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Dangerous Games to Play in the Dark

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What begins as a test of bravery or a sleepover activity—chanting in front of a mirror, riding an elevator alone, taking pictures in the dark—can become something . . . dangerous.

The most spine-chilling games based on urban legends from around the world:
Centuries-old games such as Bloody Mary, Light as a Feather, and Stiff as a Board are detailed alongside new games from
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Hardcover, 200 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Chronicle Books
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sab
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic.
I bought this guide the literal second I saw it without hesitation. I guess it was kind of on a whim, but I was so intrigued how could I not. Obviously it did not disappoint. I’ve always loved ghost themes and scary stories and rituals, and although I never plan to perform them myself, reading about them is just as exciting and addictive to me.

Peters does an amazing job of giving the historical backgrounds to the games included, the risks, and really clear step by step
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Carly Nicholas
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is interesting, somewhat informative but still vague on the positive or negative outcome/consequences of completing/not completing any of the "summoning rituals" (which is necromancy) and the long term effect of it. I hate the fact that these rituals are popular due to Youtubers (it's interesting, but there should be a age restriction for some things that are potentially spiritually dangerous such as summoning rituals, that involves summoning a spirit/entity. I think it encourages ...more
Carol
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I imagine that many of us…me included…may have played some of these games at slumber parties or just as a dare with a group of friends on a slow, dark night when we were bored. I don’t think many of us really expected to conjure anything…hoped maybe…but if by chance we did…we would have run one anther down trying to escape. In this little book we have 24 “games” covering 6 chapters. Suitable warnings are given about not setting the house on fire with lit candles or stabbing one another with the ...more
Kelly
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Spice up your SPN viewing party with a game of Sara Sarita!

(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review through Library Thing's Early Reviewers program.)

Flashlights. Darkened rooms. The chanting of names, of mantras, of mysterious incantations. Giggles in the dark - some out of bravery, others out of bravado. Dares. Challenges. Ghosts.

You might be familiar with them: the kinds of games you play at sleepovers, around the campfire, or on the playground - more rituals than
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Derek
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book in both design and content. The look of the hardcover (including the small etchings) help add to an air of mystery/arcane sensations that the games inside are supposed to convey.

The games themselves are pretty well described and I appreciate their mix of modern and older games. The international ones are also a nice touch. By not breaking every game down entirely, but leaving in prose that would have you guessing if it DID have a supernatural element is a great way to
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Sesana
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: folklore, weird
I appreciated this as a collection of creepy folklore. I'm not going to play any of these games, nor do I really believe they'd do anything but make a slumber party more exciting, so I didn't consider whether the instructions as presented make the games "safe" or properly explain the supposed risks or whatever. Which is why the short bits that give some context and history to the various games were my favorite parts. I wish there was more, though I get that there may not be that much more. A lot ...more
SDKalos
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a former ghost tour guide, who is still obsessed with what makes a story creepy, I am forever on the look out for people who can take well trod stories (or games in this case) and make them fresh. Don't be fooled by the seemingly silly subject matter, Lucia Peters does a fantastic job of adding little twists and phrases here and there throughout to make games you thought you outgrew in middle school fresh and spine tingly again. I had a blast reading this just to see what she'd do with the ...more
Megan
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I pre-ordered this and could NOT WAIT for it to arrive, and it didn't disappoint.

The book details several spooky games, providing a little bit of history and context for each, which I really enjoyed. It gives you specific directions for how you can play the games yourself - at your own risk, of course. ;-)

Also, it doesn't hurt that the book is absolutely gorgeous.

If you're like me and love anything and everything spooky, this is a must-read.
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