Hi Unk – I’m trying to find the the title and author of this horror anthology from the early 80s. I think it was called “Haunts, Haunts, Haunts,” but an Amazon and Google search didn’t turn up anything. Two of my favorite stories were “Sweets to the Sweet” and “Don’t Look Behind You“, a first-person narrative from the point of view of the ghost. My sisters and I loved to recite the last sentence “don’t look behind you…until you see THE KNIFE,” and quickly turn to the illustration of a knife-wielding corpse and scream.
“Sweets to the Sweet” was about an little girl with a voodoo doll who had the power to harm anyone that pissed her off. It may have been from the same anthology, or a different series (Creeps, Creeps, Creeps or something like that). The artwork for the story was black and white photo of one of those creepy old-fashioned porcelain dolls with the glass eyeballs. From my recollection, the story ended with someone’s head rolling down the stairs. Barbie dolls with painted on eyes never bothered me, but my 4th grade self developed an aversion to life-sized dolls with glass eyeballs with the potential to walk across the room and kill you ever since.
Thanks for the trauma,
UNK SEZ: Thanks for sharing your trauma PJ! I’m not sure about the first-person ghost story but ROBERT BLOCH‘s “Sweets to the sweet” is included in a horror anthology edited by LEONARD WOLF entitled DOUBLES, DUMMIES AND DOLLS. The cover of that book looks just you described and you can see it HERE. I hope that’s it! Does anybody out there recognize PJ’s knife-wielding ghost story? Let us know!