Literature / Alice

For the book series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, see Alice Series

Christopher Robinson didnít deserve what happened to him. Then again, almost no one doesÖ

Christopher was a simple man with a simple goal: to make sure all his charges at Woodrow Childrenís Asylum were as healthy and happy as possible. Not an easy task, and having to drive to town to pick up medicine on the stormiest night of the year didnít make it any easier. The car accident made it impossible.

Now stranded on a nearly-deserted island with no clue as to how or why he and one of his patients were brought there, Christopherís goal has changed: get the child and himself out of Wonderland. In a race against time, the criminally insane inhabitants of the island, and his own dwindling sanity, Christopher must either find a way to escape or become one of the islandís many lunatics.

ALiCE is a psychological horror/parody made by Roselin Productions and contains heavy themes of abuse and psychological torment... but also occasionally takes a comedic jab at or references other horror works, particularly the slasher films of the 70s and 80s.


Tropes:

  • Abandoned Hospital / Abandoned Hospital Awakening
  • Abandoned Playground
  • Adult Fear: Tons of it, given that Christopher's primary objective is trying to find a lost child in an unfamiliar and dangerous place
  • Alice Allusion: Everywhere, some more subtle than others:
    • The island/town's name, and some of the street names
    • The Jabberwock and Vorpal Blade
    • The plot itself: Christopher is Alice, Mickey is the White Rabbit, and the other characters occasionally reference other Wonderland characters
    • A portion of "Jabberwocky" and other poems from Alice in Wonderland are quoted in a flashbacks. There are also poems written in the same style as some of the ones in Alice in Wonderland
    • Matthew's cat is named Cheshire and has a malformed jaw so it always looks like it's smiling
  • All Just a Dream: Played with.
  • All Men Are Rapists: Subverted. It's heavily implied that Christopher was abused by his female boss as a child and fears her doing the same to the children at the asylum when he isn't around.
  • Ankle Drag: More like Ankle Grab in this case, but it's pretty much the same outcome
  • Arc Number: 317.
  • Attempted Rape
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Mostly averted, since it seems like it will be a case of Talking the Monster to Death until The Reveal.
  • Barred from the Afterlife: Michael
  • Bedlam House: Woodrow Children's Asylum to some extent, and the third floor of the hospital.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: The abuse and experimentation that Michael was put through made him go insane and start doing terrible things, though he tries to justify it as his victims deserving it. There's also some hints that despite the Laser-Guided Amnesia he inflicts on everyone, the other characters are gradually remembering some of what happens and are becoming more vicious because of it.
  • Blood-Splattered Innocents
  • Body Horror: Matthew and Morgan's eyes, Mary and Joseph at the end.
  • Break the Cutie: Christopher, Matthew, Mickey.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall / The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: How the book ends.
  • But Liquor Is Quicker
  • Circus of Fear: The Wonderland Amusement Park.
  • Creepy Cemetery: Although nothing really bad happens in it.
  • Creepy Child: Mickey, the children ghosts.
  • Creepy Children Singing
  • Creepy Doll: Mary and Joseph have a whole collection of them. Delightful.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Whatever happened to Prima and Terceira. They aren't identifiable as human anymore afterwards.
  • Date Rape: Shortly after saving Christopher from being raped by Morgan, Michael takes Christopher to a bar, abuses his trust and gratitude to get him drunk, and rapes him
  • Dead All Along: Played with. While several of the characters are actual murder victims of Michael, all of the characters are actually figments of his imagination. Some of them even realize it to some extent.
  • Deliberately Cute Child: Though Mickey also qualifies as a Creepy Child, his cute qualities are also played up, like when he gives Christopher a hug to make him feel better.
  • The Doll Episode: Any time Mary and Joseph show up, which thankfully isn't a lot
  • Don't Go in the Woods: The woods around the town are implied to be full of monsters, while Christopher only encounters a few in the town, and they usually aren't seen, just heard.
  • Driven to Madness: Several of the characters, most notably Michael; see also Sanity Slippage below
  • Driven to Suicide: Matthew and Morgan, though the latter murdered the former.
  • Driven to Villainy:
    • Morgan is forced to drug Matthew to keep him from killing himself and tries to rape Christopher, though it's implied that he didn't have control over his own actions
    • This could apply to Prima and Terceira because despite the fact that they were both serial killers, Christopher wasn't their typical target and they were trying to kill him to stop the cycle from repeating, even though it would have been ineffective anyway.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Christopher
  • Eldritch Abomination: Several, though Christopher is rarely physically attacked by them. They do far more damage to his sanity than his physical health, sans the Jabberwock.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You
  • Evil Orphan: Subverted, Michael was much happier when he lived at Woodrow Children's Asylum; being adopted by Joseph and Mary and the abuse he suffered at their hands was his Start of Darkness.
  • Eye Scream: When Michael demonstrates how he killed himself, his eye turns bloodshot and cracks appear on his face.
  • Fate Worse Than Death:
    • Since they're all figments of Michael's imagination with just enough autonomy to feel pain and fear, all of the characters are doomed to repeat the horrors they've suffered from again and again. Michael himself is trapped in his own deranged mind with no way to cure himself, and as a coping mechanism set up a 'game' in which everyone kills themselves or each other and the only person who ever loved him either can't be allowed to recognize him or will go insane immediately.
    • It's even worse for Christopher, who is specifically targeted as the 'hero', since he will always fail to rescue Mickey because it is not possible to restore Michael's sanity. He also has to live with the fact that Michael has become what he is. Christopher is heartbroken when he finds out what Michael has done, and is repeatedly subjected to this kind of torment, which is specifically designed to drive him insane and hurt him in any way possible.
  • Functional Addict: Matthew.
  • Giant Eye of Doom: Occasionally appears, though it's unclear if it's really there or if Christopher is hallucinating due to his scopophobia
  • Giant Spider: The Jabberwock
  • Go Among Mad People
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Christopher considers suicide early on because of this, though he gets better.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Matthew, and implied to happen to Prima, but the verdict is out on how sane she was to begin with.
  • Hall of Mirrors: In the amusement park.
  • Happy Place: Godwin's Deli is this until Morgan and Matthew's murder-suicide.
  • Harbinger of Impending Doom: How Prima sees Christopher
  • Hazardous Water: Christopher inquires early on if there are any boats to use to get off the island. He is strongly cautioned against trying to swim or sail across the lake.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Prima and Terceira
  • Ironic Nursery Tune: "The Sandman," which Christopher sang to the children at the asylum, pops up a few times. It's also the name of a gothic horror story.
  • Literal Maneater: Terceira, though she doesn't do this to Christopher because she doesn't have to
  • Mad Scientist: The doctors at the hospital, though never seen.
  • Mad Scientist Laboratory: The red room of the hospital qualifies.
  • Man-Eating Plant
  • Medical Horror: Part of Michael's backstory
  • Mind Rape
  • Monster Clown: The Jabberwock, and there may or may not be some clown monsters walking around the amusement park.
  • Never Sleep Again: The ending
  • Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book: The drawings Christopher finds in the school.
  • "Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization: Employed by Michael to drive Christopher further into insanity since he is uncomfortable with his sexuality and is sex repulsed.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: The book becomes scarier if the reader takes into consideration some of the things that aren't shown, like exactly what the doctors did to Michael and Christopher's backstory
  • Ominous Fog
  • Ominously Open Door: The school gate, doors, and the amusement park gate are all open
  • Papa Wolf: Christopher to Mickey.
  • Peek-A-Boo Corpse: Stanley, the corpse in the hospital that falls out of the cabinet
  • Personal Horror: Christopher is horrified by the idea that his sexual orientation may be apparent to everyone on the island
  • Post-Rape Taunt: Prima mocks Christopher about being raped
  • Primal Fear: The book was built around them. Losing a child, the dark, being isolated, being raped/date-raped, and being buried alive are just a few.
  • Psychic Powers: Michael, and Matthew is implied to be clairvoyant
  • Psychological Horror
  • Rape as Backstory: If one pays close attention to some of Christopher's mental comments and his fears, it becomes apparent that he was sexually abused in the past.
  • Rape as Drama: First when Morgan attempts to rape Christopher and then when Michael actually does
  • Questionable Consent: It isn't elaborated upon but is implied that Christopher didn't fight Michael's advances. However, he was drunk and unable to consent.
  • Sanity Slippage: Christopher (and arguably the entire town) as the story progresses.
  • Scary Flashlight Face: Done by Christopher's boss of all people
  • Serial Killer: Half the island
  • Serial Rapist: The other half, if it's not both
  • Shout-Out: Given the nature of the book, several
    • Christopher and Mickey's names (Christopher Robinson and Mickey Walters) are references to Disney. Made even more clear when Madam Margot mistakenly introduces Mickey as Donald in one of the flash backs
    • Several to the Silent Hill series. To be specific, the doll monsters that Mary and Joseph turn into at the end are very similar to the Scarlet boss battle in Homecoming.
    • And going off of the Silent Hill references, there are also references to Jacob's Ladder
    • One to The Grudge and other such Japanese horror films in the school chapter when a Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl crawls down the stairs.
    • Several to Stephen King books and slasher films
  • These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know: The book ends with Michael addressing the audience
  • Troubling Un Child Like Behavior: Mickey is unusually mature for his age, and some of the drawings and notes Christopher finds in the school are so disturbing that they aren't described
  • Unreliable Narrator: As Christopher begins to lose his mind, it becomes less clear if certain events are actually happening or if he's just hallucinating them. There's also The Reveal, Michael was the narrator all along.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?


Sleep well.
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