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Tall(ish) Tales from the White Hart – NEURODIVERSE, CULTURALLY DIVERSE, GENDER-BENDY, DRUNKEN-ARGUMENTS-IN-THE-PUB SCIENCE FICTION. NOT BANG-BANG-PEW-PEW SCIENCE FICTION.

Dare vs the Doll

A not-actually-scary horror short story

Who expects a haunted doll to be such a nuisance?

When Dare’s dog discovers an abandoned doll on their doorstep, Dare assumes it’s nothing more than a lost toy… until it begins to talk.

After the doll offers up a string of bad suggestions and unhelpful advice, Dare is left wondering if the isolation of lockdown has finally proved too much.

Struggling to get rid of the bed-tempered toy, Dare has no idea that this not-quite-scary fiend will accidentally change everything.

With a dash of humour, this queer cosy-horror short story is a fun, quirky tale – perfect for readers who like the idea of being scared more than the reality of it.

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Illustrations

The illustration at the front was created by Ricardo Mossini.

Editorial

Editing and proofreading of this story were done by Nick Taylor and Hannah McCall.