History ParanoiaFuel / Literature

11th Oct '16 9:18:29 PM PaulA
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* ''The Plant People'', a short story featured in ''[[Creator/BruceCoville Bruce Coville's Book of Aliens]]'', detailed a mysterious fog filled with dancing lights that slowly turned people into cacti. It seems silly until you read about them first changed into brainless, green-veined shells of their former selves, wandering listlessly around trying to photosynthesize, and see the illustration of one confused victim clutching a cactus, not seeming to mind the pain. Worse still is the end: [[spoiler: A news report says they finally found a cure, but just as they're about to reveal it, the fog descends...]]

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* ''The Plant People'', a short story featured by Dale Carson in ''[[Creator/BruceCoville Bruce Coville's Book of Aliens]]'', detailed a mysterious fog filled with dancing lights that slowly turned people into cacti. It seems silly until you read about them first changed into brainless, green-veined shells of their former selves, wandering listlessly around trying to photosynthesize, and see the illustration of one confused victim clutching a cactus, not seeming to mind the pain. Worse still is the end: [[spoiler: A news report says they finally found a cure, but just as they're about to reveal it, the fog descends...]]
12th Aug '16 8:36:47 AM Nobody_Important
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** If it helps, WWZ took a level of stupidity and denial that is impossible in real life. In fact, it's precisely opposite the way people would act if they found out zombies were real; post it all over the Internet.
8th Aug '16 8:02:38 PM HeroGal2347
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* Various stories in David Lubar's ''[[Literature/LandOfTheLawnWeenies In The Land of the Lawn Weenies]]'', but in particular, The Slide. You know those tube slides on playgrounds? Well, what if one of the support tubes holding it up actually leads down to a giant, insect-queen-like ''thing'' that spews out [[CreepyChild quasi-children]] thrown straight out of the UncannyValley, and if you go down that slide, you'll fall into the tube and become the food source for the 'mother'? And said children are going to actively try to force you to go down said slide?

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* Various stories in David Lubar's ''[[Literature/LandOfTheLawnWeenies ''[[Literature/{{Weenies}} In The Land of the Lawn Weenies]]'', but in particular, The Slide. You know those tube slides on playgrounds? Well, what if one of the support tubes holding it up actually leads down to a giant, insect-queen-like ''thing'' that spews out [[CreepyChild quasi-children]] thrown straight out of the UncannyValley, and if you go down that slide, you'll fall into the tube and become the food source for the 'mother'? And said children are going to actively try to force you to go down said slide?
20th Jul '16 8:52:35 PM nombretomado
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* ChinaMieville's anthology ''Looking for Jake'' is a whole series of paranoia fueling ideas, which deal with the world being off only slightly.

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* ChinaMieville's Creator/ChinaMieville's anthology ''Looking for Jake'' is a whole series of paranoia fueling ideas, which deal with the world being off only slightly.
13th Jul '16 2:27:10 AM PaulA
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* ''Literature/FlowersInTheAttic'' by VCAndrews could cause children to worry that their own (seemingly affectionate and caring) parents would turn against them, and try to kill them.
** The part where the Grandmother drugs and pours tar into the protagonist's hair while she's asleep is somewhat paranoia inducing.

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* ''Literature/FlowersInTheAttic'' by VCAndrews Creator/VCAndrews could cause children to worry that their own (seemingly affectionate and caring) parents would turn against them, and try to kill them.
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them. The part where the Grandmother drugs and pours tar into the protagonist's hair while she's asleep is somewhat paranoia inducing.
1st Jul '16 8:26:25 PM nombretomado
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* In TheBartimaeusTrilogy, spirits are summoned from an alternate plane of reality and used by magicians to perform their magic. The titular djinn helpfully informs the reader that these spirits are generally invisible to commoners, and...

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* In TheBartimaeusTrilogy, ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'', spirits are summoned from an alternate plane of reality and used by magicians to perform their magic. The titular djinn helpfully informs the reader that these spirits are generally invisible to commoners, and...
29th Apr '16 11:35:51 AM TVRulezAgain
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* The later books in ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' present a massive AncientConspiracy which "recruits" "volunteers" by kidnapping them in infancy (although sometimes they ask the parents). This conspiracy is divided into two warring factions, which are indistinguishable in practice not only due to BlackAndGrayMorality, but because they use the same disguises and codes. The LemonyNarrator (himself involved in the conspiracy to some degree) strongly implies that the reader's own teachers, librarians, and family members could be part of it.

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* The later books in ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' present a massive AncientConspiracy which "recruits" "volunteers" by kidnapping them in infancy (although sometimes they ask the parents). This conspiracy is divided into two warring factions, which are indistinguishable in practice not only due to BlackAndGrayMorality, but because they use the same disguises and codes. The LemonyNarrator (himself involved in the conspiracy to some degree) strongly implies that the reader's own teachers, librarians, and family members could be part of it.
13th Apr '16 2:11:35 PM Morgenthaler
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*** Same goes for TheGirlWhoLovedTomGordon.

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*** ** Same goes for TheGirlWhoLovedTomGordon.Literature/TheGirlWhoLovedTomGordon.
6th Mar '16 3:55:59 PM nombretomado
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** That's like saying that TheCareBears can see you when you're sad and come down from that fluffy place in the clouds that is Care-A-Lot to cheer you up tho... On the other hand, don't.

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** That's like saying that TheCareBears the Franchise/CareBears can see you when you're sad and come down from that fluffy place in the clouds that is Care-A-Lot to cheer you up tho... On the other hand, don't.
29th Feb '16 1:43:58 PM Morgenthaler
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** ''TheBFG'' - there are giants that can run anywhere in the world in a single night. They reach through your window, snatch you from your bed as you sleep and ''eat you''. Mummy, can I have bars on my window?

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** ''TheBFG'' ''Literature/TheBFG'' - there are giants that can run anywhere in the world in a single night. They reach through your window, snatch you from your bed as you sleep and ''eat you''. Mummy, can I have bars on my window?
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