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Nightmare Fuel / Dr. Seuss

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Just because Dr. Seuss's works really are meant for childrennote , it doesn't mean his books aren't devoid of Nightmare Fuel (even if is unintentional), especially not with his surreal art-style and settings.

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  • 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 Jertain in the curtain, another case of Nothing Is Scarier since all we see is the creature's feet.
    • The same thing goes for the Quimney up the chimney and the Zall down the hall.
  • The empty pants from The Sneetches and Other Stories. While those empty pants are actually friendly and not only that but quite sensitive, there's a bit of Nothing Is Scarier in action because you never find out how they work. They levitate along, walking above ground, have feelings, can see and hear without eyes and ears, and on the last page, they talk.
  • 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 silhouettes in The Shape of Me and Other Stuff.
  • The Once-ler in the book of The Lorax, though all we see are his hands (and occasionally, his eyes).
    • From the same book, there's the fact that the forest creatures have to be sent away and are all negatively affected (the hummingfish can't hum, the swommee swans can't sing and the barbaloots are sick). Doubles as a Tear Jerker.
  • Dr. Seuss's ABC has two examples:
    • It's a simple, imaginative book about the alphabet... up until we get to the letter X. Then we get this. That fox's unsettling expression, that large ax... and the picture of the girl, but the girl not anywhere to be seen, makes it worse.
    • Also, some people find the Zizzerzazzerzuzz at the end scary, although it is a friendly creature.
  • Hunches in Bunches has the Four-Way Hunch, alongside the yellow super hunch.
  • "Oh The Thinks You Can Think":
    • The Rink-Rinker-Fink. A bizarre structure that looks like a combination of a rock formation and a dinosaur skeleton. The illustration depicts a boy standing on an incredibly precarious ledge, trying to lasso one of its teeth. There are also similar creatures nearby, meaning either that there's more than one of these things, or they're all one gigantic entity.
    • 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. For the brave... here.
      What would you do if you met a Jibboo?
      • In fact the Jibboo makes an appearance in the Paraphernalia Wagon cllip.
      • A significantly "high-octane nightmare fuel" version of the Jibboo no less. Compare. It seems that Dr. Seuss knew the effect that that creature had on people.
  • The Wickersham Brothers, especially when accompanied by a villain song. It gets worse when their uncles and cousins are introduced.
  • 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 walrus-like 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 yelling monkey-like creature isnít too scary in the book itself. However, in the Beginner Book Video of the story, the part with the creature in question is accompanied by discordant music cues that can be very unsettling.
  • 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.
  • The fact that the Zax never moved for years just because they were so stubborn. Imagine standing in one place without moving for years. Sleeping could be dealt with if they lay down but you'd have to wonder how they'd eat, go to the bathroom or entertain themselves.
  • This illustration of the titular character from How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. The Grinch is looking down from Mt. Crumpet at Whoville, with a very angry and ominous expression, and the only Splash of Color in the drawing are his angry red eyes.
  • Many of the aforementioned scenes can be even scarier in the Beginner Book Videos, due to the moving illustrations and creepy music cues.

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So many examples from this book:

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  • Trophy heads of Dr. Seuss creatures.
  • Halloween Is Grinch Night has its own page.
  • The Butter Battle Book has its own page.
  • The 5,000 Fingers Of Dr. T , a film written by Dr. Seuss. The whole movie has a nightmarish feel, but a few moments stand out:
    • The elevator operator, and those eyes! It doesn't help that the elevator itself is swinging like a flag in the wind.
    • An antropomorphic bust of Terwilliker's head gives Bart this advice: "Bartholomew Collins, the years you spend with Dr. Terwilliker will be the happiest years of your life! But if you get homesick, don't try to escape. The barbed wire around the Terwilliker institute, is ELECTRIFIED! ELECTRIFIED! ELECTRIFIED...!"
      • Bart's pretty scared by it too....
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: The face the Grinch made when he got his "wonderful awful idea" is not very child-friendly...
    • And when he sneaks into the bedroom, that same creepy Slasher Smile he makes at the sleeping kids before he steals their candy canes. It was even edited out in broadcasts for some time.
    • Remember, stealing children's candy canes while they're sleeping is NOT a euphemism for anything. *cough*
    • The Grinch in general has a penchant for making various Nightmare Faces.
    • The unsettling Nosferatu-esque wall shadow which all but consumes Cindy Lou Who as he's lying to her.
  • While not all of them are dark, many of Dr. Seuss's personal paintings (known collectively as The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss) can lean towards this, especially in those that show Seuss's already bizarre architecture and art style in a rougher style and juxtaposed against dark, surreal backgrounds.