I LOVE this site! I have already found a couple of things I forgot about, and a couple others I never knew the name of.
I have to admit though; some of the things that traumatized me most as a kid were books. Not even “scary” books. These were books that we were supposed to read for book reports and such with those little silver seals on them indicating they were depressing enough to scar us for life or something. Mind you, this was grade school.
I think the most depressing ones I read for school were:
- MY BROTHER SAM IS DEAD
- THE ONE-EYED CAT
- CHILDREN OF THE DUST
- WATERSHIP DOWN
- And some book about an autistic kid who gets killed by a swan (I’m still afraid of swans and geese to this day)
(AUNT JOHN SEZ: Was that SUMMER OF THE SWANS?)
Seriously, why these were all on the required reading list for 3rd graders? I mean, granted, my dad was slightly sadistic, so I was reading some Kafka as a kid, but not until 5th grade.