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Suffer the Children is the first of the five books in the novel series A Nightmare on Elm Street (Black Flame novels). It is a 2005 novel written by David Bishop and published by Black Flame.

It is a distinct story from both the A Nightmare on Elm Street film series and each of the other Black Flame novels, though it has vague similarities to aspects of both the film series and some of the other novels.

It, and the second and third novels in the same series, were later reprinted in 2006 in the compilation Ripped from a Dream: A Nightmare on Elm Street Omnibus.

It is set in Springwood.



Alex Corwin has a dream about flying.


The Guinea Pigs

Other Characters


  • The line, "Your mouth says no, but your eyes say yes." was derived from the line "Your eyes says no no, but my mouth says yes yes." in Freddy vs. Jason . It was changed slightly again to "Your mouth says no, but your body says yes." in A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010 film).
  • It is stated that the version of Springwood in this novel has a Dirt Cheap.
  • It is repeatedly explicitly stated that Freddy Krueger was a pedophile and child molester before he was burned to death.
  • Death didn't change his sexual orientation.
  • Nancy Holbrook from the 2010 reboot is arguably partially based on Alex Corwin.
  • It is stated that the whole Springwood Police Department was fully aware that Freddy Krueger was going to be burned to death before it was done and that the members that didn't participate looked the other way.
  • It is stated that multiple people, including Donald Thompson, threw Molotov cocktails into the boiler room.
  • It is stated that Freddy Krueger died in a burn unit at Springwood General Hospital after having been in there for three days. This would defeat the whole purpose of Donald Thompson hiding Freddy Krueger's body. It also disqualifies this novel from being a part of the storyline of the ANOES film series.
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