Sunday, October 31, 2010

Stabbity Nana Dolls Wish You a Happy Halloween

After the disturbing immense popularity of the Stabbity Nana Doll posts, I received an email from another reader who has a doll with not only human hair, but human TEETH.  Yes, I have to put that in all caps.  They're TEETH.  And that's just too freaky for lower-case letters.

This reader, Meghan, sent me the photos.  After I recovered from a Xanax-induced coma, I realized that it was possibly that my other readers might have equally disturbing Dollies of Terror in their homes, too.  So I put out a call for your insanity.

And you, dear readers, responded.

Several readers sent me a link to a story about Civil War-era dolls that had recently been x-rayed at a medical center in Virginia.  Scientists were trying to determine if they had once been used to smuggle morphine and quinine to soldiers at the front.  One of the dolls has a gash in the back of her head where the drugs were removed.  I am hopeful that no one had to sit in the Emergency Room with an actual gash to the back of the head, waiting for the x-ray machine.

I have to say, the idea of morphine dolls makes these creepy things way more appealing.  Also, it gives me ideas for more products in my line of medicated household items.  I could definitely use a Xanax doll.  And maybe a Focalin teddy bear for my daughter with ADHD.

I also had more than one reader point me toward the Island of the Dolls in Mexico City.  It's, you know, an island.  Of dolls.  Hanging from the damn trees.

I'm guessing the Island of Dolls is much easier to handle when it's daytime.  I could maybe handle it with the sun shining.  You couldn't pay me, not even in Xanax, to get me there at night.

But let's get to the reader-submitted Dollies of Terror.

This little lady is missing a hand, most of her eyes, and her mouth.  Apparently the last person she killed was a fighter.  The fact that Amelia collects stabbity dolls makes me totally want to stay on her good side.  

This is a Cinderella doll who has lost her eyeballs, but not her power to see into your soul.  Or your bedroom windows.  Or your rear-view mirror.

You know those paintings where the person's eyes seem to follow you around the room?  I think this doll's eyes really do.  But by the time you notice, it's too late.  As a bonus, this doll was a gift from her daughter's great-grandmother, who attempted to cover the bald spot with a jaunty New Year's party hat.  Because a party hat?  Makes every situation okay.

Another gem from our friend Monica, and from the same great-grandmother.  Monica hastened to emphasize that this child-sized doll has grown-up-sized breasts.  Monica sent me several pictures from her daughter's birthday party, where her daughter received this doll as a gift.  The doll is in each photo, in different locations around the room, watching the festivities.  Monica would have liked to send me a clearer photo, but sadly, the doll was "accidentally lost" when they moved last year.  Let's all hope that the doll can't find Monica now, and that Monica's husband's grandmother doesn't have access to the Internet.

This is like Stabbity Nana version 2.0.  She has human hair and human TEETH.  Which makes the genuine dead animal pelt on her head and around her neck seem totally not freaky. Nibbly Nana was brought to us by a reader named Meghan, who has miraculously survived living with this doll for years.  The doll, the hair, and the baby teeth all belonged to Meghan's great-great-grandmother. The best thing about this doll is how normal she looks until you get into the details.

Thanks to all my readers who sent me links and photos and freaked me the heck out.  You're all totally awesome.  Special thanks to Susan, the owner of the now-classic Original Stabbity Nana Doll.  Happy Halloween, y'all!

Oh, one last minute addition: Boo!
Oh. My. God. It's a Zombie Stabbity Nana.  The author of the blog She's Always Write mentioned this one in the comments, so I had to add it in, y'all.  Yes, she had it custom-made.  On purpose.  My guess is that it gives her something to laugh about while she deals with the real scariness of sensory processing disorder, early intervention transition, and the process of trying to figure out if her son is autistic.  Me, I'd be eating Cheetos to deal with the stress, but Zombie Stabbity Nana is calorie-free, so kudos to you!  p.s. I hope she doesn't kill you.  Or steal your Cheetos.


  1. Nibbly Nana?? Say she's not real, pleeaaaseeee! Teeth???!!!!

  2. I just posted something for you on my blog not 10 minutes ago, then noticed this post.

    Take a look, if you want a better shot to update another stabbity doll post LMK, I'll pull her out for some glamor shots. (Yes, I had her custom made for Halloween by a woman who does it for fun. Yes, she freaks me out. Bad.)

  3. On a related note, have you heard Jonathan Colton's creepy doll song?

  4. Here is a link to even more dolls for you. Pretty, but freaks me out some (a lot!).

  5. I read the civil war doll story when it came out and totally thought of you! I found it quite disturbing. The doll you show w/out eyes is a regular from my reoccurring nightmares years ago (which may return now) but the last doll custom made? that one takes the cake! *shudder* I will use this post as my therapy, rather than buy a doll. My Halloween scare is complete, thanks!!! :o)

  6. Heeeey.... who told you about my secret Cheetos stash?!

  7. I have started to tick after reading these posts... the human hair and TEETH threw me over the edge.

  8. The original Stabbity Nana bows to the superiority of the TEETH one. ~shudder~

  9. That's it, I'm throwing all of my kid's Barbies out NOW, lest they move to the dark side.

  10. my mom had several of these freaks in her guest room. when we visit, darling hsb takes them out of the room at night AND covers them with a blanket AND shuts the door ... TIGHT.

  11. Zombie Stabbity Nana doll? Scary. Odd. Who could have that in the room they sleep in?!?!


  12. Have you ever read the book Behind the Attic Wall? I think it's *supposed* to be about a troubled orphan re-discovering her imagination, but it gets a little creepy as she spends more and more time with the dolls.

  13. I am *definitely* going to have nightmares of the ZOMBIE Stabbity Nana! creepiest. thing. ever.

  14. Okay, I wasn't going to connect myself to this daughter has a facebook page for the life-size doll she was given when she was three.

    Okay, I gave it to her, but it was really cute, then. She had soft yellow curls just like my girl and she was wearing the same colors she liked to dress in.

    Fast forward 17 years, we found "Lisa" in a box in the garage. Her hard plastic face had gotten smooshed giving her eyebrows a downward slant making her look evil.

    Her brother started tormenting her and the doll. Like the time Lisa was hanging by a noose just outside the garage door from the house, so daughter ran right into her on the way out the door.

    She countered by putting Lisa bound and gagged into my son's trunk. (that one would have gone over really big had he been pulled over by the police!)

    This hilarty has gone back and forth for a couple of years now. Lisa moved away to go to college for a year, goes on roadtrips and has her own following of strangers on FaceBook who requested to be her friend.!/profile.php?id=100000616938932&v=wall

    Oh, and just a qualifier here...the needle and syringe are from my nephew's insulin, lest you actually think the worst. It's all in morbid fun.

  15. Well, since I won't be sleeping tonight I'll be able to catch up on the NCIS that I've missed all season. And I'll be able to fold all my laundry while I do it. And I'll still be up so we might actually get to sit at the table to eat breakfast before we scramble and rush to school in the morning. Boy, I'm gonna be pretty productive tonight. Since I won't be sleeping. Thank you. Thank you very much. ;)

  16. This quote from Love in the Time of Cholera made me think of your stabbity nana dolls: "This conviction became even more bitter after the fear caused by the black doll that was sent to her without any was dressed in an exquisite gown, its hair rippled with gold threads and it closed its eyes when it was laid down. It seemed so charming to Fermina Daza that she overcame her scruples and laid it on her pillow during the day and grew accustomed to sleeping with it at night. After a time, however, she discovered when she awoke from an exhausting dream that the doll was GROWING: the original exquisite dress she had arrived in was up above her thighs, and her shoes had burst from the pressure of her feet. Fermina Daza had heard of African spells, but none as frightening as this." (p. 125)

    From Peg

  17. Look what I found on my fb home page this morning!

    Apparently, there are those out there who like, well...strange dolls.

  18. I have never been scared of a doll until today. *yikes*

  19. I know this is a super old post, but my mother specializes in making museum quality antique reproduction stabbity nana dolls! I grew up with dismembered doll bodies in the basement, random limbs gracing the kitchen table and dining room, and doll heads without eyeballs while in the painting stage. Not to mention all of the random animal pelts/minks kicking around as well.


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