by Tony Harrington
Anyone who knows me knows that my secret shame is the fact that I am terrified by porcelain and creepy turn of the century kinds of dolls. I am not talking about cherubic Cabbage Patch Kids or cuddly kid toys, not at all. I am talking about creepy dolls whose eyes are vacant yet seem to see through your very soul. You know you have seen them, perhaps adorning the shelves of a grandmother’s home, a collectors office, an antique store or in the trash where these things belong. No matter where you have seen them, chances are they just give off a feeling that something about the doll is just wrong.
Make fun of me if you will, laugh if you must, but as it turns out there is a very good reason to be afraid of these dolls…They are haunted. Or so believes the founder of www.haunteddolls.net Kimberly Gunn. On her website she explains how she has amassed a staggering collection of dolls that have scared the pants off their previous owners by moving on their own, showing up in places they were not placed, heads and limbs moving on their own, sense of dread and panic caused just by being near the dolls.
Some of the dolls were collected by paranormal investigators, others belonged to Wicca, Celtics or other spiritual people and some were just born bad. Regardless of how the dolls came to be possessed or haunted, they all have a place with Ms. Gunn who has made it her life’s ambition to educate the public on the phenomenon of haunted dolls, or Spirit Children as she lovingly refers to them.
She states that it is her goal to communicate with the spirits inhabiting these dolls and attempt to give them a voice. As admirable as I find this, it is a niche market in the field of paranormal studies after all, I do have to say that nothing chills me to the bone more than the fact that these dolls have something to say. In my mind, anything they may have to communicate involves the words “eating” and “your soul”. Everything else is moot in my mind. Call me shallow, call me a coward, but there is something wrong about haunted dolls, the way they terrify me borderlines on almost irrational fear, and I know I am not the only one.
At an investigation to an old civil war era house now serving as a museum in Camden, AR yielded a room of old dolls, their eyes piercing the darkness and following intently as if they knew we were there. I can’t explain the panic I felt as I stood amongst them, it felt like each one had a voice and were talking to me in my mind. And then, just as I was freaking myself out I hear “Come play with us Tony,” which caused me to hightail it out of the room almost running over a fellow investigator who had uttered the words as a joke.
How is it though that dolls become haunted? Do they absorb the energy of a haunted house or is it simply that they were loved by a child or adult who passed on and that attachment has continued into the afterlife, the spirit of the deceased refusing to let go of their loved earthly possession. Or is it because they are just creepy looking and years of horror movies and shows using dolls as a fright mechanism has ingrained itself in our subliminal mind? It’s difficult to say, I personally believe there is something paranormal at work but I am not able to scientifically prove this or even do any research on a paranormal studies related level because I refuse to be around the dolls for any extended period of time.
What do you think? Is it a crazy and irrational fear or is it possible that the dolls now host the spirits of children and adults that have since crossed over to the other side? Share your thoughts and opinions with us by commenting on this post.