Gooey Gus was the slime monster from the last episode of Ghost Writer called “Attack of the Slime Monster”. Although it might sound silly, Gus actually terrified most of the kids who watched the episode and it haunted their nightmares for years.
In the episode, a girl enters a contest to write a scary story about “Gooey Gus the Slime Monster”. However, the monster comes to life and begins stalking the kids, capturing them and sliming them with his disgusting purple goo. At one point he grows to over eight feet tall and is eventually defeated using vegetable oil.
“It all started at the bubble gum factory. One day the guy who was supposed to be mixing up the bubble gum fell asleep at the controls. The bubble gum got too hot and too much sugar got poured in. There was a big explosion and BOOM! Gooey Gus, the slime monster was born.”
Why did this particular monster scare kids so much? Perhaps it was the fact that it combined the elements of a doll coming to life with an evil, slimy alien blob. Perhaps it was the oddly positioned eyes that made him look completely crazy and deranged. Perhaps it was his catchphrases, “I’m burning mad! I’m steaming mad!” and “Slime, anyone?” Maybe it was just the leather jacket…
“The image of Gooey Gus haunts my dreams. I had terrible nightmares after watching that episode. Even though I watched so many horror movies as a kid, the slime monster was the one that stuck with me. I think it was the sickly, toxic purple goo. I even started hating the color purple.”
“I remember that I missed most of the episode and didn’t know what the plot was. Then suddenly the most terrifying monster I had ever laid eyes on just appeared out of nowhere and scared me so badly that I had to change the channel.”
“I feel so much better knowing I wasn’t the only kid who was terrified of Gooey Gus. He was the subject of all my nightmares. He trapped you in his purple goop and did unspecified unspeakable things to you off camera. Whenever I think of Ghost Writer, I always think, purple bubble gum monster…”
“This thing should never even have existed. It was an abomination against nature. When I first saw this episode, I was unable to move from the couch because I was so afraid that Gooey Gus would jump out of the television screen and violate me in ways I couldn’t even imagine. For weeks, I was convinced, for some reason, that this thing lived in my shower and was waiting to come up through the drain and devour my soul. It actually took months before I would step into a dark bathroom. I think it was probably the eyes that got to me.”
“I can still remember the absolute fear Gooey Gus instilled in me as a child. This purple gum monster starred in all my childhood nightmares. I don’t know what it was, but SOMETHING was just so effective about this thing. I had to sleep with the lights on for months after I saw this and I made my dad check under the bed every night.”
“I was terrified of the shower because I was convinced Gooey Gus was going to ooze up out of the drain or that he would be waiting for me when I stepped out from behind the shower curtain. I used to rush and shut my eyes really tight when I got out just in case he was lurking there. That damn slime monster ruined my childhood!”