Pediophobia 2016

We took a break last year, due to camera issues, but guess what? It's time for new Pediophobia post! 

I have no fear of dolls. I love dolls, in fact, especially old antiques. But over the years, I have learned that others do not share my love of old dolls, and popular entertainment has been loaded with creepy doll stories lately.

So in the spirit of Halloween, I give you... creepy doll photos!

Some of these were photographed at the Historical Museum...

I think they are beautiful. I always wanted an antique bisque Kestner or Jumeau. Little Sis, however, prefers the simpler antique china dolls. (She is my doll buddy.)

We have a few modern-but-old-looking porcelain dolls of our own. Because I'm committed (or is it I should be committed?), I took a few to my favorite old cemetery and had them pose for Halloween.

And because this is a bookish blog, here are a few books, all featuring wonderful creepy doll covers.

For older elementary-aged kiddos:

Took: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn.
Clarion Books, 2015.
Took was one of the most popular titles at our school's recent Scholastic Book Fair, and if you read yesterday's post, you'll know that Mary Downing Hahn is very popular in our house. This isn't her first scary doll book, but it's very different from The Doll in the Garden (see my first Pediophobia post). It deals with rural Appalachian folklore (a mountain witch!), and the doll in question isn't old at all. Rather, it's an American Girl-inspired vinyl doll, made to look like the protagonist's little sister. It may not be my favorite MDH title, but it's fun, and just right for older kids who like scary stories.

For older elementary/middle school kiddos:

Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge.
Amulet Books, 2015.

Cuckoo Song isn't really about creepy dolls, despite the enticing cover. It's a beautifully-written fantasy about a girl named Triss who wakes up after a bad fever, very confused and insatiably hungry. There a couple of scenes involving dolls coming to life, and there is another doll (of sorts) who is a main part of the plot. UGH! It's so hard to explain this book without giving too much away! Despite the fact the big bombshell drops early in the book, it would still be cheating the reader if I give it away here. Here's what you need to know: it takes place in England during the 1920s, and there are fairy-like beings known as "The Besiders." I loved it. Now, go read it.

For grown-ups:

The Doll Collection, edited by Ellen Datlow.
Tor/Forge, 2014.

The Doll Collection is a dark short story collection, and all of the stories involve dolls (or puppets or mannequins, etc.), illustrated with doll photos. The stories vary wildly, as does the creepiness factor, but it's definitely a worthwhile collection, for adults who love horror and have any kind of fascination with dolls.

And for your viewing pleasure, I leave you with just one of many old British Pathe newsreel videos involving doll factories. (Really. Go to YouTube and type British Pathe dolls.)

You can see lots of vintage doll commercials on Little Sis's Vintage Doll Commercials playlist. Little Sis and I also keep a "Doll Decor" Pinterest board, and dolls can also be found on other boards of mine, here, here, here, and here. (And probably on other boards, too. Go check out my Pinterest, if you want. Click "Follow All," then go through and unclick anything you're uninterested in.)

For more Pediophobia, check out the 2013 and 2014 installments.

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  1. Well I don't have pediophobia (which sounds more like a fear of feet) but all these dolls were creepy. :-) So good job!

    1. Haha, thanks! And yes on the feet thing. I totally think that, too.

  2. Oh this is so fantastic!!!!! I'm totally going to read Took and that Cuckoo Song book, thank you!!!!!! Love the pix :)


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