No such thing as an uncreepy doll

The thing about dolls is that even the ones that aren’t trying to kill you or mind-control you into becoming a killer yourself have a baseline creepiness built into their design. Whoever thought that an appropriate plaything for a child would be something shaped like a human, but as vacant-eyed and stiff-limbed as a corpse was not taking into account the visuals on that. It’s bad enough that giving the least powerful member of a family an even smaller human to manipulate often leads to the most chilling episodes of acting-out (see “creepy children”), but add to that the fact that nature abhors a vacuum and the soul-sized cranny in your average doll is the perfect starter home for an evil entity just beginning its career in possession, and it becomes a matter of “when,” not “if” you are murdered by tiny porcelain hands.

Here is a list of books that should serve as cautionary tales against willingly bringing these tiny terrors into your homes. I’ve included a few books for younger readers this time out, because it’s never too early to be informed. They’re not all horror books featuring overtly evil dolls, but that’s how they get you and it’s best to be prepared and suspicious of all dolls, puppets, teddy bears and most of all—ventriloquist dummies.

Keeper of the Children

The Doll Collection

The House of Small Shadows

The Bear Who Wouldn't Leave

Creepy-Ass Dolls

Among Prey

Toy Cemetery

Satan's Toybox: Demonic Dolls

Cuckoo Song


Making Puppets Come Alive

Haunted Dolls: Creepy True Stories Of The Worlds Most Evil Haunted Dolls

Puppet Skin

The Secret Life of Puppets

The Living Evil

Toys in the Attic

The Motion of Puppets

Harold the Haunted Doll: The Terrifying, True Story of the World's Most Sinister Doll

Ghost Child


Puppet: An Essay on Uncanny Life

You'll Never Know, Dear


Toys in the Basement

Diary of a Creepy-Ass Doll

The Toymaker

Somebody Come And Play


The Surrogate


The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death

The Lonely Doll

Everything That Creeps

Doll Bones

The Haunted Dolls: An Anthology


Childish Things

Tales of the Sisters Kane Book

Baby Dolly

The Doll

The Voice Of The Clown


The Haunted Dolls' House and Other Ghost Stories

An Eye for an Eye: The Doll

Ghost Doll




Demonic Dolls: True Tales of Terrible Toys

Night Stone




The Dollkeeper

Child's Play 3

Just Like Mother

The Doll’s Ghost

Nettle & Bone

Night of the Mannequins

Behind the Attic Wall

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