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Comment: I saw a question on a Q&A forum about a book (or a story that contained
a reference to a book) whose readers died after reading it. Do you know
of any such story or book (real or legendary)? Thank you.

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...it's not a book...it's actually a forum about urban legends...hang on...What was the subject of this forum again?...arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh [Eek!]

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Maybe it was a joke book...

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It's said that L. Ron Hubbard claimed to have written a book titled "Excalibur" that caused those who read it (or at least a large precentage thereof) to commit suicide.

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"Mission Earth" apparently has a similar effect.

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The Necronomicon?
Which an alarming number of people actually believe exists?

Although I'm not sure if that kills you or just makes you go mad.

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"Chicken Soup For The Soul" nearly did me in.

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Novelization of "The Ring"??

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Are you all speaking out of Pride or Prejudice [Wink]

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Chuck pulakak (spelling please) wrote a book about a book that killed everyone who read it. He is hte guy who wrote fight club, and I believe the book is called lullaby.

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quote:
Originally posted by Page Three:
The Necronomicon?
Which an alarming number of people actually believe exists?

Although I'm not sure if that kills you or just makes you go mad.

The Necronomicon exists, it just doesn't open doors into hell and all that good stuff.

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quote:
Originally posted by forceflow15:
Chuck pulakak (spelling please) wrote a book about a book that killed everyone who read it. He is hte guy who wrote fight club, and I believe the book is called lullaby.

I thought it only killed people if it was read aloud? It was supposed to be linked to SIDS. All the babies who had the lullaby read to them ended up dying.
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I was going to say that book by Sutter Cane, but that didn't kill ya, it just made you insane and then you killed everybody else...

Trish "Sam Neill, telling it like he's been to the Glurge gallery" DaDish

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****Edit: In regards to the novel, Lullaby. Trish snuck in on me.****

This was a favorite of mine a couple of years ago, so I'll try to get this right.

The (anti)hero of the novel is a journalist researching a series of recent SIDS deaths. He discovers that in the home of each of the families is a cerain book of lullabys. In the book is an old African culling song. The song, when read or even thought at a particular person, causes their death.
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Novelization of "The Ring"??
Funny you should mention that actually, because The Ring was, in fact, based upon a novel.

P.S. Chuck Palahniuk [Smile]

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Ethan Frome nearly did me in. And I'll read anything...

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quote:
Originally posted by snopes:
Comment: I saw a question on a Q&A forum about a book (or a story that contained
a reference to a book) whose readers died after reading it. Do you know
of any such story or book (real or legendary)? Thank you.

I think it is Robert W. Chambers "The King in Yellow".

http://www.yankeeclassic.com/miskatonic/library/stacks/literature/chambers/stories/kinginye/contents.htm

And here a few more explanations :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_King_in_Yellow

The cursed book that will cause its readers to go crazy or die a horrible death is a favorite of the horror literature.

Another dangerous read might be the mysterious egyptian Book of Thoth, whose readers are punished by the gods.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Book_of_Thoth

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quote:
Originally posted by Oceanic Aura:
The song, when read or even thought at a particular person, causes their death.

So how did the author of the book know of it without dying?

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Well, the closest thing I can think of is "The Sorrows of Young Werther" by Goethe, however, suicide was anything but a sure thing. But at least this was real.
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Originally posted by Oceanic Aura:
The song, when read or even thought at a particular person, causes their death.

So how did the author of the book know of it without dying?
I believe the song has to be read/thought to you. Just reading it yourself won't do you in, someone has to direct your way. It's actually pretty funny. In the novel it's not the murderers and rapists he uses the song on, but the random annoying people we all encounter throughout the day.

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But when they were translating the book into german, did each translator just work on one word each?

[Big Grin]

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This is one of the things that really interested me during some of my "looking up things for no reason then following the related stories thing" I do when I'm bored (How I found this site too), not sure what I was looking for originally, but I found this and it was really cool. It is a pretty common theme in stories and is referred to as a motif of harmful sensation, which means that doing some normally mundane thing becomes supernaturally bad. wiki

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