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Deadly Dolls: Midnight Tales of Uncanny Playthings

Deadly Dolls: Midnight Tales of Uncanny Playthings

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The doll wasn’t lying on the floor of the cage, but was standingagainst the padlocked door. And as the curtains parted it turned its face sharply towards me…

As mannequins, automata, effigies and dummies, dolls have haunted our imagination since ancient times, invoked throughout the years in literature and film as quintessential symbols of the uncanny. 

In this collection of fourteen tales harking from 1817 to 2022, Elizabeth Dearnley presents a sinister troupe of unsettling playthings from the minds of E. T. A. Hoffmann, Daphne du Maurier, Angela Carter, Agatha Christie, Robert Aickman, Camilla Grudova  and many more.

Including possessed puppets, artificial suitors and figures that blur the lines between human and doll, fresh nightmares await when the doors of the dolls’ house swing open and its denizens come out to play.
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