Nightmare Fuel: Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
- The Vermicious Knids are definitely Nightmare Fuel. They look like 4ft-tall furry eggs that stand on their pointy ends and have HORRIBLE staring eyes. They can twist into any shape and they eat humans. One of the most unnerving things about them is that it's suggested that they don't eat people so much as absorb them - they don't have mouths, but "they have other things to bite with". They're the first things that Mr. Wonka is actually SCARED of. It could be difficult just turning the page, knowing that picture of the thing standing in the elevator will be there. Even worse with the Michael Foreman illustrations...that is, BEFORE Quentin Blake did them.
- Especially how... innocuous they look initially. With both artists, the first illustration is just this furry egg-thing with eyes, no mouth, no nose, no huge fangs or fire-breath or enormous wings- not, in essence, something to be feared. And then we find out that they are.
- At one point, five Knids twist their bodies into the word "SCRAM". The heroes do. And then Charlie asks why they'd tell you to scram if they want to eat you... and Wonka explains that they like to prolong the chase before they attack. These things are sadists on top of everything else.
- The Knids do manage to attack and devour a bunch of unsuspecting visitors to the space hotel. What they exactly do to them is left to the imagination, but back on Earth the President and the White House staff hear what's going on over their radio...
- Minusland — the place where those who overdo Wonka's Fountain of Youth elixir Wonka-Vite go. It's a misty area full of spirits — imagine this cavern with negative ghosts floating sideways...
- Oh, and the cavern is also populated by Gnoolies, who are invisible, inaudible creatures that, if they bite you, you become one of them. And there's no way to tell where they are or if they're coming until they bite you...Worse, Mr. Wonka apparently knows how it feels to get bitten. Your age is slowly divided by a random number until you become one of them... maybe Mr. Wonka had ''other'' reasons for giving Charlie the factory at such a young age?