Reader Submissions: Six True Tales of Ghosts and Ghouls

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Here are a few short ghost stories I’ve received from readers. Do any send a chill down your spine?

Princess Seraphina
“I’m pretty sure my daughter is ‘friends’ with St. Seraphina. She talks about her and Seraphina all the time and tells us that Seraphina is a princess. What an odd name for a four year old to randomly come up with. I didn’t know anything about Saint Seraphina until I Googled it. The only thing I came up with was Ben Affleck’s daughter’s name and this Saint. No cartoon characters generated on the web search. So where did she get the name? Also, she twirls around talking to “Princess Seraphina.” not kidding here. It’s uncanny.

Last night, I opened my master bedroom door and sitting in front of my daughter’s door (we have hardwood floors) was a crumpled up piece of paper – a receipt – that was spinning by itself on the ground. FAST. When I stepped  forward, the paper abruptly stopped. When showing this spinning act to my wife, the paper wouldn’t spin at all. It’s almost like the floor was greased up. Just spinning. I understand that Saint Seraphina was a “spinner?” Before the spinning incident, my wife and I had a huge fight. It was almost like something was telling me to chill out. I’m not crazy, but this is a very true story.”

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Reader Submission: The Evil Dolls

“Weird things started happening to me about a year ago. I moved into a new unit in Brisbane, QLD, and got my porcelain dolls back from my mother’s place. I have had the dolls since I was 5 years old. Everyone used to tell me they were evil, but I didn’t believe them.

Anyway, I put the seven dolls away in a box and left them in the spare room. I then began having nightmares, starting with one or two a week. After a little while, they started to occur every single night. I’ve never experienced nightmares like this in my life. These were full on extreme night terrors. I didn’t understand what was going on and was exhausted all the time from lack of sleep.

I then started to hear some kind of scratching noise coming from inside the closet or from just outside my room late at night – never during the day. At the time, I thought it might be a mouse. These things happened for a couple of months.

One time I was sitting in the lounge room, watching TV, when all of a sudden I saw two small red eyes on the side of my cat’s body when he standing on my lap. They were just staring at me. I looked behind me to see where it was coming from and saw nothing but a blank wall. I looked back and the eyes were still looking at me. Then they slowly faded away. I always felt a strange, uncomfortable presence in the house, but wasn’t sure if it was because I had just moved in on my own and was scaring myself or if it was something else. I think I used to make excuses for everything so I didn’t think I was going crazy.

On another occasion, I was lying in bed and had the outside hall light on when I saw a murky dark shadow come across the ceiling and into my room. It then disappeared. The last thing that happened before I spoke to someone about the weird events was when I saw a demonic-looking face in the reflection of the base of my lamp. It was staring at me. The thing had dark circles as eyes, and it wasn’t clear like a human face, but was definitely a face. I turned off the light and ignored it and went to sleep.

I eventually spoke to a lady at work, a Jehovah’s Witness, about everything that happened, and she told me that I had something in my house that was causing the problems. I didn’t fully believe it was the dolls at the time, but I ended up throwing them out in the industrial bin that weekend because something needed to happen to make it stop. The dolls were worth hundreds of dollars, but I was not risking it. That night, I had an extreme nightmare about them. The dolls were at my Nan’s house, where they had been originally, and they had killed my cat. In the dream, I found his body in the kitchen sink. My cat is still alive now, LOL, but I always check on him to make sure he is safe.

It’s been over 9 months now, and since getting rid of the dolls I have had no nightmares, no weird noises, or feelings of another presence. I feel stronger and healthier, and I always pray from time to time, asking the lord to protect me and Hugo (my cat). Everything stopped after I threw out those dolls. I now know not to ignore things and to become more in touch with my spiritual side. And I will never buy my daughter a porcelain doll!”

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Reader Submission: Doll Eyes

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“My story takes place in the sleepy town of Moundsville, West Virginia. We are home to the West Virginia Penitentiary and the Adena Burial Mound.

During grade school, I spent most of my weekends at my friend Emily’s house. Emily lived next door to her grandmother, Nina, who had several medical issues.

Nina’s house was the same house Emily’s mother had grown up in. The house always had a strange feeling in it… Lights would turn on and off, footsteps and whispers could be heard, but none of that phased me. The only thing that did scare me was the attic.

The attic was finished, but had that “death” smell to it, like an abandoned building. It was always cold, despite the hot air that would rise from the floors above. The attic contained 4 small rooms, which were bedrooms when Emily’s mother and siblings were children. The rooms contained little knickknacks from her mother’s childhood. One room was entirely devoted to dolls, which I always found terrifying.

One day, Emily and I were playing in the attic with some of the old toys in the doll room. We heard Nina call for us for lunch, so we placed the rag dolls we were playing with back on the shelf in the room. Right before we left the attic, we heard something fall to the floor. Curious, we went back into the doll room and saw that the middle doll from the shelf had fallen off. I, myself, had put the doll back in its place, and there was no way it could have fallen like it did. A little spooked, I picked up the doll and put it back on the shelf.

Later on that day, Emily and I were playing in the woods adjacent to her house. I squatted down to pick up a pretty stone I found on the forest floor. When I went down, I felt something poking me in my pocket. I put my hand in the pocket, and I found two doll eyes in my pocket…the eyes from the doll I had picked up earlier that day. Needless to say, I have been terrified of dolls ever since.”

Creepy! Spook yourself with more tales of haunted dolls or share your own creepy tale by using the submission form here or by email at ghostsghoul@gmail.com!


4 Creepy Haunted Doll Sites

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Think dolls are creepy? You’re not alone. Many folks are spooked by tales of Robert the Haunted Doll and Connecticut’s infamous Annabelle. However, not everyone finds haunted dolls disturbing. In fact, some people are so passionate about ghostly dollies that they’ve created websites offering everything from a haunted doll shop to a live web stream featuring allegedly possessed playthings. Here are four of them. Do you believe?

The Haunted Doll Educator
David’s Haunted Dolls doesn’t sell anything, but instead focuses on educating the public about haunted dolls and the best way to care for them. David, who affectionately refers to his haunted dolls as “spirit children,” insists possessed dolls are real and more common than one might think.

“A haunted doll is not your everyday Betsy Wetsy,” David writes. “Haunted dolls are real life spirits that are attached to a certain host doll. Nobody really knows if the spirit picks that host doll, or if they are just drawn there, but we do know it happens. You might even have a haunted doll in your home, and not even know it.”

Isn’t that a comforting thought…

The Haunted Doll Store
If you want to buy a possessed doll, AJ’s Haunted Dolls is a good place to visit. The site offers dozens of creepy playthings, ranging in price from $20 to $1,000. Some dolls, like Kiara, appear innocent and sweet, while others, like Maria the Revenge Wiccan Spirit, have a slightly darker energy. However, you shouldn’t fret about a possessed doll coming to slit your throat in the middle of the night. AJ is confident in her (his?) ability to keep evil forces out.

dolls staring“It is simple, my grandmother always said ‘in order to keep evil out, you do not invite it in,'” AJ writes. “Along with following her simple rules, her protection prayers, and burning of sage sticks I haven’t had to deal with any strong evil entities.”

The Haunted Doll Collector
Haunted Dolls, meanwhile, bills itself as “the original haunted doll site” and features information about owner Kimberly Gunn’s extensive collection. Gunn has collected everything from possessed clown dolls to haunted Native American figures and is dedicated to helping the souls trapped inside her spirit children.

“I have made it my mission to adopt these dolls, to communicate with them, show them as much attention as possible, and to give them a voice,” she writes.

The Haunted Doll Cam
Another site, the Doll House Cam, streams video of dolls 24/7 to give viewers the chance to spot a haunted doll in action. Viewers have shared all sorts of finds in the Cam Capture section, though most require a healthy dose of imagination to see. Some finds, on the other hand, are quite unnerving. In March 2009, the cam captured what appears to be a child’s ghost lurking at the bottom of the stairs. Do you think it’s real?

Have you had an experience with a haunted doll? Share your experiences here!

Haunted Doll Books
Haunted Objects: Stories of Ghosts on Your Shelf
Creepy-Ass Dolls
Possessed Possessions : Haunted Antiques, Furniture and Collectibles
The Haunted Doll’s House and Other Ghost Stories (The Complete Ghost Stories of M.R. James, Vol. 2)
The Doll in the Garden: A Ghost Story