Literature: When Rabbit Howls

When Rabbit Howls is a 1987 autobiography by "The Troops" for Truddi Chase (being the collective name for the author's multiple personalities). The novel details her journey through therapy as she discovers dozens of personalities living within her, and unlocks the horrors of her childhood that caused her mind to fracture over and over again.


This novel provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: The Stepfather, although the Mother dished out a fair share of physical and emotional abuse.
  • Alpha Bitch: Catherine was created to be a strong, dominant personality who could force the Troops into line.
  • Awesome McCoolname: Many of the personalities have these—Ten-Four, Nails, The Seventh Horseman, The Zombie, and Miss Wonderful, among others.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: At the end of the novel, the Troops arrive en masse on the Stepfather's doorstep, in their own bodies, to deal out their revenge. Turns out it was All Just a Dream, though.
  • Creepy Children: The little ones in the Troop formation are very damaged, very angry, and hungry for revenge.
    • One child manifests as an eyeless creature frozen in a block of ice. Another child presents herself to The Woman by slipping up and silently staring at her.
  • Disability Superpower: One of the most controversial aspects of the book is Chase's apparently ability to interfere with electronic devices with her mind, handwaved as the electronic feedback of many minds coming and going at once. She also allegedly displayed mild precognitive and mental domination abilities.
  • Eye Color Change: Frequently occurs when a different personality emerges.
  • Fighting Irish: Eon presents himself as the reincarnation of an ancient Irish warrior and is implied to be a remnant of one of Chase's past lives. The less mystically minded interpret Eon as an internalize version of Truddi's beloved Irish grandfather.
  • My Nayme Is: Little Lambchop variously spells her name as Lambchop, Lamb Chop, and Lamchop.
  • One Steve Limit: Among the personalities is Catherine, Lady Catherine, Sister Mary Catherine, and Black Katherine.
  • Papa Wolf: Mean Joe.
  • Purity Sue: Played straight. Miss Wonderful is literally incapable of sexual thoughts and has no memory of any sexual experiences.
  • The Ingenue: Twelve is a savvy twelve-year-old girl.
  • Shark Pool: As a punishment her sadistic stepfather lowers her into a well infested with snakes. The trauma of this single event finally pushes her over the edge and she begins to split off her personalities to deal with her abuse.
  • Split Personality
  • Split Personality Merge: The Troops refuse to do so.
  • Talking to Themself: The author's various personalities have internal conversations with each other.
  • The Voiceless: Rabbit only screams in pain and horror.
  • Woman in Black: Black Katherine, a fearsome personality, presents as this.