Nightmare Fuel / Gunnerkrigg Court

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  • The hallucinations Zimmy suffers (for example, in Chapter 11), during which she is sucked into a cursed version of Birmingham populated by insects, giant monsters and people with no faces.
  • From Chapter 4: Not very scary:
    • The illusionary circus Mort creates for Paz in Page 7 and Page 8.
  • From the Summer Holiday special:
    • Page 9 is nice except for the fourth image. Those eyes.
  • From Chapter 16: A Ghost Story:
  • From Chapter 23: Terror Castle Of The Jupiter Moon Martians:
  • From Chapter 28: Spring Heeled, Part 2:
  • From Chapter 30: The Coward Heart:
    • In Page 18, when Jeanne puts on her Game Face and releases all that bottled-up rage.
  • From Chapter 31: Fire Spike:
    • Annie's dream/flashback in Page 25, after running away to the forest.
  • From Chapter 34: Faraway Morning (and Three Short Tales):
    • The ghosts from the mandolin in John/Margo's tale in Page 12.
    • Even after it's gone, Jack can still remember the Spider whispering to him. On and on, over and over.
  • From Chapter 35: Parley And Smitty Are In This One:
    • Robot being cut right through and Shadow 2 being torn away from the ground by Coyote's Tooth. They turn out to be perfectly fine, though Shadow 2 is disoriented, but considering it's Coyote's Tooth that did it, the scene in question is definitely an example. Also, all the time the sword is laughing. Swords shouldn't laugh...
    Parley: Oh god, I - I dropped it...
    Smitty: It's OK, it's OK, Pearl.
    Shadow 2: Urghh... I... don't feel so... good...
  • From Chapter 38: Divine:
    • The last panel of Page 20.
    • Kat's Etheric look in Zimmy's eyes, despite it's high-quality art, the fact it has no speech bubbles, no more than one panel, just... That. It's made even worse by the text on the previous page, and Tom's comment ("One day, Zimmy.") which becomes even creepier if you remember that it's a reference to a much earlier strip where Zimmy declared: "One day I'm going to die here (in Zimmingham)".
  • From Chapter 39: The Great Secret:
  • From Chapter 40: The Stone:
    • There's something subtly scarey about how old Jones is. She seems normal and all, but in truth probably is closer to a Humanoid Abomination that any other character. The more you think about it, the more eldritch she becomes. And that's not even counting on the implications behind her relationships with Eglamore and Samuel.
  • From Chapter 42: Catalyst:
  • From Chapter 43: Quicksilver:
    • Hetty's malicious behavior in general; she takes great delight in constantly tormenting a young boy as punishment for her condition and his 'treatment' of her - when he certainly wasn't the one who trapped her in the form of a doll, and in addition doesn't even know she exists. He was just left ownership of her in his sister's diary - a sister who, by the way, it's heavily implied Hetty killed, or at least had a hand in her 'accident'. And her next victim is the brother.
    • Hetty's true form. It's what's inside that counts...
  • From Chapter 45: Thread:
  • From Chapter 46: The Realm of the Dead:
    • That pasty, pimply guy wearing the cheap cloak and rubber monster hand that Kat was bossing around? This is what he actually looks like.
      • Actually, it's implied it was an illusion, and only Kat could see things as they truly were. Creepiness still stands, though, as you have to picture what RotD might look like to Mort and Annie.
  • From Chapter 47: See Ya!:
    • Jones talking to Mort, right before he died trying to save her from the WWI bombings.
    • Although he isn't exactly evil, Ankou's appearance is absolutely terrifying (as noted by Kat [1]). Given that he looks like a dessicated corpse with a scythe, he's probably the only of the psychopomps to approach a traditional western image of death.
      • Even worse is the true form of the vampire who brought Mort in to the ROTD. He went from a silly looking Bela Lugosi-type vampire to, well... this. Think Orlok, except with a huge mouth full of sharp teeth, his face and chest completely covered in blood, and part of his skull exposed.
      • Subverted when it turns out that it's actually a mask. He actually looks like a normal middle-aged male.
    • The premise of the chapter: after dying as a child, Mort has spent around seventy years haunting one of the Court's basements before deciding to give it up and move on.
  • Chapter 49: Torn Sea is full of this
    • Please make me flesh. Oh, and if you look below you can see what the flesh would look like, and it's not a pretty sight either. At least he's polite.
    • Oh, hello there, Kat.
    • The very end reveals that taking Kat's word horribly out of context has lead the Robot's into thinking anything is fine as long as their goals are furthered.
    Seraph Robots: It Was Worth It.
  • Chapter 51: The Tree. The chapter deals with the return of Annie's father and many believe it hits a number of uncomfortably realistic abuse triggers, to the point that a lot of readers who had similarly bad relationships with family pulled out of reading with "let me know when it's safe again" posts.
  • From Chapter 52: Sneak
    • Annie's new room. Not only isolated from the rest of the school, but it looks similar to the hospital she was raised in. Or a prison cell. Anthony has isolated Annie even more.
    • More creepy stuff from that room: it's immense, totally dwarfing Annie, and is so long that it appears purposely designed to discourage visitors. It's also alarmingly sterile, all white tile and vast ceiling (admittedly, the Court's dorms aren't very cozy in general, but they did look personalized and livable until now). All of Annie's more personal, homey items seem to have gone mysteriously missing, leaving her only the basics (presumably, this is either due to Kat's absence, or almost everything has been confiscated). In fact, Annie's beginning to look like one of Paz's mice — a tiny being in a vast building, totally at the mercy of the scientist.
    • Annie's first thought when she receives a less-than-sensitive (but most likely sincere) card from her male schoolmates is that they're mocking her while pretending to be her friends. These are people that's she'd grown to care about and trust — she should know better. Her self esteem and pride has collapsed so completely that it's clouding her judgement.
    • Annie talking about herself. The girl who once had ample amounts of confidence has become little more than a shell of her former-self, thinking that she is a "big dumb giant" in the eyes of her former-classmates and her current classes after she was made to repeat a year.
    • Whilst a relatively minor case, Kat's revelation that even her parents didn't know that Anthony Carver had returned to the court, despite Kat's parents being long-time friends with Anthony. One can only wonder how that conversation went.
    • This page. There's something particularly unsettling in Annie's behaviour in front of her father. She's acting like a small child eagerly ready to please.
    • Kat telling Reynardine - who she's now in possession of since Annie can't keep him - to do whatever it takes to defend himself from Anthony Carver if he tries to hurt Rey in any way. She even begins by saying that she promised Annie that she wouldn't order Reynard to hurt Anthony, but still...
    • It's just like a playdate. Not mention how ridiculously childlike Annie seems when trailing after her father.
    • The entirety of Donald's monologue concerning Anthony is rather unsettling, in it's way. His language is strangely disconcerting for someone who is supposed to be speaking about his best friend.
    • The last page of the chapter may be implying that whatever Annie's holding at bay is not going to put up with being held for long...
  • From Chapter 53: Annie and the Fire
    • Just the very idea of Annie's Fire Elemental side being separated from her is one thing, considering it's the very genetic link she has with her mother. It's the one thing Annie has always been proud of honing, so to see it as two separate entities is both saddening, but also terrifying, as the readers and the characters have no idea what will happen in the future.
    • There's a reason fire is always linked to anger. And if the new page is indicating anything, that anger in Annie is being directly targeted at someone in particular...
    • Does this face look at all familiar? No? Take a look at this page.
    • During his search for the Psychopomps, Anthony ended up in some dark corner of the Ether. It's not pretty. The "physical tolls" he needed to undergo to just get there aren't great either.
    • We finally find out why Anthony needed his medical supplies in Microsat 5. To make an antenna of 'blood and bone' to reach through the fabrics of reality. In other words, Anthony cut off his arm himself.
    • The psychopomps who almost tricked Anthony into killing his daughter by using his love for Surma against him.
  • The style of Chapter 54 might be cutesy and folksy, but it's hard to deny that Coyote being so angry at Annie being kept away that he knocks a building down is frightening. We can only hope there weren't any people in there. Coyote's Nightmare Face is pretty good too, and we only see the abstracted version.
    • Even worse, if you notice, that when Coyote knocks down the building he's drawn in a completely different form than the other ways he's depicted for that chapter (being drawn in a way similar to if he was drawn crudely with a pencil, rather than being drawn in the Native American-esque style everything else was drawn in up to that point).
    • The worst part is how easily he is depicted as destroying it. It was child's play for him. Coyote is usually too unfocused to usually use his full powers. When he gets serious, he is capable of anything. While this was depicted as a good thing, it kind of proves Anthony's point that Coyote is too dangerous for his daughter to interact with and yet he is MORE dangerous when he doesn't get what he wants so they had to submit. This also makes Jones retroactively terrifying as well, because however powerful Coyote is, Jones could defeat him. One can only imagine what would happen if she had been less inclined to be impartial or Coyote more aggressive and violent.
      • Situation with Jones is complicated. According to the author, Coyote is a stronger being than Jones. Which makes sense as he is a god, and as such capable of many things and with much bigger potential for destruction. This is shown in chapter 31, where he freezes time, and Jones with it.. However, despite all that power, he isn't capable of destroying her.
  • Jeanne's not happy with being tricked by Annie and her friends in Chapter 59. Really not happy.
    • Really, the whole chapter after Antimony tries to remove the arrow keeping Jeanne in the valley would fit. Jeanne is a powerful entity that's capable of killing psychopomps. The only one that has a remote chance of protecting the group if she attacks is George, who has just started to train as the Court's dragon slayer.
    • And of course, it gets worse. As soon as Annie touches the etheric arrow, she gets pulled into it, falling into a surreal plane. And what does she find? Jeanne's lover, whose soul has been bound to the arrow, trapped just like the woman he loves. And the first thing he does is start to choke Annie. Now the group has to deal with two wrathful murder-ghosts, who have every reason to hate and attack anyone from the Court, no matter how young they are.
      • His appearance is horrifying too. A deformed, exaggerated, barely humanoid version of his body that appears to be made of water. This is what he looked when he was alive, and this is how he looks now. Either tree elves's etheric selves look vastly different than their bodies, or arrow harmed his very soul...
    • Robot getting impaled and then cleaved by Jeanne's sword. And thanks to the new body Kat built for him, he can feel pain now.
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