Into the Pit is a first volume from the anthological Fazbear Frights book series of the franchise. Written by Elley Cooper with Scott Cawthon, published on December 26, 2019.

Summary

Five Nights at Freddy's fans won't want to miss this pulse-pounding collection of three novella-length tales that will keep even the bravest player up at night . . .

What do you wish for most? It's a question that Oswald, Sarah, and Millie think they know the answer to. Oswald wishes his summer wasn't so boring, Sarah wishes to be beautiful, and Millie wishes she could just disappear from the face of the earth. But in the twisted world of Five Nights at Freddy's, their hearts' deepest desires have an unexpected cost.

In this volume, horror master Scott Cawthon spins three sinister novella-length stories from different corners of his series' canon. Each story comes complete with accompanying artwork from fan-favorite game artist LadyFiszi, who brings the horror to life in startling new ways.

Readers beware: This collection of terrifying tales is enough to unsettle even the most hardened Five Nights at Freddy's fans.

Plot

Into The Pit

It's the last day of school, Oswald was taken to his school by his dad before he drove off to his work. The students were allowed to bring any electronic device to school, but Oswald wasn't rich enough to have any, so he started drawing. He had been drawing mechanical animals lately for unknown reason, and he imagined them to be human-sized, he didnt know if he thought they were creepy, or cute.

Oswald was taken to a library by his dad every day in his summer to spend his time, as they had no money to spend for his holiday. He would have spend his time with Ben, his best friend, if he hadn't moved out from town. He then went to Jeff's Pizza to have a cheese slice and an orange soda. The place was creepy and weird, as described by Ben. It has a big empty space, a stage that he had never seen anyone use, and a dirty ball pit. Jeff was also the only worker in the place.

After having the same routine for a few days and being felt sorry by Ben, he was tired and frustrated. He had an argument with his dad before going back to the library. Before dad picked him up at Jeff's Pizza, Oswald decided to hide in the ball pit in the place and let his dad find him.

Strangely, after coming back out from the ball pit, Oswald was in a completely different place. The room was filled with children and arcade machines, and was way brighter and more colorful. He noticed there were also three animatronics standing on the stage, Freddy Fazbear, Bonnie the Bunny, and Chica the Chicken. He found them similar to the drawings he made before. He bumped into two kids who looked like the same age as him, Chip and Mike. After playing a few games with them, Oswald started to worry about how to go back to his world.

Over the next few weeks, Oswald goes into the pit to play with Chip and Mike. However, one day, he awakens out of the pit to hear screaming, frantic running and crying. He sees a man in a Spring Bonnie costume lure him backstage, and he follows out of curiosity. There, he sees 6 dead kids, each wearing party hats. Oswald runs as fast he can to emerge in the current year.

Once outside of the ball-pit, he sees Jeff and his dad, who are mad at him for hiding in the ball pit. They're about to leave, but just then, the bunny appears, pulling Oswald's dad into the pit. The bunny then emerges from the pit and takes Oswald to his dads car. Once home, Oswald frantically texts his mom for help, but when she gets home, she is confused as everything is normal. Turns out, everyone sees the bunny as a normal human except for Oswald.

A few days later, Oswald sneaks out of the house to investigate the ball-pit more, and finds his dad unconscious inside of it. He tries to get him out but just then, the bunny attacks, revealing itself as an organic creature and unhinging its jaw to bite Oswald. Oswald gets the bunny to accidentally hang itself on a rope over the ball-pit, killing it. Oswald and his dad (who has no memory of the event) go home, with everything ending on a normal note.

To Be Beautiful

Sarah wants to be beautiful. She wishes this because she thinks she is hideous and thus invisible to the boy she likes. One day, she tries to make herself noticed by the popular girls by sitting at their table, but just ends up upset when they don't notice her, and spills a salad on her crush by accident.

Later that day, walking home from school, she sees what looks like an arm coming out of the trunk of a car in a junkyard. Curious, she opens the trunk, to find Circus Baby. She takes the animatronic home, cleans it up, and then turns it on. The robot springs to life and introduces herself as Eleanor. To show her appreciation for cleaning her up and turning her on, Eleanor promises to grant any wish Sarah may have, to which Sarah requests to become beautiful. Upon hearing the wish, Eleanor tells Sarah to give her time to think how to do it.

The next day when Sarah gets home from school Eleanor gives her a necklace, and instructs her to never under any circumstance take the necklace off. Eleanor then instructs Sarah to get in bed so that she can sing her to sleep, which is the only way for her to help make Sarah Beautiful.

When Sarah wakes up the next day, she sees that her arms have changed, and when she goes to school she gets a compliment from one of the popular girls about how her nails look. When she gets home, Eleanor again instructs her to get in bed, and when she gets up she is again changed. This continues until all that is left of Sarah before she met Eleanor is her face. when she asks Eleanor to change this, Eleanor warns that she may not recognize her own face. when Sarah still insists, Eleanor instructs her to once again go to sleep.

Sarah wakes up with a new, perfect face, and goes to school. She becomes friends with the popular kids and gets a date with her crush. She spends an entire weekend with her new friends and her life is going really well. One night before school, she has a nightmare about Eleanor, and wakes up to find her standing over her bed. She tells Eleanor to go to the corner, which Eleanor does.

That day, during lunch, Sarah trips and falls, causing the necklace to come off. She starts shaking uncontrollably and also hears screams coming from other kids. She realizes she is no longer human but scrapyard junk barely pieced together. She runs home in panic, but can not find Eleanor anywhere. Finally, she looks in the basement and finds garbage bags filled with human parts, which she realizes are her own.

Turns out, Eleanor was preforming surgery on Sarah every night, removing her own body parts and replacing them with junk. Eleanor appears, wearing a necklace similar to Sarah's. She presses a button on it, and transforms into Sarah Pre-Surgery, before running off. Sarah is left alone to become nothing.

Count The Ways

This story has a transition between events in the present and the past.

Millie climbs inside the chest cavity of Funtime Freddy and gets trapped. When she wakes up, she looks up and see two blue eyes, looking down at her. Funtime Freddy tells her that he's going kill her, but she gets to choose how she'll die, because for as long as Funtime Freddy has been in the house, he's been overhearing Millie's obsession with death. Millie begs to get out, but Funtime Freddy refuses.

Millie is a goth girl who recently moved in with her grandfather. Her grandfather is a collector and has many random items throughout the house. At school, Millie doesn't have many friends and spends time by herself writing poems about death. Funtime Freddy's first option is to just let Millie die on her own inside his stomach. No water, no food, nothing. He then begins to get descriptive about how the human body works. Funtime Freddy then says that he wants to make Millie's wish come true, that he's like a genie. Millie thinks about screaming in hopes that her grandfather would eventually find her, but Funtime Freddy's chest cavity is soundproof.

In the past, Millie's family was a joke to the town because they had failed projects. So Millie does get bullied a lot at school. Her best friend ditches her for the popular kids. But then, a goth boy named Dylan starts talking to Millie, sits with her at lunch and then asks her if they want to hang out again. The next option Funtime Freddy had was freezing Millie, by turning off his space heater. However, he discards that option because then Millie's grandfather would then investigate him, because he always leaves Funtime Freddy on. Millie questions why Funtime Freddy wants to kill her, and Fun-time Freddy answers just because, and also because he overhears Millie talking about dying.

While Millie had a good day, she didn't want to admit it to her grandfather. Her grandfather then gives her a different perspective to death, how it's more sad than romantic. Funtime Freddy then offers impalement. He says that he could grab one of his rods in his body and then stab it through his chest and into Millie. Either it will be a quick and painless death, or a slow and painful death.

In the cafeteria, Dylan gives Millie a new book. Millie starts reading the book and fell in love with it. She's also starting to develop a crush on Dylan. She then starts to look up love poems. Funtime Freddy then tells Millie that he could electrocute her by shooting strong electric waves in his chest, which could either kill her quickly or slowly.

Millie meets up with Dylan in the library and the two of them go out. Millie then starts talking about her future. Then around Christmas time, Millie decides to go to her school's Christmas party to see Dylan. Unfortunately, Millie finds Dylan with another girl. Millie goes home, depressed again. Funtime Freddy's next death option was being boiled to death. He says that he can fill his chest with water and then turn up his heaters and then boil Millie.

The day after the party, Millie becomes annoyed with Dylan. But Dylan was trying to be a friend to Millie. He wasn't in love with Millie. Their friendship then ended. At her grandfather's Christmas party, Millie goes to her grandfather's workshop and climbs inside of Funtime Freddy's chest cavity.

Funtime Freddy's next option was decapitation. He then says that he has a blade that can cut her either killing her quickly or slowly. He then says that he's never actually done the decapitation option before. Millie then sees a gap between the chest cavity. She decides that this was the death that she wants, because if Funtime Freddy has never done it before, she might have a chance of survival. She could dodge the blade then escape. Funtime Freddy grabs a sharp sheet of metal. Millie requests a countdown, to which Funtime Freddy agrees. Funtime Freddy then gives an execution speech, talking about how Millie has been a criminal against humanity, about the way she acts towards other people. Millie then decides if she survives then she'll change her ways. The blade then slices through the cavity.

Her grandfather then arranged all of her Christmas presents for when Millie came back.

Epilogue

Detective Everette Larson works at the police department, investigating police cases. Due to his large workload and him prioritizing his job over his family, his wife, Angela, divorced him and claimed custody of his seven-year-old son, Ryan. The chief of the office arrives and gives the detective an infamous case about a mysterious figure who is considered an urban legend; The Stitchwraith.

A strange hooded figure roams the street, collecting random garbage in alleyways. It had been seen scavenging many times by random bystanders. The events of To Be Beautiful are briefly mentioned, revealing the aftermath of Sarah's mutation and eventual death. Her accident ended up all over the news, with students who witnessed it being put into therapy, and many others comparing this incident to the Stitchwraith sightings.

Looking at witness reports and security camera footage, the Stitchwraith's face is shown, with a white mask, one blacked out eye and blood stains around its mouth. It's also revealed that this mysterious figure has murdered five people, causing their bodies to decay and black liquids to spill from their eyes. Detective Larson is tasked to figuring out the Stitchwraith's identity, to which he reluctantly agrees to take on the case.

Characters

Humans

Into the Pit

  • Oswald's Family
    • Oswald
    • Oswald's Mother
    • Oswald's Father
    • Jinx the Cat
  • Ben
  • Dylan Cooper
  • Mrs. Meecham
  • Jeff
  • Chip
  • Mike
  • Gabrielle
  • The Missing Children

To Be Beautiful

  • Sarah's Family
  • Abby
  • Mason Blair
  • The Beautifuls
    • Lydia
    • Jillian
    • Tabitha
    • Emma

Count the Ways

  • Fitzsimmons Family
    • Millie Fitzsimmons
    • Millie's Grandfather
    • Jeff Fitzsimmons
    • Audry Fitzsimmons
    • Sheri Fitzsimmons
    • Rob Fitzsimmons
    • Cameron Fitzsimmons
    • Hayden Fitzsimmons
  • Dylan
  • Hannah
  • Brooke Harrison

Epilogue


Withered Animatronics

Funtime Animatronics

Other Animatronics

Locations

Intro the Pit

  • Freddy Fazbear's Pizza
  • Jeff's Pizza
  • Snack Space
  • Westbrook Elementary
  • Westbrook Middle School
  • Steel Mill
  • Oswald's House

To Be Beautiful

  • Brown Cow
  • Pizza Palazzo
  • Diller's
  • Sarah's House
  • Sarah's School

Count the Ways

  • You and Me Coffee and Tea
  • Millie's School
  • Junkyard

Trivia

General

  • Although given an official release date of December 26th, it was available early from some physical stores, along with accompanying book of the same release date, Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes.
  • While it is unknown whether or not the Fazbear Frights books are set within the game continuity, Scott Cawthon has confirmed that the series will "fill in blanks of the past".[1]

Into the Pit

  • Given the homicidal Spring Bonnie's appearance as well as his victims, it is implied that the 1985 Freddy Fazbear's Pizza location in this story is the restaurant and year where the Missing Children Incident occurred, albeit probably some sort of supernatural imitation.
    • Opposed to the Missing Children Incident where five kids die, strangely, they are six kids Spring Bonnie killed before the events of the story.
  • The illustration of Oswald and his father getting under attack by Spring Bonnie is made, but, like other completed illustrations, was scrapped due to lacking color. It was however still present in early copies, togther with the illustrations of the other two stories.
  • This is the first story to have a happy, uplifting ending.
  • In early copies of the book , while Elley Cooper got credit as the writer of To Be Beautiful and Count the Ways, this story remained uncredited. It's possible this was just a publishing error, or that Scott wrote the story alone without the help of any other writer.

To Be Beautiful

  • In this story, Eleanor exactly represents her game counterpart, whereas in Sister Location Baby deceived Michael in order for him to get scooped.
    • However unlike her game counterpart, Baby refused to let Michael die, which turned out to be true, as Michael survived the incident. Although in this story, Eleanor wanted Sarah to die.
  • There was an illustration of Sarah meeting with Eleanor, but was rejected from the novel's final release due to the lack of color.
  • This story is briefly touched upon in the epilogues, with Sarah turning into garbage being all over the news. 
  • This story was the start of the story connections throughout the book series.

Count the Ways

  • The title of the story serves a dual purpose. While it references Funtime Freddy counting off all the methods of execution he could use to kill MIllie, it also references the poem How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The first line of the poem is "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways."
  • In this story, Funtime Freddy is completely different compared to his game counterpart, as Funtime Freddy is goofy and dark. This version in Count the Ways is very dark and twisted.
  • There was an illustration of Millie inside Funtime Freddy's chest cavity with Funtime Freddy staring at her inside. However, the illustration was scrapped due to lacking color.

Gallery

References

Fazbear Frights Series
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Bunny Call
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The Cliffs
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The Puppet Carver
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The twelfth Book
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