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The Dibbuk Box
Jason Haxton
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The Dibbuk Box

3.22  ·  Rating Details ·  231 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
A series of eerie events slowly unfolds when a wine cabinet sells at an estate sale in Oregon. It is soon sold and resold on eBay's Internet auction, and each new owner becomes desperate to get rid of the box along with the health problems, accidents, or death they claim came with it.

Jason Haxton, the curator of a medical museum in a small Missouri town, learns of the mys

Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by Truman State University Press (first published October 31st 2011)
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Okay, the short version: A dude buys a haunted wine box from eBay and stuff starts happening. He flips out and the box changes hands, and the current owner goes to epic lengths to figure out what the heck is up, and then builds a box like the Ark of the Covenant, and then ends his search without making any real conclusions.

The long version: This book actually tells two different stories and leaves the final conclusion up to the reader. It’s a little more factually based than most paranormal inve
I saw this book mentioned in Entertainment Weekly in conjunction with an article about the movie "The Possession" that's coming out this fall. I was intrigued enough to request this book through interlibrary loan so I could read more about the haunted Dibbuk Box. However, I kind of wish I had not read the book because I have been left with an unsettled feeling ever since I finished reading it. I was very happy to give it back to the library today and have it out of my possession. I am creeped ou ...more
Steve Cran
Dec 04, 2012 Steve Cran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jason Haxton has a very regular life working as a curator for a medical museum in Kirksville. Jason’s life was about to change with a simple purchase from Ebay. Jason had good health, family, kids and a decent house. As a curator he liked to handle low maintenance workers and Brian was just such a worker. Brian also had a roommate named Joespeh who bought a really interesting item off EBay, the Dibbuk Box. The Dibbuk box contained a Kiddush cup, two octopus candle holders, locks of hair and an e ...more
This book was the oddest mix of dry, scholarly tone, and "He has got to be kidding, are we supposed to take THAT seriously?" It felt like two different people were writing it, or at least as though the author was crazily torn between empirical evidence and supernatural beliefs. But for the most part, it made for an interesting read. Not what I'd call horror, but interesting. I have to say, the most interesting part for me was learning about the American Eugenics Movement and Harry Laughlin. I've ...more
Viridis Green
I realize that my shelf listing for this book is contradictory, however, you'd really have to read it to understand why.

It was a fascinating read. A journal of human nature. How expectations can influence experiences and life decision.

Made me think. Not at all what I was expecting.
Jayne Hitchcock
Aug 29, 2012 Jayne Hitchcock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dear Jason Haxton,

When I heard about the movie based on an LA Times article about your box, it was with such great pleasure to get back in touch with you. I am thrilled I was a part of that early group of online folks who tried to help you with your problems with the box. Now that we've reconnected, I was eager to read your book.

So much of it came back to me - the eBay auctions and the weird things that happened to you and people around you. Then it was fun to catch up on what had happened since
Aug 19, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I am not one who picks up a lot of non-fiction books to read, this one really intrigued me. I have to say that once I started reading it I really couldn't stop. The story is about a wine cabinet that was used to store the wine and cup for Jewish sabbath ceremonies. The box may or may not be haunted, even after finishing the book I'm not entirely sure what I believe about the box but the story is engrossing. I enjoyed Jason Haxton's narrative and did actually have to do some research myself ...more
I didn't even finish the book. Every since I started reading it from the first week I have had non stop horrible luck with EVERYTHING. I am trying not to be a superstitious person however, everyday I had this book....something bad happened, some days multiple things that like never happens, happened. I'm done. Bunch of bad luck attached to that thing.
Jim Tessmer
Aug 09, 2012 Jim Tessmer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book, don't get me wrong. Their are some parts of the story that feel very exaggerated or coincidental, but the author is very upfront in the beginning that in his investigation about the box there are alot of inconsistencies. Basically saying decide for yourself on the info he gives. It' was a good read and lil creepy at times.
I'm a skeptic but I also love folklore. I remember the story of the Dibbuk Box blowing up on my social media. I decided to buy the eBook when I got a Nook since it was cheaper than buying the physical copy.
I liked the spookiness of the story. Jason Haxton isn't a bad writer and he describes the spooky events well.
I don't want to give this more than three stars, though, because I expected more from Haxton. He's the director of the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, MO. I expected more
WOW! I can't believe that I read this. It was very frustrating to still be in the dark and realize that it all was most likely a hoax to make money. I guess it does teach that if you believe in something enough it can affect you in ways you didn't expect. The book is really nothing like the movie "The Possession", so don't expect to think of the movie while reading. I am really baffled that so many bought into this...just call me "Chump". Thankfully I got the book at the library so at least I di ...more
Nancy Moore
Thought I would add this book since the release of the movie "Possession." This is the "real" story of the box from that movie. There is real Dibbuk box and I know (from the same town/my sister knows him very well) the author who owns the real box. This is HIS story of how he came to own it, how it affected him and where he thinks it came from. It starts out damn creepy. Really, I found even having the book near my bed at night sort of wigged me out. But towards the end of the book you feel like ...more
Not what I expected.

I can't believe I fell for the hype and paid $8.99 for this story that was supposedly based on true events. The story completed deflated by the end and the afterward totally killed whatever realism was left. Disappointing waste of time, sorry Jason Haxton.
Rachal Thorne
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Jen P
Oct 19, 2013 Jen P rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was ... okay. I think I was looking for more "story" and got more "research" out of the book. Don't get me wrong, I loved the research aspect of it, but it seemed only to touch lightly on the different aspects of Jewish Mysticism.

Maybe it's because I saw the movie 'The Possession' prior to reading the book. The movie is entirely fictionalized, but I found myself wanting more of the story behind the box, behind how they trapped the demon (which is never named in the book). If that's the story
Robert Ruble
Nov 03, 2014 Robert Ruble rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly informative from a historical viewpoint, and very well balanced.
Decent, but it starts to lose steam at the end. Otherwise, an interesting account of the story of the dibbuk box - if you have read the internet stories and wanted more, then this is how you would get that more.

The upcoming movie Possession is said to be based on this, but it is VERY loosely based on it, judging by the trailers. The movie basically only takes the existence of the box and makes a different story around it.
Jan 31, 2013 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm only giving this one 3 stars because I don't have the option of 2.5. It was ok. The story and mystery of the Dibbuk Box drew me in and I was fascinated reading all about it. The closer I got to the end, the more the story started unraveling for me. I was a little disappointed in how things came full circle but it was a decent read. The author did a good job telling the story and investigating this mystery.
Aug 02, 2013 Abigail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a great read, I couldn't put it down! I would recommend this to paranormal lovers and skeptics alike. The book goes by the assumption that this it's all fake, making it that much more enjoyable to read about the spooky things that happen!
Sep 17, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't what I was expecting but I still liked it up until about Chapter 9. Then it became more about his research and less about the supernatural power of the box.
Jul 30, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the true story, and basis to the movie "The Posession", coming out August 31. If you like supernatural tales, give this one a read!
Christin Harbison
It was a rapid read at first... but grew stagnant towards the middle and left me uninterested by the end.
Dec 03, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pleasure
So far so good. Creepy... makes me not want to buy anything on E-bay or at estate sales in Portland, Oregon
Jan 13, 2013 Rennie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Major disappointment. it started out strong...but then it suddenly became boring and then fake.
Shelby Leske
Jan 18, 2012 Shelby Leske rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is interesting and gripping, definitely something that will stay with me.
Joseph Grist
It started out really good....

A little long winded
Nealandchristy Dalton
Linda sucked.
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