House of Leaves

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Does the dog die?
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Samakin Skywalker-Mullaney
Johnny rescues a stray Pekingese and lets a woman take the dog home. However when she is driving away, she throws the dog out of her car window and he dies - very graphically.
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Unanswered Triggers
Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
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Is autism misrepresented?
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Is someone eaten?
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Is there blackface?
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Is there bisexual cheating?
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Is there decapitation?
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Is there throat mutilation?
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Is someone drugged?
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Abandonment
Is a child abandoned by a parent?
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Is an animal abandoned?
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Abuse
Are there abusive parents?
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Is someone stalked?
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Anonymous
Debatable. There is no actual stalking, but a character feels like something is following and hunting them throughout the book.
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Is there domestic violence?
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
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tendorphin
The whole book is about not trusting reality. If gaslighting is a trigger, probably avoid this book.
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Is a child abused?
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Addiction
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CLmajot
Many times. The book begins with Johnny listing various medications and drugs he's used, followed by smoking cigarettes and joints and bongs alike, snorting cocaine, taking ecstasy, and many other drugs.

Also has mentions of driving under the influence.
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Is there addiction?
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Does someone abuse alcohol?
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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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Are animals abused?
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Is there a dead animal?
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Is an animal sad?
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Are rabbits harmed?
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Does a cat die?
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Anonymous
The Navidson's cat is mentioned as having disappeared over the course of the story, and its fate is uncertain.
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Does a pet die?
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Does a dragon die?
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Are there spiders?
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Are there snakes?
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Are there bugs?
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Assault
Is there pedophilia?
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Is rape mentioned?
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WhyThough
There is a bit of discussion about different characters experiencing sexual assault as well as a character planning out the assault and murder of a woman, though it is unclear whether this event actually occurred.
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Charle
Your not likely to come across it but if you decode the may 8, 1987 letter in the appendix II Johnny's mother talks about how the staff are sexually abusing her. Not very graphic but still very disturbing. It is also unclear whether it actually happened due to her psychosis.
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Bodily Harm
Is there shaving/cutting?
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Does someone struggle to breathe?
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Is there cannibalism?
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Is someone burned alive?
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Anonymous
Nobody is buried in dirt, exactly, but a person is buried and crushed in the labyrinth and being in the labyrinth is compared to being buried alive a few times.
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Is there body horror?
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Is there amputation?
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CLmajot
Not squashed but a head injury regardless, a character imagines himself twisting off the head of his boss, the method is described in detail, but no actual people are injured during that scene.
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Is there a hanging?
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Does someone asphyxiate?
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Anonymous
Narrator mentions being hit in the head with a metal bar as a child and “learning what teeth taste like”
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Does someone break a bone?
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basilange
It is briefly mentioned that Karen has a seizure during a scene.
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Is there genital trauma/mutilation?
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WhyThough
A hand is graphically crushed
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Is someone tortured?
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basilange
psychologically by the house, yes
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Does someone fall to their death?
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CLmajot
Very minor and only mentioned as a detail, a child is hit in the eye during a fight and ends up seeing blood
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Is there excessive gore?
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Children
Does a kid die?
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Anonymous
A young girl dies from a famine in the backstory. Her death and its impact come up multiple times throughout the story.
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Is a minor sexualized?
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Disability
Is the r-slur used?
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Family
Is someone kidnapped?
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Does a parent die?
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Anonymous
Both of Johnny's parents die in his backstory. His mother's death is a recurring element in his narrative.
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Does someone cheat?
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Anonymous
Children’s drawings are destroyed
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Fear
Are there jumpscares?
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scout.
A few times something so unexpected and shocking happened that I threw the book and did a lot of frequent “oh my god” gasping.
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Is someone possessed?
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Are there ghosts?
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scout.
I would compare it to a “spirit.”
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Are there clowns?
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CLmajot
In a scene the thought of taking a shower is brought up and described, but no actual shower happens.
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Gross
Does someone wet/soil themselves?
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Does someone vomit?
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CLmajot
The main character graphically describes throwing up and feeling nauseous or being unable to keep food down.
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CLmajot
Not really? A character mentions soiling himself out of fear and feeling feces running down his legs, but it's revealed to never have been happened.
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Does someone spit?
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Is there audio gore?
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basilange
it is a book
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Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
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LGBTQ+
Are there transphobic slurs?
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Medical
Is electro-therapy used?
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tendorphin
There is mention of IV drug use, though only passing.
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Anonymous
A character's treatment while institutionalized is a very large part of the plot.
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Is there a hospital scene?
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Anonymous
It is mentioned that Karen had breast cancer during a time skip.
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Mental Health
Does someone suffer from PTSD?
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Does someone self harm?
S.A.F.E. ALTERNATIVES® (1-800-DONTCUT)
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Is a mentally ill person violent?
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graywolf2010
If you read the letters from Johnny’s mother (in Appendix II, I believe), you’ll find the details of a suicide in the final letter. Additionally, many other characters are suicidal.
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Is there misophonia?
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Anonymous
No, but a character’s drastic weight loss for to mental health issues is frequently mentioned
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Are there anxiety attacks?
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Is there a claustrophobic scene?
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tendorphin
No actual eating disorder, but a man, in the throes of obsession, loses enough weight to shock people when they see him.
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Is there autism specific abuse?
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WhyThough
A man shoots himself in the chest and another character hangs themself with their sheets
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Noxious
Are there sudden loud noises?
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Does a baby cry?
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Is there shakey cam?
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basilange
It is a book, so no, but there is a frequent, unorthodox use of layout that can get very disorienting, meant to invoke feelings of claustro- and agoraphobia
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scout.
I know this is put here because of epilepsy, so I don't think it counts, but it does include a lot of VERY manic, confusing, and all over the place writing that could incite a panic, so I put yes just to be safe?
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Paranoia
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wrongwarp
Hard to explain, but the story presents itself as a real book that was published by the (fictional) characters in the book, attempting to blur the line of reality between itself and the real world.
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Pregnancy
Is there childbirth?
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Are there abortions?
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Does someone miscarry?
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Does a pregnant person die?
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Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
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Anonymous
An African child dies several years before the events of the story. Her death is discussed several times throughout the book.
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Are there homophobic slurs?
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Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
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Is there hate speech?
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Does an LGBT person die?
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Are there n-words?
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Relationships
Is there a large age gap?
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Sex
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Anonymous
Definitely.
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Is someone sexually objectified?
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Are there nude scenes?
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Is there bestiality?
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Are there incestuous relationships?
National Sexual Assault Hotline 800.656.4673
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kttdrustv
mentioned in passing
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Sickness
Is there dementia/Alzheimer's?
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Social
Are there anti-abortion themes?
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Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
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Are there end credit scenes?
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Does it have a sad ending?
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
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CLmajot
Not really, a character vividly imagines a truck crashing into him, but no actual accident takes place during the scene.

A woman drives dangerously while under the influence of drugs. Does not crash the car but it's somewhat related.
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Does a plane crash?
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CLmajot
Not really, a character vividly describes a truck hitting him, but it is quickly revealed to not have happened. No car accidents happened during the scene.
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Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
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Is there blood/gore?
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Does someone drown?
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Is there gun violence?
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