Heinrich Hoffman's 1845 Struwwelpeter might be classic German children's book, but it's not the kind of book you'd want to get anywhere near your own lovely little ones. That's because it's filled with horrific nightmares and gory tales of terror. In the tale above for example,
"The Story of Little Suck-a-Thumb" informs tots that A.) a vengeful tailor will lop off your appendages with hedge trimmers; and B.) your parents will shrug nonchalantly when it happens.
Read the rest of the scary stories at the link.