Three words. Frozen Charlotte dolls.
Delightful little naked dolls that were popular in the late Victorian and Edwardian period. The name of the doll is based on the amazing and mawkish folk ballad “Fair Charlotte” which is based on “A Corpse Going to a Ball”. And dolls give such potential for horror stories don’t they? You see where I’m going with this…
So I have an 11-year-old. An 11 year old who loves horror and has – as yet – not found anything creepy enough to please her dark, gothic soul. I spotted Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell and bought her it for Christmas. Great purchase! After telling me it was “the best, creepy book ever” I thought I’d give it a go. And yup, she was right.
We have Ouija, we have an old converted girls’ school, we have anthropomorphic dolls. In short, the perfect mix of ingredients for a really GREAT horror story.
In the 1990s I was an aficionado of Point Horror, and this is like Point Horror Unleashed plus! A warning on the back reads “Not for younger readers” and I would take heed! No spoilers for those who haven’t read it, but there are some sinister scenes!
Following the success of Frozen Charlotte, Mini wanted to buy the prequel and so I waited patiently for her to read Charlotte Says. Just. As. Good. Set in the aforementioned girls’ school, if anything Charlotte Says is even better than Frozen Charlotte and gives the story behind the latter. I would recommend reading Charlotte Says first if you can; really sets the scene for Frozen Charlotte and makes it all the more sinister!
If you’re a fan of fun horror like me (think Victorian lady ghosts, curses, old tales, heartbreak etc) then these books are for you! Both books will definitely feature on my re-read list!