top of page
  • Writer's pictureJoyce Slater

Story of the Month: Mark Twain and the Ouija Board

Back in 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri, some women gathered to use a Ouija board to talk to some of their crossed over relatives. When they tried to make contact, they instead got the spirit of Mark Twain. Twain told them he had another story to tell that he hadn’t gotten the chance to reveal before he crossed over. One of the attendees at this meeting was writer Emily Grant Hutchings, and she decided to write the story. Using a medium, she transcribed Twain’s story from beyond, doing it letter by letter with a Ouija board.


The novel, called Jap Herron, was published, but the public panned it, saying it was a terrible book. It was also close enough to Twain’s writing style that his daughter and his publisher sued Hutchings, whose publisher stopped printing Jap Herron. Hutchings went into obscurity. No one knows if Hutchings believed she was really transcribing a book by Mark Twain from beyond, or if it was a scam.

2 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Story of the Month: Pig Boy

Pig Boy, or, One Hundred Kisses Adapted from Hans Christian Andersen Once upon a time, there was a Prince who decided to marry. He could marry any Princess he chose. He decided to marry the Emperor’s

Story of the Month: Why the Moon Waxes and Wanes

A Nigerian Folktale There was once an old woman who was very poor and lived in a small mud hut thatched with mats made from the leaves of the tombo palm in the bush. She was often very hungry, as ther

The Frogs' Advice

by Fran Stallings A country boy had a girlfriend who lived on the other side of a lake that was surrounded by marsh land. Usually he walked the long way around the lake when he wanted to visit her. Bu

Comments


bottom of page