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Name That Trauma:: P.J. on a Glassed-Eyed Porcelain Doll Anthology

October 17th, 2013 by unkle lancifer · 4 Comments

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,

PJ

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!

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Oct 17, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    PJ, Is this the same “Don’t Look Behind You”?…

    http://gravetapping.blogspot.com/2009/03/dont-look-behind-you-by-fredric-brown.html

  • 2 Chuckles72No Gravatar // Oct 18, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Unk,

    I’m sure that you nailed it. “Don’t look behind you” by Fredric Brown was indeed in “Haunts, Haunts, Haunts.”

    I should add that I also read this story when I was a kid and it scared the heck out of me. The terrifying element is how the story is written – it goes along as a sort of crime thriller until towards the very end, when you come to realize that the author is not who you think it is.

    When I read the end my blood ran cold. I’d recommend finding a way to read it but if that is impossible (which it may well be), a decent, spoiler/synopsis can be found here:

    http://www.whatsthatbook.com/?xq=1038

    That summary fails to capture the creepiness of the story though. For a couple of days after reading it I was royally freaked out.

  • 3 Chuckles72No Gravatar // Oct 18, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Oh, and PJ can buy “Haunts Haunts Haunts” edited by Helen Hoke on Amazon or Ebay – you just have to put quotes around “Haunts Haunts Haunts” – search engines do not like duplication.

    I actually just ordered myself a copy – it has some great stuff including The Inn by Guy Preston which is an outstandingly creepy story.

  • 4 DownUnderDudeNo Gravatar // Oct 30, 2013 at 6:50 am

    Sweets to the Sweet has been filmed. It is the third story in the British horror anthology from 1971 THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD. That story starred Christopher Lee and Chloe Franks.

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