The Healing Doll
By Bradley Poage
This story from the Bedtime Tales of Horror collection takes us on a journey through a world of superstition. Now, many people believe in many different things. In the USA, seven is the lucky number. In Japan, it’s thirteen. People believe in lucky rabbit’s feet and that they shouldn’t walk under ladders or let a pole or fence, etc. split a couple walking and holding hands, etc. We’ve all heard about black cats being unlucky and say, picking up a penny that is tails side up.
But there is a whole other world to what we call superstition and, in that world, it’s called faith and religion. Think of voodoo. Some of these practices the general public might cackle at, but others believe in them very deeply. Some people believe in the power of certain crystals or statues. In this story, the faith and belief are held about a doll. But this isn’t just any doll. It’s a special healing doll.
Now, if there’s one thing we all should have learned by now, it’s not to mock anyone’s religion. That never turns out well. And the bad is always more than you could have ever imagined.
Such is the case for a gentleman at an office who hasn’t been well. A coworker gives him the healing doll and special instructions. He’s happy about having the extra help and was even grateful that his coworker thought of him enough to worry about his well-being.
His girlfriend on the other hand, she’s not happy. She doesn’t like the doll, doesn’t want it in the house and certainly doesn’t like the fact that a woman gave it to HER man.
You put all this together and you have a voodoo recipe for destruction and disaster.
This story has a fabulous build up through the whole story. The ending is so fitting and so perfectly creepy that it just chills your soul. It’s the kind of ending that gives the reader one of those sinister smiles of satisfaction, as if we had a hand in the dirty work ourselves. It’s always a true joy to feel like you are right in the mix of everything with the main characters.
Surely this will be a tale that any horror fan can dig, especially with the added intrigue of voodoo and the dangers of dismissing certain powers.