Almost everyone is curious about what happens beyond the grave. Which is why it makes sense humans try to reach the other side before they die. Seances are a means of communicating with spirits that have passed. These ceremonies, led by a medium or other spiritual guide, claim to connect people with ghosts or other entities to learn about their unfinished business, their life after death, or how to go on without them. Sometimes they're conducted through a spirit board or other means of communication, while others are simply done by a spiritually sensitive person inviting a spirit to overtake their body.
Seances have a long history in cultures around the world, but not every attempt at communication with the afterlife goes according to plan. Even experienced mediums may run into a nasty spirit from time to time, and those who have no experience whatsoever may find themselves overwhelmed by a strong-willed entity with an inclination to do harm.
These true, creepy stories from seances show that communication with those who have died is not always in our best interests. From accidentally unleashing a demon on your girlfriend to cursing your band's next album, dabbling too heavily in spirit communication can be terrifying. And while some people say they've communicated with spirits on the other side to avoid their problems, these stories are actually real. These true seance stories will make you think twice about lighting a few candles and busting out that dusty old Ouija board in your closet.
A Seance Gone Wrong Is The True Story Of The Conjuring Movie
If you've seen The Conjuring, you have some idea of what happened in the life of Andrea Perron. But the film didn't tell the whole story.
In 1971, Perron and her family moved to a house in Harrisville, RI. The soon discovered the house was filled with spirits who hadn't yet passed on, and unexplained phenomenea kept happening. Scared for their lives, the Perron family called upon Ed and Lorraine Warren for help. With them was a medium who promised to try and help the family get the spirits out.
She performed a seance, and it went dreadfully wrong. The medium summoned a spirit that attacked Perron's mother Carolyn, throwing her around the house with such force she sustained a concussion. While the seance was the last severe supernatural event the family experienced, it left a lasting impression and a warning not to play around with spirits.
Britain's Last Witch Reveals A Military Secret
In 1941, psychic Helen Duncan was approached by a mother looking for news of her son, a soldier in the British Royal Navy. She held a seance to conjure up any spirits with news of the man. Duncan revealed the young man had been lost in the sinking of the battleship HMS Barham. The unusual part? That ship sinking hadn't yet been revealed to the public to prevent a loss of morale in the difficult days of World War II.
Among the people at the seance were two lieutenants of the Navy. They were immediately suspicious of Duncan, and two undercover policeman later attended another seance. They promptly arrested her, and Duncan was tried under section 4 of the Witchcraft Act of 1735, which forbade fraudulent spiritual activity, making her the last person to be tried for witchcraft, even fake witchcraft, before the Act's repeal in 1951.
A Frightful Entity Visits Dabblers Around the World
Individual stories of spirit contact are creepy enough, but even more eerie is the number of people who claim to have contacted an entity named Zozo. The spirit is most known for having intimate knowledge of people's lives and, worse, its ability to manipulate people and objects to do harm.
The entity's origins are murky, but people around the world claim to have interacted with it during seances, while using spirit boards, or while practicing automatic writing. Sometimes Zozo is a mere trickster, while other times it's been blamed for things as serious as murder. A teenager was arrested in 2012 after he stabbed his friend. The two had been using a Ouija board and the spirit Zozo told him to hurt his friend.
Whatever the cause, if a spirit identifies itself as Zozo it might be best to slide that planchette over to "Goodbye."
Ouija Board Experiments Almost Doom Album Release
Experimental rock group The Mars Volta almost canceled an entire album thanks to a cursed spirit board. After guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López picked up the Ouija board in Jerusalem and the band used it, they started experiencing strange happenings, including tracks disappearing from the computer screen before their very eyes, two floods in the studio, and a longtime producer nearly quitting.
True to form, the band channeled the strange events into their album, "The Bedlam in Goliath," which released in 2008. Rodríguez-López buried the board to avoid any future incidents, and the band released two more albums before breaking up in 2013.
A Fake Seance Gets Too Real For This Magic Shop Employee
Bradford J. Angers, a magic store employee and psychology student, got more than he bargained for when a customer paid him $100 to put on a fake scary seance complete with sounds and visuals. With the aid of a partner, Angers set out to create an entirely fabricated seance that felt real. Angers pulled it off without a hitch, with disembodied voices speaking predictions about the attendees's loved ones from a mist that gathered in the center of the table. Once it was over, Angers attempted to help his partner disconnect the equipment they used to produce the special effects, only to find that he and his equipment had been locked outside the entire time. Whatever had happened during the seance, it wasn't thanks to their planned antics.
A Ouija Board Connects Users To Heaven And Hell
Some Ouija board experiments are fun ways to spend a harmless Saturday night, but others are much more sinister. This Reddit user describes an experience on an army base, when dabbling with a Oujia board led her and a group of friends to contacting a spirit named Sheryl. This spirit said she died in a car accident and was searching for her boyfriend. After continuing to use the board, they managed to get in touch with the boyfriend, who said he was sorry and he loved her very much, but couldn't explain why he was sorry. The group contacted a third spirit who said that the reason the boyfriend couldn't communicate was that he was in Hell - at which point all the candles in the room flickered out.
Dabbling In A Seance Opens A Door To Demons
Spending years in a creepy, hellish room can force anybody to take drastic measures. For this unidentified man growing up in Michigan, he knew his room has a seriously bad vibe. When he allowed two occult-dabbling friends to hold a seance to find out the cause of his eerie visions and unexplained voices, things went from bad to worse. The seance backfired -his girlfriend started shouting for the friends to leave. On investigation, the man found her acting as if she was possessed, her body was heavier than normal and her mouth was moving but nothing was coming out.
He and his friends then encountered a demon named Enlil who told them it had been using his bedroom as a gateway and the seance had unleashed him, along with a host of other terrifying spirits. Though they said the gateway had been closed, there's no assurance that a closed door can't be opened again.
An Eerie Prediction Turns a Skeptic into a Believer
While you can't trust everything a Ouija board tells you, this Reddit user discovered there might be more truth to a prediction than meets the eye. According to the post, the Redditor asked the spirit they had connected with to make a prediction about a future news event, to which the spirit replied, "DI DIE DI DIE DI DIE DI DIE," and gave "CAR ACCIDENT" as the cause of death with "PARIS" as the location. The user didn't understand - they lived in Ohio - and dismissed the prediction as bogus.
A month later Princess Diana of Wales died in a tragic car accident in Paris. Was the Ouija board trying to tell them something?