratchet the tension, especially after a character has discovered a body. This culminates later on when someone picks up the phone and starts hearing various mundane animal noises, which slowly turn into the sound of [[spoiler: thousands of people screaming in hellish agony.]]



** The "tekeli-li?" sound made by the shoggoths in ''At The Mountains of Madness''. The narrator speculates that it may be a word in the language of the Elder Things, and the shoggoths are mindlessly parroting it.
*** Lovecraft is including the sound because ''ATMOM'' is a ShoutOut to EdgarAllanPoe's unfinished ''The Tale of Arthur Gordon Pym''. It's the sound the birds make. Poor Arthur.

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** The "tekeli-li?" sound made by the shoggoths in ''At The the Mountains of Madness''. The narrator speculates that it may be a word in the language of the Elder Things, and the shoggoths are mindlessly parroting it.
*** Lovecraft is including the sound because ''ATMOM'' is a ShoutOut to EdgarAllanPoe's Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's unfinished ''The Tale of Arthur Gordon Pym''. It's the sound the birds make. Poor Arthur.



* The trope is inverted in ''TheScrewtapeLetters.'' The letters that the demon Screwtape writes to his nephew are sent from Hell, where there is continuous noise. He tells Wormwood that in Heaven there is just silence and music. This is meant to be a terror to his nephew, as the demons ‘’want’’ (although not necessarily like) the cacophony.

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* The trope is inverted in ''TheScrewtapeLetters.''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters.'' The letters that the demon Screwtape writes to his nephew are sent from Hell, where there is continuous noise. He tells Wormwood that in Heaven there is just silence and music. This is meant to be a terror to his nephew, as the demons ‘’want’’ (although not necessarily like) the cacophony.



* In MichaelCrichton's ''Literature/JurassicPark'', the T-Rex's roar, when first heard by the characters, is described as a horrifying, unbearable scream from another world. A character ''wets his pants'' while hearing it.

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* In MichaelCrichton's Creator/MichaelCrichton's ''Literature/JurassicPark'', the T-Rex's roar, when first heard by the characters, is described as a horrifying, unbearable scream from another world. A character ''wets his pants'' while hearing it.



* The heartbeat from EdgarAllanPoe's "The Tell-Tale Heart” drives the narrator insane.

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* The heartbeat from EdgarAllanPoe's Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's "The Tell-Tale Heart” drives the narrator insane.



* The moan of an approaching zombie in ''WorldWarZ''. Or the nonstop moaning of an entire swarm... Of course, the characters turn to see where it’s coming from before they start running.

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* The moan of an approaching zombie in ''WorldWarZ''.''Literature/WorldWarZ''. Or the nonstop moaning of an entire swarm... Of course, the characters turn to see where it’s coming from before they start running.



* In ''JohnDiesAtTheEnd'', the sound of Korrok's otherworldly worm minions is described as "...fifty thousand men trapped on a desert island, deprived of food and water and sex but somehow kept alive for fifty thousand years. Then, after they've been tormented a hundred steps beyond insanity, tortured past self-mutilation and cannibalism, somebody drops off a sculpture of a naked woman made of T-bone steaks. If you could then capture the sound of them simultaneously fucking and eating and tearing her to shreds and broadcast it to the center of your skull at ten thousand watts, it would still sound absolutely nothing like what I heard."
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novel ''Literature/{{Changes}}'', Harry fights a vampire-summoned Mayan primeval monster, a complete ImplacableMan called the Ik'k'kuo. Harry notes that its heartbeat is incredibly loud... and when you are in a completely dark building, an increasingly loud thump-thump is ''not'' what you want to hear.

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* In ''JohnDiesAtTheEnd'', ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'', the sound of Korrok's otherworldly worm minions is described as "...fifty thousand men trapped on a desert island, deprived of food and water and sex but somehow kept alive for fifty thousand years. Then, after they've been tormented a hundred steps beyond insanity, tortured past self-mutilation and cannibalism, somebody drops off a sculpture of a naked woman made of T-bone steaks. If you could then capture the sound of them simultaneously fucking and eating and tearing her to shreds and broadcast it to the center of your skull at ten thousand watts, it would still sound absolutely nothing like what I heard."
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' the ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Dresden Files]]'' novel ''Literature/{{Changes}}'', Harry fights a vampire-summoned Mayan primeval monster, a complete ImplacableMan called the Ik'k'kuo. Harry notes that its heartbeat is incredibly loud... and when you are in a completely dark building, an increasingly loud thump-thump is ''not'' what you want to hear.



* ''scritch, scritch, scritch'' to Grinder in ''[[XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]]'', due to an elaborate revenge prank.

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* ''scritch, scritch, scritch'' to Grinder in ''[[XWingSeries ''[[ComicBook/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]]'', due to an elaborate revenge prank.
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