Halloween Poems Halloween Stories

Mary Shaw

Mary Shaw is a scary poem or rhyme from the horror movie Dead Silence. You can also read the supposedly true story or scary legend of Mary Shaw, the ventriloquist who was buried with her dolls and figure out if her curse is real.

Mary Shaw

Beware the stare of Mary Shaw.
She had no children, only dolls,
And if you see her in your dreams,
Make sure you never, ever scream…
…or she’ll rip your tongue out at the seam.
And if you see her remember this,
The only thing that can stop her is…
… dead silence.

There’s an old ghost story around here about a woman named Mary Shaw. She was buried with her doll collection. Now, some say it’s just a scary poem parents tell their kids to keep them in line, but others claim it’s more than just a ghost story.

There are things you remember, and there are things you can’t forget… Like the look on that woman’s face when she died. Her name was Mary Shaw, the ventriloquist who lost her voice.

Back when I was a boy, those were the glory days of Ravens Fair, and the town built itself a grand old theater, the Guignol Theater, out on Lost Lake. I only ever went there once.

It was 1941 and Mary Shaw was the ventriloquist on stage. She had a dummy called Billy. That night, during her performance, a young boy named Michael Ashen made fun of Mary and called her a fraud. He claimed he could see her lips moving when the dummy was talking.

Some weeks later, that disbelieving little boy went missing. Vanished without a trace. For his family, there was only ever one suspect, Mary Shaw. In fact, everyone in town felt that Mary Shaw must have played some role in it. And not long after that, she was murdered. Who killed her? No one ever found out for sure.

According to the legend, some members of the Ashen family dealt their own brand of justice. Along with other folks from Raven’s Fair, they stormed her dressing room at the theater. They forced her to scream, then ripped out her tongue, silencing the ventriloquist’s voice forever… Or so it seemed.

In her will, Mary stated that her dummies were to be buried with her… her children, as she called them… all 101 of them. Her body was brought to my father’s mortuary, so he could begin work on her other final request. Not only did she ask to be buried with her dolls, she asked to become a doll herself.

But she didn’t stay dead. She came back and took her revenge. Ever since she was buried, Ravens Fair has been plagued by death. One by one, each of the men involved were killed. They were found with their tongues ripped out. And then the same thing happened to their wives. And then their children. And their children’s children.

No one in this town dares speak Mary Shaw’s name, let alone go near her grave. They know she won’t stop killing until the screaming does.


  • I’m Mary Shaws daughter and those people that did that to her are sooo fureaking mean and rude. She really will rip ur tounge out at the seam if u scream when u see her. Dead Silence IS the absolute only thing that will stop her.

  • Nice poem BloodGirl100 but could you make it scarier… Like maybe put ghost in stead of spirit because spirits sound too holy. Read my username.




  • I’m not going to watch that movie coz
    ‘if she will come to my dream…
    then of course i will scream!!!’
    How’s my 2 line poem?? :P

  • It’s a good movie. When I watched it the first time Mary Shaw’s creepy face scared me to death!

  • i havn’t even heard of this movie before anyone want to explain to me?? but i like the poem.

  • i freeking loveeeee Mary Shaw peoms and songs. theyre so cool and creepy. when i sang this poem my friend hugged her knees and told me to stop cuz it was scaring her O_o

  • oh i saw the move its called dead silence and its so creepy i love this poem its just wut any1 need 2 get scared!!!!

  • I remember this from the movies. Here’s a better version of the poem:

    Beware the stare of Mary Shaw
    She had no children only dolls
    And if you see her in your dreams
    You must not ever, ever scream
    For she is taking revenge upon all
    Who silenced her and made her fall
    Sending out 101 dolls to rip out their tongues
    So none of them will utter a single word again
    Beady little eyes, turning every way you go
    Leave them in the dark and you never know
    Forever they will place you down, in eternal sleep
    With a picture of horror, your own blood will seep
    And gone forever, she will take
    All your loved ones and family
    Beware of Mary Shaw
    She’s very angry
    And whatever you do, don’t appear scared
    For she will murder you and leave your blood there
    Her ghost is kept inside one doll
    Dug from her grave, you will lose it all
    Just don’t say her name
    Don’t ask her why
    She’ll take your loved ones and she won’t cry
    Beware of the stare of Mary Shaw
    Her spirit lives on…

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