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Traumafessions :: Propagatrix on The Mystery of Chimney Rock (Choose Your Own Adventure, #5)

July 26th, 2011 by aunt john · 10 Comments

Remember THIS evil little nugget?

My particular trauma-trigger was the scenario in which the reader is confronted with a plate of cheese and crackers and the choice to eat them or leave them. My chubby cheese-loving eleven-year-old self naturally chose to devour the food…and when I turned to the page that revealed my consequent fate, I found that I’d been turned into a MOUSE.

Seriously, it was scarier than it sounds.



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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 FijiMermaidNo Gravatar // Jul 26, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Ha ha. Awesome! I loved these books. I seem to remember one that was “you” going into a haunted house or something. Perhaps this was the same book.

  • 2 cmcmcmcmNo Gravatar // Jul 26, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Oh my god this was my FAV Choose Your Own Adventure!! I think there was an ending where the room starts to turn and you just die. The whole thing was creepy! I loved it! Thanks for posting this!

  • 3 Chuckles72No Gravatar // Jul 26, 2011 at 10:48 am

    The Packard books were the best! Anybody remember the mind-bending “Inside UFO 54-40”? That one taught me the value of breaking the rules!

  • 4 bdwilcoxNo Gravatar // Jul 26, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    There were also the “Which Way” series of books that were cheap knock-offs of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” series.

  • 5 Charles ChainsawNo Gravatar // Jul 26, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I loved this one as well… I was looking for it at a used book shop and I didn’t remember the title, so this is awesome. There was ending where that chubby groundskeeper’s face stared at you through a window… super creepy.

  • 6 Brother BillNo Gravatar // Jul 26, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I had a big collection of Choose Your Own Adventure books, but the Which Way series was actually pretty well done, too… Invasion of the Black Slime was a particularly creepy title.

  • 7 RawhideAlmondMacheNo Gravatar // Jul 26, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Not forgetting the Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks series, which was basically Choose Your Own Adventure with an RPG grafted on. I loved those!

  • 8 bjkatcherNo Gravatar // Jul 28, 2011 at 10:51 am

    I remember one of those ‘Which Way’ books, the ‘Secret of the Black Slime.’ There was this one part with a man scientist who was trying to rebuild his son after an accident…he was a horrible, Frankenstein monster, with his mutilated face covered by a piece of gauze. Scared the poo out of me.

  • 9 Jami JoAnne RussellNo Gravatar // Jul 28, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I guess because at the time these were getting popular I was already reading things like Sherlock Holmes I just couldn’t get into them. Some of my teachers kind of made us read them and I only really remember two. One was about a space vampire and most of the choices ended either with the hero’s death or him being turned into a vampire. The other had to do with an earthquake in San Francisco and I think every single ending had him living through it but there was one where he rescues an old man who turns out to be filthy rich.

    I preferred to read the long out of print Alfred Hitchcock And The Three Investigators. Still love that series, actually. So much so that I decided if I ever find a man who’s desperate enough to want to marry me I’ll tell him to buy me a small, semi-cheap ring, and save the big bucks to get me that entire series in hardback. (I saw a complete set on eBay for a little over $3,000.)

  • 10 ShyViolet166No Gravatar // Aug 1, 2011 at 11:05 am

    This was my favorite choose your own adventure! I remember being absorbed in it when I was a little kid. The pictures were very creepy, and so was the caretaker character.

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