Eyes" in DON'T READ THIS! AND OTHER TALES OF THE UNNATURAL:
Bernie's Aunt Sheila, whom she and her sister Michelle are visiting,
has a row of old dolls on a shelf in the room they are staying in.
Bernie is terrified to find out that the eyes of one of the dolls
glow and move in the dark like real eyes. Her sister doesn't believe
her, since the doll appears ordinary in the daytime. Then Aunt Sheila
tells Bernie a story from long ago that begins to unravel the mystery
of the glowing eyes.
When I was asked to contribute a "horror story" for an anthology to
benefit IBBY - the International Board of Books for Young People -
I hesitated. I had written a scary story and a novel about ghosts,
but horror stories were too scary; I don't like to read them,
so how could I write one? I was so flattered to be the only Canadian
writer asked to be in this anthology, however, that I decided to try.
I'm not sure if "The Eyes" is scary enough to qualify as horror, but
many of the other stories in this book are!
have always loved dolls, and even as an adult I still own some. One
of them, who is very beautiful with a porcelain face, is the model
for the doll in this story.
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