I’m not exactly pediophobic, but porcelain dolls… they just creep me out. Mom, unfortunately, loves them – the more grotesque, the better. So, here we are, traipsing around second-hand stores in search of her next prize find.

I completely miss Mom’s question, until a cracked, soot-blackened face, surrounded by scraggly hair, is thrust in front of mine. Startled, I stumble back.

“Isn’t she perfect?” says Mom.

“Mom, no. It’s… well, something feels wrong.”

I swear the thing smiles. At this point, every light in the store goes out.

“Hello, Katy.” A creaky whisper in the dark. “I’ve been waiting for you.” 

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Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 year ago

Now that is seriously scary Carrie! Great story.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

This story is so creepy, Carrie. Wow. Great.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Carrie OLeary
1 year ago

You’re welcome, Carrie.

Julie Harris
Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
1 year ago

Your picture is terrifying, Carrie, so congratulations on a great success! The story is also frightening. The two of them together – well, it doesn’t bear thinking of. I’ll never look at a porcelain doll the same way again. ?

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Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
1 year ago

I totally agree with all the other comments – very well written and very scary story, and the picture is perfect. Well done!

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Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
1 year ago

I just came back from a trip to Cartagena, an old cultural and today very touristic city by Colombia’s Atlantic coast. Beside the terrible inquisition museum and a couple of other museums, we discovered that there also is a doll museum and went to see it. Your mother would love it! Like you, I am not pediophobic (how funny, I just saw that word for the first time just a few days ago and here it is again!) but don’t like the lifelessness of most old dolls.
After having seen a huge collection of Victorian dolls (mainly from Germany) I can easily picture how your story plays out. In combination with your picture, they are like the inquisition museum and the doll museum put together.

Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
1 year ago

I love this story. Although a frightening one, it can pass for a short thriller. Writing horror stories is something I’m not good at but would love to do. Well done.

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