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95 Nightmare Inducers

From Tormented Childhood Illustrations to Naughty Fantasy Art

— June 17, 2011 — Art & Design
Every so often, when I should be getting ready to fall asleep, I enjoy hunting the Internet for nightmare inducers just because my curiosity can't resist what I know is out there. These occurrences are always followed by hours of deep regret as I stay awake with the lights in my room on. But there's definitely a lot of nightmare fuel floating around on the Internet and you'd be surprised to discover the various forms it takes on.

The most common of the nightmare inducers readily available for people's viewing pleasure is surrealistic artwork, often involving macabre and grotesque scenarios. But even creepier than that is seeing crawlies and critters being placed on babies for traumatizing photo shoots. Seeing children's toys with disfigurements and awkward proportions can also be quite unnerving, but I think all of the realistic zombie depictions out there will be the thing to keep me up tonight.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
95
Skeletal Monster Toys
Skeletal Monster Toys
Gillru-Kun from Bounty Hunter is a Quirky Creature
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94
Creepy Bug Robots
Creepy Bug Robots
Phasma is the Six-Legged Machine of Your Dreams and Nightmares
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93
Terrifying Fairies
Terrifying Fairies
Alon Meron's ‘Buba' is a Dark Take on the Friendly Tooth Fai
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92
Simplistic Nightmaretography
Simplistic Nightmaretography
The Interesting 'You Are What You Dream' by Jared Nickerson
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91
Skeleton Sidekick Shoots
Skeleton Sidekick Shoots
'With Jack' by Anca Varsandan Takes Skellington Through the City
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90
Demonic Lighting
Demonic Lighting
The Demon Lamp Gives Me Artistic Nightmares
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89
Epic Fearvertising
Epic Fearvertising
This Print Campaign from Noe Features Our Worst Apocalyptic Nightmares
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88
Pausable Art
Pausable Art
‘Khoda' is a Psychological Thriller with 6,000 Individual Paintings
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87
Mechanical Babies
Mechanical Babies
Johnny Hardstaff's Artwork is a Cute Nightmare
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86
Spooky Surreal Animations
Spooky Surreal Animations
The 'Salad Fingers' Video Dishes a Disturbing Experience
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85
Wacky Woodland Creatures
Wacky Woodland Creatures
Meet Uli the Ovivore and His Whimsical Cohort
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84
Charitable Monsterfied Pigs
Charitable Monsterfied Pigs
Boaris Frankenswine by Anthony Kosar Invades Illinois School
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83
Monster Snuggling
Monster Snuggling
Finetra Uses Freaky Bed Monsters to Sell Their Bedding
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82
Sinister Baptism Spreads
Sinister Baptism Spreads
Light Dark by Aorta Captures Eerie Images of a Religious Rite
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81
Macabre Mixed Media Art
Macabre Mixed Media Art
J. Larkin Creations are Kind of Creepy but Very Creative
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80
Nightmare-Inducing Pillows
Nightmare-Inducing Pillows
Skwaks Pillow Creations Encourage Opposite of Sweet Dreams
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79
Scary Shrouded Shoots
Scary Shrouded Shoots
'Silent Shout' by Sara Berntsen is a Photographic Horror Story
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78
Childhood Traumatizing Books
Childhood Traumatizing Books
Scare Your Kids With Pat the Zombie
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77
Nightmare-Inducing Dolls
Nightmare-Inducing Dolls
These Horror Movie Plushies will Leave You Sleeping with the Light On
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76
Bad Dreams as Art
Bad Dreams as Art
'Welcome to My Nightmare' Installation
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75
Zombie Pets
Zombie Pets
My Little Pony-Inspired Friends Aren't For The Faint-Of-Heart
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74
Recreating Classic Horror Movies
Recreating Classic Horror Movies
Billy Bob Thornton As Freddy Krueger
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73
Outrageous Nightmare Art
Outrageous Nightmare Art
The Art of Eduardo Diaz Bourgeot Combines Unusual Objects
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72
Metro Monsters
Metro Monsters
Alex Andreyev Shows the Life of Insects & Critters on the Subway
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71
'Bad Dream' Artwork
'Bad Dream' Artwork
'New World Nightmares' by Jesse McCloskey Will Make You Scared to Sleep
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70
Psychedelic Kitty Illustrations
Psychedelic Kitty Illustrations
The Art of Audrey May Erickson Features Fierce Felines
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69
Playgrounds from Hell
Playgrounds from Hell
Slavic Nightmare Park Has Demonic Play Equipment
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68
Disturbing Crafty Dolls
Disturbing Crafty Dolls
The LuckyBoySunday Collection Makes Me Wanna Be a Kid Again
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67
Phobia Photo Fonts
Phobia Photo Fonts
The 'What Are You Afraid Of?' Typography Set Will Induce Nightmares
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66
Real-Life Vampires
Real-Life Vampires
10 Blood-Sucking Beasties
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65
Creepy Carpets
Creepy Carpets
The Boogie Man Rug is the Luxurious Way to Induce Nightmares
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64
Eerie Draped Photography
Eerie Draped Photography
Brendan George Ko Shoots Hidden Models in a Surreal Shoot
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63
Terrifying Children's Toys
Terrifying Children's Toys
These Blamo Toys Playthings are Frightening and Freaky
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62
Horrifying Morning Rituals
Horrifying Morning Rituals
Serve Your Enemies Coffee in the Scary Mouth Cup by Autumn Higgins
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61
Wicked Ghoulish Illustrations
Wicked Ghoulish Illustrations
Tatsuya Nottsuo Creates Some Stellar Monstrous Art Works
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60
Disfigured Creature Figurines
Disfigured Creature Figurines
The 'Ugly Pokemon' Sculptures are Truly Creative but Unattractive
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59
Nightmarish Dreamtography
Nightmarish Dreamtography
The Marco Grizelj Dreams Portfolio Torments Sleeping Beauty
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58
Nightmarish Sandcastles
Nightmarish Sandcastles
Sandlistaverk is Scary, Horrific, and Strange
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57
Dark and Dreary Diaries
Dark and Dreary Diaries
The Splash Fashions 2011 Calendar is Artistically Creepy
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56
Steampunk Primate Craniums
Steampunk Primate Craniums
The Lisa Black Vervet Monkey Skull is Spine Chilling
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55
Nightmare-Induced Digital Art
Nightmare-Induced Digital Art
Peterio Creates Some Dark and Demented Images
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54
Demonic Freaktography
Demonic Freaktography
The Marco Cavalieri Clown Exhibit Will Make You Fear the Circus
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53
Eerie Monster Art
Eerie Monster Art
Mike Friedrich is a Visual Dr. Frankenstein
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52
Bewitching Fashiontography
Bewitching Fashiontography
The Emperors Black Rose Series Showcases GILLES ET DADA's Lastest Line
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51
Creepy Recycled Sculptures
Creepy Recycled Sculptures
Nemo Gould Robots
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50
Real Life Rapunzels
Real Life Rapunzels
Time To Cut These Insane Fairytale Hairstyles
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49
Disfigured Dolls
Disfigured Dolls
The Loopy Boppy Dolls by Colleen Are Downright Freaky
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48
Freaky Joker Shoots
Freaky Joker Shoots
'Why So Serious?' by Fab 5 Channels Heath Ledger in 'The Dark Knight'
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47
Celebrity Zombies
Celebrity Zombies
A-List Stars are Made into Creatures of Another Realm
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46
Garden Zombies are the New Gnome
Garden Zombies are the New Gnome
The Zombie of Montclaire Moors
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45
Creepy Creature Creations
Creepy Creature Creations
Ludovic Levasseur Makes Morbid, Voodoo-Like Toys
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44
Abstract Nightmare Illustrations
Abstract Nightmare Illustrations
These Ryan Mcgennisken Cartoons Have an Eerie Dark Side
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43
Creepy Oil Paintings
Creepy Oil Paintings
These Jonathan Bergeron Works Are Bizarrely Captivating
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42
Art to Cure Nightmares
Art to Cure Nightmares
Deranged Digital Mixed Media by Mia Makila
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41
Sultry Cinematic Spreads
Sultry Cinematic Spreads
The Ones2Watch Issue 6 Features a Tim Burton-Inspired Shoot
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40
Motion Activated Shower Curtains
Motion Activated Shower Curtains
Bloody "Psycho" Curtain
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39
Fantastical Nightmare Art
Fantastical Nightmare Art
The Paintings of Véronique Meignaud Are Terrifyingly Dreamy
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38
Hyper-Realist Fantasy Sculptures
Hyper-Realist Fantasy Sculptures
Mark Newman Brings His Whimsical Visions to Life
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37
Nightmarish Silkscreens
Nightmarish Silkscreens
Jason Cantoro Art Creates Macabre Images That Just Won't Go Away
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36
Naughty Nightmare Art
Naughty Nightmare Art
A Sultry Yet Dark Series of Work by Peatree Bojangles
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35
Iconic Director Retrospectives
Iconic Director Retrospectives
The Tim Burton LACMA Exhibit Looks Back at a Storied Career
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34
Wind-Wisped Sculptures
Wind-Wisped Sculptures
Vladislav Novikov-Barkovsky Creates Creepy Faces in the Wind
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33
Chilling Ghostography
Chilling Ghostography
Helen Korpak's Photography Will Make Your Spine Tingle
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32
Festive Zombie Pinatas
Festive Zombie Pinatas
TomDeadStuff Makes Art You Can Hit With a Stick
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31
Disturbing Nightmare Art
Disturbing Nightmare Art
Natalie Anne Howard Imagines a Dark, Surreal World
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30
Whip Tailed Headgear
Whip Tailed Headgear
Bob Basset's RP6 Masks are Sinister
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29
Creepy Clown Couture
Creepy Clown Couture
The Dark Circus-Inspired Designs of Karen Segall
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28
Cute & Creepy Halloween Decor
Cute & Creepy Halloween Decor
The Bunny Vampire Girl by Creepy Dolls Will Give You Nightmares
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27
Nightmare-Inspired Dolls
Nightmare-Inspired Dolls
Krypt Kiddies
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26
Pyschotic Practice Targets
Pyschotic Practice Targets
These Horrific Killer Targets Help You Train for Your Worst Nightmares
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25
Recycled Zombie Dolls
Recycled Zombie Dolls
Barbie of the Undead
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24
Creepy Urban Exploration
Creepy Urban Exploration
Abandoned Ruins by Tom Kirsch
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23
Frightening Clay Creations
Frightening Clay Creations
The Ceramic Sculptures by Caterina Silenzi Raku will Stun You
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22
Nightmare Leather Masks
Nightmare Leather Masks
The Modern Borg Mask by Bob Basset Will Scare You
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21
Scary Scenario Plushies
Scary Scenario Plushies
Upsetting and Macabre Children's Toys
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20
Clown Wig Couture
Clown Wig Couture
Kelly Thompson's Photography Plays Around With Circus Color
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19
Gothic Nightmare Illustrations
Gothic Nightmare Illustrations
Greg Simkins' Macabre Paintings Leave You Wanting More
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18
Nightmare-Inspired Photograpy
Nightmare-Inspired Photograpy
"After Dark, My Sweet" by Joshua Hoffine
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17
Fuzzy Nightmare Toys
Fuzzy Nightmare Toys
Clyde the Angry Bunny is Perfect for Scaring Kids
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16
Stunning Nightmare Art
Stunning Nightmare Art
Loic Zimmerman Paints Horrific Yet Beautiful Portraits
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15
Villain Pumpkin Carvings
Villain Pumpkin Carvings
Festive Tributes to the Eerie Halloween Season
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14
Disturbing Surreal Drawings
Disturbing Surreal Drawings
Yen Wei Illustrations Turn Reality on Its Head
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13
Freaky Forest Photographs
Freaky Forest Photographs
Denise Grunstein Captures Intense Ethereal Images
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12
Gothic Greetings
Gothic Greetings
Alternative Christmas Cards By Night Moth
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11
Pop Culture Icons as Bunnies
Pop Culture Icons as Bunnies
Amigurumi Knit Rabbits Inspired by Famous Horror Flicks
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10
Anti-Gravity Surreal Art
Anti-Gravity Surreal Art
IT Student Xetobyte has a Phenomenal Imagination
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9
Horrifying Surreal Portraits
Horrifying Surreal Portraits
Jacek Kaczynski Channels the Dark Side in His Illustrations
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8
Macabre Figurines
Macabre Figurines
An Ex-Mortician Customizes Custom Creepy Dolls
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7
Tormented Childhood Illustrations
Tormented Childhood Illustrations
Berk Ozturk Creepifies All Your Nostalgic Memories
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6
Gruesome Knitted Figurines
Gruesome Knitted Figurines
The Antigurumi of 'Croshame' is Adorable Turned Disturbing
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5
Alarming Digitography
Alarming Digitography
Marc Da Cunha Lopes' Enhanced Art is Forged in Nightmares
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4
Self-Mutilation as Art
Self-Mutilation as Art
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3
Mind-Bending Sketches
Mind-Bending Sketches
Alex Andreyev Draws Disturbing Nightmares
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2
Children's Nightmare Photography (UPDATE)
Children's Nightmare Photography (UPDATE)
Scary Work by Joshua Hoffine
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1
Horror Body Painting
Horror Body Painting
Beautiful Bodied Zombies
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