Night of the Living Dummy II is the thirty-first book in the original Goosebumps book series, and the second book in the Living Dummy saga. It was first published in 1995. It was latter followed-up by the fortieth book, Night of the Living Dummy III.
The cover shows Slappy the Dummy sitting on a girl's bed, with two stuffed animals.
You Can't Teach An Old Dummy New Tricks!
Amy's ventriloquist dummy, Dennis, keeps losing his head...for real. So Amy begs her family for a new dummy. That's when her dad finds Slappy in a local pawnshop. Slappy's kind of ugly, but Amy's having fun practicing her new routine. Then terrible things start happening. Horrible, nasty things. Just like what happened the first time. Because there's something odd about Slappy. Something not quite right. Something evil...
In this particular story, a girl named Amy Kramer performs with her dummy, Dennis, every Thursday night at her family's little "talent show". Unfortunately, Dennis has become almost unusable with age, and his head keeps falling off. Jed, Amy's younger brother, uses it to pretend to be Dennis on one occasion. Soon after, Amy's father buys her a new one at a pawnshop that just happens to be Slappy. They find a moldy sandwich cramed inside his head, presumably the work of his previous owners, Kris and Lindy Powell.
After Amy reads the little card with the magic spell inside Slappy's pocket (Karru Marri Odonna Loma Molonu Karrano), Slappy starts to cause a lot of accidents, including slapping Amy's father on the cheek, ruining a birthday party, and trashing her sister Sara's bedroom. Amy's sister, as well as her younger brother Jed, repeatedly accuse Amy of doing all these things, and Amy's parents believe them. Amy gets punished for all of the accidents. But one night, she hears Slappy breaking out of the closet inside of her bedroom that she keeps him in. She sees the dummy actually walk out of her bedroom to Sara's bedroom and ruin her watercolor painting even further and seeing Slappy paint Amy's name repeatedly on the wall.
Sara soon confesses that she saw Slappy wrecking her bedroom. The two girls decide to prove it, by having their parents see him moving, with Jed disguised as Dennis again in order to shock Slappy long enough for the girls to grab him.
When the lights come on, "Dennis" does startle Slappy and knocks his head into Sara's iron bedpost, breaking it in two. However, when Jed turns out to have been asleep the whole time, it is implied that Dennis himself has come to life to stop Slappy.
Reprints and rereleases
Night of the Living Dummy II was first reprinted in October 1996 as part of Monster Edition #2, which included the first three Night of the Living Dummy books. It received its first standalone reprint in June 2004. It was reprinted a third time in November 2004 as part of the Living Dummy Collection, which like with Monster Edition #2, included the first three Night of the Living Dummy books. It was reprinted a fourth time in April 28, 2015 as the twenty-fifth book in the Classic Goosebumps series, and as a tie-in to the Goosebumps film. The title of the book uses traditional numerals instead of Roman numerals, meaning the book is now titled Night of the Living Dummy 2.
Night of the Living Dummy II was adapted into an audiobook in September 2015.
|Audiobook||Release date||Length||Narrated by|
|September 2015||2 hours 30 minutes||Renee Dorian|
- This being Slappy's first role as the lead villain is similar to the horror film franchise Friday the 13th. In the first film, the villain is Pamela Voorhees, but in the rest of the films, the villain is her son, Jason Voorhees.
- This is the first Goosebumps sequel to feature completely different protagonists.
References in other media
- The title of the book is mentioned in Goosebumps: The Game; Slappy kills you if you say that he was the main villain in Night of the Living Dummy. He gets angry because Mr. Wood was the main villain.
- This is similar to a scene in the horror film Scream. A man calls Casey Becker on the phone, and he agrees that he won't harm her if she can correctly answer a question. The man on the phone asks her to name the villain in the film Friday the 13th. Casey mistakenly believes that Jason Voorhees was the villain in the second Friday the 13th film.