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PseudoPod 554: A Doll Full of Nails
« on: August 06, 2017, 12:17:15 PM »
PseudoPod 554: A Doll Full of Nails

by Ville Meriläinen.

“A Doll Full of Nails” is a Pseudopod Original.

VILLE MERILÄINEN is a Finnish university student by day, author of little tragedies by night. His short fiction has appeared in 200 CCs and Mad Scientist Journal’s Fitting In anthology. His long fiction can be found on Amazon.com, with a new musical fantasy adventure, Ghost Notes.

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Your guest host – Tad Callin is associate editor of PseudoPod and master of the Escape Artists Wikia. Tad has been a lot of things, but he is most proud of being a father and writer. His previous published work includes an urban fantasy story, “Silver,” published on the Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine podcast, and his self—published memoir, Tad’s Happy Funtime. One day, he hopes to return to the desert Southwest with his family, but for now, he enjoys living in Baltimore.



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Once upon a time,” the doll began, “there lived a god who feared the dark.

“He cast a shadow over his creations and heard them whisper his doom when he turned away. He feared them so much he stole fire from the other gods and gave it to the tiny creatures, hoping it would take away the dark in their hearts. Instead, they set the god on fire, and that is how the sun was born.”

“Fascinating,” grumbled the doll maker, setting a glass eye into the socket of his latest masterpiece. This one, he hoped, would be as mute as most, unlike the one sitting on his shelf. “And patently untrue. Be quiet, now, or you’re getting another nail.”




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Re: PseudoPod 554: A Doll Full of Nails
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2017, 07:26:07 PM »
...ah, them Finnish toymaker-warlocks-grieving-men on the hill.
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Re: PseudoPod 554: A Doll Full of Nails
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2017, 08:49:40 AM »
This story was everything I love about the genre.

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Re: PseudoPod 554: A Doll Full of Nails
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2017, 09:04:02 AM »
I loved absolutely everything about this story. It is exactly the kind of bone-chilling, goosebump-raising, chill-down-my-spine type of horror that I love most.

I'm not usually a fan of the Pinocchio story - in fact, I've always found it extremely unpleasant - but this short turns that story on its head in the best possible way. The author took all the darkest, most sinister subtext from the original and brought it excruciatingly to the surface in a clever, creative, and wholly terrifying way.

This story will stick to me for a very long time. More like this, please!

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Re: PseudoPod 554: A Doll Full of Nails
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2017, 08:58:59 AM »
LOVED this story, and the narrator! One of my new all-time faves!

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Re: PseudoPod 554: A Doll Full of Nails
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2017, 05:58:57 PM »
This story was wonderful. I love the stories within the story from the doll.

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Re: PseudoPod 554: A Doll Full of Nails
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2017, 11:56:53 PM »
The idea that a doll is not an imitation of life but an imitation of death... how awful! The moment when the voice said "Once upon a time there never lived a doll" was about the scariest moment. Or at least I thought so until the last line. Killer.
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Re: PseudoPod 554: A Doll Full of Nails
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2017, 12:59:18 PM »
Yikes, very good story! I still want to believe that the doll maker was a good guy haunted by an evil, lie telling doll, or going through a mental breakdown brought on by grief. He seemed good: going to his wife's grave, and feeling guilt about his son drowning, and not being happy about all the business he was getting from making dead-children-memorial-dolls.
...But there did seem to be an awful lot of missing children, and those stories were a bit too specific to be random evil lies.
I liked Tad's outro interpretation, well put.

The moment when the voice said "Once upon a time there never lived a doll" was about the scariest moment.
Katzentaten, I wasn't sure what it meant by that line. What did you think?
Also, why did the tongue go in the lake instead of the fire, you know at that point it is going to come back and get him!