Robert the Creepy Doll


I'm currently working on book 4 in The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum series. The museum has a collection of creepy dolls. But the creepiest doll of all is in the Fort East Martello Museum in Key West, Florida.

Robert the doll is 111 years old, and the little sailor once belonged to artist Robert Gene Otto (who went by Gene). Gene carried the doll with him everywhere, both as a child and as an adult, talking about it as if it were a living thing. And when things went wrong, he blamed the doll.

Things went wrong a lot.

After Robert's death, his home, the famous "Artist's House" and its contents were sold. Visitors to the house swore the doll's expression changed whenever someone said something bad about its original owner, and the dolls running footsteps and giggles were heard in the attic. Finally, the owner became too unnerved by the doll's activities, and donated it to the museum, where it continued its spooky antics.

Today, the doll gets lots of visitors... and letters of apology from visitors who disrespected the doll and then fell prey to misfortune.

Did Gene's obsession with the doll turn it into a tulpa, imbuing it with a sort of half-life? Or is the doll simply haunted?

You can read about Robert and the museum here: http://www.kwahs.org/exhibitions/robert-the-doll

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Kirsten Weiss writes genre-blending cozy mystery, urban fantasy, and steampunk suspense, mixing her experiences and imagination to create a vivid world of magic and mayhem. If you’d like updates on sales and her latest books, follow her on Bookbub!

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