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Like Pen Pal, The Family of Fang and Claw once started as an offhanded Creepypasta series by A.A. Peterson that eventually blossomed into a proper horror novel.
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It tells an anthology story centered around The Family, a family of thirteen interdimensional demons of incomprehensible evil trying to ruin humanity from the inside in their own neat little ways. Its most infamous installment is The Pancake Family. The Nightmare Fuel, Adult Fear, Squick-iness, and Body Horror of this thing is a sight to behold.


The game provides examples of:

  • Adult Fear: The Pancake Family's Adult Fear is arguably even worse than its infamous Body Horror. You see, the Driscoll Family have all been tortured in incomprehensible ways for 20 years, but separately, so they have no idea that their relatives are suffering the same fate as themselves. The only sliver of relief in their lives is that at least their loved ones have been spared of the torture. That's completely shattered when Miss Bamer "accidentally" reveals to them that that's not the case at all, and also reveals to them she was their torturer. Imagine being the father or mother in this situation, Jesus Christ.
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  • And I Must Scream / Fate Worse than Death: The titular Pancake Family, oo boy. Read the Body Horror section while understanding that through all of that, they're still being kept alive in hellish agony through IV drips and breathing machines.
  • Antagonist Title: "The Family of Fang and Claw" refer to The Family.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: All of The Family LOOK like humans of varying attitudes, but they're all Eldritch Abominations.
  • Body Horror: Probably some of the worst a human could think up. Over the span of 20 years, the Driscoll Family are slowly but surely squashed into human pancakes. They're at first mistaken for flat slabs simply dressed in human skin, their skulls have been removed, and their eye sockets are the size of saucers.
  • Casting a Shadow: The Family are all creatures of darkness, so they can appear anywhere they want as long as it's in a shadow.
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  • Cold-Blooded Torture: The Driscoll Family were submitted to some of the cruelest, creative, and Body Horror-ific torture possible for 20 solid years.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The whole Family. They're from a completely different dimension, are trying to completely ruin humanity with their atrocities, are very cult-like in the way they speak and go about things, and have almost limitless supernatural powers.
  • Evil All Along: It's eventually revealed that Ms. Bamer was behind the kidnapping of the Driscolls all along - apparently she was torturing them since she was a little girl. Worse yet, her motivations for this remain unknown.
  • Evil Old Folks: The grandparents of The Family: Ella and Tomas.
  • The Family That Slays Together: The Family, a clan of thirteen demons who unleash unspeakable crimes against humanity.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The detective describes the pained screams of the Pancake Family as "the gates of Hell opening".
  • Horny Devils: Terra Joy, who lures people into her Family's fucked up sacrificial rituals with romantic and sexual favors.
    • Lisbeth, who is literally the "Love of Lust".
  • I Love the Dead: Inverted in the most disgusting way possible. Lisbeth, in a rotting, zombie-esque form, rapes a child.
  • My Greatest Failure: Stacy, as the "Bane of Error". So all of her atrocities are guilt and self-loathing-based.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Terra Joy's victim, Grant, who seduces him into doing messed up stuff like abandoning his own dying mother and telling a random kid his mother's dead by pandering to his nightmare fetishism.
  • Sex Is Evil: Lisbeth is basically the personification of this. Terra Joy dabbles in this too.
  • Sex Is Evil, and I Am Horny: Grant fully understands this when agreeing to be Terra Joy's boyfriend, but he couldn't have ever fathomed just how evil it is, when dealing with The Family.
  • 13 Is Unlucky: The Family is composed of, you guessed it, thirteen relatives. They include the grandparents: Ella (The Full Knowing Choice of Evil) and Tomas (The Seeder of Corruption), the parents: Silas (Everything You Want and Nothing You Need), Rosa (The Dark That Devours The Light), Melanie (Profit By The Pain of Others), and Ricardo (The Hate You Feel For Those Who Love You), and the children: Lisbeth (The Love of Lust), Stacy (The Bane of Error), Terra Joy (The Terror of Joy), Bryon (The Harm Inflicted As Affection), Eric (The Collecting On What Cannot Be Balanced), Susannah (All The Agony You Could Ever Want), and Basil (The Truth Is What You Want It to Be).
  • Wham Line: In The Pancake Family: "There is no one by the last name of Bamer on staff with the Daily World."
    • There's also 13 chapters in the anthology series.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The whole Family. The children of the Driscoll Family were described as "high school age and below", and we all know what happened to them...
    • Lisbeth rapes Seth, a six year old.
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