Have you ever looked at a porcelain doll sitting on a shelf and gotten a really creepy feeling about it? There are a number of horror films based on the idea. The whole “Chucky” series is about an doll that wreaks havoc, and creepy dolls are a Stephen King recurring theme.
In “The Poltergiest,” a King-written screenplay, a little boy afraid of the clown that sits at the foot of his bed is later dragged under the bed by the doll. King wrote an “X-Files” episode about an evil doll, and one of the vignettes in his “Nightmares and Dreamscapes” series that originally aired last year on TNT was about a man (William Hurt) tormented by toys. A company of little green Army men battle him to his death.
That’s why I think if someone bought Stephen King, (who obviously has major issues with dolls), one of the Strange Dolls I ran across online today and mailed it to him, it might just send him over the edge.
The Web site says Strange Dolls aren’t toy store- or child-appropriate; they’re “misproportioned, strangely dressed, and they have a story and character uniquely their own.”
Strange Dolls are handmade by artist Beth Robinson, who began selling them in 2003 and has made more than 300 for galleries and fun. Beth was gracious enough to allow me to use the photographs of her Strange Dolls on my Web site.
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so perhaps to someone, Beth’s dolls don’t look strange at all. But I still think someone should Fed-X one to Stephen King. His stories have messed with our minds throughout the years; why shouldn’t we return the favor?