10 drawings from old children's books so disturbing, you'll be creeped out as an adult.

10 drawings from old children's books so disturbing, you'll be creeped out as an adult.
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Entertainment made for kids hasn't always been all sunshine and obnoxious songs. In fact, some children's entertainment used to be straight-up scary, as the illustrations on this list demonstrate. Occasionally, it was with a purpose; some of the images below were meant to scare kids into good behavior. Other images, however, appear to be horrifying without any awareness that they were being horrifying, like an uncle who describes his farts at the dinner table.

No matter why these terrifying drawings were made, enjoy the pure nightmare fuel of these images, and be glad that the scariest thing your parents read you as a kid was Where the Wild Things Are.

1. This black-eyed demon child with mouth rot from 1876.

10 drawings from old children's books so disturbing, you'll be creeped out as an adult.
Every time she takes a petal off the flower, she's taking a year off of your life.

2. This lock-jawed man who is living in constant pain and horror, 1862.  

10 drawings from old children's books so disturbing, you'll be creeped out as an adult.
This is why you get a tetanus shot.

3. This cannonball going through a man's leg, 1922.

10 drawings from old children's books so disturbing, you'll be creeped out as an adult.
But hey, kids like balls, right?

4. This girl who's on fire, but not in the cool Alicia Keys way, 1904.

10 drawings from old children's books so disturbing, you'll be creeped out as an adult.
"This girl is on fire/This girl is on fire/Why won't those cats help her?"
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5. This child who appears to have severe burns and maybe lost her mind in the fire, 1862.

10 drawings from old children's books so disturbing, you'll be creeped out as an adult.
This might actually be the "after" image of the girl above.

6. This adult man cutting off a boy's thumb with what appear to be ceremonial ribbon-cutting scissors, 1904.

10 drawings from old children's books so disturbing, you'll be creeped out as an adult.
It's good to warn kids about dangers they might face, like adults cutting off their body parts. 

7. This girl whose doll will 100% come kill you if you don't do exactly what she says, 1862. 

10 drawings from old children's books so disturbing, you'll be creeped out as an adult.
"We've been waiting for you."

 8. This cat that is obviously abusing steroids, 1851.

10 drawings from old children's books so disturbing, you'll be creeped out as an adult.
"I FEEL GREAT. I CAN CATCH SO MANY MICE."
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9. This red-face man choking on a giant potato, 1862. 

10 drawings from old children's books so disturbing, you'll be creeped out as an adult.
It's fun to stare at a man during the exact moment he realizes he's going to die!

10. This nightmare, 1904.

Bonus: The story of this child who killed his dog by accident, 1875.

10 drawings from old children's books so disturbing, you'll be creeped out as an adult.
Life's horrors can strike at any moment, even when you're doing something good and helpful. Goodnight, kids!

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