Name That Trauma!:: Perla J. on Dead Cat Doll, Evil Unborn & Creepy Forest Books

Hello Kindertrauma!

I wanted to consult you on some books flashbacks, it is kind of a long shot but it doesn’t hurt to ask…

When I was 7 (around the end of the eighties) I read a fantasy book (not a children’s book, it was a long novel) about a family who lives or moves to a house in the forest and it turns out it is an enchanted forest with small people (fairies? gnomes?) living there and a man who looks like a logger with his cart but was kind of a forest keeper (also a supernatural being). What I remember about the plot is that the small people shot minuscule arrows to the dad of the family and he got one off his hand and took it to the lab to have it examined because the material was unknown, and the next day the lab people told him that it had disappeared in front of their eyes. The other thing I remember is that the adolescent daughter was lured to the forest by the “logger” and he made sweet love to her, LOL.

By that time I also read a horror novel about some family living near the beach and some little girl or boy was evil and he/she digged a huge hole by a cliff and lured a small girl (i think she was deaf or mute, or blind!) into it and left her there to rot, while also giving her the corpse of a dead beheaded kitten dressed as a doll and demanding her to play with it!!

And last but not least a book about and unborn baby that begins to control the mother’s mind from the uterus and makes her eat raw food and fuck men because doing that stimulates the healthy growth of the little spawn… I think there was a connection with some computer in some part of the plot…

As you can see, reading those books made a lasting impression on my young undeveloped mind, but I loved the thrill! Sadly, my mum threw away all the books during a house cleaning and she doesn’t recollect the names, even when they were hers.

Do you happen to know the name of any of the novels? I’d love to repurchase them and judge them as a grown woman now!

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lottie_of_millhaven (@lottie_of_millhaven)
9 years ago

Ooooh! I know one.
The book about the family near the beach is Suffer the Children by John Saul.

zombijoe (@zombijoe)
9 years ago

Wow…I hope we find out these book titles because now I really want to check them out. I think I know the title of the last one with the baby.

then again it’s a fairly recent book so it might not be it.

Magigreen Ozu
Magigreen Ozu (@fb100002894812112)
9 years ago

Wild guess but could this be the first one?

Father Merrin
Father Merrin (@father-merrin)
9 years ago
Asat (@asat)
9 years ago

Sounds like that first novel’s been identified, but if the idea of the melting arrow intrigues you I’ll point out that this is a long-standing tradition in Scandinavian folklore, known as “elf shot”. It explained livestock illness before germ theory did.

sighkedelic (@sighkedelic)
9 years ago

I distinctly remember the last one in all respects except the title! The plot involved a young pregnant woman who comes to live with a bio-geneticist and his wife. The doc uses a “supercomputer” to somehow communicate with the unborn baby. The baby does indeed take control of the mother through hormones and force her to do all kinds of crazy stuff to stimulate the baby’s physical and mental growth. Grrrr! Thought it was a John Saul novel but that’s not the case.

sighkedelic (@sighkedelic)
9 years ago

Aha! The Unborn by David Shobin! My first ever Name That Trauma answer!

Perla Alejandre
Perla Alejandre (@fb606990865)
9 years ago

You guys are the best of the best! I really thought it was a very long shot to ask because I read them all in spanish (I’m from Mexico) and here you are nailing every book!
1. Faerie Tale by R. Feist (Cuento de Hadas)
2. Suffer the children by J. Saul (Dejad que los ninios vengan a mi)
3. The Unborn by D. Shobin (El no nacido)…
TRAUMA SOLVED!! MUCHAS GRACIAS!! I’m indeed wondering WTF was I thinking when I read them at such a young age, but hey, I turned out all right, I guess… or did I? XD