Dreadfully Different Dolls

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I love internet shopping, because you can connect with artists and craftspeople who you'd never have heard of otherwise. If your Christmas list includes someone, a doll collector or not, whose taste runs to the unique, odd, or totally bizarre, I have some wonderful shopping suggestions. This is the world of doll making turned on its head.

Headless Historicals sells dolls that depict famous historical figures and their manner of death, whether by beheading or some other gruesome method of execution. Pictured are Lady Jane Grey and Marie Antoinette.

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Don't you just love these knitted zombie dolls? Hannah J. Simpson makes them, and you can buy them through her online store.

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Yurei Urie is the artist behind the unsettling Little Apple Dolls. They all have big dark eyes, no mouth, and carry an apple. Stores are chronically out of stock, but you can find some editions at Amazon.

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Krypt Kiddies sells lovely but demonic dolls in stores, and also have a waiting list for one-of-a-kind handmade dolls.

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Cuddle up with the undead! The Dismember Me Zombie Doll can be pulled apart and stuck back together. This plush doll could be stashed in your desk as a stress reliever.

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Jade Perez at newagedolls.com makes creepy dolls of all kinds. No two are alike, since each is handcrafted individually. But they are all creepy! Check out her online store.

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Horrible Sweet art and designs makes "nylon beings" that resemble mutant potatoes. Or mutant human babies.

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Jodi Cain of Tattered Rags makes one-of-a-kind gothic  dolls with vintage buttons, and some feature genuine vintage fabrics. See more of her dolls at her online shop.

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If you have a doll in mind and can't find exactly what you want anywhere else, try Susan's Custom Creepy Dolls.

I am an ex-mortician and taxidermist, and am now sculpting and
creating one-of-a-kind collectibles.  Just give me a description
or picture of what you have in mind and I can create it!

There are several other lines of deliciously dreadful dolls I would have included if they weren't completely sold out, which just goes to show how many people love creepy dolls. Imagine the thrill of watching your loved ones opening such gifts on Christmas Day! It will be an event everyone in the family will remember for years to come.

See also: Plush Toys Grownups Will Love.

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November 13, 2008 - 4:01am
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