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Our good friend Mitch Horowitz, editor-in-chief at Tarcher Penguin, has recently published an excellent blog entry here on TDG about the history of Ouija:

Ouija. For some the rectangular board evokes memories of late-night sleepover parties, shrieks of laughter, and toy shelves brimming with Magic Eight Balls, Frisbees, and Barbie dolls.

For others, Ouija boards – known more generally as talking boards or spirit boards – have darker associations. Stories abound of fearsome entities making threats, dire predictions, and even physical assaults on innocent users after a night of Ouija experimentation.

The essay is a great overview of the history and strange occurrences associated with Ouija Boards. For more wonderful essays from Mitch, make sure you stop by and browse his personal website.