Nightmare Fuel: Dr. Seuss

The only one Iím really scared of is that VUG under the RUG.

  • The Vug Under the Rug from There's a Wocket in my Pocket is considered by many to be his most frightening creature. Reason? We don't even know what it actually looks like.
    • The Red Under the Bed, which was scrapped for being too scary.
    • The Jertain in the curtain, another case of Nothing Is Scarier since all we see is the creature's feet.
    • The Zall that runs up and down the hall is yet another.
    • And the Quimney that runs up the chimney as well.
  • The empty pants.
  • The vicious birds in Scrambled Eggs Super.
  • The Beasts from Oh Say Can You Say
    • as well as the Grox in the Grox Box if you spend your whole life seeing its hands as its bottom jaw... Try it.
    • and the SHNACK IN THE SACK!!!
  • Hop on Pop has the He that is after Me, the Night Fight and the Sad Dad that can all be kind of scary.
  • The Once-ler in the book of The Lorax, though all we see are his hands (and occasionally, his eyes).
  • Some people find the Zizzerzazzerzuzz from the ABC book scary, although it is a friendly creature.
  • Oh The Places has two nightmare-fuelling illustrations; one for the streets you don't want to go down, and one for the times when you'll be alone and scared.
  • The Paraphernalia Wagon from Grinch Night. Care to see?
  • "Oh The Thinks You Can Think" has the Jibboo, who is depicted as a shadowy, bird-like figure walking toward a small boy in the street in the middle of the night. The caption somehow makes it worse.
    What would you do if you met a Jibboo?
    • In fact the Jibboo makes an appearance in the Paraphernalia Wagon cllip.
  • Trophy heads of Dr. Seuss creatures.
  • The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, a film written by Dr. Seuss.
  • The Wickersham Brothers, especially when accompanied by a villain song. It gets worse when their uncles and cousins are introduced.
  • The "Bitsy Big-Boy Boomeroo" from The Butter Battle Book. The book ends with the fear that one of them will drop it, which is exactly the point.
    • The entire sequence that we see in the animated adaption has a Mad Scientist feel to it. It starts with red goo that comes to life and moves some controls around, and even features split-second glimpses of ghosts and snakes. The Chief Yookeroo's gravelly voice singing the accompanying song is also unsettling when combined with these eerie visuals.
  • Foo-Foo the Snoo, a goat/satyr-like creature in a gimp suit with eyes glaring at the reader. Click if you dare
  • In One Fish Two Fish, the two children find a large aquatic creature with bright yellow eyes and curved teeth in a big glass jar in the park in the dark. They decide to take him home and name him Clark. Clark will live with them. Clark will grow and grow. Will their mother like this? They don't know.
    • Technosagery's "Out of the Dark" offers a take on what happened after Clark started growing.
  • The Oobleck that kept everyone in Didd rooted in one place and would have buried them alive if the king hadn't made his apology.
  • At the end of Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose, the scene where Thidwick's unwanted guests ended up being stuffed and mounted when Thidwick threw his horns away is a bit disturbing.
  • In The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins Bartholomew sentenced to have his head chopped off. He walks down to the dungeon and meets an executioner with an enormous ax. The magicians were pretty spooky too.
  • The ending (or rather lack thereof) of The Butter Battle Book, with two sides of an utterly pointless war standing face-to-face, ready to drop their respective world-destroying bombs. What makes this especially horrifying is that it's a metaphor for the Cold War.