- Asshole Victim: Although what happens to John Thomas at the end of "Nervous Boys" is terrifying and unpleasant, it's hard to feel sorry for the guy knowing what a creep he was throughout the story.
- Same goes for Larry E. Godwinson, Esq., from "Ursa Minor," but indisputably worse.
- Crosses the Line Twice: Not a few times, depending on the story.
- Genre Adultery: Although most of the collection is the slow reveal of a hidden world of folkloric monsters, creepy hauntings, and nightmarish transformations, "Sic Itur Ad Astra" is a complete departure in that it is a story-length rumination on public grief, national tragedy, personal responsibility, and the vastness of the universe. Even the story format differs greatly from the others. Somewhat justified in that the story was written in 2009, well before the rest of the pieces, but still.
- Nausea Fuel: The transformations throughout the story collection are slow, painful, and torturous. Some of the details are, to put it mildly, upsetting to read.
- This Is Your Premise on Drugs: Veidt has been very open about the fact that many, if not most, of the stories were written under some kind of chemical influence. Evidently Veidt lives by the adage to "Write drunk, edit sober."
YMMV / What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse