CHILDREN'S BOOKS THAT SCARED ME GROWING UP

  1. The Cat in the Hat
    I identified most with the goldfish. He shouldn't have been there when the mother was out! There was nothing scarier to me than the idea of a charismatic stranger showing up and trashing my house, leaving me to explain it to my mom.
  2. Frog and Toad
    Objectively creepy. Also, did they ever bang, or what?
  3. Winnie-the-Pooh
    Eeyore introduced me to Nihilism at a young age. It really hit home with me. I was a wreck for months.
  4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    Charismatic stranger (oh how I hate those) lures kids into candy factory, kills four "spoiled brats." They're kids, Willy! And you killed them! Well maybe not killed, but permanently disfigured.
  5. Goodnight Moon
    It's a lovely book, but I read it during my Winnie-the-Pooh nihilism phase, which put a very dark spin on it.