Dead Dolly-Susan Shuman

Until the day I die, I’ll never forget them glassy, unblinking eyes.

You know, I’d made that gris-griswhat you all call a Voodoo Doll— myself.  Mawmaw taught me how when I was a kid back in Bayou Lafourche.  She said that since we were direct descendants of Marie Laveau, it was our legacy.  My mama died giving birth to me, so Mamaw was the only one left to teach me.

Ma chère petite-fille, you have to know,” she said.

Shoot, Mamaw didn’t have to twist my arm! Even then, I realized the benefit of such a skill.

Daddy flipped when he found out. Pooyie, it was bad!

That’s when we moved up to Gentilly and I never did see Mamaw again.

Sonovabitch, I still miss her.

It was damn lucky for all of us (  okay, me) that there’d been enough time for her to teach me before I had to go.

Anyway, Daddy got remarried to a snotty broad who claimed to be related to some artiste named Albrecht Drürer, which caused my life to go straight to hell in a handbasket. Wouldn’t you just know that Daddy and my ol’ bitch-faced stepmom started having kids of their own—little blonde brats with washed-out blue eyes and freckles.

Clearly, I was the odd girl out. To Daddy, I was just an unpleasant reminder of a past best forgotten.

Guess that meant he wanted to forget Mama, too.

Well, I’ll tell ya right now that ain’t happenin’.

So… I made the gris-gris.

Last Saturday I followed Daddy to the barber shop. I waited across the street in my car until I seen him come back out.

Then, I beat it in there before anybody had a chance to sweep up his hair.

I will have you know, that, the hound dog barber made me give. it. up. before he’d let me have a lock of Daddy’s hair.

Don’t you worry — he’ll get his.

Just like the rest of ’em done did —

them & their glassy, unblinking eyes.


© 2019 Susan Shuman

“My name is Susan Shuman and I blog over at TheAbjectMuse.Me
I am the author of three books — short story/poetry collections, and am also a freelance writer. Currently, I reside in Birmingham, AL but would much rather be just about anywhere else. Preferably the Chicago area or New England, specifically Connecticut.
I share my life with one husband, one step-son, and four ridiculously spoiled cats.”

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Kindra M. Austin says:

    Reblogged this on Morbid Corvid and commented:

    Today on Heretics, Lovers, and Madmen, Dead Dolly by Susan Shuman.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much! So glad you enjoyed. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Reblogged this on Brave & Reckless and commented:

    Susan Shuman is giving me the chills on Heretics, Lovers, and Madmen

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Thoroughly enjoyed this Susan- thank you so much for letting us publish it on HL&M!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Thank you all so much! Really glad you enjoyed it.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. bobcabkings says:

    Reblogged this on cabbagesandkings524 and commented:
    Susan Shuman – Not just a doll, much more than that

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kindra M. Austin says:

      You’re so welcome. Thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

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