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The Dreaming is an Australian Horror OEL Manga trilogy by Queenie Chan.

The story begins with twin sisters, Amber and Jeannie Malkin, starting at Greenwich Private College, a boarding school in the remote Australian bush with a history of missing students. The twins have horrible nightmares and strange things begin to happen in the school, with a soon a student vanishes. Needless to say, It Gets Worse.

Not to be confused with the spin-off of The Sandman.

Tropes used in The Dreaming include:


  • Adults Are Useless: Mostly true, although Ms. Anu helps the twins figure the mystery out and helps evacuates the surviving students at the end.
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: Mrs Skeener, and very nearly Jeannie.
  • The Blank: The Headmistress is depicted faceless in many of the paintings.
  • Boarding School of Horrors: The surrounding bush is haunted by beings called Quinkans. They have snatched 12 students in the past and are working on their next round dozen.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Although the reader is left to draw their own conclusions, Mrs Skeener's sister may still be possessing Amber at the end.
  • Buried Alive: Avril Merriweather did this to her students, but would let them out. This is how Mrs. Skeener died in Vol 3.
  • Connect the Deaths
  • Creepy Housekeeper: Variation on the theme - in this case, the creepy Mrs. Skeener is the Vice Principle, not a house keeper.
  • Demonic Possession: Of the abducted ... including Jeanie. Too bad she wasn't a smoker. That would have helped.
  • Different As Night and Day: Subtly so - Amber and Jeanie don't have a whole lot in common and aren't very close. In the end they go their separate ways.
  • Don't Go in The Woods: We mean it. Not a good idea.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: Implied that this is what happened to the lost girls.
  • A Fete Worse Than Death: Happens to young Mrs. Skeener and her sister when they first arrive at the School
  • Haunted House: In as much as ghosts keep visiting.
    • Oh and don't forget the Haunted Cupboard where the spirit of an overworked manga artist dwells (give me Mountain Dew ...)
  • Kill the Cutie: Quite a few of them.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Bit of this for Amber in the end.
  • Living Shadow: The Quinkan appear to be this.
  • Locked Door: You know, that one room with the spooky picture hanging on the door?
  • Mind Control Eyes: Amber gets bold black outlines of her eyes whenever she is possessed.
  • Mirror Scare
  • Of Corsets Sexy: The Victorian dresses in the manga are modestly so.
  • Old Dark House
  • Nightmare Fuel: It is a horror manga after all.
  • Rain of Blood: Subverted, it's not human blood.
  • Sadist Teacher: Avril Merriweather.
  • She Who Must Not Be Named - Warning: Saying the name of certain disappeared residents of the School while gazing into a mirror may be hazardous to your health.
  • Spooky Painting: The school is filled with them.
  • There Are No Adults: This happened to Mrs. Skeener & her twin when the school first opened.
  • There Are No Therapists: Subverted. Not that their presence did a lot of good of course.
  • Uncanny Valley: Sometimes the characters approach this. Queenie Chan gets a little "too good" in her artistry.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Amber is arguably one of these.
  • Woobie: You'll never guess who.
    • Mrs. Skeener when her backstory is revealed. Helps that she looks a far sight pretty in her younger days.
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