68: The Devil’s Toy Box

“Know that – this is a dangerous ritual. To go inside the box is to risk bringing something back with you when you leave.

Something that may change you forever.

Going into the box may prove to you that there are absolutely worlds beyond this one – but it may also – supposedly – destroy you.”

Have you ever heard of The Devil’s Toy Box? A truly intense and terrifying way to contact the other is the basis for Dan’s first story this week. He takes us on a journey of three friends who dabble in the occult and find that it’s much scarier than they ever thought.

Keeping up with the tradition that Dan and Lynze set up last year when Dan told the tale of the Smee, we’ll go back a little further to the Victorian Era of England when ghost stories were extremely popular in the UK, and again, when they were most popular around Christmas. Christmas ’twas the season for horror in the mid and late 19th century for many British Empire nations. Stick around until the end of the story which will leave you wondering who is who?!

Lynze mixes it up a bit this week with three tales instead of two. In her first story, we hear the account of a one soldier seeing another soldier in Iraq, in the middle of the night. Or did he? What exactly is out there in the former battlegrounds?

In her second, and very quick story, we explore a possible sleep paralysis. As Lynze tells the story, we think it’s all of the usual marking of sleep paralysis but then, she revels one final fact that changes it all.

Wrapping up the holiday episode, a cautionary tale of things that go bump in your house. What do you do when things go missing, are moved without you noticing? Do you automatically blame a ghost? See what happens when you don’t trust your gut when you get the feeling you are being watched.

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Opening Sumerian protection spell (adapted):
Whether thou art a ghost that hath come from the earth, or a phantom of night that hath no home… or one that lieth dead in the desert… or a ghost unburied… or a demon or a ghoul… Whatever thou be until thou art removed… thou shalt find here no water to drink… Thou shalt not stretch forth thy hand to our own… Into our house enter thou not. Through our fence, breakthrough thou not… we are protected though we may be frightened. Our life you may not steal, though we may feel SCARED TO DEATH.”

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