The Spirit Bares Its Teeth

Book • 2023 • Horror  

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Does the dog die?
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Unanswered Triggers
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angelicRemm
No one specifically attempts, but it is talked about in regards to characters performing surgery on themselves
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Is there bestiality?
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Is there genital trauma/mutilation?
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angelicRemm
The whole school the main character attends is about abusing women, essentially.
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Is an animal sad?
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ScherzoSeven
Yes, but the animal isn't real. It's the imaginary rabbit that acts as Silas' inner voice
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ScherzoSeven
There are a lot of references and mentions, but nothing on page.
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Does a head get squashed?
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Is there audio gore?
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Are there jumpscares?
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Abandonment
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ScherzoSeven
Silas is abandoned by his parents in the beginning of the book.

Mary is stated to have been sent to Braxton's so her father could get rid of her. Several of the other girls are implied to be there for the same reason.
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Is an animal abandoned?
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Abuse
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ScherzoSeven
Silas' parents abused him for most of his life, including hiring people to abuse him.
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ScherzoSeven
Mrs Forrester is implied to welcome her husband's abuse of her and seems to consider it necessary.

Charlotte also considers the abuse necessary and is grateful for it.
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ScherzoSeven
Domestic violence is frequently talked about

The Headmaster abuses his wife. She was also a former student of his.
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ScherzoSeven
Mrs Forrester was a former student.
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ScherzoSeven
Silas is constantly gaslit, especially by his brother.

Veil Sickness is frequently blamed.
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Is someone abused with a belt?
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Is a child abused?
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ScherzoSeven
The protagonist is 16 and the girls in Braxton with him are all around the same age. All of them are abused by the Headmaster and his wife. Many instances happen on page.

The protagonist was also abused by his parents, with instances on page and in flashbacks.

It is implied that one of the girls will be abused by her husband. She is 14.
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Animal
Were animals harmed in the making?
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Does a horse die?
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Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
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KatKat
metaphorical rabbit dies and Silas mentions dissecting dead pig fetuses
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Are animals abused?
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ScherzoSeven
Not on page, but slaughterhouses are mentioned and Silas practiced surgery on dead animals from alaughterhouses.
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ScherzoSeven
Silas practiced surgery on animal cadavers. This does not happen on page, but is reccounted.

An animal that is a stand in for an inner voice is metophorically killed. A real animal does not die, but the scene is still graphic.
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Are rabbits harmed?
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ScherzoSeven
An imaginary rabbit is graphically killed.
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Does a cat die?
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Does a pet die?
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Assault
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ScherzoSeven
One of the girls is descibed as always having a hand print on her face
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Is someone drugged?
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ScherzoSeven
Chloroform is mentioned as being used
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Is there pedophilia?
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ScherzoSeven
Violet eyed girls are targeted at a very young age.

The Headmaster is implied to be a pedophile and later confirms this.

One girl is married off at 14 because she is pregnant.

Another girl also is impregnated.

A character states that he would have taken Silas at a very young age if Silas' father had let him
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Is rape mentioned?
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ScherzoSeven
Both by other characters and as part of surgical procedures
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ScherzoSeven
Silas reccounts several times men attempted to kiss him forcefully as a child.

Early in the book, Silas is forced to undress in front of a mirror.

In chapter 19, Silas is kissed against his will by the Headmaster.

In Chapter 30, someone attempts to SA Silas.

There are multiple references to thr Headmaster assualting the girls, but only the one on-page instance which was previously mentioned.

Though it doesn't happen on page, we see the aftermath of two girls being raped by their suitors.

There are many mentions and implications of SA.
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ScherzoSeven
A former student returns and her mouth and eyes are both covered.
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ScherzoSeven
No one is raped on page, but there is an attempt.

There are also both implications and confirmations that other characters have been raped off page.
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Bodily Harm
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ScherzoSeven
There's frequent mention of surgical cutting, self inflicted or otherwise.

A few characters are cut accidentally.

A character performs surgery on herself.
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ScherzoSeven
There are several hand injuries throughout the book, including cuts, burns, and an infected wound.

None seem to do lasting damage
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ScherzoSeven
The dislocation happens in Chapter 24 and is set in Chapter 25
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ScherzoSeven
A character is choked by another in Chapter 12.

It's hard to breathe in the veil and this is mentioned.

A character is planned to be killed by asphyxiation and their potential death is described
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Is someone choked?
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ScherzoSeven
A character is planned to be executed via asphyxiation.

A character is choked in Chapter 12
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Is there body horror?
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ScherzoSeven
The appearance of the spirits represents the worst thing that happened to them. The ones described definitely land in body horror territory
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Is there amputation?
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KatKat
does an eye getting ripped out count? if so, yes
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angelicRemm
It’s implied a character is strangled to death, but it isn’t played out in their POV or heavily described.
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ScherzoSeven
A character's teeth are removed off page.
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ScherzoSeven
In Chapter 8 a character breaks an arm
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ScherzoSeven
There are hand and feet injuries. None are explicitly targeting the fingers or toes.

The foot injuries described in Chapter 18 could still be very upsetting
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Is someone tortured?
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ScherzoSeven
Several characters are vivisected.

A character is forced to walk on glass.

The students at Braxton are subjected to physical and psychological abuse to cure a disease that doesn't exist.
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ScherzoSeven
In Chapter 12, a character falls from a staircase.

In Chapter 24, a character is thrown down stairs.
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ScherzoSeven
The book opens with a surgical eye removal and dissection. The patient is awake when it happens.

Silas frequently fantasizes about removing his eyes, but in a violent and surgical manner. He also reccounts performing the same action on animal cadavers.

There are several references to surgical eye removal. Twice we see the aftermath on page in shocking scenes.

A character has his eyes violently removed in Chapter 30.
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Is someone stabbed?
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ScherzoSeven
A prominent stabbing scene happens in Chapter 30
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ScherzoSeven
There is a lot of on page gore, probablynot truly excessive, but I said yes just in case.

Surgical procedures are often described an a few happen on page.

Injuries are frequently described in detail. Injuries happen a lot in this book.
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Children
Does a kid die?
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ScherzoSeven
The girls that are killed are all in their teens
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ScherzoSeven
Not by the author, but by the characters within the book.

Speakers are allowed to marry young, so violet eyed young girls are picked out by suitors starting at a young age.

Silas reccounts people sexualizing him as young as 10 years old.

Silas and the girls at Braxton's are frequently sexualized by the men around them and are the victims of SA, despite being around the age of 16 or younger.
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Creepy Crawly
Are there bedbugs?
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Death
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ScherzoSeven
A major character is killed off page. Her body is later described.
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Does someone die?
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ScherzoSeven
Several characters die on and off page.
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Disability
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Family
Does a parent die?
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ScherzoSeven
A character's mother died before the events of the book. This is explained in Chapter 17

In Chapter 30, a parent is killed on screen. Their offspring is not upset about it.
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ScherzoSeven
A character's mother dies before the events of the book. This is explained in Chapter 17.

A character's father is killed in Chapter 30. The character is not upset by it.

A girl is killed who is described to be "like a sister" to another girl. They were not related and were actually in a relationship.
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Fear
Are there ghosts?
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ScherzoSeven
Ghosts are mentioned frequently and several appear on page
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Are there clowns?
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Gross
Does someone vomit?
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ScherzoSeven
In Chapers 1 ,5, 16, and 32.

Vomit is mentioned a few other times
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Does someone spit?
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ScherzoSeven
In Chapters 5, 30, and 32.
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LGBTQ+
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The two trans characters are constantly deadnamed throughout the book.
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Medical
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ScherzoSeven
Needles are used to stitch wounds in several scenes.
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ScherzoSeven
Sort of. Braxton's itself is a bit of a mental institution.

There's a character later on who is the product of another institution. The location itself is never shown, but we see what is done there.
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ScherzoSeven
A hospital is never actually shown, but there is an operating theater where surgical procedures have been carried out
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Mental Health
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ScherzoSeven
Silas seems to from his experiences with his tutors. He also explicitly states that he has repressed memories from his childhood and the men that would come around.
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angelicRemm
The girls at the school are described and treated as mentally ill, even though it isn’t actually a real illness, and is much more like how hysteria is treated in real human history.
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ScherzoSeven
A character is implied to have bit themself in Chapter 15.

Another character attempts surgery on themself in Chapter 21
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ScherzoSeven
This book has really good autism rep
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angelicRemm
The main character is autistic, and has a few meltdowns throughout the book. One of the biggest ones I can think of is from his first meeting with his suitor at the school.
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Is there ABA therapy?
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ScherzoSeven
Not exactly because this is a historical novel, but Silas' tutors were paid to "train" his autistic traits out of him. This was very traumatic for Silas.
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ScherzoSeven
The main character experiences body dysphoria.
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ScherzoSeven
Two characters are trapped in a basement
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ScherzoSeven
Lots of it.

Silas was abused by his parents for his autistic traits, both physically and verbally.

His parents also hired tutors to "train" the autism out of him.
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Noxious
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ScherzoSeven
"Fuck" and "slut" are both used frequently
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Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
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ScherzoSeven
Off page, mentioned in dialogue
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Are there abortions?
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ScherzoSeven
C21
In Chapter 21, there is a graphic on page abortion, though it is performed like a C section.

The scene is very bloody and traumatic and the fetus is described.
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ScherzoSeven
A character's pregnancy is mentioned.

Two other named characters are stated to be pregnant on page. One terminated the pregnancy in a graphic scene where the fetus is described.

A healthy baby is present in the epilogue
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ScherzoSeven
A character mentions that another character miscarried. That character is later blamed for the miscarriage.
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Prejudice
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ScherzoSeven
Constantly. The main character is a trans man in a historical setting. A few characters are aware of this and STILL misgender him, including one character who had previously been supportive.

Another character is a trans woman and is also consistently misgendered.

They are not, however, misgendered by each other and friends who are aware of their identities.
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Is there hate speech?
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ScherzoSeven
Harsh language ableist language is used
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ScherzoSeven
One of the girls who is killed was in love with another girl.

Another girl is implied to be queer, but it's not confirmed.
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ScherzoSeven
Lots of it.

Most is directed at Silas because he's autistic, but another autistic character also is a victim to this.

Most of the women in the book and Silas are said to have "Veil Sickness" and are treated horribly because of it.
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Are there n-words?
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Relationships
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ScherzoSeven
It's common for violet eyed girls to be married off young to much older men. This is discussed, and we also see a few instances of it on page.
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Religious
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ScherzoSeven
Not really, but the Speaker society almost fits into the territory and their rules and practices are brought up a lot
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Sex
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ScherzoSeven
Violet eyed girls are constantly objectified by men who wish to use them to "breed heirs"
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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Sickness
Is there dementia/Alzheimer's?
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Spoiler
Does it have a sad ending?
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Violence
Is there blood/gore?
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ScherzoSeven
Lots of it.

Surgical procedures are discussed and a few happen on screen. (Chapter 21 has a particularly upsetting scene)

Many injuries happen on screen.
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