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Make Believe Terror
Jessica liked to play make believe in the old abandoned stone mansion. She liked to pretend that the beautiful golden haired woman in the portrait was her mother. And that the big dollhouse she had found upstairs was hers, along with the family of dolls who lived there. Sometimes she was sure the dolls moved all by themselves. Sometimes she even heard th
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 1987 by Zebra
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Rebecca McNutt
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was really gripping and creepy, a story of haunted dolls and the bizarre old store they reside in where strange things often happen.
Bailey Jane
Nov 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who appreciates a totally unrealistic, but scary book
This is one of those books that I bought at a garage sale, it's never won any awards, no one even knows about it but it's CREEPY. If you're like me and think that lifesized porcelain dolls in haunted mansions with a terrifying past are scary as hell, you'll love this book! I would wait and read it around Halloween time to make it that much scarier.

It's an easy read, not challenging at all, just a really eerie book about a young girl who finds an old abandoned mansion and makes it her place to p
Aug 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Ruby Jean Jensen, truly one of the forgotten horror authors of the 80s and early 90s. She published books like crazy under the Zebra imprint in the 80s, and really became the queen of evil doll stories. Annabelle is no exception. It is the story of a young five year old girl named Jessica who escapes the confines of her family's Louisiana home to visit her "castle" next door. The "castle" is a old run down mansion long abandoned after a terrible crime in the late 1800s. There she discovers a dol ...more
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love anything by Ruby Jean Jensen. This book was even autographed. Though the author has passed away, her legacy of being the Queen of horror novels lives on! Mostly her books are about dolls or toys coming back to life or evil and strange children doing ugly things. Loved this book and all the others.
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*This book has nothing to do with the modern Annabelle movies.*

I own the original paperback version of Annabelle, which I acquired sometime in the late 1990s. I recently rediscovered it while sorting through some things in storage. Ruby Jean Jensen wrote during the mid-1970s to the mid-1995s. Her primary horror topic revolved around hauntings, killer dolls, and evil/possessed children.

Annabelle is a story told in present day (1980s) that revolves around a child named Jessica who has just turned
Aug 11, 2011 rated it liked it
I surprisingly do not have many books or stories on my bookshelf that are about evil toys. Aside from Tick-Tock by Dean Koontz (Which I still don’t really consider an evil toy story as much as one about magic) and a handful of Stephen King short stories, there is not a book that has demonic playthings as its focus- until now! Jessica escapes from her turbulent home life into a fantasy world set in a decaying mansion where she has living Dolls as friends and a substitute mother in a portrait that ...more
Nov 26, 2015 rated it liked it
I read and resold this book several years before The Conjuring and Annabelle came to theaters. I don't know if this book is based (loosely) on that Annabelle or if the doll is named in homage to that Annabelle or if it is just a coincidence. However, the story is entirely different from the Warrens' tale.

A frightening first chapter reveals how Annabelle gets possessed. Flash to current day, when Annabelle comes into the fold of a Ruby Jean Jensen-esque family. Soon, eerie deaths start turning u
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
love this book, was my first horror book ever read! Ruby Jean Jensen is a wonderful Horror novelist, easy and fun to read. classic.
have a copy for sale in my store. free world shipping,
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
i liked this book because when i began reading i feelt suspence. i recomend this book to people who like to read about scary stories. when you begin to read this book you get exited to continue reading. i remember that at nights i read this book until to late i could not felt asleep.
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's been a while since I read something with creepy dolls. I enjoyed reading this at night, there are some parts in the book that scared me xD but then again, the idea of dolls walking on their own creeps me out.
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May 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read this book a very long time ago for the first time, and a few more times over the years and loved it. It is a great horror book.
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book because it held my attention (which is hard to do these days) but I feel it had a few loose ends.
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
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I thought it would be scarier than it was, it seemed very anticlimactic
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I think I read this when I was little and remember being creeped out. It is still just as creepy now!
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Ruby Jean Jensen was born and raised in southwest Missouri. Most of her life has been spent in Missouri or nearby in northwest Arkansas, where she currently makes her home. In addition to writing, Ruby has always been an animal lover, and spends most of her time now caring for her pets. Ruby began her writing career in the 1970's by writing Gothic romance novels with a strong paranormal story line ...more
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