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The Most Messed Up Excerpts From The 'Flowers In The Attic' Books

Updated October 25, 2019 20.9k votes 3.0k voters 199.6k views12 items

List RulesVote up the passages that make your skin crawl.

These Flowers in the Attic passages come from the famously unsettling novel by V.C. Andrews - a book that, despite its graphic nature, was marketed toward children and teens. Though Andrews is remembered as an author of adolescent fiction rather than a horror novelist, there are lots of terrifying scenes in the book, including interfamilial relations and physical mistreatment, among other disturbing instances, placing the novel alongside the works of Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe.

The quotes referenced below cover everything from severe forms of punishment to an intimate relationship between a brother and sister, and they represent some of the most lurid and explicit Flowers in the Attic scenes that continue to fascinate younger and older readers alike. 

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    Corrine Commits An Unthinkable Act

    Corrine Commits An Unthinkable is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Messed Up Excerpts From The 'Flowers In The Attic' Books
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    In this passage, we see yet another layer of evil from both the grandmother and mother. After the grandmother feeds all the children arsenic-laced donuts, Corrine sits passively by and watches her 5-year-old son succumb to the toxin.

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    Cathy's Grandmother Smothers Her Hair In Hot Tar

    Cathy's Grandmother Smothers H is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Messed Up Excerpts From The 'Flowers In The Attic' Books
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    The grandmother injects something into Cathy, which causes nightmares. In her dream, Cathy imagines she falls in a mass of blood "as sticky as tar." When Cathy wakes up, she realizes the truth of her situation.

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    A Vicious Scene In The Bathroom

    A Vicious Scene In The Bathroo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Messed Up Excerpts From The 'Flowers In The Attic' Books
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    The grandmother comes to the attic after Chris moves too close to the windows. When he tells her not to call him "boy," the grandmother unleashes a cruel punishment.

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    The Kids Learn The Truth In A Horrible Fashion

    The Kids Learn The Truth In A  is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Messed Up Excerpts From The 'Flowers In The Attic' Books
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    The children try to figure out whether Cory passed of natural causes or the grandmother had a hand in his demise. To test their theory, they offer their pet mouse a piece of a donut they suspect is laced with arsenic. The results are grim.

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