He’s basically that one, entitled kid who screams at everyone, and doesn’t play nice at all. Except that you know that kid is going to grow out of it, and this dummy is basically an insult to that kid because it’s like that all the time. Not so much evil, as really. Fucking. Annoying.
Lindy is The Worst. I thought I was going to be on her side for hot minute at the beginning when Kris was annoying her when she was trying to read because, hey, I’ve been there. But no, she may actually be psychotic. If making Lindy out to be this bad was supposed to make Kris more likeable, then well-played.
I do think that Night of the Living Dummy is worth a read because it is one of the more well-known Goosebumps titles. It threw in a couple references to horror stalwarts The Shining and The Exorcist which, if you followed my Stay Out of the Basement! tweets, you’ll know that I always appreciate. It wasn’t the best (that’s still Stay out of the Basement!), but it was actually one of the better ones. I didn’t hate every character like I did for Say Cheese and Die! (another well-known title), and it actually had a plot, unlike Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (which was a long series of “gotcha” scares and a kidnapping).
My Goosebumps #7: Night of the Living Dummy tweets on Storify.