Cabinet of Wrath: A Doll Collection

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From Aqueduct Press:

Cabinet of Wrath: A Doll Collection

Deep in the recesses of childhood memory, your old playthings await. Listen: don’t you hear them crying out for you?

Come take a peek inside the Cabinet of Wrath to find out what really happens when toys go missing, and the stark decision they must make if they ever want to go home again.

Discover what doll heads really think about being separated from their bodies.

Follow a skull-and-bones novelty ring as it assembles a full body for itself, bit by grisly bit, and learn how loving your doll too much can lead to grave consequences.

Open the door to these fabulist tales of toys and vengeance for a playtime you’ll never forget.

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"Coupling a leisurely pace with horrifying tension, these eerie stories feel designed to be shared in the dark around a campfire...the imaginative scenarios and alluring voice never waver. Readers looking for bite-size horror will be delighted."

Publishers Weekly

"Cabinet of Wrath by Tara Campbell is a delightful (and to some, frightful) romp through the world of discarded dolls, treacherous toys, and the feminist leanings these inanimate objects can evoke... Campbell appears as a sort of a weird-fiction feminist Lovecraft (if there can be such a thing), if he met Jack Ketchum’s world of eerie irregularity and sharp prose.:

Review by Eve Morton, Strange Horizons

" each of these stories Campbell has a very real, very present, facet of humanity she’s trying to make plain. To treat women as dolls is accepted but to treat dolls as women is grotesque and, well, that’s the sort of true statement about our times that makes you need to lie down."

Review by Katharine Blair, trampset


"Far from The Velveteen Rabbit or Toy Story—or anything else I’ve read about living poppets—the characters that populate these nightmarish pieces feel and act on full-throttle rage."

~ Lauren Johnson, Interview in The Racket

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Advance Praise for Cabinet of Wrath

"A delectably gruesome, tantalizingly bitey cabinet of wonders awaits you in this jewel box of a collection from Tara Campbell."

~Tina Connolly, Hugo-nominated author of The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections

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Photo by Viktor Forgacs on Unsplash

"I thought I’d seen it all with the 'creepy doll' story line, but Tara Campbell takes it to the next level with her twisted and delightful imagination. Kidnappers. Lovers. Killers. Seekers. I will be thinking about these stories in my nightmares."

~Tara Laskowski, author of One Night Gone and Modern Manners For Your Inner Demons

Tara Campbell's Cabinet of Wrath is an outrageously fun, inventive collection. Any writer who can show you the longing and quiet desperation of our own lives through the (frequently detached) eyes of a (frequently headless) Malibu Barbie is doing some kind of magic trick, which makes Tara Campbell a magician and Cabinet of Wrath pure magic.

~Dave Housley, author of Massive Cleansing Fire and This Darkness Got to Give

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Tara Campbell’s latest collection is a deliciously creepy dive into the relationship between humans and their dolls. At times beheaded, at times idolized, at times fed jeweled cakes from the mouths of the masses, these childhood objects become the nightmares of our own humanity in fresh and disturbing ways.

~Kelly Ann Jacobson, author of Tink and Wendy and An Inventory of Abandoned Things