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More on the Mysterious Matter of Books That Are Supernaturally Dangerous
Nick Redfern January 4, 2022
Just recently I wrote an article here at Mysterious Universe concerning the matter of how books might be dangerous. Indeed, the title of the article went as follows: “Can a Book Be Considered Paranormal and Supernaturally Hazardous? That’s a Big Question?” Good friend Rich Reynolds, over at his blog UFO Conjectures, says of this article: “Nick’s piece is on to something, and that’s the idea that fooling around with aspects of the paranormal can bite you in the ass. A number of accounts about the Ouija Board affecting ‘players’ or rather practitioners of the ‘game’ have had, sometimes, bad repercussions after their dalliance with the thing. Melville’s Moby Dick stated as much, but he was dealing with a more profound issue: the pursuit of God will destroy seekers, no matter what. This seeking of something – whether it’s ghosts or dead relatives, paranormal entities, UFOs, or even fame and fortune, et cetera – will inevitably take many down, in a number of ways.” With that said, I thought I would share some more examples of this very weird phenomenon with you. The late and acclaimed John Keel – the author of two of the most important books on paranormal phenomena, The Mothman Prophecies and UFOs: Operation Trojan Horse – quickly came to realize something ominous. When you immerse yourself in – and read and write about – the realms of the unknown, the “things” that inhabit those same realms are quickly driven to intrude upon your personal space. And, given the chance, they’ll screw you over, left, right, and center. Or, as “Alexandra Lee” – a semi-Keel-based character in the 2002 movie version of The Mothman Prophecies played by the late Alan Bates – said: “When you noticed these things, they noticed that you noticed them.” I could not have put it better. Perhaps, that applies to the reading of certain books, too. Now, let’s continue on…
(Nick Redfern) Good friend Buffy Clary, who knows of the hazards some books cause
Shortly after 10:00 p.m., on July 18, 2014, I got a phone call from a good friend: Buffy Clary. She’s a gifted psychic and had something startling and disturbing to reveal to me: First she was hit by lightning. Making things even more ominous, Buffy had just immersed herself in the dangerous domain of the Djinn – after I loaned her my copy of the late Rosemary Ellen Guiley’s book on the subject, The Vengeful Djinn, that, with hindsight, was probably a most unwise thing for me to do. By that, I don’t mean Rosemary’s book is a bad one. In fact, the exact opposite: it’s an excellent study of Middle Eastern plasma-based entities that are as dangerous as they are feared. Shape-shifting creatures, they are known to take on multiple forms, including those of the classic Men in Black and fiery-eyed black dogs of the kind which inspired Arthur Conan Doyle to write his almost legendary novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles. But, just focusing on certain, supernatural phenomena can cause them to manifest in your reality. Almost certainly, that’s what happened with Buffy: reading about the Djinn resulted in her getting a visit from them. And, no, that’s not me sensationalizing things. I truly do believe that this admittedly bizarre phenomenon of “dangerous books” is absolutely real.
Back in 2011, when I was promoting my second book on the MIB, titled The Real Men in Black, one of the things I was keen to discuss in radio interviews was the matter of MIB and telephone interference. We’re talking about strange voices on the line, weird electronic noises, and hang-up calls. Several people contacted me to report they were experiencing the exact same thing – but only after they had read my book. Before reading it? There were no problems. Not a single hitch. This was very much like certain issues that surfaced with regard to David Weatherly and his Black-Eyed Children book, and from the time of its publication in 2012. It was as if when people read my book (and David’s too) it triggered paranormal activity in the home of the reader. Yes, I know how wild that sounds, but it truly is what happened. Of course, I couldn’t fail to note that this also mirrored what happened to Buffy when, on July 18, 2014, she dug deep into Rosemary Ellen Guiley’s book The Vengeful Djinn: she was electrocuted. Thankfully, not seriously – but certainly enough to scare her half to death.
(Nick Redfern) Nick Redfern and the late Djinn expert, Rosemary Ellen Guiley
One of the people whose MIB experiences feature in my 2015 Men in Black book is a friend of mine, Stephen Ray. After reading the book, in September 2015, Stephen experienced something unusual. In his very own words to me, he said: “I read the whole Kindle version of the book Sunday and Monday. Monday night I came home and found two black cars parked – headlights out – in non-assigned spaces directly facing my assigned parking space. When I came upstairs, I found my living-room lamp had been switched from its normal setting to the spookier black-light setting – which I have no memory of doing, and I was the last one here.” I told Stephen I was not surprised. He was not comforted by my words; not at all. He wasn’t meant to be. I tell it as it is: good, bad, or worse still. Some might think all of this is down to people simply going over-the-top with too many strange tales on dark and stormy nights Not so. There is a real – and undeniably dangerous – phenomenon to all of this. Be careful…