This is a review for "Satan's Toybox: Demonic Dolls" that is up on Amazon. I love the fact this reviewer took the time to go into quite a bit of detail. She is obviously a fan of horror. Thank you very much, Tabitha!
4.0 out of 5 stars The Demon Dolls of Satan's Toybox,
December 8, 2011
This review is from: Satan's Toybox: Demonic Dolls (Paperback)Satan's Toybox: Demonic Dolls opens with the Poe-esque poem Devil Dolls written by Blaze McRob. It sets the tone of chilling desperate fear that follows you through out the 18 tales of terror.
This book covers the entire horrific basis for our irrational fear of the creepy dolls whose eyes seem to burn through you in the fading light of day and make you scream in terror in the night.
Playing with Dolls by Scott M Goriscak shows just what lengths a psychotic artist will go to in order to have her dolls make you feel exactly how she wants you to. Hope she has feelings of goodwill toward you because if she doesn't you're screwed.
Lullaby by Kate Monroe is a wonderfully told heart rending tale of a doll that is passed down through generations of female family members. The doll has been waiting for the perfect playmate. Now finally a special little girl has received her and is chosen to be the one to help the doll do what it has always wanted to.
Blood Lust by Lisa McCourt Hollar was one of my favorites and is the perfect example of why you should not play with that doll your grandmother always told you not to touch. In this tale the feeling of desperation builds to a crescendo and flings you over the edge when you realize there is no escape for the young girl being controlled by the demon in the doll or the world.
Illicit Dreams by Tim Marquitz is a stomach turning (I mean that in a good way :)) story of a pedophile who gets just what he deserves when he discovers a "treasure" in the back room of a porn shop in the sticks. Tim did an amazing job of painting a picture of a man you want tortured in the most gruesome way you can possible imagine.
The Ripper's Doll by Jason McKinney was a story that I thoroughly enjoyed. It is a very different twist to the mythos of Jack the Ripper and his mysterious disappearance. What if Jack had the tables turned on him and what would happen if a special someone stumbled upon his prison? Find out how the Ripper continued to spread fear even after being trapped and what will happen when he gets free in this terrifying tale the greatest murderer of all time.
Adeline by Marissa Farrar is a true horror story. A little girl is surviving the true horrors of this world dealt to her at the hands of her father. One day she is drawn to her savior, Adeline, and unfortunately for daddy dearest Adeline has a mean streak in her.
The Devil's Work by Carole Lynn Gill pulls you into the world of an ancient greasy satanic carnie. The descriptions of the scenes of terror ooze over you as she has you witness the horrific events through the eyes of the Satanists as the carnie sees them through the eyes of his creations. You will be screaming to be let of his head so you can go back to the saner world of a Stephen King novel.
Soul Collector by Stacey Turner was the epitome of the title Demonic Dolls. I made the mistake of reading this story late at night after drinking a large glass of water. I was so creeped out by the doll that would not stop slipping out of a locked room to climb into bed with the little girl in order to steal her soul that I did not want to get out of bed for anything. And if I owned any dolls like the one in this story I would have smashed them instantly.
Monsters are Made by Rob Miller was an ingenious short that left you wishing it was longer. I would really like to find out what happens next when man manufactures his own destruction.
Mr. Doll by Lisamarie Lamb was a chilling tale of a family more concerned about their possessions and position than the true happiness of being together. Unfortunately for the father he discovers how easily he can be replaced when a family has no ties that bind.
Jackie's Friends by Sam Williams was a pleasant surprise. I don't know why I describe it that way. It was just the feeling I got when I read it. His story is about an old woman who collects haunted dolls and how she cares for them. And how they care for her in return touched a place in my heart and sated my need for revenge.
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep by Claudia Lefeve tells us why we should be careful what we wish for. In this story a mother passes down her set of Worry Dolls to her daughter who is obsessing about every little thing. Then strange coincidences begin to happen and do not end well for those on the receiving end. So again, be careful what you wish for, it may not turn out exactly how you thought it would.
Forever Friend by J. G. Williams is the story of a little girl who is taken away from her mother under the assumption that the mother is unfit. Little do the authorities know that the home the little girl will be going into is far worse. Thankfully, she finds her forever friend that protects her from the fiends she is now living with.
Mr. Jingle by T. K. Millin was awesomely terrifying. When a handmade clown doll from the old country is found in a secret compartment of an antique cabinet a girl thinks she has found her new best friend. But Mr. Jingle is no ones friend. He lives for the kill and is determined to find the right vessel to further his mission of terror. Will the girl figure it out in time or will Mr. Jingle find a way to become flesh and blood.
The Mattel Nightmare by Sue Mydliak is about a woman who thinks she is living the perfect life in the perfect neighborhood. But when she meets her neighbor, Barbie, the sky darkens and a storm is brewing to tear apart her perfect world and make it into a plastic one.
The Dweller by Yvonne I. Bishop is a touching voodoo-rific tale of a family terrorized by a demon and a father who will stop at nothing to protect his family. Aided by his friends and a trio of badass voodoo priestesses he is in for the fight of his life that he dare not lose.
Doll Most Evil by Blaze McRob should be a full length novel because I want to find out what happens next. A fallen angel that even Lucifer is afraid of has inhabited the doll of a homeless man for years. One night the man finds himself in more trouble than he can handle alone and, because the man shows how much he is willing to sacrifice for his beloved doll, the fallen angel reveals his presence. Now, the angel is ready to pursue his goal of revenge against those who have spurned him. This was a great twist on the demonic possession angle. To have the possessing demon actually be an angel, which if you go by biblical lore is what all demons started out as anyway, was poetic.
One of the things I enjoy the most about this book were the behind the scenes inspirations. It was great to get a glimpse into the author's heads and find out how they came up with the stories they did.
I would also like to mention that the cover art by Rebecca Treadway captures the sinister nature and perfectly portrays the craven creatures lurking in the tales of terror inside Satan's Toybox: Demonic Dolls.
Now, I know everybody's taste is not the same. So if you don't like one of the stories just keep reading because there are so many different takes on dolls and demon, writing styles and story lines in this book that I know you will find quite a few of these that you just love!