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The Dibbuk Box Paperback – November 1, 2011
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No other tale in the history of our show has had such a profound effect on us, and our audience, as The Dibbuk Box. --Aaron Wright, Benjamin Grundy, Mysterious Universe
At our first ''Dibbuk Box'' production meeting, Sam Raimi said it would be best to have the actual box in our possession while we worked on the movie. The question was raised about who would be the caretaker for the box while it was here. In a room of ten, nobody would volunteer, each using a different excuse to avoid exposure to the box's curse. --Stan Wertlieb, Executive Producer of Dibbuk Box" aka The Possession
The Dibbuk Box is one of those head-scratching enigmas in the paranormal community. The box itself forces us to ponder big questions: Are curses real? Can spirits get attached to inanimate objects? Is there magic and mysticism left in the old religions of the world? I m glad someone with Jason Haxton's background and credentials owns this unusual object, and I m grateful he has so meticulously chronicled his experiences and the origins and mysteries surrounding this old cabinet. Be careful when you open The Dibbuk Box, you may just find a piece of yourself inside. --Jeff Belanger, author of The World's Most Haunted Places, host of 30 Odd Minutes
About the Author
Jason Haxton is the museum director at A. T. Still University Museum of Osteopathic Medicine. He speaks on medical history and exhibits artifacts from the museum worldwide.
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This is a masterful book. It reads like a thriller, a who-dun-it (but you know exactly who did it) and a historical/journalistic quest. It compels you to go forward like any great novel, though this is supposed to be non-fiction. Indeed, it is the blending of fiction and fact that work so perfectly into the reality of the circumstances that makes this book a piece of art. I do not in any way believe that Mr. Haxton has invented any of this. Whether or not there was any paranormal activity involved does not matter. It is what the people involved with the dybbuk box believe that is of paramount importance.
No "true" paranormal story has chilled me so much since I read The Amityville Horror 30 years ago (that was proven to be a hoax, but not on the author's part). Bravo to Jason Haxton on a work very well done. I look forward to anything else he writes in the future.
And yes, I will be seeing "The Possession", which is based on this book.
I was drawn in and completely spooked. I jumped when my cat made a noise, I jumped even more when my daughter opened her bedroom door.
It doesn't really matter what your view regarding the box is at the end of the book. It's the thought process after. Give it a try.
The author first hears of the box from a young collegue at the museum. He decides to buy the box but soon begins to have a string of bad luck, including some rather serious health problems. Is the the box the cause? There are some interesting twists and turns as the author tries to find out the truth about the box. The author even discovers some evidence the box could have been faked from it's inception.
Overall, a great read that offers something for everyone whether your interest is history, mysticism, or the paranormal. I also understand a movie based on experiences with the box is due out this August.
This book is all filler. Entire sections about Jewish mysticism, chronicles of the university guy trying to repeatedly question the previous owners, copies of emails of fans of the mystery, in depth descriptions of the box, its contents, and how the guy tried to store it. The last section is an afterword by some expert Jewish guy telling why the book contains invalid information and conclusions.
In general you don't find out until the end of the book that the author is told that the original box was created by Kevin Mannis, who made the eBay advertisement, etc., and that Kevin was interested in making films and selling his story. So now we know that it's a 100% hoax for sure, but the author has gotten our money as well. This hoax should have died a long time ago, but people are still cashing in on it.