07 October 2011

Playing With the Devil
By Elana Johnson

You’re thirteen years old, and you hang out with your older sister’s friends. They’re fifteen, and way cooler than you, so when they pull out the Ouija board, you go along with it.

You’re not sure what was asked, just that it’s freaky to watch your fingers move to letters, frightening to watch words get spelled, terrifying to feel the air in the room turn chilly.

You play, because you don’t want your sister to be mad and not let you hang out next time. You play, because they’re fifteen, and you’re not. You play, even though the hair on your arms is standing up, and you can’t stop shivering, and you feel sick to your stomach.

As soon as you can, you leave. You live in a very small town, and jump on your bike to head the three blocks home.

You can’t pedal fast enough. Your breath is so, so labored. The wind is howling your name as you round the corner and begin the home stretch.

Because someone is following you.

You’re sure of it.

Can feel their eyes on the back of your head.

Hear their tires on the asphalt.

See their shadow as you fly through the puddle of orange light under the street lamp.

You will outrun them. You must. Tears coat your cheeks as you skid to a stop in your garage and finally look behind you.

No one. Just the empty, dark street, with the light way down at the corner. You swear you see a shadow.

You flee into the house and bury yourself in bed, vowing to never play with the devil again.

Possession is available now from
Simon & Schuster!

Synopsis: Vi knows the Rule: Girls don't walk with boys, and they never even think about kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the Rules more than Zenn...and since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi's future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself. 

But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they're set on convincing Vi to become one of them...starting by brainwashing Zenn. Vi can't leave Zenn in the Thinkers' hands, but she's wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up with Jag. Jag is egotistical, charismatic, and dangerous--everything Zenn's not. Vi can't quite trust Jag and can't quite resist him, but she also can't give up on Zenn. 

This is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.

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  1. OOh this one sounds familiar! Haven't read it, but heard of it! Sounds cool!


  2. I so often felt like this as a kid. My own imagination always got the best of me.

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  3. Ive always been a little freaked out by the oujia board.

    chelle2006 @ aol.com

  4. Fun story. I have an older sister so I totally understand the having to play along to fit in and 'be cool'. Love the ending though. I think everyone's had that sensation of being watched at some point or another and it is SO creepy when it happens...
    CANNOT WAIT to read this book. It looks SO great.


  5. Ouija boards are so creepy! I would love to win a copy of Possession!


  6. I remember using a Ouija board at sleepovers but we were always laughing way to much to take it seriously. It didn't help that I could tell the others were guiding it. Took the spooky factor right out of the Ouija board.


  7. One of my friends in junior high had a Ouija board. I saw it in his closet and just looking at it freaked me out.

    candicerjames [at] gmail [dot] com

  8. I am excited about reading this book! Thanks for the introduction.

  9. I liked the short story, it was very evocative. Poor kid!

    melorabrock {at} gmail {dot} com

  10. Thanks for the fun post! I came from a very conservative, religious family and to this day, I've never seen a Ouija board! I would never have played w/ it as a kid b/c I was always afraid of my mom more than a demon!


  11. Oh, yes. Been there. Fo sho.


  12. This book sounds so awesome!!!! Heard many hits about it!!

    lilyflower999 (at) gmail(dot) com

  13. I have a copy of this already so I won't put in for the contest so those who really want it has more of a chance to win it =) but really!!? was it necessary to scare the bajeebers out of me! lol That into is really creepy and heck no I will NEVER be swayed or dared to play that game...never I say! =D
    The intro reminded me also of Hades by Alexandra Adornetto and she was in the same scenario. =\
    saying 'no' can really make a big difference.

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  14. Whoa, creepy story there! I feel like that sometimes. During the night. Really creepy! I've heard of the book. Can't wait to read it!
    Email: osnapitzAngiex3(AT)aol(DOT) com

  15. Ok that playing with the devil was just plan creepy. Lucky for me I already have a copy of this book on my shelf!!
    tlabunski **((gmail))**

  16. My friends and I played the oujia board when we were in college. It freaked my friends out that I asked a question (to test it out) and it was true. What was the initial of my crush? S.

    jadedlittlegirlx AT gmail DOT com

  17. *shivers* I'm totally creeped out now, right before I'm about to go to sleep...

  18. Ok I have to admit that is totally what would have happened to me and glad I never tried it. I can still spook myself if I am not careful with items like that, hence why I wont touch them.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  19. OOOOO I have goosebumps and chills. What an amazing short story. I never play with that stuff, EVER. You never really know....

  20. I can't even look at a Ouija board with out getting the creeps. Especially after watching Paranormal Activity lol.

  21. Great post! Thanks for sharing.


  22. Creepy! *shivers* Now I am suppose to sleep tonight? lol thanks for the post.

  23. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm way too much of a scaredy cat to try an ouiji board lol.


  24. I have that feeling sometimes when I go house-sitting. There have been a few times when I just took off for home, hoping that that funny creak I heard wasn't some crazy stalker.


  25. Mary DeBorde
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot com

    My sister and I used to play/experiment with the Ouija Board all the time - and we did get a little freaked out every now and then lol

  26. The hair is standing up on the back of my neck, right now. I read the sample chapters of Possession and loved it. What I would love more? Winning the hardcover! ;)
    Thanks for the chance.


  27. I love dystopian books, would love to read this one. Thanks for giveaway.

  28. Ouija boards terrified me when I was a kid. Even now they leave me a bit freaked out.

    tommygirl828 (at) gmail (dot) com

  29. Ouija boards freak me out. They're something I never mess with - I did once when I was younger with my brother, but never again. Even when I know someone else is moving the pointer thingy I think, maybe they're not moving it. Maybe, something else is.

    And that's way too scary for me!


  30. What a fun story- and also a fantastic book! Fingers crossed:)

    bchild5 at aol dot com


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