Book of secrets: Ouija and its history


How this American Anomaly Became More than Just Fun and Games


(This article was among my first forays into chronicling occult history. Originally published in 2006 in the arts journal Esopus, OUIJA! has been widely reprinted, though in adapted forms, and appears here in its unexpurgated creepiness. — MH)

Ouija. For some the rectangular board evokes memories of late-night sleepover…



Mitch Horowitz

"Treats esoteric ideas & movements with an even-handed intellectual studiousness"-Washington Post | PEN Award-winning historian | Censored in China