The follow is an exclusive excerpt from dangerous Games to Play in the Dark, by Lucia Peters. In this compendium, Peters assembles the chilling and riskiest supernatural games from history, around the populace, and the deepest trenches of the internet, including Stiff as a Board, Light as a Feather, and The Answer Man. But be careful when you play—because some of the entities you may contact won ’ thymine constantly play by the rules .
game : Bloody Mary
Risk Level : high
extra Warnings : Fire
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objective : Summon Bloody Mary
reward : proof of your fearlessness
The roots of the mirror game known as Bloody Mary stretch back to a tribe custom practiced by young people in the nineteenth hundred. It was said that if you walked backward up a stairway in a darkened sign of the zodiac at night, passing a mirror as you went, you would see reflected in the mirror one of two things : the face of the person you were destined to marry, or a skull. If the skull appeared, it meant that you were destined to die before you got the chance to marry anyone .
Bloody Mary itself, meanwhile, appears to have come along slightly later, although precisely when is a little brumous. We do know that the legend was securely established in the United States by the 1970s : Folklorist Janet Langlois ’ sulfur essay, “ Mary Whales, I Believe in You, ” published in Indiana Folklore : A reader in 1976, features several versions of the caption which Langlois had gathered throughout the early ’ 70s .
And as for who Bloody Mary is ? Well, that changes depending on who you ’ re talking to. To some, she ’ s Mary Worth, who may have been either a Puritan woman who was tried and executed for witchcraft, or a woman who was killed in a car clang more recently. To others, she ’ south Mary Whales, who might be the aforesaid car crash victim or a vanishing hitchhiker-type spirit. Some say she ’ s the revengeful spirit of a mother who lost her child. inactive others say she ’ mho Mary Tudor, the Queen of England who reigned from 1553 to 1558 and became known as “ Bloody Mary ” for the executions she carried out against Protestants in an campaign to restore Catholicism to England .
For what it ’ south deserving, some have suggested a scientific explanation for the spirit ’ s appearance : It ’ second said that staring into a mirror in low-light conditions for drawn-out amounts of time causes our perception of what we ’ ra seeing to distort and become grotesque. possibly the true monsters are merely reflections of ourselves. article continues after ad
No topic what you believe, though, one thing is absolutely net : If you try to summon Bloody Mary, you do it strictly for the challenge of surviving the meeting .
HOW TO PLAY :
- Choose your playing space. You may play this game in virtually any indoor setting; the only requirement is that your playing space be capable of total blackout conditions, with no light bleeding in from the outside. An interior room without windows, such as a bathroom, is ideal. If the only options available to you have windows, be sure to block them fully.
- Gather your supplies. You will need a candle, matches or a lighter, and a mirror.
- Wait until nightfall, then bring your supplies to the playing space and enter it alone. If you haven’t already, prepare the room: block the windows, set up the mirror if necessary, turn out the lights, light the candle, and place it in front of the mirror.
- Face the mirror. Make eye contact with yourself. Be brave; be fearless. Take a deep breath. And when you are ready, begin repeating the name “Bloody Mary.”
Say it loudly, beginning lightly, but adding book with each repetition. Repeat it once, doubly, three times—all the way up to thirteen repetitions .
Thirteen is the magic trick number. Speak the thirteenth repeat with finality. then, stop.
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- Look in the mirror.
Look intemperate .
What do you see ? Is it just yourself ?
Are you certain ?
Look again—but stand back .
Do not place yourself within arms ’ strive of the mirror .
She might scream at you, but you can handle hilarious .
If she ’ mho able to grab you, though ? There ’ s no coming back from that .
- If you survive the experience, extinguish the candle, turn on the lights, and leave the room.
Do not use the mirror again .
extra data :
A flashlight may be substituted for the candle ; however, the success of the summon may be reasonably less predictable .
Should the method acting described hera fail to achieve the hope result, several variations may be employed in subsequent attempts : article continues after ad
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- Begin the game precisely at midnight.
- Chant the name “Bloody Mary” three times instead of thirteen.
- Chant the name “Bloody Mary” seven times instead of thirteen.
- Run the water in the sink while chanting Bloody Mary’s name.
- Instead of gazing into the mirror while chanting Bloody Mary’s name, spin slowly in place. After the twelfth repetition, stop spinning, face the mirror, and chant the thirteenth repetition while looking into the mirror.
- Replace the chant of “Bloody Mary” with the chant “Bloody Mary, I stole your baby.”
- Replace the chant of “Bloody Mary” with the chant “I believe in Mary Worth.”
- There are no guaranteed ways to dispel Bloody Mary once she has been summoned, although various methods have been proposed. Some sources recommend drawing a cross on the mirror with soap for the three nights following the completion of the ritual. Others recommend burning sage in the playing space or flicking vinegar in the four corners of the room. You may, of course, try these methods, but don’t count on them working.
- Do not break the mirror.
- You wouldn’t want to let her out, would you?
From dangerous Games to Play in the Dark by Lucia Peters. Used with the permission of the publisher, Chronicle. Copyright © 2019 by Lucia Peters.