To Ouija Or Not To Ouija

Ouija boards have long been a controversial topic in paranormal circles. Are they tools for good, positive communication with the spirit world? Do they open portals to the demonic and lead to possession? Are they a device for simple parlor tricks or a silly kids board game?

Over the years I’ve heard and seen it all. In most cases, the mention of the word Ouija (which translates to ‘yes, yes’ – pretty odd when there’s a ‘no’ on the board itself) strikes a chord of mild terror. Bad Ouija stories abound! Personally, I’ve only used it twice in my life. Once on an actual board – you know, the one you got from the games section at Toys R Us – and one with a homemade ‘talking board’ in a house next to a cemetery. Anyone care to guess which one went south in a hurry?


I have to admit, after all these years, I’m still on the fence. I truly believe that the board itself is completely benign. It’s the intention of the people around it that provides the energy necessary to communicate, though with what I’m not sure. That unused 90% of our brains is there for a reason and not just sitting around enjoying the latest episode of Justified. I’m beginning to feel that a lot of the supernatural is, in fact, very natural. We’re just not at the point where we can quantify the how and why.

And it’s so hard to find folks willing to have a rational discussion about the subject.

That is, until I listened to the recent podcast by the guys at SEPS Paranormal. Finally, level headed folks with experience in the field of the supernatural not jumping to crazy conclusions! If you’re have any questions about Ouija boards, you have to listen to their podcast. Very, very well done.

One test they brought up to verify the veracity of a Ouija experience is to put everyone in a completely dark room. We’re talking zero light. One person mans an infrared camera to track where the planchette goes. If it starts spelling out names and places and answers to questions, even though the participants can’t see the actual board, you may have linked up with the great beyond.

When it comes to Ouija boards, you get back what you give. If you’re an evil little bastard, you may just meet your match. If you’re sweeter than an Equal packet, you could be in for a pleasant hour or so.

As for me, for now, I’m still keeping my distance. I wrote a Ouija board scene with 2 teen girls in my book, Sinister Entity, but that’s as far as I care to tread. Though I am intrigued about the darkened room experiment. Damn. I have a strong feeling there will be a later post dealing with my personal experience of the experiment. I’m like a dumb old moth to a flame.

Now, I know that there are plenty of you reading this who have had your own dalliance with a Ouija board. Tell me what you think about it.

Ouija – out!


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About Hunter Shea

Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weened on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself. Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weened on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself. His novels, Forest of Shadows, Evil Eternal , Swamp Monster Massacre , Sinister Entity, Hell Hole, The Waiting and Island of the Forbidden are published through Samhain Publishing’s horror line. Hell Hole was named Horror Novel Reviews #1 horror novel of 2014. His first thriller novel, The Montauk Monster, was released June, 2014 as a Pinnacle paperback, and was named by Publishers Weekly as one of the best reads of the summer. His follow up Pinnacle novel, Tortures of the Damned, a post apocalyptic thriller, will be out July, 2015. That will be followed up by his latest cryptid tale, The Dover Demon, in the fall through Samhain. His horror short story collection, Asylum Scrawls, is available as an e-book, straightjacket not included. Hunter is an amateur cryptozoologist, having written wild, fictional tales about Bigfoot, The Montauk Monster, The Dover Demon and many new creatures to come. A copy of his book, The Montauk Monster, is currently on display in the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, ME. He wrote his first novel with the express desire to work only with editor Don D’Auria at Dorchester (Leisure Horror). He submitted his novel to Don and only Don, unagented, placed on the slush pile. He is proof that dedicated writers can be rescued from no man’s land. He now works with Don, along with several other agents and publishers, having published over ten books in just four years. Hunter is proud to be be one half of the Monster Men video podcast, along with his partner in crime, Jack Campisi. It is one of the most watched horror video podcasts in the world. Monster Men is a light hearted approach to dark subjects. Hunter and Jack explore real life hauntings, monsters, movies, books and everything under the horror sun. They often interview authors, cryptid and ghost hunters, directors and anyone else living in the horror lane. Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to get Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits. His daughters have also gotten the horror bug, assisting him with research, story ideas and illustrations that can be seen in magazines such as Dark Dossier.

8 responses to “To Ouija Or Not To Ouija”

  1. Joseph Pinto says :

    I’ve a few nasty experiences with an Ouija board over my years, Hunter…but I’m only sharing them over our case of brewskies

  2. Scott DayOH says :

    A buddy and I purchased a Ouija board in 1999. We spent several weekend nights messing with the thing. For the most part, I was pretty sure he was pushing the planchette, which he later confirmed.

    However, there were a couple of times that he didn’t have his hand on the planchette, but was in the room when things happened. He had two younger sisters. The oldest, 16 at the time, had a lot of trauma in her life, and his younger half-sister was deaf, mute and had a heart ailment, which claimed her life at a young age.

    He, his sister and mother had all felt the younger sister was “in the house” and felt they had seen her as a shadow multiple times. Normally we used the Ouija at my house, but we thought it would be a great idea to do it in his house.

    He opted to sit out from having his hand on the planchette since he had admitted to forcing it, and wanted to be in the room. Each time, we had some success, as we saw it, with communicating.

    The first time we asked a few questions and had some semblance of answers, couldn’t say for sure it was their sister, but it seemed that way. I didn’t know her so well, but the other sister cried after we started getting responses.

    The next time, my last time, we started getting aggressive responses, and while I wasn’t sure it was real, there were a few things that did happen that were very real.

    – The temperature in the room dropped.
    – The candles in the room flickered and went out – with no one around them. They were far outside the perimeter of our circle, no fans on or anything and 75% of them blew out.
    – The planchette on several occasions would start moving out of control.

    I’m not sure I’m a believer or not, but the changes in the environment certainly were very, very strange.

  3. Paul Cagle says :

    Hunter, great post. Thanks for sharing your take and the information on the podcast. Too many people fear the Ouija but will stand in a dark room with a mirror and call for ‘Bloody Mary’ or play with the Ovilus or Ghost Finder app on their phone. Pretty much the same thing. 😉 I did this podcast because of the Devil’s Toy Box. Lol.
    Paul Cagle

  4. David Richards says :

    Once or twice, the Parker Brothers version. Nothing dramatic happened. It moved a little onto a letter or two that didn’t form a word and there were claims no one had moved it, but it was hard to tell The board was very slippery and you could probably move the pointer by accident without knowing.

    Assuming it does work, I wouldn’t mess with it. You could summon someone dead you liked, but it could just as easily be a random stranger. Wouldn’t invite a stranger into my home. Why would I invite a ghost stranger?

  5. Jack Campisi (@backinjack) says :

    Great topic. I am enjoying the comments and am curious as to the stories people have on this subject. I can’t wait to listen to the SEPS podcast. I love the idea of testing the board in the dark.

    I personally have never played with a Ouija board, and never understood why a spirit would need a person’s hands to send a message. Why can’t they do it themselves? Once you put people into the equation, I suspect foul play. That said, I don’t think it’s something to mess with either. Maybe I just watched The Exorcist too many times, but I figure, why risk it?

    If you want to see a GREAT show about Ouija boards, check out this episode of Penn & Teller ‘s Bullsh*t. They make a great case for Ouija boards being, well… BS, but as usual, they also are really funny while they do it.

    Here’s the link:

    The part with Fred Mertz from I Love Lucy is the best.

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