The Ghost In My Machine is an internet campfire of sorts; gather round, because it wants to tell you strange stories, take you on haunted road trips, and make you jump at unexpected noises. In its spare time, it enjoys warm blankets on cold nights, mugs of hot spiced wine, and imagining exactly what might be lurking in the closet.

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Lucia Peters is a Washington, DC-based writer and editor. The Ghost In My Machine is her pet project; she’ll feed it as frequently as she is able. Her work has also appeared on The Toast, The Gloss, Crushable (now Alloy), Bustle, and others. Like many people forced to write their own bios, she dislikes talking about herself in the third person.

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13 thoughts on “ABOUT

  1. Your blog is epically amazing! Thank you so much for making my workday spooky and exciting! 😉 I’m so horrified by these dangerous games, but I can’t stop reading them. I will never try them though!

  2. So happy I stumbled across this blog. I fell down an xoJane rabbite hole that took me to your Toast articles and eventually here. Thanks for the shivers!

  3. For the past three days, I’ve been reading abut the Most Dangerous Games…at night, which I really shouldn’t be doing. I make sure I don’t need to leave the room after I started and I’m going: I am SO NOT playing this! Ever! at every single one of them. They are amazing and I am so freaked out.

  4. Lucia; Is it possible to mention a particular game to you? There’s this game in Korea that works really, really well… It’s a kind of ‘calling a spirit to you’ type of thing, but it’s one of the low-risk games and actually pretty easy to see its effects. Well, actually, I’ve never played it with English, so it may be a bit different. It is a bit of a children’s game in Korea; however, I’ve never seen any English speakers mention it before. Here’s an example of some kids playing it (in Korean, of course; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k034SK5zs_M)
    See, the Korean name is 아가야 이리온, and while it seems to be pretty old (I’ve heard personal accounts that date back to the 1990s), I’m not sure where it came from.
    Here’s a blog with different variations of the game; of course, it’s in Korean, so someone would have to translate it. Also, there’s some things about the game that are not mentioned…

  5. I’m an engineer, that is I work with logic and the laws of physics. I don’t believe in things that can’t be proven. UFO’s, Ghosts, Bigfoot, etc.
    But sometimes there are things that simply can’t be explained, and that is what keeps me awake at night. We have all, at one time or another, felt the hairs on the back of our neck stand up, and the reason can not be explained or defined. And that is why I subscribe. It’s better to know and not need, than to need and not know. Keep up the great work, I look forward to your emails.

  6. I’m a fan of the website, and seriously, I love your blogs! I like reading your spookiest tales, games and places!

  7. I love the site!!! Would it be advised to try any of the games? I really want to try the three kings game but it seems complicated. Any suggestions on what I should play first?

    1. Wishing games. One commenter said “Play the wishing games first and ask for immortality. Then do any ritual you want.”

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