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  1. architectus

    architectus Banned

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    Maybe horror fans can help me find something

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by architectus, Sep 26, 2008.

    I am looking for books where the main focus is demons, evil ghost, evil spirits, Ouija, séances. I have been searching for a while and they are hard to find.

    I am looking for stuff like the Witchboard, but that was a movie. Or like the movie The Craft.

    Thanks for the help. I really want to find one where the Ouija Board plays a big role.
     
  2. iknowimsoslow

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    If you go to your local library website they should have a search that includes all the libraries in your district. There should be a 'subject' search and you can put in any subject you want and it will show you all the books in your district that are about it. I use mine all the time when I'm doing research. I searched my district for Ouija boards and couldn't find any, but I did find a ton of books about seances.

    Hope that helps!
     
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    architectus Banned

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    Yeah I already did a search, but not much came up.
     
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    Architectus: Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill features an evil spirit and an Ouija Board. I recommend it. It's very creepy in an awesome way.
     
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    I think there was a ouija board in The Stand...which, if I'm correct, is an interesting coincidence since Joe Hill is Joe Hill King.
     
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    Have you tried James Herbert? Lots of spirits and demons and all that, fantastic author imho :)
     
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    That Clive Barker novel that the film "Hellraiser" was based off of kinda fits those criteria.

    But I gotta say, it's not very often that novels with that subject matter isn't incredibly campy.

    Not to mention all that Christian preachy nonsense.

    In a quick little search, I came upon the name "Stewart Farrar". According to Wikipedia, he

    H.P. Lovecraft is a good standby. I couldn't find anything else in a few minutes that were up to my standards, but I'm sure with a little digging, you could add to the list.
     
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    Is there an Ouija board in Heart-Shaped Box? I read the book but I don't recall. If it was there it wasn't a huge role, was it? I could be mistaken. Nevertheless, it was a decent read.
     
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    Daniel I will let you know. I will be reading Heart-Shaped Box in the next few days.
     
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    Heart-Shaped Box was okay.

    A small scene had the Ouija Board in it.

    I was looking for something that has the feel that the movie The Craft has.
     
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    Definitely check out The Time of the Ghost by Diana Wynne Jones. It's told from the point of view of a ghost, which, if true and accurate, explains a lot of the common 'haunting' story staples :p (the letters on the board were difficult to aim for, so the ghost Selina in trying to spell her name came out with "Semolina.") And it's very Craft-y, in the sense of four sisters dabbling in something and getting in way over their heads.

    Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman, while it doesn't show use of a ouija board, begins with a portrayal of a secret order of ceremonial magicians who deal with demons.

    The movie Now and Then had a a ghost-hunting subplot, if I recall correctly, but I can't remember if they conducted a seance with a ouija board or if it wasn't another movie where they went to a tarot card reader. It's not an occult drama, though.
     
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    Palim, thank you. I will check into these.
     
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    I guess many writers find the use of the ouiji board trite & unexciting. To most people, the ouiji board is just a toy; something for teenagers to play around with. Most divinations I read of, in sci-fi/fantasy/horror stories, are written prophecies & "the gift"; something a person is born with. But so far, I can't recall one story I've read in which the ouiji board was used or even mentioned. And I've read a lot of sci-fi/fantasy/horror fiction over the decades. Try anthologies on witches & wizards.
     

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