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)
    2 years ago

    Now that is seriously scary Carrie! Great story.

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    2 years ago

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

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    Reply to  Carrie OLeary
    2 years ago

    You’re welcome, Carrie.

    Julie Harris
    Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
    2 years 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. ?

    Sandra James
    Sandra James(@sandra-james)
    2 years ago

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

    Christer Norrlof
    Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
    2 years 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… Read more »

    Thompson Emate
    Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
    2 years 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.

    Katie Brewer
    Katie Brewer(@katie-brewer)
    8 months ago

    I love how this was written! Well done, Carrie!

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